Thursday, May 01, 2008

Dear DC Comics,

I am writing to inform you of a mistake regarding this week's release of DC Universe 0. DC Universe 0 was released on Wednesday April 30th, 2008. I believe the date you were shooting for was April 1st.

I still commend you on an excellent prank idea. Perhaps next year you might try something with the Waynes.

A loyal customer.
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  1. Maybe it'll pick up as it keeps going. But like Marvel's SI I was pretty underwhelmed so far. But I'm not a Johns fan so I wasn't as hyped for it as everyone else was. I don't know. I was one of the few who didn't care for much of 52 either, the only other thing with both Johns & Morrison involved I can think of...

    But I'm also buying next to nothing "regular" DC right now (I think Blue Beetle might be it. And without Rogers, thats going to be on the bubble) so it won't have much affect on what I read...

    You're a GL fan so this looks like it will tie heavily into your DC pulls...

  2. I don't think it will be as bad as everyone thinks. At least we finally saw that all the Lucky Charms Lanterns were doing in a page.

    I do feel like I paid for a 50 cent ad though.

  3. It was a little cheap for a comic book, but at 50 cents I don't feel ripped off.

    As for you-know-who's return, I don't mind him coming back for this story. I just hope he doesn't stick around afterwards.

  4. Personally, I'm holding out to the Thomas Wayne/ Uncle Ben Power Hour.

  5. I actually felt pretty excited at the end and I wholeheartedly disagree with bringing Barry back. Good execution.

  6. I think Morrison is going to make him the first of his own pantheon of New Gods. Because he's just that nuts.

    The spartans thing was pretty lame, though.

  7. Ooh. Barry as a Morrison Even Newer God? That could so work.

    Funny, just last night, I was thinking, "Jeez, they've brought Bucky and Jason Todd back. The only comic book deaths that are untouchable are Barry and Skurge -- and they've teased about Barry three or four times already."

  8. Barry can't be permanent. They must know there's no room for him. I'm optimistic that it's just for this story, and that he'll take up some position as the steward of the Multiverse or something. Especially with the "This is me. These are my protectors," talk.

    I loved the reveal, though. Has that ever been done, a character reveal through internal monologue text box art? It was so subtle and powerful. The red seeping in, the emergence of the logo, and that last page of lightning across the moon over a city. No cliche hands coming out of a grave.

  9. Good execution.

    Well, see, that's the thing, it hasn't finished executing yet. This could be good, and between this and this week's Action Comics, There's a lot of love for the DCU and DCU history on display. But this reminds me a lot of the start of Infinite Crisis: Great concepts, interesting stuff in place, and a generally fantastic start followed by poor finish, bad editorial coordination, and
    unsatisfying climax (Every villain on earth attacks Metropolis, resulting in a battle that runs...three pages). That series felt like a 12-part story that just stopped around issue 7.

    Morrison, too, incredible though he can be, is an ideas man who can blow the finish with weak finales. Anyone who can create DC One Million Gets all kinds of credit in my book, but Seven Soldiers klind of had the same pattern of incredible ambition followed by a rushed finale (supposedly cut by many pages, so not entirely his fault, but still...).

    Barry can't be permanent.

    I hope you're right, I really do. Given the ham handed handling of character deaths lately though, I think I'll take the under on that bet.

  10. I didn't mean it was bad. Not Morrison or Johns best work (and there was one GL-related bit that made me cringe), but I didn't put it down with a bad taste in my mouth.

    I'm just saying, there's no way under Hel's dining room table that I'm believing Barry Allen is back for good. They've played this one way too often to fool me. Maybe the NYT philistines believe this is big, but all I'm seeing is Barry's biannual crossover guest appearance.

  11. I just can't bring myself to care one way or another. Death, resurrection, sure. Fine, DC. Whatever you say. I'll just look my favorite characters up on Wikipedia to see what their current status is.

    I hate to sound all "cynical fanboy" here, but Marvel and DC have really just strip-mined my enthusiasm for the medium with these stunts. I've retreated into the world of Essentials and Showcase Presents, back when all this stuff was done for the first time by writers who were making up new ideas, not just rehashing old ones.

    Sorry if I buzzkilled anyone. (Everyone.)

  12. Ragnell, was it the the pronoun Ganthet and Sayd used?

  13. Oh heck, I liked it. Especially the part where Hal admits that he's never paid any attention to Black Hand's powers, because that's exactly the sort of thing that Hal WOULD so. No wonder John looked pained.

  14. sallyp,

    That was kind of funny. I am reminded of a famous NFL Quarterback Brett Favre who asked his coach what nickel defense was like 7 years into his career. Hal is a lunkhead.

    I must say, except for Benes, the art was pretty darn good. Usually, multiple artists make reading a comic a jarring experience, but apparently not so much when most of the talent is good. Love Manhke and Master Perez.

    I liked the execution of this particular long form preview is what I meant. Especially the clever lettering. But, then I like to get to movies early so I can catch cool preview.

  15. By giving Barry this much lead-in through the narration of DC #0, I have to bet that he's going to be here for something long-term. Granted, I'm not very happy with that, but I'm willing to let it play out and see where it goes.

    My main concern is cramming DC with too many speedsters and making the idea of a legacy hero a joke (they even killed off the Kid Flash, which makes it even worse), but having Barry as one of those New Gods Morrison keeps pushing could work.