Something interesting with Poison Ivy

I may have mentioned once or twice before that I really enjoy Batman Li’l Gotham.  It’s just an incredibly fun and creative book.  They did something in issue #10 with Poison Ivy that I thought was very creative and surprised me that I hadn’t seen anyone do this with her before.  They based her moods on the seasons.

In Winter, Ivy is very protective of the plants, taking measures to protect them against the frost.  In Spring, she delights in the new wildflowers, and nurtures budding plants along.  In Summer, she spends her days having fun in the sun without any worries.  But then there’s Autumn.

by Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs

by Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs

That’s right, Autumn, when the leaves change colors and plants essentially die.  It is a bit morbid if you think about it.  Seriously.  All those leaves turning pretty colors?  It’s nothing but plant death.  Depressing, isn’t it?  Well, think how you would feel if all of those leaves were things you nurtured and cared for.
Coming to this realization is what amazed me about this idea.  It was really a simple, and obvious idea, but it’s not something I had ever seen done before with the character.  It’s creative things like this that make me enjoy this book.  I suggest you pick it up sometime.  Also, if any of you have seen something like this, please let me know in the comments.

Two young team books ending

I am a bit behind in my reading.  Maybe a month to be exact.  So it was tonight that I read the final issues of two of my teen team books.  Those would be Young Avengers and The Green Team.  I imagine that you are at least somewhat familiar with one of those titles, but let me assure you, they are both fine titles that had potential.  Let’s start with the title that you are probably most familiar with, and who’s ending I have the most beef with.

There is not a good reason for Young Avengers to end.  The book was selling well enough.  In December, issue #14 (the second issue that month) sold 22,692 copies.  Good enough for 91st place.  That may not sound that great, but it was above other mainstream Marvel titles.  So don’t give me sales as a reason to cancel it. The other reason to end it would be that Kieron Gillen doesn’t want to write it anymore.  If that’s the case, then fine.  He’s entitled to write whatever he wants to write.  But surely there is someone that could write good Young Avengers stories.

And Marvel, if no one is coming to you with pitches, then you can go out and find a writer.  It would be quite alright to find someone that can write good stories, and go, “hey, we need you to come up with some Young Avengers stories.”  So you won’t be able to market the book based on the writer, probably.  So what?  These are good characters that people have spent time building up, and they can stand on their own.  If you’d let them.  Instead, you put them on the shelf to collect dust, until they’re needed to tie into something else.  There’s an event going on?  Sure, throw them into a tie-in.  We need to find the Scarlet Witch before AvX?  Sure, have the Young Avengers do it.  We want someplace for the Kid Loki we just created?  Young Avengers will be a good place.   Read more of this post

That dang Bat-card

I’ve expressed my displeasure with the movie Batman & Robin. Like most Batman fans, viewing that movie kills a part of my soul. That’s why this story made me laugh. It’s from Brian Cronin’s column on Comic Book Resources titled Comic Book Legends Revealed. It’s a wonderful column that you should all read. Today, one of the legends had to deal with Denny O’Neil’s reaction upon seeing the Bat-card at a private screening. I suggest you check it out.

Denny O’Neil’s reaction to Bat-card

Son of Batman trailer

Even though the next animated feature, Justice League:  War, isn’t out yet, that didn’t stop DC from releasing a trailer for the feature after that.  Their next feature is Son of Batman.  This movie is based on the Grant Morrison story “Batman and Son,” which introduced Damian Wayne many years ago.  Anyone that has read this blog for any length of time should be able to guess how happy this makes me.


Sage Advice

from Batman Li'l Gotham #9, written by Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs

from Batman Li’l Gotham #9, written by Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs

He’s Coming

TED KORD LIVES!!!!  And not just in some Multiverse story by Grant Morrison that may or may not eventually come out…some day.  Ted Kord will be alive in the New 52.  Well, in Forever Evil #1, it was hinted that there was a college age Kord running around, but now we know for certain that it is Ted.  And Ted will be making in appearance in Forever Evil #7, and continuing on in Justice League.  This according to Geoff Johns in an interview with Newsarma.  Well, here’s a link to the Robot 6 article I found it on because I don’t visit Newsarama after getting a virus after visiting the site on two different computers.

While this isn’t really exciting news for myself, it is for my partner in crime, Jacob.  He happens to have 3 Ted Kord/Blue Beetle figures, plus a custom Mighty Mug that someone painted to resemble Blue  Beetle.  Because of my aversion to Newsarama, I haven’t read the full interview with Johns, so I don’t know if he actually states that Ted will be a Blue Beetle.  There’s also a question of what happens to the current Blue Beetle, Jaime Reyes.  Of course, it wouldn’t be unprecedented for DC to have two Blue Beetles running around.  With Wally West returning, there may be 2 Flashes running around.  And there were before the New 52 began.  Hell, there were two Batmen running around for a bit.

Arrow Mid-season Thoughts

First things first, I know I suck at keeping a weekly schedule.  Having only made it through a little less than half of the Fall season, I figured it would be a good idea to share some thoughts on where the show is at its mid-season break.  And just so you know, I will be staying away from discussing the plots of specific episodes.  Rather, this will be more of my overall thoughts on the show, highlighting things that stuck with me.  If you want episode recaps, I suggest Wikipedia.

Let’s start with the biggest appearance of the season, and that would be of Barry Allen.  I really liked the way they handled it.  I thought it was really successful, because they kept it simple.  More often than not, the simple way is the best way.  Yet so often, writers decide to make things overly complicated.  But here, we were promised Barry Allen, and we got Barry Allen:  a forensic analyst (or whatever the title is) whose mother is killed by a “man inside of a blur.”  He becomes The Flash after an accident involving a lightning strike and some chemicals.  In the show, the only thing that was really added was a malfunction of a STAR labs super collider.  But really, that’s just a good way to create a rogues gallery for The Flash.  So, there really are not any issues there.  More importantly, these episodes have me interested in a show featuring The Flash.

I have mixed feelings regarding the way Black Canary was introduced.  They made Black Canary the formerly presumed deceased Sarah Lance.  I’m not entirely certain why I have these feelings.  The first season, Oliver felt guilt over Sarah’s death, but now it’s revealed that he had actually encountered her on the island.  Of course, something could happen on the island where he thinks she’s dead again, but that’s yet to be seen.  I just didn’t like the added drama of Officer Lance finding out that Sarah is still alive.  Don’t get me wrong, there needs to be a Black Canary, and it needs to be a Lance.  I’m just not a fan of how they went about creating her.   Read more of this post


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