April 19, 2012 1 Comment
We’ve had some fun times, you and I. I remember many years ago, I was eager to expand my reading beyond just DC stuff, and I had heard of how amazing you were. I picked up the first volume, and it was incredibly good. I was hooked. I bought the next 5 volumes. I couldn’t wait for volume 7 to come out, so I found issues 30-41 online. From there, I was loyally buying every issue each month. Or every couple of months. Things got a little sketchy for a while. But I didn’t care. I just wanted new issues. You were living up to your tagline of being the “best superhero book in the universe.” But then things went wrong.
Let’s remember the good times, first. You were at your best when showing how a teenager/young adult was trying to learn how to use his powers to become a superhero. That was your strength. Hell, I’ll still recommend the first part of the series to people. It was fun to watch Mark Grayson try to get a handle on his new powers, while at the same time dealing with the difficulties those powers created in everyday life. This is when the book was at its best. When things were on a small, personal scale.
But you couldn’t keep things small, could you? You just had to expand, and create your own little universe, didn’t you? It started slowly. There was the revelation that Mark’s father was actually an alien that was sent to Earth to scout it for invasion. At the time, I was saddened by this, as was the intent of the story. Mark had fought his father to protect his home planet. It was a very emotional moment. And it was well done. But in hindsight, this was the beginning of the end for me, because it introduced the Viltrumite empire.