Thursday, September 8, 2011

Callahan's Guide to the New DC Universe

Over at Tor.com, Tim Callahan has put together an enormous guide to the rebooted DC Comics universe.  His discussions of most of the DC titles, or at least the ones I read, sound discouraging, though it is mostly speculation based on the creators involved.

Considering the flap that went across the Internet some months ago over Wonder Woman's new look, Callahan's description of the new Wonder Woman is quite positive . . . and the illustration here is not of the much-maligned new costume with the jacket and long pants, so they must have jettisoned that and I didn't hear about it.  Or something.  I can't find anything on the web about this latest change, so I'm confused.  And then there's the controversy over the TV series, too.  Wonder Woman's costume changes are making me dizzy, and I don't even read her comics . . . help . . . .

Callahan also speaks well of Action Comics, which will feature Grant Morrison's take on Superman's early days.

As someone whose taste in comics tends to shy away from urban superheroes, the most interesting title to me may be All-Star Western, which is apparently continuing Jonah Hex, only different, now featuring bigger stories set in the past of the DCU.

Also interesting, for sheer zaniness, is Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.  As Callahan describes it, "This is no typical superhero comic. Nor is it your average monster comic. Or action/adventure series. Or space-hopping secret agent spectacle. It’s all of those things. . . ."  So it's a typical all of those things, is it?  Well, everybody likes a genre mash-up, but the trick, of course, is to actually get something unique out of the mix, and not just a collection of cliches taken from several places.
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