In which, Andrew and Tracy have a conversation with David Gallaher, Harvey nominee and the writer on Green Lantern Convergence, as well as Papercutz comic The Only Living Boy. An avid comic fan since nearly infancy, Gallaher uses his storytelling skills as a role playing GM as well as a writer. Also in this episode, Andrew gets a comprehensive synopsis of the Convergence concept from Gallaher, and Tracy overuses the word “brilliant.”
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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, or so the old saying goes. While this might be true sometimes, it is just as often the excuse given to justify taking someone else’s ideas and trying to claim them as one’s own. The comic industry is no exception. From the very early days, once a hero started to become popular, it was only a matter of time before someone else was slapping a slightly different costume on an eerily similar creation and packaging it to sell.
Written by Geoff Johns, Art by John Romita Jr.
I would like to preface this review by saying that I am not much of a Superman fan. I have nothing against the Man of Steel, but I don’t often find myself being drawn into his stories. However, when I discovered that Superman was being written by Geoff Johns with art by John Romita Jr., I found myself compelled to start reading.
Aside from being one of the more prolific writers in modern comics, Geoff Johns is also one of the best. Quite honestly, for him to get me to care about a Superman book, he really has to be. This is now the fourth issue that Johns and Romita have done and though not the strongest so far, it’s still a solid issue. So far Superman has been introduced to and teamed up with a man who goes by Ulysses, who has powers similar to that of Superman and has a backstory that takes quite a bit from the Superman mythos. While enjoyable, issue 35 has unfortunately hit on several clichés, some that are easily recognizable from Johns’ ten year run on Green Lantern. Though he lacks the same megalomania, Ulysses is beginning to show the same “order through control” mindset that so often characterizes Sinestro. One particular scene has Ulysses asking Superman the age-old question of why he doesn’t just force the people of Earth to be peaceful. Unfortunately Superman doesn’t have much of an answer. What Johns does very well, though, is the dialogue between supporting characters. The back and forth between Lois Lane and Perry White is believable, while the slight jabs and cuts the other reporters take at one another are the kind of thing I would expect in such a competitive field.
While this may not have been Johns’ strongest issue, Romita Jr. showed no signs of slacking off. It’s no secret that talking heads are not Romita Jr.’s strong suit, but thankfully this issue has plenty of action as well. Romita Jr. also does a great job of conveying the effects of weather and water in general. This issue in particular has an amazing two page spread of Superman and Ulysses lifting a cargo ship out of the water from beneath and the water is just pouring off of them in spectacular fashion. It also demonstrates that while the lift is well within Superman’s abilities, it isn’t an easy matter for him. The effort required is plainly visible on the faces of both men. It is quite obvious that Romita Jr. takes his art cues less from his father, and more from Jack Kirby. There are multiple pages that are filled with Kirby inspired backgrounds and technology.
Although Superman has never been a part of my regular reading list, as long as this team is working on it, I will be checking it out. I’m excited to see where the story will go next. 3.5/5 Death Stars.
The biggest news by far this week came out Wednesday with HBO announcing they would be starting a streaming service. I, like many people, have been getting more and more annoyed with the idiotic cost of cable TV, but continue to pay for it because it’s the only way to get HBO and get my Game of Thrones fix. Now that HBO is going to making their content available for $15 a month, I’ll be ditching cable. And while I don’t think this will be the end of cable TV as we know it, it definitely is stirring the pot a little bit.
HBO says they’re trying to reach the 10 million homes that don’t have cable, but I think all they’re going to do is increase that number.
Also on Wednesday, DC announced its film line up through 2020. While this lineup is on par with what Marvel has done so far, it does strike me as a little ambitious. DC’s track record for movies has been a bit more mixed than Marvel’s. Admittedly The Dark Knight Trilogy did very well, but Man of Steel wasn’t quite as strong, and Green Lantern was a complete box office disaster. On a positive note, the line up itself looks like good choices, with the exception of Suicide Squad. I love quirky Harley Quinn as much as the next person, but I’m just not sure that’s going to work on the big screen. Hopefully I’m wrong, though.
I’m also looking forward to Jason Momoa as Aquaman. That guy is a total badass.
Finally, NYCC has over taken San Diego as the largest comic book convention in America, at least as far as attendance is concerned. ReedPOP is reporting that 151,000 people attended NYCC over all four days. Last year the con was limited to 133,000 people, but the organizers were able to increase this number by selling more single day tickets to Thursday and Friday. Even with this increased number, the general feeling was that the convention didn’t feel nearly as much like bedlam as it had the last couple years, especially on Saturday. And while it may now boast a larger attendance that San Diego, NYCC still lacks some the big movie and TV announcements that fans have come to expect at SDCC.
I’m curious to see what San Diego does in response.