Thoughts on All-Star Batman #1

all-star-batman-1-coverWay back in ye olden times, DC launched the “All-Star” line of comics.  The thought behind this is that you would take your all-star creators, match them up with your most recognizable characters, and just let them create.  It was a wonderful idea.  The All-Star line gave us Grant Morrison and Frank Quietly doing one of the greatest Superman stories ever.  However, it also gave us a Batman “series” by Frank Miller and Jim Lee that is remembered more for its delays and incomplete status, and Batman referring to himself as the “god damn” Batman, than any actual story lines in the book.  Of course, it was essentially a Robin origin, but there was a beautiful 4-page spread of the batcave.

After All-Star Batman and Robin’s fade into the same incomplete obscurity that also claimed Image United, the All-Star line never continued.  But now, it’s a new day, yes it is.  All-Star Batman is back with Scott Snyder and John Romita, Jr.  And I must say, I have a good feeling about this.  We know Scott Snyder isn’t going to just stop writing.  The man has been doing phenomenal Batman stories since before Flashpoint.  And I don’t think John Romita, Jr. is going to stop drawing anytime soon.  So, odds are in our favor that this All-Star Batman will actually see a resolution.

But also, it seems like this book may actually exist in mainline continuity.  It’s definitely reflecting the events shortly after Rebirth.  Duke Thomas is by Batman’s side as his sidekick/trainee.  (I’m behind on Rebirth, so I don’t know what they’re calling Duke’s hero.)   (more…)

Blue Beetle Rebirth

I don’t really get how DC is doing things nowadays.  I’m not sure what big event went where and whatnot to get us to where we are now, but I do know that some kind of reset button has been hit and now we have a Blue Beetle book with both Ted Kord and Jaime Reyes in it.  And that’s my bag, baby.


I am a Blue Beetle fan.  THE Blue Beetle fan, you might say.  He is my #1 go-to awesome superhero.  I truly love him.  Unfortunately, my Blue Beetle was shot in the head a decade ago and replaced by a completely different character that I could not connect with.  There was teenage angst and crazy super powers that could do pretty much everything and none of the stuff that I had loved for so long.  And so Jaime Reyes became my most hated character, simply because he wasn’t Ted Kord.  Sorry, kid.

But now after all the teasing, DC finally brings back a Blue Beetle book that puts both the Ted Kord and the Jaime Reyes Blue Beetle into play.  I get my Ted Kord back, flying the Bug and doing the no-powers tech hero gimmick while Jaime Reyes still gets to fly around being the magic whatever.  BEST OF BOTH WORLDS.

Thank you, DC.  I will take this compromise.