Jan. 21st, 2009 08:21 am
slyjinks: (Batman: Squirt)
Okay. So apparently reading Final Crisis #6 right before going to bed leads to a crazy mix-mash of dreams/nightmares. Considering Final Crisis #6 reads like a crazy mix-mash of dreams/nightmares, this shouldn't be shocking.

(Seriously. When one of the moments used to slow the pace of a book involves the three Flashes, something's gone weird.)

This brings to mind a comment made by one of the guys who works the counter at my comic store a few weeks back, when he realized that Morrison was behind both Batman RIP and Final Crisis: "What, did DiDio just hand the keys to the DC Universe over to a crazy Scottsman and say, 'Here, have fun, and don't worry about scuffing it up'?" My answer (after a Google session confirmed that Morrison is, indeed, from Scottland and not England) was, "That's about what it looks like."

In other news. That Batman: Battle for the Cowl ad at the end. Well, you guys know what portion of it has this little fangirl excited. The thing is, in those style ads, supposedly just about everything is a clue, from where the characters are standing to what each character is looking at to everything else, and the fact that his raised hand covers the good part of his face is a bad omen. I can not even guess what most of the other stuff means, although I'm pretty sure the Batman-with-guns is Deadshot, especially when you consider that he once tried to set himself up as a Batman-replacement.

The actual ad-image behinc cut. )

Edit: Poking around the interwebs, it looks like just about everyone but me seems to htink Batman-with-guns is Jason Todd (except for the ones who think he was the Demon Bat). The two more generic looking Batmen are probably Tim Drake and Dick Grayson.
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One of the things I've come to love about the DC comics universe is its generational aspect. That is, the way hero names and legacies get picked up and carried on from one generation to the next, a fact that doesn't always require the death of the previous name holder (see: multiple active Flashes, Wildcats, etc), although it usually calls for the incapactiation of a previous nameholder, temporary or permanent. After awhile, though, you can't help but notice the way DC seems to use this method to slowly introduce more ethnic and gender diversity in what is largely a white male hero population. Pretty clever, that! I'm not here to defend or condemn the practice, but just to look at as many examples of it as I can dig up. Some people can't stand replacements - me, I tend to have my favorites in each group, and sometimes they're the new guys, and sometimes they're the old guys. Often, I like one better than the others but still like them all enough that I'd want to see everyone active, even if I realize that's not always likely.

I'm going to be using a list of JSA members and JLA members, and probably at least look over the Titans members, mostly because in the DCU, just about everyone ends up in the JLA, the JSA, or some team with 'Titans' in the name at some time or the other, and bring up a list of characters who were replaced with "more diverse" versions. In some cases, the replacements were, themselves, replaced, but still, I'll include them. This isn't really an exhaustive list or study... just me poking around Wikipedia for awhile, and giving my thoughts on some of the characters.

The fact that I'm putting this up on MLK day is complete and utter coincidence.

The list behind cut! )

Okay. I missed lots. I know I did, mostly because I got tired of making the list. Anyone else have any to add on?
slyjinks: (Batman: Squirt)
Clearly, there is something villainous about combining the colors of green and purple, and no good can come of it. And to support my random assertation, I'm going to make a list of evil green-and-purple wearing dudes! Feel free to add any I forget

Lex Luthor
Green Goblin
The Constructicons
The Lizard
Chameleon (suggested by [livejournal.com profile] invisiblemoose)
Dr Octopus (suggested by [livejournal.com profile] invisiblemoose)
Scorpion (suggested by [livejournal.com profile] invisiblemoose)
Fin Fang Foom (suggested by [livejournal.com profile] the_baron)
Kang the Conqueror (suggested by [livejournal.com profile] invisiblemoose)
Immortus (suggested by [livejournal.com profile] invisiblemoose)
The Melter (suggested by [livejournal.com profile] invisiblemoose)
The Skrulls (suggested by [livejournal.com profile] invisiblemoose)

I am debating putting Hulk on here on an honorary basis, because, although he's technically a good guy (usually), he's frequently on the wrong side of the law and causes a rather lot of desctruction.

