After being delayed one week (not bad when you consider the track record for DC Comics and Marvel’s bigger arcs that stretch across several issues) the, hopefully, grand finale of “The Button” is going to hit the shelves running this week. We’ll have one final lenticular cover that will leave fans of the JSA and legacy characters from the DC Universe salivating. Plus we’ll get to see if DC’s two greatest detectives can solve this timey-wimey murder mystery. And of course we’ll have to figure out if the resolution was worth creating the problem in the first place.
After seeing father and son Batmen unite in Batman #22, the Flash and our Batman are back running through the Speed Force as the Flashpoint timeline is wiped out in there wake, something we’d all thought had already happened but it turns out some powerful entity (paging Dr. Manhattan?) has been keeping together. As they race through the Speed Force still seeking answers to the murder of Eobard Thawne, the Reverse-Flash, they encounter…Eobard Thawne, the Reverse-Flash! The not quite dead yet speedster villain provided some tantalizing clues and is surely onto the scene at the end of Batman #21that kicked off this whole storyline but where are we being led to?
Hopes are high as this has been a damn good jolt for Batman and Flash, if not thus far the be-all end-all storyline full of reveals a lot of readers have been clamoring for since DC Universe: Rebirth #1. Expect at least one big reveal and possibly in this week’s final chapter. At least, that’s what I’m expecting!
A Bat-family reunion across continuity in Batman #22
We’re halfway there. “The Button” has kicked into the next gear after the events of Flash #21 last week. What began in one Batcave has traveled to another’s via cosmic treadmill. The murder of Eobard Thawne, the Reverse-Flash, is taking the two greatest detectives in the DC Universe back to the timeline that kicked off the New 52 in the first place. Yup, it’s not Groundhog’s Day, it’s just Flashpoint. You’d think Barry Allen would have learned to quit tempting fate by traveling through time. You’d be have thought WRONG. Now, with Batman and Batman and Flash coming face to face to face, what secrets will be unveiled after the tantalizing final line of last week’s Flash #21?
The endgame isn’t anywhere close to clear yet. However, the journey’s been entertaining so far and we’re definitely on pace for a well executed next step as the world of Watchmen inches closer to the DC Universe. There’s no question that fans’ expectations have been high and rightfully so. There’s also little doubt that this story still has a lot in store for us, dear readers. The idea’s always been a fun one to play with since the possibilities of tying the two worlds together were inextricably linked back in DC Universe: Rebirth #1. The question is: What will Batman #22 have in store for us to keep the faith that DC’s grand plan is one we can continue to trust in? There’re no shortages of stories that promise consequences across shared universes but are we truly on the edge of such a tale? There’s really only one right way to find out: Keep reading.
Last week, DC’s follow up to their DC Universe: Rebirth #1 special kicked off in Batman #21 with the first installment of the four-parter titled, “The Button.” The titular button came out of the speed force and lodged itself into a Batcave wall. You might recognize this button as belonging to the Comedian from Alan Moore’s seminal Watchmen. It’s rather fitting, and in no way coincidental, that it’s the murder of the Comedian that kicked off the Hugo Award-winning series decades ago and another murder is what sets this adventure by DC’s two greatest detective in motion.
Yes, they killed SPOILER. After a flash of blue lightning, SPOILER, made a final claim that could have fallen deaf on the Dark Knight’s unconscious bat-ears or perhaps it will be the “Rosebud” of this entire tale. We’ll see soon enough. Of course, SPOILER wasn’t the only pre-New 52 character that showed up last week, SPOILER also made a brief cameo and you can bet SPOILER will end up being a major player in this plot as it kicks into the next gear.
One chapter and epic lenticular cover is in the books, this week we’re going to be treated to another. Will Batman and Flash be able to figure out the multiple mysteries before them? Is SPOILER dead for keeps? Will we ever get more answers than questions in a damn comic book? Jump right in, the rumoring waters are white hot.
Yeah, I’m avoiding the names, sue me. You want to know what happened? Get the comic!
