Top 5: DC Comics

Top 5: TV Episodes of All-Time (Comedy Edition)

Last week, we looked at the best Marvel books on the stands for those wanting to get a jump back into comics post-Iron Man 3.  If the trailers for Man of Steel have you tingly in the same way, but you’re more of a DC person…we need to sit down and have a more thorough talk, but there’s still good stuff.  It’s just not, as of this moment, Superman….or really most of their super hero line.

Two years ago, DC caused comic fanboys all sorts of nervous disorders by rebooting their entire line.  Sort of.  Essentially they took their entire line and set it back to #1.  This was supposedly going to be a whole new DCU with all new rules, all new costumes, all new creative teams and a whole new direction.  It started out promisingly, but the ALL new beginning quickly was abandoned in favor of a COMPLETELY UNDEFINED past.  Characters were dramatically de-aged, but narratives weren’t changed to accommodate that shift.  For example, Batman still has had four, going on five Robins.  References are still being made to things like Superman dying (which happened back in the 1990s) and there seems to be no spine to the universe any more.  Behind-the-scenes, rumors of editorial meddling and mandates have led to a steady exodus of veteran writers and artists to the point where the entire super hero line has really only three writers of any quality: Scott Snyder, Geoff Johns and Jeff Lemire.

The character that would have most benefitted from the reboot would have been Superman, but now his books are unreadable.  I read hundreds of comics a month and you could give them to me to free and I wouldn’t read them.  Scott Snyder is launching a new Superman book that will coincide with the launch of Man of Steel, but now of the top 5 books at the company, only two are from the New 52: Batman and Animal Man.  Batman is just fantastic.  I’m a biased bat-fan, but this is the best continuous run (Snyder wrote Detective Comics before the reboot) by any writer in the 20 years I’ve been reading.  Animal Man is a D-List super hero that Lemire has taken and raised into one of the most consistently compelling books on the stands.  Fables, American Vampire and The Unwritten all come from DC’s Vertigo line of mature reader books and have been consistently fantastic for years.  DC is in trouble, if I’m not being clear, and is being out performed (though not outsold overall) by Image Comics, which we’ll look at next week.

1. Batman

Batman, Joker, Greg Capulo, Scott Snyder
2. American Vampire

American Vampire, Vertigo, Scott Snyder, Rafael Albequerque
3. The Unwritten

The Unwritten, Vertigo, Mike Carey
4. Fables

Fables, Vertigo, Bill Willingham
5. Animal Man

Animal Man, DC, Jeff Lemire, Travel Foreman

Quicksilver Cast For X-Men: Days Of Future Past

The rights split between Marvel and FOX on the characters of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are interesting. FOX gets to say they’re mutants and Magneto’s children and Marvel can’t touch that. Marvel gets all their Avengers storylines (e.g. Scarlet Witch’s marriage to The Vision), but cannot describe their powers as mutations or get into their lineage beyond the fact that they are brother and sister. I wouldn’t be that concerned about this stealing time away from him in Avengers 2 because they cast him so late in shooting. Who must be going insane is DC. Quicksilver is essentially a Flash rip-off (no knock, but he is) and two versions of him are going to get onscreen before DC has a chance to get the Scarlet Speedster in his own film and they have no one to blame but themselves.

Confessions of a Nerf Herder

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In an interesting turn of events, Pietro Maximoff, aka Quicksilver, has been cast in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. The son of Magneto, Quicksilver will be played by American Horror Story‘s Evan Peters.

Singer revealed the news via Twitter, tweeting, “Before he was an #Avenger he was just a REALLY fast kid. Thrilled to say #EvanPeters is joining #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast as #Quicksilver.

What makes this an interesting turn of events, I hear the few ask? Well, that would be the fact that Joss Whedon recently confirmed that Quicksilver, and his sister, the Scarlet Witch, will be appearing in his The Avengers 2. Where things get a little murky is the fact that both Disney/Marvel, who are producing The Avengers 2, and 20th Century Fox/Marvel, who are producing X-Men: Days of Future Past, have the rights to both Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch. Usually…

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Saoirse Ronan Talks Scarlet Witch Rumors

For the record, I think this would be fantastic casting. This is a really, really difficult part to cast and she is a fantastic actress. I hope they can get her in Avengers Tower.

Confessions of a Nerf Herder

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With it being reported a few weeks ago that the Scarlet Witch and brother Quicksilver would be appearing in The Avengers 2, it was also noted that Marvel’s apparent blue-print for the Scarlet Witch character was Saoirse Ronan. Well, Roman has now addressed these stories.

Speaking to The Mary Sue, the actress said, “I have heard about it and yes, I would. Yeah, of course I would. I love Joss [Whedon] and I love those films, and I love his handle on them and how he portrayed these kinds of superheroes. I think it’s very different from what anyone else has done. So yeah, I’d love to be in it.”

At the moment, the only thing official is that the Scarlet Witch, not to mention Quicksilver, will definitely be in The Avengers 2. With Marvel seeing Ronan as the perfect fit for the character, and now her…

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Super Hero Art

The following were painted by artist Melissa Smith and prints of said same and many more fantastic renderings of the fantastic may be found for sale at her website: http://society6.com/melissa_smith/framed-prints.  The Batman would look very, very good in a man cave.  It’s an observation.

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