Superman #3 came out this week and continued a sort of up and down ride on this title. Plotters/storytellers Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason are joined by Jorge Jimenez (the eventual artist on Super-Sons) to spin a new origin for the Eradicator and move the main plot around Jon forward.
I have to be honest. It has been quite some time since an Eradicator existed in the DCU. So it is hard for me to quite remember exactly where the character was in the pre-New 52 world. Wasn't he a sort of anti-hero in the Outsiders at the end? I don't think he was a out and out villain. I ask the question only because I am trying to reconcile Superman's immediate response here.
I am also trying to wrap my head around the Eradicator's new power set. There is something off about it. Does it fit the character? Does it make sense? Did we have to see the last scene in this book? Did we have to see another pet get injured?
I suppose I should be happy that, for the most part, Superman has acted like a Superman I can root for in this Rebirth world. And Jorge Jimenez art has always been delicious. So visually the book is striking.
But after last issue's step forward post Goldie, this issue felt like another step back.
I know that SDCC starts today. But I'm not going to be there. Instead, I am finding it Hard to believe that in just about 3 weeks from now I'll be standing in line to get into the Boston Comic Con. I have been going to this con since its inception and have been impressed with how it has grown.
Over the last couple of years, the con has started to invite some celebrities to the event but the focus is always on the comics. This year they added a tag line espousing that ideal. "True to comics, committed to fans." I like it.
There is the usual glut of fantastic guests coming this year. And so I thought I would present the list of commission hopes. As you know, I try my best to get 4-5 commissions each year from this con. If I get my top two, I'll be thrilled. But as always, there are others I am hopeful for. And, as usual, the Grail piece will be within eyeshot but most like unattainable.
Here are the commission hopes.
Terry Dodson - I have always been impressed with the sheer beauty of Dodson's work. From the first Peter David Supergirl story in Showcase 96 to runs on Daredevil, Xmen, and Wonder Woman, I have always been drawn to his art.
This is the first time that I'll be seeing Dodson at a convention and so I'll be running to his table first in hopes of getting a Supergirl from him. I am leaning towards the Matrix style costume for Dodson although I might ask him if he'd be interested in doing the 70s version I have become just as fond of.
Jae Lee - My second commission hope is Jae Lee. Lee's stuff is just breath taking. I gushed about his work on Batman/Superman. I especially like the way he draws women. His Huntress, Supergirl, Wonder Woman, and Lois were all just gorgeous. Like Dodson, I haven't seen Lee at other conventions I have been to so I am hoping to get on the list.
If I'm able to get these two and nothing else I will be thrilled. I love both their styles. Fingers crossed. But on to the others.
From the beginning, I have been behind the #Rebirth idea. When Geoff Johns publicity piece streamed onto my iPad and he talked about bringing back a feeling legacy and heroism to the DCU, I was thrilled. Because I feel, for the most part, I suffered through the New 52 era. Take a moment and think if there is any arc or title from the last 5 years that will be considered classic or will be a run that you will go back and reread every couple of years.
I guess I would say Morrison's early Action and Supergirl from Red Lantern on. Maybe the Azzarello/Chiang Wonder Woman because it was daring. But besides that ....
So I wondered and worried if #Rebirth would stumble out of the gate. Would it be a jumping off point? Or would the new tone, new titles, and better price point bring readers (both old and new) to the DCU.
New Superman #1, the latest addition to the Superman Family and one of the first new books in thepost-Rebirth world.
I wasn't sure if I was going to be on board for the book. The writer of the book is Gene Luen Yang and I feel Yang stumbled so badly with The Truth that I thought maybe I should stand clear. I very much enjoyed his Boxers and Saints books. But for me, The Truth was a chore to get through.
Still, I wondered if this was more in Yang's wheelhouse. And the idea of a Superman in China was somewhat interesting. I never really latched onto Morrison's Great Ten. So maybe it was time for a fresh start.
The art is done by Viktor Bogdanovic. I haven't seen work by Bogdanovic before. It is sort of a scratchy economical style. I thought for sure this book would have a much more stylized look. I guess I'll have to see what I think over time.
For me, the biggest hook for the book is that the hero is something of a bully. We are used to the picked on kids get powers. We have seen good people get powers. But the character of Kenan Kong is something of a jerk. There is a tragic background here and maybe he is compensating a bit. How will he respond to having powers. Remember, the New 52 Superboy was something of a punk and that did not work. Will Yang be able to pull it off?
Over on Twitter, my buddy Greg Araujo has a nice little thing going. He will read old comics and tweet out the #ComicBookAds. For old folks like me who remember these crazy ads fondly, it is a walk down memory lane.
Occasionally he posts one which grabs me. Like the one above. I have never seen this one before and it talks about Supergirl, using the famous image of her from that time.
It touts that DC has 'The Three First Ladies of Comicdom!', Wonder Woman, Lois Lane, and Supergirl. And each one has a little blurb describing the current ongoings in their title.
"Despite Supergirl's epic feats - she is faced with the every day problems a teenage girl has!"
I suppose that it is because she is on a journey and growing that I love her as a character. And it does say she performs epic feats. So I like it.
As for Wonder Woman, she is again 'Miss Number One!'. And Lois won't 'give up on the big ' S-shield.
This is pure "end of the Silver Age/beginning of the Bronze Age" DC. I love it!
The ad was lifted from Girls' Love Stories #177 from May 1973.
I suppose that this might explain why the ad talks about the characters' personal lives as well as their adventures.
But I am amazed that this book has a #177! That is basically unheard of in this day and age of renumbering and short leashes on titles.
I thought it might be interesting to take a peek at the titles starring the three First Ladies of Comics from early 1973 to see what their covers looked like.