Welcome to a new feature for the Revolution. Revolutionary Reactions will be a showcase of news in the world of comics. Why not just read the news on other sites? Because then you would be missing out on my (Thom) comments on the news. I will be telling you what I think of the latest news stories. Feel free to leave your comments on my opinions.
Now it’s time to get to the news…
LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES IS CANCELLED WITH ISSUE 50
This was the big news of the week in the Bunker. Rokk has devoted a thread to this story. One of the things that really makes me mad about this is Jim Shooter planned the storyline to wrap up in issue 54. Why couldn’t DC let him have the additional issues? If they are trying to show the fans that they care, let the story be completed as planned. DC continues to support comics that are not even close to the Legion in sales.
Title August Sales
Jonah Hex 12, 962
Blue Beetle 12,662
100 Bullets 10,716
What sales does the Legion title have?
Legion of Super-Heroes 25,769
Based on the numbers, this decision does not make any sense.
TONY BEDARD IS WRITING A NEW “L.E.G.I.O.N.” BASED SERIES
Okay. This is the new Legion type series? I was never a big fan of the old series, but maybe it is time to go back and read it again. I will wait to see what Bedard is doing with this one
THE PARASITE, METALLO, AND CHRIS KENT WILL RETURN IN 2009
I am looking forward to seeing how Geoff Johns handles the Parasite and Metallo. Both are classic Superman villains. On an interesting side note…Jim Shooter is the creator of the Parasite. Cancel the series he is writing but we’ll bring back an old character he created.
Chris Kent has been quickly forgotten. I am curious to see what role he will have in the current continuity. I don’t think that he will be back as a regular character.
KON-EL WILL RETURN IN THE BLACK LANTERN STORY
It sounds like all the dead DC characters will return in this story. Based on the great job Johns has done with Green Lantern and his big storylines, this should be a classic. Will Wonder Girl and Robin get to meet up with the new Kon-El?
THE IDENTITY OF THE NEW MASTER OF THE MYSTIC ARTS WILL BE EXPLORED IN THE NEW AVENGERS IN 2009
I have to be honest. The New Avengers was number 3 in sales in August but it just does not appeal to me. I have not been impressed with Bendis’ take on the Avengers. With a storyline like this, I wish Steve Englehart and Frank Brunner were the Avengers team. They did some great work on Dr. Strange and Englehart was one of my all-time favorite Avengers writers.
SPIDER-WOMAN BOOK IN MARCH 2009
Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev fans will be excited over this series. Does this mean that Jessica Drew is still alive? I thought the Skrull queen killed her.
MAN-THING TO APPEAR IN SPIDER-MAN
Man-Thing was a very unique comic book when it was written by Steve Gerber. I will pick up this book to see what Marvel is doing with the character.
DARK REIGN IS COMING
Bendis previously announced that Dark Reign would follow Secret Invasion. I thought it was the next event/crossover. He clarified that Dark Reign is the new status quo following Secret Invasion #8.
SKRULL KILL KREW MINI-SERIES
Since Dan Slott announced this, it is probably safe to assume he is the writer. 3-D Man is joining the Krew. I liked the original series written by Grant Morrison and Mark Millar. I will be anxious to see what Slott does with this one.
2 CHARACTERS NAMED FOR NEW JUSTICE LEAGUE
2 of characters named for James Robinson’s new Justice League are Batwoman and Freddy Freeman. No matter who is in the group, it will be good. Robinson is a great writer. This will be on my list of books to look forward to.
RETURN OF MILESTONE
The Justice League and the Shadow Cabinet will meet. Icon will be a major part of the JSA. By the end of next year, Static and one other Milestone character/group will be in their own books. The DC universe will be busting at the seems with the addition of the Archie heroes and the Milestone characters.
MORE WEEKLY DC BOOKS
Dan Didio announced that a “less than a year long” weekly will follow Trinity. After that will be another weekly series that might be open-ended. I know my son loves the weekly series. I really liked 52. Countdown and Trinity have not come close to it. It will depend on who works on the book. I think the format is viable but it does need tweaked. I would let the creators tell the weekly story but not have to make it go a set number of issues. So the next series might appeal to me.
Until next time, this is Thom in the bunker signing off.