Wednesday, June 21, 2006

eBay and Reviews

First, a few reviews. I had a lot of comics waiting for me today.

JSA: Classified 13
I'm glad this story is over. It was okay, nothing great. Art was average. Nice touch with connecting in Checkmate.

Birds of Prey 95
Nice to have Dinah back with the Birds at the end. Much as I was enjoying this arc, I didn't want her gone from the Birds too long. Nice twist at the end (predictable, but nice) with Shiva and Dinah both taking young girls under their wings, each with the one meant for the other. Sin with Dinah made me miss Lian Harper, tho. I loved Zinda in this, too. She's just plain fun.

52 Week Seven
I've always been a sucker for soap-opera style writing, with stories playing out slowly and this real time book has me hooked. Booster is such an ass and Ralph lighting into him with the press as witnesses was great. And it was nice to see Ralph on the aggressive. It shows he's getting his life together. The scene with Montoya and Kate Kane was nicely tense, too. However, if Montoya suffered a fractured elbow, as she narrates on Day 2, then why does the cast end just below her elbow and lets her bend her arm (without pain)?

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I must admit I'm getting more and more confused re: OYL and Infinite Crisis. I'd been thinking the ending of the pre-OYL titles led into the Crisis, then I thought they came after the Crisis, which would explain how Ollie was near death in the last GA issue pre-OYL but fine in Crisis. Am I missing anything?

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Meanwhile, I've been cleaning out stuff and have put some comics-related stuff on eBay. So far, I have a bunch of Amazing World of DC Comics listed and will be putting up some Cartoonist Profiles from the '80s I think they are, and a few Legion Outposts from the '70s. In case anyone's interested. Seeing the cover of this AWODCC, I'm reminded of how much I loved Mike Nasser's art. He did an especially nice Wonder Woman. My eBay name is shellys555. I have a few comics still up, too.

4 comments:

  1. I thought they came after the Crisis, which would explain how Ollie was near death in the last GA issue pre-OYL but fine in Crisis. Am I missing anything?

    From what I can tell, this discordance is apparent throughout the DCU, with pre-OYL plot lines unsupported by OYL starts. I believe that IC altered history in a domino effect, minor changes rippling forward so that the events we saw pre-OYL either didn't happen at all, or panned out differently. In short, the final pre-OYL arcs were a set of 'what-if's.

    For instance, I don't think it's mere visual politesse that we haven't been shown Selina actually killing Black Mask. Likewise, Jason Todd never blew up in a warehouse, Dick Grayson never proposed to Barbara, etc. It's a bit cheap, but it makes sense to place Teh Dramah right before a Giant Continuity Retcon that will preserve the status quo, regardless.

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  2. "For instance, I don't think it's mere visual politesse that we haven't been shown Selina actually killing Black Mask. Likewise, Jason Todd never blew up in a warehouse, Dick Grayson never proposed to Barbara, etc."

    I'm not sure I agree. I've read that GA will address at some point Ollie's near death. I think the OYL books are being careful to not reveal anything that is supposed to be revealed in 52. Jason Todd didn't actually die, though as far as I can tell from Nightwing's book, he did get blown up and was thought dead. In Catwoman, I think it's been clear that she killed Black Mask which would explain why the police are after her. As for Dick and Babs, I think the broken engagement has something to do with Dick being badly hurt during the missing year, an injury that has been alluded to a couple of times already.

    What really bugs me is that Nightwing OYL and Outsiders OYL are operating in different timeframes because Dick is very different in each book.

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  3. kkglinka3:37 PM EDT

    But the police aren't after her, neither Selina Kyle nor Catwoman. There's that scene in an earlier issue that makes it explicit Lanahan is considered a nutter by the other officers for obsessing with his pet theory.

    Nor do I believe Selina would send Holly out as Catwoman if she were wanted for homocide. Nor would Batman drop by with a teddy bear. All we've got is flashbacks to Selina shooting the gun, and she assumed a false identity to protect Helena, not over murder. Something doesn't jive but it's exactly the sort of thing a writer would do to stir up readers.

    As for Nightwing, I'm not a fan, but even I noticed his book isn't making much sense. So, nothing from me on that.

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  4. Well, my memory isn't what it used to be and I don't have the Catwoman issues here to check, but I'm sure there was a scene or two in the police station and elsewhere OYL that referenced the killing. And something in Selina's thoughts, too.

    If DC has retconned pre-OYL events out due to the Crisis, then I will be greatly disappointed. I've been reading on the assumption that 52 will explain what happened between the gap, not reboot everything to something different. If they're doing as you suggest, that's a copout and I'll seriously consider giving up comics again. I hate feeling cheated, and that's how I feel just considering the possibility.

    As for Holly going out, the feeling I got was that the heat had died down, OYL, and that Selina figured it would be okay for Holly, not that she could stop Holly once she sets her mind on something.

    And yeah, I could be reading it all wrong. I'm just giving my impressions of what we've seen so far.

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