Remember those awesome days when crossing from one dimensional plane to another was as easy as turning a page? I miss those days. At times the cross-over stories were bat-shit crazy, and that was half the fun. Check out Dave’s Comic Heroes Blog for some in depth detail on the Heroes of Quality Comics, and how they ended up calling on the JLA to help them in their struggle against nazi scum.
You can find this issue of the classic JLA at Comixology.
So I’ve been sort of quiet on the whole Marvel happenings of next year. You know… the constant barrage of old events being repackaged and re-released in 2015. I was trying to keep an open mind about the whole thing. That it I was trying until DC announced that they are doing the EXACT SAME THING.
Now I realize that in 75 (plus) years that new and fresh ideas are becoming more difficult to come up with. I also see that the need to kill off and bring back dead characters is a necessary, if overused, trope in the industry. Having said that I can’t see where replaying every single significant, and even the unpopular, events is going to make for good reads. Sure it will attract collectors with the nostalgia factor and some are already dog-eared for my pull list, but it just seems like another “re-brand, reboot and/or renumber” gimmick.
So what do I want out of my comics? Am I looking for the status quo or days gone by? Stability of solid stories with or without an eye trained on continuity? Crazy stories that push the envelope? I really can’t say. I just want Comics to make me go “Whoa!” and then make me want to re-read them and chomp at the bit to get my hands on the next issue. There are events in the past that would be cool to revisit in a new light, behind the scenes or a rest of the story story, but all of them? This is “Go big or go home” style business… I just want “Go be consistent” 😉
I’ll definitely take some more Secret Wars, Crisis on Infinite Earths, and JLA vs Avengers (this last one won’t happen).
This afternoon I imaged surfed into this fight. My only issue is Hal Jordan’s (Green Lantern) costume isn’t correct for the era. Minor detail… or is it a major nerd geek-tail? Either way this awesomely epic image is epic and was done in 2001 but I cannot seem to make out the artist’s name.
This is just my open post to the big three owners of Marvel Character properties in the film industry. Even more targeted than that, I would address the powers that be at those studios.
Dear Mrs., Ms., or Mr. executive,
Do you like to make obscene amounts of money? More money than you could possibly imagine? If the answer is yes, and I know that it is… then join forces and make epic cross-over films. The Avengers, Fantastic Four, Spiderman and the X-Men are huge properties by themselves but mix them together and you will have a potent recipe for making the kind of box office returns that you could only dream about. Who cares about top billing or which company takes lead on the project… ego and business should never mix. Even Hugh Jackman would love to have a cross-over film. Allow Marvel to take the reigns and the rest of you can sit back and reap the profit.
Don’t get me started on even larger cross-overs with Warner Bros. A JLA vs. Avengers film would just be too mind blowing, if done correctly.
So last Wednesday, 26 July 2013, Newsarama posted this article: Does DC’s New 52 Have Room for These MULTIPLE EARTHS? I’ve given the “New 52” a fair shake but honestly they have not been consistent from title to title and I won’t bring up their utterly unlikable or completely absent versions of old favorites (as an aside… I am not that impressed with Marvel’s NOW “reboot” either and only pick up 2 or 3 titles a month). Also they are easily heading back into continuity issues, again. Anyhow, it has been a few months since I’ve picked up a DC title at all. I thought the Earth 2 title would entice me and give me hope for a better place to be in the new DCU but alas it has not.
Out of the top ten on the list, “EARTH-WAID” and “Earth-New Frontier” seems to be the best choices on the list. I love the pre-crisis DCU and enjoyed the early days of the post-crisis. “Crisis on Infinite Earths” was a watershed moment for me when it first came out. The idea of heroes, or even villains, dying was incredible to me at 15. It wasn’t a marketing scheme, well not entirely and it wasn’t to sell a new toy line like its predecessor of a few months (Marvel Comics Secret Wars). There was a reason for this crisis and that was to try to tie up loose ends and there were many of those. At that point DC comics was nearing 50 years of continuous publishing and obtaining multiple characters from companies such as Fawcett, etc.
My top five choices for Alternate Dimensions in the new DCU would be:
1. George Perez’s JLA/Avengers Dimension
This is my favorite cross-over story of all time. Forever in the making, or at least it seemed so, this 4 issue mini series featured just about every Avenger and JLAer who ever existed by the mid 2000’s. It all began with one image drawn by him then it grew into mythological proportions until fandom demands could no longer go unheard.
2. John Byrne’s Superman & Batman:Generations
This mini series, there were three, covered the DCU from the very beginning (and even earlier than 1938) and explored the implications of legacies. I would even keep the format the same, having it hope through time by a decade at a time.
3. JLA Year One
A classic, post crisis, world. Extra-dimensional activity is practically unknown. The world is as it was in 1986, after the Crisis that nobody can remember except for maybe in dreams and nightmares.
4. JSA /WWII 1947 /No Absolutes
I am a sucker for period comics like All-Star Squadron. Bring these classic characters into a world where the Axis powers have hyper-tech in a world that never sees the end of WWII. In world painted in more grays than patriotic colors the All-Star Squadron combats corrupt allies as well as axis and discovers that the enemy isn’t always the real enemy.
5. Elseworlds Monthly
Exploring the “What ifs”. What-If comics were some of the best and original stories way back in the great old days of Marvel. A monthly title from DC, delving into different worlds and choices made or not and their unfolding ramifications in the DCU would be fairly entertaining.