I'm sure I'm missing bunches. This is but a small sampling!
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Well, okay, technically she's going biblical. I just read too many Transformers comics. >_>
slyjinks: (Akroma)
With honorable mention to Superman Beyond 3-D, which is getting delayed for the same reason as Last Will and Testament. Full review to come, but a quick note of: I really, really liked it. Also, some of the pages looked pretty darned awesome with the 3-D glasses on, but for best impact you should already have them on the first time you turn to those pages.

Erm. Potential for spoilers.

Robin #177 )

Rann-Thanagar Holy War #4 )

Reign In Hell #2 )
slyjinks: (Batman: Squirt)
I pick up my comics every other week these days, and I'm not even close to working my way through the latest batch, but I figured I'd make a few comments over what I've been reading so far. Spoilers ahoy!

Transformers Animated: The Arrival #1 )

DC Universe Last Will and Testament - While I've read it, I won't be posting my thoughts until it gets added to the Final Crisis Annotations blog, since it is apparently scheduled to be added. Mostly because I want to see what they have to say first, and because I'm hoping it'll clear up some personal confusion, such as when the heck this takes place. By the way, for anyone following any of the Final Crisis books or tie-ins, I highly recommend that blog. Do I consider it essential to make sense of Final Crisis? No, I don't. But it's nice for clearing up the small points. And for pointing out continuity errors that I might not have picked up on otherwise. As a side note, Final Crisis, and DC comics in general, is an example of books that provide enough enjoyable content (stories, action, characterization, etc) that I'm willing to tolerate quite a bit in the way of continuity self-contradiction.

Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds, 1 of 5 )

Runaways - Runaways ends old runs and starts again at number one on a regular basis, and this is their newest number one. I don't know what the hell volume they're on at this point. I do know that the new art style just does not do it for me. What's more, they seem to have lost... something. I'm not sure. But the level of wit that I've seen in previous runs just isn't there. I'll give it one or two more issues, but this book is definitely on the, "In danger of being dropped" list.

Batman/Superman #51 )
slyjinks: (Akroma)
... but for some strange reason, I find this page to be one of the creepier comic book pages I've seen in awhile. Like I said, I don't even understand it affects me this way, and I don't expect other people to have the same reaction... I suppose it in part plays to my technophilic nature.

Final Crisis #3 Spoiler Page )

In other news, Booster Gold spoiler )
slyjinks: (Batman: Squirt)
Just finished reading Booster Gold #1,000,000, which is, I believe, the issue between 9 and 10. It's hard to keep track, what with all their numbering oddness.

This one issue had me both tearing up and laughing out loud (though not at the same moment). Yeah, yeah, I know I'm a sap, but still... soooooooooooooooooo good. It's seriously vying for a spot on my top five list.

And apparently the book is set to continue for another year. Huzzah!
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The (mostly) spoilerless verict: Pretty good. A nice, solid example of that all too rare animal: Western, traditional cell animation not made for kids (they show blood! Gasp!).

The negatives: Not as good as the series/graphic novel, and there's some concern on my part that viewers who haven't read said graphic novel might get a bit confused on some points. Anyone who's seen the cartoon first, or saw the cartoon before reading the graphic novel is encouraged to chime in.

Edit: I will point out that the graphic novel is amazingly awesome, dense (material-wise), and [i]long[/i]. So I do understand that they did have to cut a lot out of it, and that they squeezed in as much as possible. So 'not as good' isn't really that strong a negative.
slyjinks: (Akroma)
For anyone who, like, cares about my comic book reading habits, I will be dropping DC's Infinity Inc. for the following reasons:

1) They've got a whole X-Men-like "Let's use superpowers as a metaphor for every issue that's ever made any young person feel like an outsider, and then have popular opinion be suspicious of said young people over those superpowers, so those young people have to prove that people need to be judged as individuals and not just because they've got powers" thing going on, and the X-Men made me completely sick of that theme. The added bonus of, "Let's tie their superpowers into their individual psychosis!" is... not really a bonus.

2) The book and its characters are, for the most part, not really that interesting otherwise.

