Tuesday, July 21, 2009

DC — not so sucky anymore

Posted By on Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 2:41 PM

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It seems like it wasn't so long ago that I was bitchin' and moanin' about the comic books being published by DC Comics. I mean, I really was not digging a lot of what the company was doing.

It's not that I hated everything, but if you read any of my weekly "Comic Proportions" columns, you may remember my discontent with a slew of DC books. I complained about Judd Winick's aimless run on Green Arrow and Black Canary, hated on the ambiguous and slow Final Crisis, and talked shit about the confusing weekly series Trinity ... among other comics.

But these days, I've really gotta admit that DC is putting out some stellar stuff. I would even go so far as to say that I think DC is publishing some of the most exciting mainstream comics on the stands.

"Like what?" you may ask. Well, I'm loving:

Wednesday Comics: The newest weekly series after Trinity, Wednesday Comics is DC's tribute to old, full-page comic strips. The giant-size publication features work by the best in the business. Seriously. I'm talking Neil Gaiman, Paul Pope, Joe Kubert, Mike Allred, Kyle Baker and the list goes on.

Blackest Night: Where Final Crisis slipped, Blackest Night goes all the way for the touchdown. An "event" comic in every sense of the word, this comic takes place across the cosmos and pits DC's greatest heroes — led by Green lantern — against truly deadly (and dead) foes. And big action starts from the first issue. This ain't no talkin' head book. This is a true summer blockbuster.

Batman and Robin: Grant Morrison and Frank Quitley — fresh off All-Star Superman — team again for a brand-new incarnation of the Dynamic Duo. This time around, Batman is really the original Robin, Dick Grayson, and Robin is the homicidal illegitimate son of Bruce Wayne. Seriously. The art is amazing and the dialogue is insane. Cool shit.

And there's more — like Wonder Woman, Superman: World of New Krypton, Jonah Hex, JSA vs. Kobra, Detective Comics, Madame Xanadu. I also must mention that I love the company's "second feature" program, which places back-up stories in several regular monthly titles that star second-tier characters like the Question, Blue Beetle and Manhunter.

Yeah, it's safe to say the DC s on a roll. One day we may be remembering this time as another "Golden Age" for the company. Time will tell. For now, I'll read and enjoy.

Oh ... one last thing: Teen Titans still sucks. Can we fix it please? Soon?

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