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Justice League is undoubtedly the flagship comic book title for DC Comics.
Sure, there’s the big guns of the monthly Batman and Action Comics – and, I suppose, the publishing company’s namesake title, Detective Comics, but in the post New 52 world (two years on and still ticking away), Justice League is where all the company-spanning, world-shattering storylines originate from.
The long awaited “Trinity War” tale just wrapped up last month, which directly lead into the current Forever Evil storyline, mini-series, and September’s plethora of under-allocated 3-D covers. Did you get yours, by the way?
Still, amongst all the large headlines and senses-shattering cover page verbiage, simply running as a back-up feature in the pages of the monthly Justice League, it was the story of Shazam! that was the real draw for the flagship title.
Outer space, we’re told, has no boundaries. It goes on and on with uncountable moons, stars, nebulae and things we have yet to perceive plaintively trying to fill it. Time is that way too, endless, especially on Wednesday mornings when waiting for the local comic book shop to open at 11 a.m.
Tie those two together, space and time, and you begin to understand the vast scope of the year-long wait for a space-faring epic adventure, by an acclaimed writer firing on all cylinders, featuring some of the greatest superheroes mankind has ever known!
Of course, there’s one other boundless and important element that comes to mind when speaking of this narrative: evil. Sheer, unadulterated evil.
Finally released today, the new summer blockbuster, world-shattering, dimension-blowing, epic mini-series from Marvel Comics, aptly titled Infinity, has all of your infinite essentials in spades!
Who doesn’t like a good “possession” story?
Yep, those sorts of ghost/demon/entity tales wherein a strange force takes over the body of a living host are where it’s at. I mean, The Exorcist, written by William Peter Blatty and directed by William Friedkin, is one of my favourite films. “Wolf in the Fold”, written by acclaimed horror author, Robert Bloch, is one of my favourite episodes of the original 1960’s Star Trek series. At their essence, those types of stories remind us that we’re not always in control of our actions; that human beings can still revert to their base, most wild forms.
But what happens when the ghost/demon/entity takes over the human host and turns him into a superhero…that kills villains?
That’s the intriguing question that today’s release of Dream Thief asks.
With the world’s myopic focus currently falling on NASA’s “Curiosity” Mars rover landing, many have forgotten that the universe is much larger than the inner SOL system. Its enormous breadth is, in fact, divided into 3,600 sectors, patrolled by 7,200 space cops known as the Green Lantern Corps.
I know that you know that you used to know that. It’s ok. Consider this column your reminder.
You’d recognize a number of these Green Lantern cops by name. Hal Jordon, perhaps the most famous, instantly comes to mind. But there’s also Guy Gardner, John Stewart, Kyle Raynor…and Simon Baz.
Yep. He’s the brand new, post New 52, Green Lantern recruit – and any new recruit is cause for a raised eyebrow. Perhaps never more so than today.
Find out why after the jump!
Superheroes are a ridiculous bunch, but damn it, they’re entertaining. Where else can you find a bunch of grown men and women running around in some of the most ridiculous outfits you have ever seen (most of which would cause the judge of the most outlandish and bizarre drag-show you’ve ever thought of stand up and leave the room, giggling) rescuing us mere mortals from the enslavement of some slime-beast/alien/horde/robot/equally-hilariously-dressed-supervillain-whose-only-distinguishing-features-are-a-goatee-and-differently-coloured-codpiece? But, man, the explosions.
When you talk about the trinity at DC Comics, you’re talking about the Big Three – Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. But you know that old saying that states behind every good man (or woman) is a good woman (or man)? Yeah, that’s why I’m talking about DC’s ‘other’ trinity today – Lois Lane, Catwoman, and Steve Trevor.
Three new series (and one miniseries) were launched by Marvel Comics this summer, in the wake of the Big Event “Death of Spider-Man”. Before you get too worried, it was Ultimate Spider-Man whose story came to an end – more on what that means in a moment. While providing a rare opportunity for closure to a long-running comics character, this gave Marvel a chance to make something of a splash during a few months when, obviously, big things were happening over at DC.