3) One of the few characters in the book that I do like, in fact, the only reason I was reading it in the first place, is John Henry Irons. He, however, is acting as an armchair advisor (the team's Professor X, if you will), and is neither wearing the suit nor wielding the hammer.

4) If you're going to give me a book with John Henry Irons, I want the hammer as well, damn it!!

Four is the most important point.
slyjinks: (Batman: Squirt)
All bow and arrow wielding superhero-types must have at least one scene where they are firing while upside-down during the moment of apex during an aerial flip.

They must.


(Looks like my standards for awesome are pretty high sometimes, too. ¬_¬ )


Jan. 24th, 2008 06:47 pm
slyjinks: (Batman: Squirt)
From Justice League #14. Yes, I know that was a couple of months back. I'm behind.

Squee Behind Cut. )

It's funny. When I was in my teens and early twenties, this belonged to that portion of the superhero genre that was too childish and silly and kiddy and that I was much too mature for.

Now? Seeing it again, and canon, makes me squee.
slyjinks: (Batman: Squirt)
I love it when Dini writes Batman. He uses the same characterization for most of these characters as he did in B:TAS (naturally), so when I'm reading the comic, I can hear the B:TAS VAs saying the lines in my head.

That said, the following lines made me cringe:

Talia: How did you find this?
Batman: Echo-location. The ice around this part of the glacier has been deliberately cut to reflect on optical illusion. It looked like a solid wall when it wasn't. I sent a radar signal through the circuitry in my cowl. The waves bounced back, showing the outline of the opening. Light can't fool sound.

Erm, Mr. Dini? Radar =/= echo-location, and sound =/= radio waves.
slyjinks: (Batman/Superman: Hugs!)
There's both good and bad in this mini-series (Bad: ARGH! DC! Stop it with all these 52/Countdown/Final Crisis tie-in mini-series, damn it!), but to me, at least, part of the good is just in the way that Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman interact with each other. The dialogue is very sparse and written in such a way that it conveys the idea that these three don't need to use a lot of words with each other. They know each other well enough that they can, to an extent, predict how each other think. Also, while there's obvious friendship, it's also obvious that they don't always agree, and that none of them have any problems expressing their disapproval of the others.

Really, for me, the series would be worth it just for their interaction alone, which is good, since it doesn't have all that much else going for it.

Sample from issue #2 behind cut. )

Well, I enjoyed it, anyway. ¬_¬


Sep. 17th, 2007 10:35 am
slyjinks: (Hubble Shot: Eye of Heaven)
*Reads JSA #9.*

*Gets to last page.*

*Falls over. With a 'thud.'*

Spoiler. )
slyjinks: (Hubble Shot: Eye of Heaven)
I admit it: I get the Justice League Unlimited comics. I used to get the comics based off the old B:TAS until they stopped making them, and was very, very disappointed when they were discontinued. Now? I just feel obligated to support any comic based on the Timm-verse, even if it tends to be childish, preachy, and choppily paced.

That's how it normally is. This issue? This issue was a real gem. Sure, the pacing is still a bit odd, but otherwise it was an unexpectably enjoyable issue. I found it so good that I decided to share it (since I think odds favor that not many people on my flist read it). A real fun Question issue!

Many many graphics behind cut. )
slyjinks: (Redbay: Something Fishy)
Worked through another coloring tutorial. Kind of. I wouldn't recommend it, even if I could find it on the web. It promises to be an animation-style coloring tutorial, and then advises things like smudging to get more realistic shading patterns (erm, if the goal is animation/cell style, why?), and for shading, advises you jump around using lighter and darker colors instead of dodge, burn, screen, and multiply. In fact, it specifically advises against using those, and then doesn't explain why. I pretty much ignored that bit. "Photoshop has any number of wonderful tools designed to make your job as an artist easier. You must avoid using these at every cost." Erm... why?

To practice, I colored in part of a Hawkgirl picture from a Justice League coloring book. I did smudge, but I ignored the bit about not using dodge and burn, because that seemed silly.

Here's the pic. )

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