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DC Talk – with Hal 11/14/13

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So, faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen.  Right?  Well, that’s what George Michael and Fred Drust told me.




Anyway, welcome back to Comical Musings.  This is DC Talk – with Hal, and if you’re reading this then it’s not unseen. Twice a month I feel compelled to pontificate on some goings-on within the realm of DC comics, and like it or not, that’s what I do.

So, at this point I’m prepared to call the New 52 initiative a complete failure as far as it was supposed to unify simultaneous realities within the DCU.  If Jimmy McMillan were here, he would tell you that the number of parallel universes is too damn high.  I don’t mind it so much when they are explicitly called out, as in the case of Earth 2, but Forever Evil doesn’t mesh with Superman and Wonder Woman, and I have no idea where Swamp Thing is taking place.  When taken as a whole, it looks like the “Final Crisis” was anything but final, and DC will either have to continue it’s pattern or periodic ret-cons or finally admit that there is no single canonical continuity for some of its major characters.

With that said, I am really enjoying some of DC’s current titles.  Tom Taylor has taken over the writing for Earth 2, and he hasn’t missed a beat.  In fact, I was starting to get a little bored with it over the summer – too many characters and formulaic plot development – but now I have no idea what is going to happen, and I like it.


*******Earth 2 Spoilers ahead:  you have been warned.*********


Superman is back, and he’s full-on bad, somewhat like Ultraman, but more like the Plutonian in Irredeemable . So they put Lois Lane’s mind into the Red Tornado android in hopes that she knows some way to slow him down.  Meanwhile, the new Batman is punch-kicking his way into the bowels of the Arkham military base because some of the loons kept in cold storage there might be able to help fight the Man of Steel.  Meanwhile-meanwhile, Dr. Fate got stomped pretty hard, and Khalid started prophesying something that sounds like the female Red Lantern that lives in the fire pits is about to jump into the fray.

I like when I don’t know what’s going to happen next, and Earth 2 has successfully accomplished this.  I can’t even tell if the Solomon Grundy Villain’s Month issue 23.2 took place in real time.  Is Solomon Grundy currently skulking around leather apparel retailers, or is his return to take place later?  Frankly, I don’t care.




At the same time, Swamp Thing is interesting, as always.  It seems the Green has decided to stage its own Hunger Games, of sorts, in order to see who rightfully deserves to be their avatar. *My money is on the guy made of plants with the trade mark plant-avatar face.* Swamp Thing has always been one of my brother’s secret indulgences, and their recent use of a dinosaur Swamp Thing has pulled him back in to the title.

Forever Evil is crazy as ever.  Some of the regular bad guys are teaming up to oppose the Crime Syndicate.  I’m interested to read more of Owlman’s back story in this month’s issue of Justice League.  Loyal readers will also recall that that the Green Lantern is one of my favorite characters, so I am morbidly curious to find out what is going on with Power Ring (the evil and cowardly antithesis of the Green Lantern.)  His ring seems to have a will of it’s own, and it seems to be giving it’s wearer some terrible disease.  I’m also interested to see Atomica (the evil version of the Atom) in action.  She’s supposed to be one of the most sadistic members of the Crime Syndicate, so I’m interested to see if she can live up to that description.

Finally, there was big news last week that the CW network is considering picking up Hourman as a new superhero serial.  I think Hourman’s story could provide a very interesting premise for a show, but they’ve already diverged from the character’s original premise.  Hourman was initially introduced back in the Golden Age as a chemist who could employ super powers for one hour after taking the “super-vitamin” Miraclo™.

Apparently network executives were worried that the FCC would be reluctant to green-light a series about a hero who basically obtains his super powers by taking drugs, so they have modified his power-set to align more closely with one of the later incarnations of the character.  Over the years the mantle of Hourman has been passed down to successive generations within the Hourman family, and his powers have evolved to include influencing the flow of time.  So it sounds like CW-Hourman will have kicked the Miraclo™ monkey off his back, and instead will have precognition of events that will take place over the next hour.  Oh-boy!  Maybe they can morph the show into a modernized version of Early Edition, where instead of receiving tomorrow’s newspaper, he gets tweets an hour ahead of time.

Again, Hourman’s vitamin fueled adventures were originally a product of the Golden Age,  but the concept of a hero powered by chemical dependency has reemerged as a modern trope.  Buzzkill is a new non-DC title about a hero who wants to get sober, but receives super powers from alcohol and street drugs.  Personally, I would find it more interesting if they were planning to spin the show as a cautionary tale about the dangers of performance enhancing substances.  But what do I know?  It remains to be seen if it makes it to the airwaves, and even if it does, the new superhero series on Netflix will probably be better.  I’m more eager to see if Hourman shows up in the pages of Earth 2, as they’ve been hinting about his appearance since issue #2.



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Anyway, that’s the panoramic perspective of DC as I see it.  If I left out some major story (i.e. Didio still hasn’t been fired!?) feel free to drop it in the comments below.  Also, I would be interested to read:

What Golden Age hero would you like to see turned into a live action series

That’s what the comment section is there for.  And this is what I’m here for; this has been DC Talk – with Hal.  Keep Musing, and keep the faith.



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Favorite Comics: Flaming Carrot, Prophet, Dial 'H', Silver-age Green Lantern

Defining Quote: "Y'all don't want to hear me, ya just want to dance." -Andre 3000

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