Links with the Quickness

Just a few notes before these stories become completely irrelevant. I hate when people just present a list of links as an article, so I’ll be sure to give you my thought, brief they may be.

Ellen Page in talks to play Tara Chace in a Queen and Country film.

Love Queen and Country. Love Ellen Page. But I’ll believe it when I see a trailer. And for all of our sakes, I hope it turns out better than Whiteout did.

All-New Marvel Now Titles

Marvel is prepping their second wave of Marvel Now! titles. That’s fine. Hopefully, there are some new fun titles I can start reading. But here’s the line that really got me: “Select .NOW! titles will also come with a digital code for the entire first collection of that series absolutely free!” Now that I dig. A free digital trade for buying a $3-4 issue? That’s smart. I’d pick up almost anything for that.

Grant Morrison thinks Batman killed the Joker at the end of The Killing Joke

Here’s the thing. Maybe Grant Morrison is right. And maybe that’s what Alan Moore wanted to depict. But let’s be honest. All that stuff really did happen to Barbara Gordon, so the story happened. And the Joker is still alive, so he couldn’t have been killed. Unless that was the real Joker and everything we’ve read since then has been an actor portraying the Joker!

Yes, I’m kidding.

I hope.

Comics Should Be Good’s The Line it is Drawn #152 – Muppet Superhero Mash-Ups!

Each week, I read this art collection on CSBG. And each week there’s something great. But last month, their Muppet/hero mashups were all great. From Alan Moore and a collection of his characters by Axel Medellin

Alan Moore and his characters

to Bill Walko‘s art of Bert and Ernie cosplaying as Blue Beetle and Booster Gold …

Bert, Ernie, Blue Beetle, Booster Gold

to Kermit and friends lamenting being green by Steve Howard.

Kermit, She-Hulk, Hulk, Beast Boy

Poor stupid red Beast Boy.

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That’s all I’ve got for now, but come back soon. I have some ideas bubbling.

Before Watchmen

Real Clever BellsDon’t act surprised. You saw this coming.

Yeah, you love Watchmen. You have the collection on your shelf, maybe even some big deluxe edition. You lived with those characters for 12 issues, plus the backup features. You’ve seen the movie, regardless of what you thought of it.

You think about the story all the time. You wonder how Eddie and Sally ended up in bed together. You’ve thought about the days of the Minutemen. (Dollar Bill!) You’ve explained to non-comics readers about the intricacies of the story.

There have been rumors.

There have been concept sketches.

So, admit it. You saw this coming.

In case you forgot what was coming (or willingly blocked it from your mind) here it is again.

  • THE COMEDIAN (6 issues) – Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: J.G. Jones
  • DR. MANHATTAN (4 issues) – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artist: Adam Hughes
  • THE MINUTEMEN (6 issues) – Writer/Artist: Darwyn Cooke
  • NITE OWL (4 issues) – Writer: J. Michael Straczynski. Artists: Andy and Joe Kubert
  • OZYMANDIAS (6 issues) – Writer: Len Wein. Artist: Jae Lee
  • RORSCHACH (4 issues) – Writer: Brian Azzarello. Artist: Lee Bermejo
  • SILK SPECTRE (4 issues) – Writer: Darwyn Cooke. Artist: Amanda Conner
  • BEFORE WATCHMEN: EPILOGUE (One-shot) – Writer/Artist:Various

 

And now, you want to be upset. You want to fill the internet with Alan Moore levels of indignation.

And yet, those creative teams are intriguing. Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo have a great partnership. And Darwyn Cooke is the best writer/artist in mainstream comics today. And then you’ve got Amanda Conner, Jae Lee, Adam Hughes, and J.G. Jones all doing interiors.

There have been complaints that these characters had their stories told and there is no more to say. But that’s bullshit. That’s like saying if you met someone tomorrow, there would only be a few stories in their past worth hearing about. Everything else is superfluous. Or in this case, sacrilege. It’s not as if someone ever felt the need to tell the story of Wendy Darling’s life years after Wonderland. Oh, wait.

But you don’t know much about the actual crimefighting careers of the first Night Owl or Silk Spectre. Based on solicits and cover images, the Darwyn Cooke series (though not the JMS) seems in that time period. If DC wants to fill in these secondary characters (and yes, cash in), let them.

And you know what? That book from 1986? That book that you love? It’s still on your bookshelf. Untarnished by the roleplaying game. By the action figures. By the movie. And now by these new comics. So shut up. You have no right to complain.

After all, you saw this coming.