I will preface this entire post with the statement that I don’t read Marvel. I never have and probably never will, just because it’s too much to catch up on and become familiar with. I’m a DC girl at heart, I think because in the grand scheme of things, DC is just more optimistic than Marvel. Yes, I know the whole story of Batman is a tragedy, but he counters it by trying (and I do mean trying, not always succeeding) to make the lives of those closest to him better and lighter.
I’m big on characters who make names for themselves because they can. Because their heroes have shown them that they’re capable of it. It’s why I’m such a huge fan of the sidekicks and legacies, but not quite so bothered about the big guys (and gals). It’s why I like DC – or used to. They focus on hope and the ability to be the best you can be because you can. Particularly their teen heroes. Marvel has always leaned a bit more on the grimdark side of comics – human and personal conflict before friendship. Exclusion and the battle for equal rights instead of a quiet acceptance of each other and banding together in spite of differences.
Again, I say this as a DC fan with only the most cursory knowledge of Marvel and Marvel events. (So please don’t judge me too harshly for my oversimplification, Marvel fans.)
But that’s not really the point of this. The point of this is why I like legacies and sidekicks so much, and why I feel like allowing those legacies and sidekicks to really come into their own, to allow their mentors to retire, might be a really excellent idea.
Broken up with pictures for your viewing pleasure!
Well worth a read, this is a very exciting article and a true look at the legacy characters and how DC continues to miss a valuable opportunity with them.
“Billy, don’t. You don’t have to tell them—”
“It’s all right, Courtney. I shoul’ve done this a long time ago. Maybe you and I would’ve worked things out if I had.”
“Who are you?”
“I used to be Captain Marvel—leader of The Marvel Family.”
[JSA V3 #23]
And so the cat was out of the bag for the rest of the JSA [And I bet Jay was feeling guilty…]
(This issue and the next couple of issues were a cop-out for the Marvel Family, but it was very nice to see Jerry Ordway back drawing the Cap.
Also I love the continuity, Billy’s been at the Rock of Eternity for a long time as The Wizard Marvel and Ordway made sure his hair as Billy looked much longer and unkempt than usual.)
[Side note—- Marvel-Star! I miss my babies…]
More reality…this saga was co-written by Geoff Johns and he’s reintroducing Captain Marvel into the reboot…joy.
This morning DC announced a new title Huntress and Power Girl. Debuting in May, Worlds’ Finest, will be written by the current Huntress writer Paul Levitz. Levitz was the co-creator of the original Earth 2 Huntress and the speculation that this Huntress was connected to that Huntress was pretty much confirmed today. Both Power Girl and Huntress will be trying to get home to Earth 2 in the new title. (Earth 2 is now the title of the JSA book that Robinson and Scott were previously announced for.)
These are great characters and a book headlining female characters is always cause for celebration. DC is assigning two top artists to the book and here is a look at their takes on the characters.
George Perez drew both characters in Crisis on Infinite Earths (which is where the original Huntress died) and here’s two commssions of the characters he’s done:
Kevin Maguire has drawn Power Girl in Justice League International but he got a chance to draw both of them in an issue of Superman/Batman # 27 as seen below. And these are the original World’s Finest here - Superman and Batman have been transferred into the bodies of Huntress and Power Girl.
That’s a great art team, but I will miss Marcus To’s Huntress. I’ll also miss Helena Bertinelli as a character if this is indeed Helena Wayne. That said I am will be very interested to see how they handle Catwoman and Batman in Earth 2. And to see any interaction between Helena and Batman and Catwoman in the new 52.
Oh wow, ask and you shall recieve… Earth 2 comics!
(I just had bad words with my folks [yes teens, this still happens even when you’re an adult,] this definately makes me feel a little better.)
And Helena Wayne Huntress! And Power Girl! And Earth-2 JSA? How retro!
Does this mean Earth 2 Dick Grayson and Helena Wayne hook-ups?
Eeee! DC you might have actually made me very, very happy…howdja do that?
Mister Terrific/ Michael Holt is so nice, fixing up Billy’s tie like that. (I think out of all the Leaguers he suspected the most about Billy’s secret.)
And Billy pulling out Courtney’s chair like that…daww. [Dies from the adorableness.] These two have gone beyond this level of of cute:
But Jay is suspcious already, thinking, (like the rational person he is,) that a relationship between someone who looks at least twenty-five and a sixteen-year-old girl is cause for alarm…or at least concern….yeah, this doesn’t end well… as we find out in a couple of issues. (Side note: I love Rags Morales pencils, has to be in my top ten favourite DC artists.)
The last lot of Alex Ross panels from [JSA V3 #22]
So it’s 1000 years after Kingdom Come, we see everyone looking up and over their heads are The Legion of Superheroes. (Looks like Mon-El and the rest.)
And in the very last panel is a cheeky old man with very familar eyes pulling down his glasses. (Yes it’s a Supercentenarian Clark Kent. ;) )
“A little something to help you see more clearly.” [JSA V3 #22]
As much as I like Lois, personally I’m perfectly happy with Clark and Diana being together as well. Really I’m not too much concerned either way it happens.
These panels found at the back of this issue, illustrated by the beyond talented Alex Ross, are pretty much the same as what they are in the Kingdom Come series. (Set on Earth-22)
But, as requested by a friend of mine, there are many, many more Alex Ross illustrations/later moments that were not included in Kingdom Come that are shown here in this issue.
Including the infamous: “Where is it? And does it exist?” Earth-22 Bruce Wayne funeral panel. I’m happy to say, to friend’s relief when he found out, that it does exist and I’ll be uploading it in the order it happens in the book.