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By Lam Thuy Vo
For decades, “X-Men” author Chris Claremont kept handwritten notes about characters such as Wolverine and Magneto in dozens of boxes in the closet and basement of his Brooklyn apartment – as well as his mother-in-law’s house.
Perhaps not many outside of the comics fanboy community would consider this ephemera worthy of preservation, since even Mr. Claremont’s wife wanted to “get the crap out of the house,” he said. But Columbia University’s libraries deemed the journals, fan mail and correspondence important enough to be part of its archives.
Mr. Claremont’s 2011 donation is a game-changing addition to the university’s collection of graphic novels and related materials, which grew out of a pet project of librarian Karen Green.
“I think that our buying of comics and science fiction shows that we understand the value of things we used to see as perishable or less scholarly,” said Ms Green. It’s “not something we went after systematically before.” But now they are, she added.
The “X-Men” collection represents a core “around which we hope to build a collection of rich, comic-related material,” said Erik Wakin, Curator of Manuscripts at Columbia University during a symposium in March.
Graphic novels and the comic form — or what Ms. Green called “marginalized literature” — have crept into the mainstream in the form of television shows, young adult novels and Hollywood blockbusters. Preserving their history and documenting their rise from fringe to pop culture shows a further elevation of comic books as an art form.
So far I’ve liked all of the #0 issues that I’ve read. I haven’t ~loved~ any of them, but I liked them well enough. I think it helped that I changed my mindset before reading. I knew things were gonna be different, and in accepting that, I prepared myself to be open to what the writers/artists had to offer. And you know what? It wasn’t terrible. In fact, alot of it was interesting and can lead to more interesting characterization/stories.
Still missing the old continuity, but I can see good things coming from what’s happening now. Anyway, there isn’t anything I can change about there being a reboot, so I’m just going to make the best of what’s being offered now.
The Super Series by Rene Gagnon
I’m getting kind of tired of people on Tumblr complaining about DC all the time. I know that I’ve posted my concerns and disapointments about things that they’ve been doing in the new 52, so I’m definitely not trying to say that everyone should just suck it up and take whatever is given to us. There comes a point though where you have to see things from DC’s point of view. We should remind ourselves that they’re not some evil organization that’s trying to ruin everything we love about comics; they’re just a company trying to sell their product in the best way they can. Picking apart every.single.thing that DC does and vilifying them as some supervillain that’s out to kill the fun in your life is just really pointless and false. I honestly feel that there are some people that will pick apart absolutely anything that DC does, just because they’re mad that DC decided not to bring back they’re character or something.
Of course, you’re entitled to your opinions and are allowed to complain about as many things as you want. I’m just sayin’ it’s annoying.
So it looks like DC put a “Who’s Who” page in the back of this month’s Zero issues, as a way to re-introduce the rebooted characters to readers. Seems a bit of a foolish idea, since the creators should be introducing the characters in the regular issues, and if they can’t do that effectively, there are some bigger problems ahead.
The biographies for Power Girl and the Huntress in the back of this week’s Worlds’ Finest #0 (I hope to get to a review of that sometime next week, but I will say I thought it was a good comic) were… acceptable. Again, I think not really needed, since the title has only had four issues prior to this one. But it was mostly… acceptable.
But one thing really, really bugged me — something that I suspect is replicated across all of the “Who’s Who” features in the Zero issues:
No, DC Comics, I don’t care how much you want us to love the Reboot and accept that as ALL THERE EVER HAS BEEN, it just ain’t so. Power Girl’s first appearance was in All Star Comics #58 in 1976, and Huntress debuted in DC Super Stars #17 in 1977.
On one hand, I want to consider this a minor issue, but it does point up a certain tendency in the Nelson/DiDio/Johns/Lee era for the company to exhibit a lack of pride in their own long history, as well as a belief that the current leadership team is going to “fix” its comics by getting rid of the things the bigwigs are, for some reason, embarrassed about.
So please take some notes, Diane, Dan, Geoff, and Jim:
- Your company’s previous 74 years of history are really not anything you need to retcon away.
- Cassandra Cain, Stephanie Brown, Wally West, Lian Harper, Donna Troy, Misfit, and the original Justice Society were actually excellent characters who don’t deserve to be ashcanned.
- Splitting up Clark Kent and Lois Lane is just plain stupid.
- You should really stop treating Alan Moore like crap.
- Barbara Gordon was a better character as Oracle.
- Secret Six was better than nearly every comic you’re printing now.
- Vertigo and Wildstorm characters really do not fit in the DC Universe.
- Jim Lee’s costume design skills ain’t all that.
- It genuinely will not make you look less manly if you hire more women to create your comics.
- Beast Boy is actually green, not red…
- …and nearly all of your characters were actually created prior to 2011.
Grow up, DC. You’re embarrassing us.
DC. I swear to God. There is nothing wrong with acknowledging your history and all the great people who came before you. 99% of comic fans will agree its 70 years of its ups and downs is much better than throwing it all away.
