If you haven’t read Trinity War, you might be wondering what the hell just happened. If you have read it, you’re probably wondering the same thing. To be honest, it’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, but we’ve jumped ahead in time and suddenly we’re not sure of how the events unfolded between the end of Trinity War and Forever Evil #1.
It kinda works. We’re basically at the same knowledge level than the rest of the world. The Crime Syndicate is making their appearance with one hell of a pitch to every supervillain from the DC universe: The Justice League is dead, we’re in charge. Nightwing becomes their first victim as he is captured and- ok, you will have to see that one for yourself.
Ultraman, Superwoman, Owlman, Power Ring, Deathstorm, Johnny Quick and Atomica are not making this statement lightly. They’ve brought souvenirs. You probably can guess that the Justice League is not really dead, or if they are it’s just temporary, but basically it’s your worst disaster scenario. And I guess I don’t have to point this out: notoriously missing from the trinkets they show is any that represents… (like I even have to say it)… Batman.
DC Comics has also started rolling out villainous-takeover issues. Batman #23.1 aka Joker #1 was… interesting. It broke the flow of the current Zero Issue arc though. So I guess that -and everything else on the DC- will be put on hold while Forever Evil rises.
I want to say that it’s gimmicky but isn’t everything in comics that way? I’m kinda falling for it already. Hopefully they won’t blow it on the next issue. Recommended with reservations.
On other DC comics, Batwoman #23 came out last week but I’m reviewing this one because some major changes are about to befall the character.
The creative team behind the comic is leaving DC Comics after this run, which is coming close to end in the next issue. The Mary Sue reports Batwoman‘s J. H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman decided to walk out after constant editorial interference. Apparently one of the major issues was DC’s ban on having characters marry, in this case Kate Kane and her girlfriend Maggie Sawyer.
The statement from the publisher is the following:
As acknowledged by the creators involved, the editorial differences with the writers of BATWOMAN had nothing to do with the sexual orientation of the character.
DC Comics has updated their position via a Dan Didio statement explaining that they can’t have ANY of their characters getting married and living happy lives because their commitment is always to their superhero career, and that’s not going to change. They also give the example of Aquaman and Mera never getting married. Regardless of whether I buy this angle or not it’s just shitty.
Additionally, Blackman had promised a satisfying conclusion and leaving a lasting impression on issue #26. But now Dan Didio has already stated that Batwoman will get a new writer as soon as issue #25. I’m watching this closely, but I dread DC’s about to shoot itself in the foot.
Let’s take a breath of fresh air and go to Marvel Comics, were Venom #40 continues exploring Venom’s sidekick and latest symbiote, Andrea Benton who goes by Mania. I still don’t know how I feel about this. I was kinda hoping it wouldn’t last in the beginning, now I’m on the fence.
The idea of sidekicks dates back to the golden age of comics. They were younger, brasher and were thought of a way for fans to live out the fantasy of hanging out with their favorite hero (I don’t think that ever worked). The other reason was to allow heroes to bounce ideas off someone else so they wouldn’t seem like crazy types that talk to themselves. That reason has also expired.
The fact that the story arc is named Mania might mean some dark designs for Andi though. One of the biggest questions so far is how the bonding was so instantaneous, and the answer might imply a conversation I’d really want to take place: Flash Thompson could end up talking one and one, face to face, man to symbiote, with Venom. Very meta. Please make that happen.
Recommended because doubts or no doubts I can’t really stop reading it.
Also, Superior Spider-Man #17 just put Spider-Ock against Spider-Man from 2099. Like just. So, I’ll review the next issue. Hang on.
That will do for now
- September 13-15: Montreal Comic-con 2013