Thursday, June 16, 2005

New Comics Day

Not much from the big two, but the week was saved by Dark Horse, indies, and... WildStorm?

Day of Vengeance
Klarion the Witch Boy
Power Pack
Conan and the Jewels of Gwahlur
Strangers in Paradise
Authority: Revolution
WildSiderz (with a 'Z')

Day of Vengeance... this Crisis stuff is like crack. It's a quick high but you know it's not good for you. I think I've tapped into the secret of Infinite Crisis with the Villains United and Day of Vengeance books. DC readers are being given stories featuring appearances by every 3rd, 4th, and 5th tier villain and various supporting casts. They are all going to die. Or more simply, Infinite Crisis is going to write them out of existence. This is a really a last hurrah for the majority of these characters, because the new status quo, whatever it may be, is not going to include them.

I have no inside information on this, but I've been prophetic about such things before. And while the fate of the Flash himself seems to offer that IC will attempt to cast a permanent shadow on the DCU, many of these other guys probably aren't going to be missed. But it is nice to offer them up one last time, buy them a drink, then leave a 20 for them on the counter as you take a shower.

That whole Flash rumor tho (the one where he "might not survive the Crisis"), that's kinda neat. It ties in to the whole Crisis on Infinite Earths angle, and sets up a rather nice transition for Bart Allen to become the new Flash. The mantle of the Flash has always been transitional, and you don't think they put Bart into the Kid Flash costume for nothing, do you? Bart as the Flash suddenly gives that book/character a serious shot in the arm. Whether or not they go through with it, well 4 months and counting, right?

More on some of the week's other highlights after a good read.

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