There are somethings that should have been erased, (<cough> Rise and Fall.) but using an iconic character as Barry Allen as a scapegoat was a bad move to begin with. There are people like myself who hate that his recklessness has not been answered for and apparently won’t be.
For the love of all things holy, grab your existing writers, weed out the duds, get in some new ones and get them to rescue you from the hole you’ve dug yourself in during this past year and try to reconfigure quickly.
Because cheap tricks, like putting Wondy and Supes together; or bringing back Thomas Wayne Jr. are going to get stale quick.
I’ll just end with a comment posted on the original site:
I’m not sure I’d put it past DiDio to show up at some future convention and start slagging Wally Wood and Julius Schwartz and Curt Swan. He knows it’d make everyone mad, and the only thing he seems to live for is making comic fans angry…
I don’t love everything DC has been doing, but I’m ok with this. I think sending new readers all the way back 30 years, to read about a character who’s personality and history are different from current continuity, is way too confusing. It makes sense to me that they would point people in the direction of what the company is producing now, to make it easier for the readers, and to help sell their books. I don’t think DC has some master plan to erase years of continuity, they just need to do what makes the most sense from a marketing point of view.
Brian Truitt interviewed Brian Wood and me about Mara, coming from Image Comics this December! Read the article and catch an exciting first look at Jordie Bellaire’s absolutely beautiful colors for the series too!
I can’t wait to read this!
I think I enjoy the New52 alot better when I think about it as something completely separate from main continuity. Kind of like YJ or any other DC animated shows.
JL8 #70 by Yale Stewart
Based on characters in DC Comics. Creative content © Yale Stewart.
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Also, the next two weeks will only have one comic update. I’m moving back to St. Louis, and that process is going to eat up a lot of time. “JL8” will return to a twice-a-week update the week of 9/23.
FAME AT LAST!
Okay, you guys, like what if DC created something like a Birds of Prey similar to the Young Justice League. You know, like an all-female team filled with young women like Bette Kane, Stephanie Brown, and maybe an archer character like Arrowette? They could call the team Fledglings maybe. Fledglings. How cool would that be? DC, get on it.
I like that idea. I’d definitely add some girls of color though. Cass Cain and Raquel Ervin(Rocket) would be my suggestions. Rocket is in the Young Justice show, so many young people are now familiar with her character. Karen Beecher-Duncan(Bumblebee) is also in YJ and would be a fun character to include. I personally think it would be awesome to have the sister-team of Anissa and Jennifer Pierce(Thunder and Lightning), but since it seems that Black Lightning will be aged down when he debuts in October, I doubt they even exist anymore.
just-another-man said: What comics are you reading at the moment? If you don’t mind sharing.
Hi there! At the moment I’m reading through my friend’s Green Lantern Corps tpbs that he lent me, and after that I’m going to probably start this book I picked up called Air. It’s by G.Willow Wilson, whom I just adore (you all should read her Vixen book, or her graphic novel, Cairo).
As for weekly titles, I’m keeping up with Batman, Batman and Robin, Batwoman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Aquaman, The Flash, Justice League, World’s Finest, Animal Man, Swamp Thing, Captain Marvel, Daredevil, Saga, Morning Glories, and American Vampire. The Ame-Comi Girls and Legends of the Dark Knight digital series are really good too.
P.S. I forgot to add Batwing!
Right now you can download for free on Comixology the first issues of some of Image’s comics which also happen to be some of the year’s best comic titles. Here’s some I highly recommend:
Saga #1 - This comic, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples maybe the best new comic of the year and is definitely one of the best.
Fatale #1 - The Criminal team of Brubaker and Philips rejoin for another terrific read.
123- A terrific and fresh respin by Joe Keatinge and Ross Campbell of Image’s Wonder Woman analog.
Secret #1 - FF’s Jonathan Hickman’s cloak and dagger series.
I picked up Danger Club #1 by Landry Walker and Eric Jones, which focuses on teen sidekicks of superheroes, because of the sale and I’m going to buy the rest.
There is also the first issue of America’s Got Powers which I hated but you may like.
You all should go download Saga #1.
OKAY WOW, this just got better:
Oh wait, there’s more. As someone said, this is like watching Mean Girls starring comic writers.
This seems like highly unprofessional behavior to me. Not only that, but it’s very immature. These are grown men, right?
Felt Heroes by Jacopo Rosati
DC Collectibles has debuted some new prints for sale in its online stores and they are quite fun. With prices ranging from $19.95 to $34.95 the collection runs from travel posters, to posters signifying key moments in the history of DC characters to minimal graphic takes on character’s names.
I particularly like the Wonder Woman poster which on first glance looks like a faded logo but when examined closely is made up of worlds such as “assertive” “resilent” “equality” and “strong” among others.
There’s also a travel poster to Wonder Woman’s home: (embiggen)
The prints are light on characters except for, some reason that I can’t possibly imagine, Starfire:
And Duela Dent
I also like this one which warns of the most infamous alley in comics
It’s the pearls. They get me every time.