Super-late article this week, as I’m split between a new Bleeding Cool project, prepare to speak to the attendees of AnimeUSA down in DC this weekend, and trying to put as much time into my new video games as possible (Uncharted 3 & Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 for the record). Needless to say, I’ve been busy.
So as I’ve said in past articles, the DC Universe Classics line will be coming to an end sometime in early 2012, after 20 somewhat waves. I was under assumption that the line would be rebooted to reflect the new 52 stuff, but Matty Collector has announced that I am WRONG WRONG WRONG! The new line shall be called DC Universe All-Stars, and will kick off in 2012 with a long overdue Larfleeze figure (MINE!) Superboy Prime (Of retcon-punch fame), Flashpoint Plasticman (WHUT?!) & Batman Beyond. I can understand Bats Beyond & Larfleeze, as they’re extremely popular characters still relevant in the new 52, but DC has retconned Superboy Prime from existence with it’s “The Crises never happend” policy, and Evil Plastic Man lasted all of 2 issues of a Flashpoin tie-in mini-series. Odd choices are odd, but hey, at least the line continues to live on. No word if the Build-a-Figure is coming back though. Of course, FPNYC still has plenty of older and rarer DCU Classics in stock, so if there’s someone you’re looking for, you should swing by and see what we got.
On the Marvel side of things, I’ve commented in the past on how solid this fall’s “Spider-Island” crossover was rad (Where as “Fear Itself” kind of sucked IMO). What I failed to mention which was also great was the big X-event Schism, which was a smaller scale X-Men version of “Civil War”, focusing on Cyclops and Wolverine, (suddenly, it’s very 90s animated series X-Men) and their falling out, which leads to an east and west coast X-Men, both with very different mission operatives. The Jason Aaron written mini-series will be collected w/the Generation Hope tie-ins, as well as the ReGenesis prologue, come January in a single hard-cover, but FPNYC has received all 5 issue reprints w/ black & white inter-locking Frank Cho covers this week, so you can check those out now if you’re impatient and don’t want to wait for the hardcover. Continue reading →
I like Jack Kirby as much as the next guy, but I really don’t feel the need for New York to be experiencing Kamandi: The Last Boy (available in an omnibus) -like conditions. The store will be closing at 2pm on Saturday, and chances are it won’t be open on Sunday because, as you well know, a hurricane is going down. With any luck it won’t be as bad as the media is making it out to be and all will be well come Monday sans some MTA nonsense. Just keep some important supplies on hand and make sure you keep your eyes and ears in tune to the news.
Anywho, enough of me repeating what’s probably been said on twitter, time to talk toys.
Flashpoint is concluding this week and apparently it’s a big thing, as it’s leading into a reboot which I’ve only mentioned half a dozen time on this blog ever since it’s been announced. I’ve pretty much skipped buying/reading the entire mini-series because I don’t give a toss about Barry Allen or Geoff John’s obsession with the silver age meets “grim dark’, as well as the dozen various tie-in mini series (To be fair, I’ve heard from several trust-worthy sources that both the Batman and Frankenstein minis were solid). However the new Justice League also drops on the same day, which will be the first book set in the new DC Universe, and features Jim Lee on art duties. This is very much a big deal, as the 40 page book is the 1st time Lee’s done interior art since I believe “All Star Batman & Robin“, which if I remember correctly, took forever to come out and is currently on hiatus while Frank Miller continues to profit from his madness elsewhere. Either way, both book should be available come Wednesday at Midnight (That’s Tuesday night leading into Wednesday for those who always get that mixed up.) for about $4 a pop for all interested parties.
