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    The DC Comics Reboot

    Post  Paeter on July 20th 2011, 2:17 pm

    DC is rebooting their entire continuity this September! Any fears or hopes out there from comic fans?

    I'm planning on giving my thoughts on the DC comics I buy in September on my blog and podcast. If anyone else wants to contribute to that, please let me know!

    Here's what I'll be buying (at least in September) and why:

    JLA- Written by Geoff Johns. Classic line-up. 'nuff said.

    Action Comics- Despite being written by Grant Morrison, this issue is being called the foundation of the entire new universe, so I better not miss it.

    Superman- Supposed to establish the new status quo for Superman.

    Superboy- I'm intrigued by the fresh approach to Superboy's existing story as a clone of Superman. It looks like it might have some things in common with his origin as presented in the "Young Justice" animated series, which I thought was cool.

    Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps and Green Lanterns: New Guardians- I'm a GL nerd. And while I'm passing on Red Lanterns until I hear good buzz, these are the titles I HAVE to check out.

    Teen Titans- I love team books. And while the magic of Geoff Johns' run has never been recaptured, I'm interested enough in the core characters that I want to see how this version starts.

    Savage Hawkman- Geoff Johns demonstrated that this character can be a lot more than just "the guy with wings", though the book was mishandled after he left. I'm hoping Hawkman will be re-invigorated again.

    Blue Beetle- I love sci-fi heroes and loved this character's book. He is DC's "Spider-man", only with cooler powers.

    Fury Of Firestorm- Love the Firestorm character concept and anything that Gail Simone even HELPS to write, I'm buying. (Except Batgirl. She's on that book, but I hate the Barbara Gordon costume and think Babs has always been much cooler as Oracle. I'll be waiting for good buzz on that one, too.)

    Aquaman- This is the DC character I've MOST wanted to get "the Geoff Johns treatment". And though I see no indications that he's using the "god of water" concept that I've always thought Aquaman should have in order to make him useful on land(think "Magneto", but with H2O instead of metal), I've seen him work enough magic with lame characters that I can't wait to see what he does.

    Mr. Terrific- Again, I like sci-fi characters. I've also found Terrific's atheist perspective in the DC universe odd and interesting. Love the re-vamp Johns gave him in JSA and I'm hoping this will be another step forward. (Despite the semi-lame looking costume change.)

    Flash- I've always been a flash fan, especially since Mark Waid's historic run and the invention of the Speed Force for the mythos. Unless they REALLY screw things up (which has happened before), I'll follow this speedster wherever he runs.

    Captain Atom- This version of the character looks like they're taking notes from Dr. Manhattan (originally BASED on Captain Atom by Alan Moore!) and early issues of the 90's Dr. Solar comic. I'm a big fan of uber-powerful characters and stories dealing with the philosophical ramifications of being that powerful.

    Stormwatch- I enjoyed the early issues of the Wildstorm version of this book. A harder, darker look at "superheroes". And giving Martian Manhunter a prominent role isn't hurting anything.

    Deathstroke- This character was amazing in "Identity Crisis" and I'm hoping that the book will take us on a tour of the DC universe through the eyes of Slade Wilson. Though I have no particular reason to suspect that will be the focus. But I do like villain books, and without "Secret Six" returning, this is one option for me.

    Suicide Squad- If I can't have Secret Six written by Gail Simone, I'll certainly give Suicide Squad a try! (Secret Six essentially WAS Suicide Squad anyway, but without the exploding bracelets and suicide missions.)


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    Re: The DC Comics Reboot

    Post  mindspike on July 20th 2011, 4:04 pm

    Paeter wrote:I'm hoping that the book will take us on a tour of the DC universe through the eyes of Slade Wilson.

    Don't you mean eye of Slade Wilson.... pirat


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    Re: The DC Comics Reboot

    Post  Nathan James Norman on July 21st 2011, 12:28 am

    I'm a bit ambivalent about the reboot.

    -Superman looks awkward without his red outer-underwear.

    -Compare and Contrast Wonder Woman and Supergirl . . . apparently women in the new DCU can either have sleeves or pants . . . but not both.

    -Wonder Woman's new costume takes the worst aspects of each costume and combines them into one.

    -Superboy . . . meh.

    -Batman is still Batman . . . which is cool.

    - All the Green Lantern stuff looks awesome! Having the guardians made up of one lantern from each spectrum color is brilliant! Red Lanterns?! Bring on the rage!

    -I love Hawkman . . . but he looks too similar to the Golden Eagle character.

    -I love Mr. Terrific . . . but I think he thought the "Sleeves or Pants Rule" also applied to the DCU men.

    -I like the concept behind Firestorm ... but the costumes, I just don't know.

    -Justice League Dark intrigues me!

    -Suicide Squad just looks wrong. Is that really Deadshot?! Harley Quinn?! And why didn't anyone pass the "Sleeves or Pants" memo on to her?!

    -Wait . . . that's the Teen Titans?!

    -Hawk & Dove is AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME! I love that they're bringing back the Hank Hall and Dawn Granger! This is one of my favorite team-ups of all time!

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    Re: The DC Comics Reboot

    Post  Paeter on July 21st 2011, 1:04 am

    mindspike wrote:
    Paeter wrote:I'm hoping that the book will take us on a tour of the DC universe through the eyes of Slade Wilson.

    Don't you mean eye of Slade Wilson.... pirat

    Doh! I surrender nerd cred to you for thinking of that one before me, sir!


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    Re: The DC Comics Reboot

    Post  Paeter on July 21st 2011, 1:10 am

    Nathan James Norman wrote:I'm a bit ambivalent about the reboot.

    -Superman looks awkward without his red outer-underwear.

    -Compare and Contrast Wonder Woman and Supergirl . . . apparently women in the new DCU can either have sleeves or pants . . . but not both.

    -Wonder Woman's new costume takes the worst aspects of each costume and combines them into one.

    Red Lanterns?! Bring on the rage!


    -Hawk & Dove is AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME! I love that they're bringing back the Hank Hall and Dawn Granger! This is one of my favorite team-ups of all time!

    I agree about Superman. And the guy at my comic shop today said his parents will be dead and Lois might not exist. His name might even be Kal-El! He went on to say that the legal battle over rights to elements of the Superman Mythos is the REAL reason this whole reboot is taking place! (Whatever happened to a good STORY motivating big events in comics?) Brace yourself. Whatever we're left with might be only a shell of what Superman should really be.

    Hilarious costume observation! And yeah, WW's new costume is terrible.

    Would you be interested in reading the first issues of the Red Lanterns and Hawk and Dove and sending me/posting your thoughts on them for use on the podcast? (Doesn't need to be long or detailed at all.) I'm not buying either of those but would love to have some thoughts on them for the shows in September!


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    Re: The DC Comics Reboot

    Post  Paeter on July 24th 2011, 12:35 am

    Been listening to the DC ComicCon Panels today. The Q and A has been very interesting! (Both good and bad news in my opinion.) I'll chat/blog more this coming week. For now I'll say that I've decided NOT to get the first issue of Superboy. His origin (apart from the Teen Titans) is not being rebooted, so I don't feel the need to be in the loop as I did before. The story indicated by the cover of Superboy #1 is about him being captured and experimented on.


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