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Old 01-25-2019, 05:10 PM
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Anyone know whatever happened to Harper Row?
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Old 01-25-2019, 05:38 PM
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I think she quit batmanning to go to college.
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Old 01-25-2019, 07:18 PM
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The third volume of Young Justice Classic was a bizarre event where everyoneís ages got mixed up. My favorite writing was the weird little event-specific bios in the back.


Anyway, Young Justice, I get the gist. Iím good. Donít need to read any more comics, ever. 🙏
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Old 01-25-2019, 07:28 PM
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Are you talking about Sins of Youth? That story needs a reprint. I found it through doing a JSA reread and encountering the part where all the very old JSA members became babies and the one young JSA member had to babysit them.
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Old 01-25-2019, 07:37 PM
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Currently on Hoopla. No further YJ comics, but I think there are on DC Universe.

There is another Teen Lantern in that JSA issue, only white and male. Hard to believe!

Also this happens


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Old 01-25-2019, 10:46 PM
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Thinking more on house style: I don't know enough about the publication history of both companies or industry insider stuff to actually make this claim, but my general sense (mostly from reading Busiek/Perez Avengers and the related nearly line-wide Maximum Security event that came out around the same time), is that Marvel rushed way too far into the deep end of computer effects and coloring way before the technology was ready for it, leading to a lot of really gaudy art that was maybe novel at the time but painful to look at now.
You may be onto something there, given that in the Ď90s Marvel bought out Malibu Comics (home of the Ultraverse and the Men in Black series that became the Will Smith/Tommy Lee Jones movies) specifically for their computer coloring technology.
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Old 01-26-2019, 08:10 AM
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The third volume of Young Justice Classic was a bizarre event where everyoneís ages got mixed up. My favorite writing was the weird little event-specific bios in the back.


Anyway, Young Justice, I get the gist. Iím good. Donít need to read any more comics, ever. 🙏
I thought for a minute that was meant to be continuous. Imagine my confusion on discovering that Bruce Wayne had scales and virility.
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Old 01-26-2019, 08:24 AM
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Did not even notice that... thank you...
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Old 01-26-2019, 10:57 AM
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I knew Batman prepared for anything, but you really have to ask which contingency required developing a sexy self-inflation trick.
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Old 01-26-2019, 02:45 PM
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The DC One Million Omnibus fits extremely well into the questionable/confusing trade collection practices of the Morrison JLA run it's tied into, with two issues that are extremely obviously in the wrong order.

With big events, sometimes the order is unclear due to poor planning or editorial, so you can kind of give a pass to trades that struggle to order them. But that's not the problem here. There's an extremely clear order, the trade just . . . reverses it.

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I did like in One Million how, the present-day scenes all looked like the normal DC art style, and scenes set in the future were all garish Reboot-caliber CG blobs
I think you might be thinking of the covers? Because the covers (and what I'm guessing were the inside-cover event context explanations) do have extremely 90s CG rendering on them, but the stories inside the covers thankfully don't (at least for the first 3/4 or so of the event).
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Old 01-26-2019, 02:55 PM
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I may just be thinking of the Superman bits, actually. Action Comics had a real *thing* with Bad CG all over the place in the late 90s.
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Old 01-26-2019, 06:41 PM
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Another complaint about DC trade collection practices: This Omnibus has no table of contents, and a number of issues don't give any indication of their original title. So, there's no way to tell what issue you're reading without referring to an external source. Most of the issues do give their original title, but some of them just . . . don't.

In the page layout, there's just a blank space where the title of the issue would be. Extremely weird.

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I may just be thinking of the Superman bits, actually. Action Comics had a real *thing* with Bad CG all over the place in the late 90s.
Action Comics One Million does have 1990s Superman in the 853rd century fighting geometric shapes, but the shapes and the rest of the issue are hand-drawn. At least in the One Million event, the worst thing in Superman issues are some occasionally overdone lens flare effects and depth of field blur filter type stuff.

I think that (at least as far as One Million is concerned) you might be combing memories of (1) the fight against the hand-drawn geometric shapes in Action Comics and (2) the CG renders of geometric shapes that are on the front and inside covers of every One Million issue, which 100% definitely meet the description of "garish Reboot-caliber CG blobs."

(I've been binging on ~100 pages or so of this before bed for the past week or so and also again this afternoon flipped through what I've read to scour for CG renders, so it's all pretty fresh in my memory.)

This is not at all an expression of doubt that Action Comics did use bad CG in general, though. If they're putting these renders on the cover of every One Million event issue, then I'm sure they thought they were incredibly cool and made their way into the interiors of issues at some point or other.

Completely unfounded speculation: Maybe their CG people were so so busy doing the covers for literally every issue that they didn't have time to do it for the Action Comics interiors?

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You may be onto something there, given that in the Ď90s Marvel bought out Malibu Comics (home of the Ultraverse and the Men in Black series that became the Will Smith/Tommy Lee Jones movies) specifically for their computer coloring technology.
Oh, yeah, I remember that, but probably didn't understand that business/technology aspect of the deal. I was a dumb child and bought into the marketing hype after the buyout and ended up reading a lot of of Mantra and the short lived Exiles series with Juggernaut in it.

