Body counting is no fun
- "Infinite Crisis" continues in DC's mainstream superhero titles, and the body count is growing higher as Superman, Batman and other major characters undergo some startling changes. If you're confused, DC is releasing "Rann-Thanagar War" and "Villains United" ($12.99 each), TPBs collecting two of the four miniseries leading up to the Crisis. (The other two, "OMAC Project" and "Day of Vengeance," are already available.)Sorry, not interested. Been there, done that. Not to mention that "body count" is nothing new either, nor is it any fun. This sensationalizing of death in comics is getting old and tired by now.
- Marvel's own crisis continues this month in a number of books, detailing how the Marvel Universe is going to look now that most mutants (including many X-Men) have lost their powers. A highlight is "Son of M" No. 1 ($2.99), following the de-powered Pietro Maximoff, formerly Quicksilver of the Avengers and the son of Magneto. But, like with DC's Crisis, all of the books are surprising in their ambitious efforts to change everything we've come to expect from our friends in Spandex.And to change everything back again, no? Yawn. I think I'll go to sleep. This is neither surprising nor ambitious, I'm afraid. It's just run-of-the-mill, is all. And we can certainly do without it, if you ask me.
Update: On the ultra-establishment Newsarama, Troy Brownfield, who's also the owner of the establishment shoe-polisher Shotgun Reviews, gives us a couple of sugarcoated reviews of upcoming comics, most of which I would think twice before getting myself:
It’s my opinion that the whole Infinite Crisis scenario is going to be less about continuity and more about the notion of what we consider to be heroism.Except that nobody else in the superhero community helps out Ted when he's in danger of being blown to smithereens. So what's the point?
Every creative talent involved was firing on all cylinders. The characters were consistent in attitude and appearance, and the set-up pieces for the minis were well-woven. This was a tense, taught mystery, right up to the reveal of Maxwell Lord as the Black King and Beetle’s heartbreaking execution.LOL. And to be quite honest, I didn't know that it was being marketed as a mystery.
Countdown is a landmark in terms of content, talent, and price. It all ways, it’s prologue. But if it managed to make people care about a lower-tier character that had been ragged on for years, then it’s obviously off to a great start.Ummm, what's so landmarky about seeing a guy's head blown off by another guy who's wasn't the baddie that Brownfield wants to make him out to be?
Needless to say, his saying the book managed to make people care about a character who'd been "ragged on" for years is just more of the same contro-baiting tactics, and it certainly doesn't help that Brownfield is oblivious to the fact that Blue Beetle's coming off the best was done at the expense of just about everyone else! Nobody's willing to come to Ted's help properly, and even Black Canary is made to look like a snothead, in contrast to her kindly-if-tough-as-nails personality in Birds of Prey. Martian Manhunter, Superman, Wonder Woman, etc, they all come off badly.
And Brownfield doesn't give a damn.
And then, on Batman #638, he says in his continued gushing:
the issue moved briskly. The strident pace was ably aided by solid art and a drive toward the reveal. Again, it’s not for nothing that I note that Winick is a full-fledged part of the IC set-up team. The events herein should have large implications for the Bat-titles and the JLA as the summer moves on.Large, boring ones, to say the least. Ones that I won't be buying, regardless of the price.
It should also be obvious by ways of the title, Infinite Crisis, that the book is all too obviously a Crisis sequel. And to be quite honest, one Crisis was enough.