The thing that’s impressed me most about Flashpoint is that DC Direct managed to get the tie-in toy line out on shelves while the event was still going on (let alone on time!). This 4 figure set is based on the artwork of Flashpoint artist Andy Kubert, and continues the trend of having at least one Batman figure in it (Spoilers: To be fair it’s not Bruce this time around, but Thomas. Meaning once again DC has ignored the Dick Grayson Batman). Aside from Bat-Dad, there’s Barry Allen (I remain the jaded fan and refuse to refer to anyone other than Wally West as the Flash), a heavily armored Wonder Woman with a sword, and Mega Man. Er, I mean Cyborg. All joking aside, Cyborg is probably the best figure in set, and the Kubert redesign is really good in my opinion, much better than that what he looks like pre or post reboot. You know the drill, $20 for each and I’m fairly certain most of them will be on the shelves when the store reopens. Be safe out there East Coast, and if you see any sharks swimming down your streets, assume the worse and that the Fantastic 4 will be by shortly to stop Namor.
Come by Forbidden Planet NYC the evening of Tuesday August 30th and be the first in line to get your hands on FLASHPOINT #5 and Justice League #1 when the clock strikes 12:01am Wednesday. But wait- we’re offering more! ALL #1 issues DC releases in September will be available from FPNYC at a sweet 20% OFF cover price, in-store and online while supplies last!
Imagine you were clonked on the head and you had absolute amnesia…maybe that’s too far fetched. Imagine instead that a magical woman in fishnet stockings wiped your mind to cover the fact that she tried to rehabilitate a super-criminal rapist but accidentally erased all your memories. THERE, now that’s something we can all relate too.
Now let’s say you walk into a comic book store.
Removed from actual context and stored memory, the comic book shop is nothing more than a gigantic, multi-colored candy shop of wonder and bizarre flavors! Without the burden of continuity, character arcs and publication history it’s a bunch of pretty pictures and compelling words…
What books would you be interested in without any pre-conceived notions? Continue reading →
OFTEN times my “job” as a jet setting comic book journalist is a real grind…like when I get a paper cut on a near mint copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 and I bleed on the page and my blood lowers the resale value of Spidey’s first appearance by, like, $15,000. Bummer. Or when there are SO many comic book groupies trying to steal my clothes that I just DON’T know what to do, ho hum.
NOT today, however. Today we get to turn our attention to AMAZING comic books FROM THE FUTURE! Yes, instead of telling you super-cool comics that you can buy this week (Hint: Captain America #1, X-Men Schism #1, Green Lantern #67, Hellboy The Fury #2, and the IDW Berke Breathed gallery collection are a few high points,) I will instead reveal sensational new comics that you can’t buy today, tomorrow or even next Tuesday…these are books you’ll have to borrow from Marty McFly as these swanky tomes only exist IN THE FUTURE! Continue reading →
Superhero comics became the driving genre because they were amazingly ungrounded power plays starring glorious yet identifiable gods and goddesses. Justice League of America #58 has a bunch of highly attractive lads and lasses in skin-tight costumes fighting celestial powers to save the entire universe. Dang! That sure beats reading about Prince Valiant or Mary Worth, now doesn’t it?
Every party has a pooper, and the Silver/Golden age of comics had a big one: repetition. It’s hard to evoke suspense about saving the Universe when you know the comic is solicited for monthly books from now till kingdom come. I think Superman is going to save the day…without a Universe what will they put in the next issue?
Enter Alan Moore, the genius behind Watchmen who figured out that the enemy within is always more compelling than the enemy without, and that truth is ALWAYS stranger than fiction. Continue reading →
Did you go see THOR this weekend? Want to start reading the comic? Marvel and Forbidden Planet have you covered, bunky! Here it is: Journey Into Mystery #623! No, Thor’s comic book isn’t called Thor; that would make too much sense. No, Thor isn’t on the cover to his comic book this week…one cover has Loki and the other cover features Wolverine of the X-men for some reason.
Listen, I know it’s weird, esoteric, and confusing. Welcome to comic book collecting! While we’re at it, let’s look at some other great books out this week:
DC has a plethora of fine titles, but might I make some recommendations? In the Bat books we have Batgirl #21 where the young batlass struggles with the price of side-kicks and hangers-on in the form of shotgun-toting vigilante the Grey Ghost. Seeing as how Batgirl is a sidekick/hanger-on herself, this should be interesting! Continue reading →