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Old 01-28-2019, 07:27 PM
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Comicbinding.com is a good resource for reading orders when the official omnibus just doesn't cut it.

http://comicbinding.com/mapping/dc-one-million

The fact that this exists is a) handy, and b) kinda points to how jank some of the collected runs have come out.
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Old 02-19-2019, 06:17 PM
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Nearly a month later...

Current DC is still kind of a grimdark trainwreck. :/

Business as usual. Carry on.
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Old 02-19-2019, 06:31 PM
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Unless things have changed greatly in the 6 months I've been out of comics, that really isn't true.

Apparently today DC announced a Fraction/Lieber Jimmy Olson comic and Greg Rucka on Lois Lane. So my comics hiatus is likely ending soon.
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Old 02-19-2019, 08:00 PM
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Oh yeah, I completely forgot about Fraction on Olson.

My brain just looks at the "Year of the Villain / Batman Who Laughs / DCEASED / Heroes in Crisis" parade of darker edgy books that never seem to move out of the marketing spotlight and gets frustrated.

Also: Detective 1000 is coming up, and there sure seem to be a lot of pinup variant covers... Ralph and Sue are back, so that helps even things some, but c'mon.
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Old 02-19-2019, 11:34 PM
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Hahahaha this was the first Iíd heard of this and I am *rolling* at that title. Tom Taylor did make Injustice way better and more ďclassic DCĒ than the New 52 stuff published alongside it, somehow...
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Old 03-26-2019, 11:51 AM
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Detective Comics #1000 comes out tomorrow. Anyone planning on picking it up?
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Old 04-12-2019, 02:35 PM
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Greg Rucka is writing a Lois Lane series and Matt Fraction is writing Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen

Inject this directly into my brain please!
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Old 04-12-2019, 05:15 PM
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I am 100% on board. (I wish it was written by Gwenda Bond, who writes the best Lois Lane and has shown interest in comics work)
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Old 04-12-2019, 06:04 PM
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Read Tom Kingís Mister Miracle last night. I enjoyed it overall (but boy is it a poster child for a comic not paced for serial release), but as someone with no special reverence for Kirby Iím not the best judge of its take on the Fourth World book per se (compare to the last MM book Iím aware of, Morrisonís Seven Soldiers version, which used 4W iconography but felt like its own self-contained thing).

It feels like Tom King getting a whole lot of things off his chest and the New Genesis vs Apokolips endless war thing made a serendipitous allegory for the modern eraís forever wars. In the Tom King Crypto-Iraq Trilogy, itís not nearly as dour as Sheriff of Babylon or Omega Men, but thatís largely because of the copious amounts of black humor Scott and Barda use to process their incredibly bleak childhood. Though some of it is just pure sillinessó I particularly enjoyed the ongoing visual gag of Fourth Worlders fiddling with Mother Boxes as clear smartphone stand-ins.

Iíll also say that Mitch Gerads outdoes himself on the art overall (though he does still have an Alex Maleev-y vibe on the Earthbound stuff that a lot of people wonít like and I myself am middling on), but those Nick Derington covers REALLY make me wish heíd have drawn the interiors too. Him straight-up drawing Darkseid as the Thing is probably the funniest gag in the series.

Speaking of Marvel, I think maybe the specific plot use of Funky Flashman is muddling whatever point about Stan Lee King is clearly trying to make. Especially given the character assigned the role of Kirby.
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Old 04-13-2019, 05:54 AM
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I am 100% on board. (I wish it was written by Gwenda Bond, who writes the best Lois Lane and has shown interest in comics work)

Iím still mad that Gwenda Bondís YA Lois Lane books ended with just three entries.
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How are the Injustice tie-in comics?

ďWhat if the Justice League... was bad?!?!Ē stories are a dime a dozen, but I do like the Injustice games, and heard positive things about that series, and that it gradually became so much more expansive and bugnuts than whatís shown in the games themselves.
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It takes a while, but eventually Lobo gets a green lantern ring, and then everyone in space is shocked and appalled by what Lobo naturally does with his... interesting imagination.

The Injustice comic series kind of starts way too serious with itself, but it builds in an interesting way, and eventually becomes completely insane.
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Better than you would think. I've read all of the first series and it has probably the best version of Harley Quinn since TAS. Her interactions with Green Arrow and Black Canary are great.
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Well, Iím sold.

And more trenchantly, the books are also sold.

To me.

Presently.
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Yeah, the Injustice comics take a hamhanded premise (if Superman ever got angry, he would become an absolute supreme dictator and wipe out all crime and it would be awful because reasons and exactly half of superheroes would be OK with it) and put a good spin on it.

Because they're prequels, if you've played the games, you have a pretty good idea of which characters are guaranteed to survive, and you also know that the writers had to figure out a reason to turn Hal into a Yellow Lantern, so you'll also have to forgive the writers for the reason they came up with, because even though it's not terrible, it really is a stretch to see Hal deciding to wear a yellow ring.
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Yeah injustice is just that one alternate reality justice league two part episode that gets a heavy heaping of insanity piled up on the premise in all the best ways. Itís very Comics and itís very good.
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