Category Archives: DC
Decoding DC – Part 18
Extremites, after the fall of the Vertigo line, and it’s reabsorption into DC proper, the darkness that permeated those wonderful anti-DC line pages began to disappear. Character traits that readers had come to expect from those titles became whitewashed. I don’t how or why it came about but mainstream DC decided to revive Jonah Hex. Instead of following the dark anarchic world constructed by Joe R. Lansdale, and drawn by Tim Truman, the character was revived by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray as a throwback to the Jonah Hex of 80s. The main difference being that all the supernatural aspects that have come to define the character have been excised. Jonah is now a scarred bounty hunter who resembles the Man with No Name. The legend of Jonah Hex is lost within the pages of Palmiotti/Gray’s reinterpretation. Everything has become so insignificant. Read the rest of this entry
So damn, that was awesome.
After all sorts of build up and much anticipation, The Flash has finally premiered, expanding the DC television universe established with Arrow, and boy howdy was it worth the wait.
The series opens with a voice over from Barry Allen, and shots of a red blur running around the city. He gives the usually superhero speech, who he is, what he does, blah blah blah. It then jumps to young Allen as he runs away from some bullies, only to be caught and get pounded on. Tough breaks. We are then introduced to his mom and dad, who seem to be solid people. Always nice to see. The happy family fun times don’t last long as Barry wakes up one night to find his mother trapped…
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Marvel may have gotten a head start on the whole cinematic universe thing (and, if we’re being honest, their films may be better), but DC is pretty much owning the television scene these days. While Marvel fans wait in earnest for the Iron Fist and Daredevil Netflix series, DC has a universe building from Arrow and The Flash, and a new prequel Batman series that just might be a contender for the best nerdy thing on television this season. Read the rest of this entry
Decoding DC – Part 17
Extremites, what’s it like to read these articles?
I know sometimes the topics that interest me are pretty abstract. In effort to find an interesting angle on an issue I can go off into the wild blue yonder for inspiration. Today, I reach far into that yonder and ask “does El Diablo exist within the pages of Azarello’s Arc?”
However, I wonder, if in the world of the issue, he exists. Read the rest of this entry
Despite the massive recent popularity of shared cinematic universes, being a comic book fan is still quite frustrating when it comes to adaptations on film. You have to wait for years before the most anticipated films come out, and sometimes they’re absolutely dreadful (who asked for the Batnipples anyway?). Even when you get the films that you want, there are very few of them. We only saw Christopher Nolan’s Batman for three films, which seems like the standard quota of standalone films unless you turn around and reboot the franchise immediately (*cough* Sony *cough*). Television, on the other hand, holds a lot of promise. Read the rest of this entry
DECODING DC – PART 16
Extremites, what makes a good writer of comics?
In both Decoding DC and Journey Into Marvel ,the search for an answer to this question defines each series. I have found there is no absolute answer. However, one trait is shared by each writer of successful comics. It’s the ability to subvert the reader’s preconceptions. Brian Azzarello shows this ability tenfold in Part III of his El Diablo arc.
Azzarello’s ability to write dialogue astounds me.
I am also astounded by his skill at creating vibrant and full characters, particularly when it comes to Moses Stone. Azzarello has spent the last two issues setting up Stone as a hammer of justice. He’s a reformed bounty hunter turned into a righteous sheriff. But this — “SPOILER” — is all a lie. Stone is the villain. Read the rest of this entry
In the past week, my Twitter feed has exploded. So has my Facebook Home Page. Between the announcements of the new Marvel movies, the new King Kong, an upcoming Godzilla sequel, and prejudice against the new Wonder Woman, it feels like something new has been popping up every hour, and each time, it’s simultaneously the most brilliant invention of mankind and the ushering in of the apocalypse. Funny how that works.
The ones I’ve been keeping my eye on, though, have been the talks about Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice. And the more I see about it, the more I think it’s going to be more or less a loose adaptation of Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, and the more I think it’s going to be awesome.
The New 52. Oh, most dreaded of reboots. I fear to touch thee, lest I be infected by the new age of senseless retcons!
Ok, I might be exaggerating a bit. But that’s how I was when it came to The New 52 for a long time. I don’t like retcons. I don’t like reboots. I think they’re terribly lazy shortcuts for writers who don’t want to take the time to know all of the canon of their material (which, let’s face it, is pretty much all of them). The DC universe has been particularly bad about retcons, even in the Batman universe, changing their minds no less than three times on whether or not the killer of Bruce Wayne’s parents has a name. So, in a typical boy-ish comic book fan way, I was determined to boycott the reboot, and stick to reliving Year One, Knightfall, and A Death in the Family over and over again.
Decoding DC – Part 15
Extremites, dialogue is a beast to write. Write it too stilted and readers are drawn out of the story. Too colloquial, the readers have no clue what is going on and give up out of frustration. It is the writer’s job to create authentic clear dialogue that shows character and makes the story coherent and compelling. Brian Azzarello does just that in his redux of El Diablo.
Batman is truly a diverse character. Throughout the years, he’s been campy, serious, happy, depressed, angry, and tortured. So how did he get his start? What was he like in the beginning? After all, the campy TV series and movie of the 1960s didn’t come until twenty years after Batman had been established.
That’s why I wanted to take a look at Detective Comics #27. I was intrigued. I wanted to know what he looked like in 1939. I wanted to get a grasp for what kind of cultural impact he Read the rest of this entry