Heroes & Villains: Monsterverse Titanthology, Infinite Frontier #1

We’ve been receiving a frankly obscene amount of rain in my little corner of REDACTED, Michigan. So much so that I’m beginning to rethink my decision to store my comics in my basement…but it’s not like I’ve got anything of value down there. I lost 30+ years worth of comics in the Great Flood of 2014.

Flooding here, drought in the southwest, some of the hottest temperatures on record in the Pacific Northwest. It’s almost like the climate is changing or something. A little escape into comics is just what the doctor ordered. Granted it’s a doctor that has had their medical license revoked…but still.

Monsterverse Titanthology
Arvid Nelson, Allen Passalaqua (W)
ZID, Drew Edward Johnson (A)
Legendary Comics

Giant monsters destroying the earth? Cool. At least it’s not us for a change.

But, when you consider that Godzilla was pretty much a response to post-WWII Atomic Era panic in Japan…it starts to make a bit more sense. We were the real monsters all along!

When I decided to check out the Monsterverse Titanthology it was purely as an outsider since I haven’t seen any of the Monsterverse movies. I was burned too badly by 1998’s Godzilla to be honest. I’m not saying I’ll never see them since I’m largely a fan of some of the involved directors. Jordon Vogt-Roberts had an excellent takedown of that YouTube channel that produces the garbage “Everything Wrong With (blank film) In Under x Minutes” videos. Michael Dougherty who directed two of my favorite holiday movies (Trick ‘r Treat, Krampus) was responsible for Godzilla: King of the Monsters. So, I’m not dismissing these movies entirely.

Monsterverse Titanthology is, as the name suggests, a giant collection of King Kong and Godzilla miniseries with a page count somewhere north of 200 pages. If you’re a fan of these movies this title is for sure going to give you more of what you’re into, and I’ll admit that as a neophyte I wasn’t entirely lost and ended up finding the books quite enjoyable. To the best of my knowledge, the titles contained therein are of a similar ilk to the old Star Wars Expanded Universe stories. They serve to inform the the larger world the movies inhabit bit they’re not particularly essential reading.

Last Week in DC Comics Today

Infinite Frontier #1
Joshua Williamson (W)
Xermanico (A)
DC Comics

Yes, it’s another book from last week I’m covering today. It’s my column, I’ll do what I want to do.

Blurb!

When our heroes saved the Multiverse from Perpetua in Dark Nights: Death Metal, everything was put back where it belonged…and we do mean everything. All the damage from all the Crises was undone, and heroes long thought gone returned from whatever exile they had been in.

Most of them, at least.

Alan Scott, the Green Lantern from the Justice Society of America, has noticed some of his allies are still missing in action and he’s determined to find them. There are others, though, who would rather remain hidden than explain themselves, like Roy Harper, a.k.a. Arsenal, a man who should be dead but now is not. Plus, what does all this mean for the DCU’s place in the Multiverse? On opposite sides of a dimensional divide, both Barry Allen and President Superman ponder this question. Not to mention the Darkseid of it all! Or a team of Multiversal heroes called Justice Incarnate!

As I probably touched on a bit last week, it seems like a lot of what DC has been doing since Dark Nights: Death Metal ended has been one big apology tour and course correction. Don’t get it twisted, I’m all for comics companies trying new stuff but every now and then you get Marvel’s One More Day or DC’s Heroes In Crisis. To their credit, DC has been pretty quick to un-do what they done did with HIC (if my prediction about the next issue of The Flash is to be believed) since Roy Harper is now somehow back in the DCU. I’m not sure of this version of him still has the siiiiiick tribal tats he got during the New 52 or not.

We also get to spend some time with OG GL Alan Scott which is always nice. I’m very curious to see how DC will approach his recent coming out in Infinite Frontier #0. I’m hopeful it will be better than how Marvel handled Iceman’s coming out which amounted to the character getting his own series (penned by Sina Grace) that they didn’t support and then canned after a handful of issues.

The scope of Infinite Frontier does feel appropriately epic especially since the Multiverse is involved. It will be interesting to see how DC handles the new “everything happened!” continuity because it seems like it could be a lot of fun. Personally, I’m hoping for the return of the Elseworlds imprint!

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