RandoMonday: DC Special Blue Ribbon Digest #3, the Justice Society

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

This is one of my very favorite issues in my collection. It is the comic that introduced me to the DC multiverse, and where I fell in love with the Earth-2 concept and characters.

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Snapshot … ECCC 2015 Pix

Last year when we took our granddaughters to ECCC, their favorite part of of attending was all the cosplayers. When I asked if they wanted to dress up, they were quite emphatic about it. So this year, we asked them who they wanted to dress up as, and the older girl chose a pink Supergirl costume and her sister wanted to be Harley Quinn. I, of course, chose a Robin costume. I talk about that experience on Episode 82 of the podcast. Anyway, I was looking at my phone the other day and realized that I forgot to post some pictures the day that the girls and I dressed up at the 2015 Emerald City Comicon.

Who is that old doofus?

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Acquisition Avalanche!

I’ve acquired some comics and other things in the last year (most of which is in the last few months), so I wanted to show them to you. Thanks for watching!

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RandoMonday: Brave and the Bold (2007) #4

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

Brave and the Bold (2007) #4 by Mark Waid and George Pérez (storytellers), Bob Wiacek (inks), Tom Smith (colors), Rob Leigh (lettering), Stephanie Buscema (asst. editor), Joey Cavalieri (editor), and George Pérez and Tom Smith (cover)

Man, I loved this series when Waid and Pérez was doing it. They took the whole Brave and the Bold team-up concept and tweaked it just enough to make it very interesting, i.e., told one longer story with multiple heroes teaming up along the way. Case in point, the tale end of Batman and Blue Beetle’s team up is shown at the beginning of this issue (along with the Fatal Five), but then switches to Supergirl and Lobo. Along the way, the two bond a bit, meet Destiny (of the Endless), and Supergirl arrives on Rann to help Green Lantern. The issue ends with a Batman/Tharok amalgam encountering the Legion of Super-Heroes. The Pérez and Wiacek art is classic and enjoyable, and Waid manages to use Lobo in a way that doesn’t annoy me. Not bad for $2.99.

 

RandoMonday: Superman/Batman #9

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.

Superman/Batman #9 by Jeph Loeb (writer), Michael Turner (artist), Peter Steigerwald (colorist), Richard Starkings (letterer), Tom Palmer (assoc. editor), and Eddie Berganza (editor)

This is part 2 of the “Supergirl from Krypton” story where Kara Zor-El was introduced back into DC continuity since she was killed in Crisis on Infinite Earths. Batman continues to be highly suspicious of this new strange visitor from another planet, while Superman is much more accepting. It doesn’t help that Krypto attacks Kara, and that Kara can’t seem to recall even her own mother’s name. Darkseid, of course wants Kara (where this story eventually goes, and the resulting “dark” Supergirl would go on for years). But first, Harbinger, Artemis, and Wonder Woman show up to take Kara from Superman.

I really enjoyed this title for as long as I bought it, but I also recall not caring for the dark Supergirl stuff that comes in later parts of this story. Of course, seeing Clark and Bruce interact from opposite points of view is why I collected this series in the first place. This was also my first real exposure to Michal Turner’s art, and I’m still not a big fan. I noticed, too, reading through this issue again that he didn’t like to do backgrounds, preferring large panels to do superhero portraits, which is cool if that’s what you like. He did do a pretty nifty drawing of Krypto in this issue, however.