I'm assuming that the reader of this post knows what I'm talking about but if they don't I will now promptly inform them.
Ahem, Young Justice an awesome awesome cartoon is being cancelled, oh my mistake I didn't quite emphasize it enough *ahem*
YOUNG JUSTICE IS GETTING FUCKING CANCELLED, DC AND WARNER BROS WHAT THE FUCK!!!!. You guys have two great animated series right now (I mourn green lantern less, but I am disappointed that we lose the chance to see Sinestro Corps something that was becoming a VERY real possibility). And you guys wanna know what it's being replaced with! goddamn beware the batman and teen titans go!, one of these I know ill suck and the other one is being made by two guys who said THEY NEVER WATCHED THE ORIGINAL TEEN TITANS! and do you wanna know what the worst kick in the nuts is! it's been confirmed this series isn't going to be at all serious, instead its going t be a comedy series! REALLY A GODDAMN COMEDY! I understand Tee Titans wasn't an overly serious teen show but that would have been awesome if they made something like that.... OH WAIT they have young justice..... OH WAIT SCRAP THAT GODDAMN IDEA, NOT ANY MORE THEY DON'T!.
Look I realize that Young Justice had to end sooner or later I get that I really do but this series deserved AT LEAST 4 seasons, it could have worked too guys it really could have, but let's just pray DC has the cmmon sense to create another series based in the same universe as young justice.
Okay so today in the post I got my first superman book so I thought 'hell if it's my first superman book might as well make it my first review as well'. Word or warning though, I've never actually reviewed anything before and I've read the book once so if I miss out on something or if I read the book at a later date and my opinion has changed I will do a new one.
Anyway so on to Superman-Earth One- Volume One!.
Okay so first off I just want to say, I like this book a lot, I don't love it but I like it a lot. First off this is a re-imagining of Superman's origin story so there's not a lot of spoilers (I'll tr to keep it as clean as possible but I may give some very vague spoilers), they did make some changes here and there from what I already know (which is admittedly the general knowledge version but I do intend to buy the trade-back of Action Comics so watch out for a review for that in a while!). The main change I didn't really like was the villain, not to say it wasn't a cool idea just so much as it was really underwhelming. I'm not going to give his name, mainly because I already forget it and I refuse to open the book and look for it to emphasize how forgettable he is, seriously they created a new villain and this guy has absolutely no presence at all, and when I say that I mean that whenever you see him you're never like 'OH SHIT'S GONNA GO DOWN!' it's more like 'hey here's ummmmmmm..... his guy?'. I honestly don't see why they didn't just put Braniac or Zod in the book. Maybe it was one of those things where the writer thought 'well if we're creating a whole new world/ whole new line of books with this why not introduce it with a new villain as well?'. I don't have anything against that it's just that this one wasn't done very well is my problem. Also the actual costume plays a bigger role in this, in the sense of what it is and what it means to him and his parents, I actually really liked this, also I though Clark was done really well, in this book he actually doesn't want to become Superman and is more interested in fitting in, in fact I'd say that's the hook of this origin story, it's not how he became the man of steel it's why he became the man of steel.
I've seen other reviews saying bad things about the art, I personally like it, I think Shane Davis did a really good job, the characters look good, the environments look good and h'el when Clarke actually wore he costume for the first time the damn superman movie music played in my head (see what I did there, oh I know it's not pronounced hell but let me have this one). But that's also a slight problem I have with the book and I cannot emphasize the word slight enough. See with a book like this you expect the art to be phenomenal, here's this generations retelling of the superman origin for god sake let's have it look god damn unreal! but we have art that looks good just maybe it could have been better in all honesty I've never seen anything else he's done. Now don't get me wrong though I do really like the art, I mean that front cover is an absolute eye catcher and I adore it but the interior art just could have been a little better, also while I did say the character designs were good, the villain looked so bland to me, I dunno did anybody else get that?
Anyway that's about all I've got to say guys, to whoever reads this be kind in the comments please if you don't agree with something I said don't be an asshole about just say it and I'll respond. Time for my conclusion then.
All in all though this is an enjoyable and good book, the arts good and Clarke's a really interesting character also I freaking love the daily planet editor and Jimmy Olsen in this! and before any one gets to me about Lois Lane doing fuck all in this book we need to remember that this is an origin story for superman, and Lois didn't play much of a part in that if any, in fact I might say the writer was being generous with her.
So when I went on the work experience I met this really really cool guy Conor Duffy, he was basically in control of the newspapers website and for most days all we ever really did was talk about comics, he showed me 4-chan (although I never really got into that) and the thing I'm most grateful to him for was that he introduced me to Young Justice, man oh man what a great show that is, (I'll post my thoughts on that at a later date), but anyway he really did just show me so so much about comics and also rebirthed my interest in comics, so I started looking at reviews of comics, and eventually amvs and then I saw one amv in particular that gave birth to a fanboy within me, the videos name was afterlife-Jason Todd, while I didn't understand much of what was going on I found it awesome so I went onto dc.wikia.com and started reading about him, and I was heartbroken, he's such a tragic and misunderstood character (and I will post an analysis of him soon I promise!) so anyway skip about a few months later and I hear DC are rebooting their whole comic line. I was absolutely ecstatic about this and in hindsight I can see why a lot of people were skeptical of t and still hate it to this day and if I had been in their position, well to be honest I would have been intrigued but really annoyed, especially now that I know Jason was finally on the road to redemption after his last appearance in Batman and Robin, but at the time I was just happy I could finally read comic books that I overlooked one huge problem, the nearest comic book store to where I live is in another city that's two hours away...
But that didn't bring me down especially not since I heard about red hood and the outlaws (which I'm a HUGE fan of by the way, Scott Lobdell one day I will write you a fan letter on this blog I swear it!). Plus I previously knew of Starfire from the teen titans cartoon and Roy Harper (although I was admittedly lost on the name arsenal, and even now I think they probably should have given him a new name) so I was going into this book with my favorite comic book character and two who I liked already. Then I learnt of comixology, suddenly all my comic troubles went away, I could read tonnes of new 52 books online, admittedly I was and still am disappointed by not owning a physical copy since I'd much prefer that but I'll take my victories where I can get them. Now I only have one more part t write which I promise to do so soon!
My name is Conor Byrne (my friends call me Byrne and you may too if you please). So I had always been a little intimidated to go into comics except for when I was younger which was when I read Ultimate Spider-Man!. Man that was an awesome book, I remember the first issue also my first comic at the time was the return of the green goblin, I remember it had this absolutely awesome close up of green goblins face and I was like 'but that's not was in the movie', but after reading it I freaking loved it!. After that my Mam bought whatever issue she saw, until ultimate venom, now funny story I don't know if we had a different numbering scheme in Ireland or the UK than America because I distinctly remember almost missing #21 and that was the cover with venom to the side standing upright with his mouth open and tongue in the air but looking it up it says it's 35, I dunno I will research into that more, anyway so I after a while I stopped reading (not too long after the carnage arc if I remember correctly) and I have to say I loved the way the ultimate universe dealt with the symbiotes but of course back then my only real exposure to them had been the 1990's animated series and after the comics spider man 3. Anyway so after that my Mam threw out my old comics (which I suppose I ca't blame her for they were taking up quite a lot of space) but after a while I found myself wanting to get into comics again, if I had t guess I'd say the dark knight or iron man probably triggered this resurgence in interest for comics. However like many people I felt threatened by the years and years of continuity that I would instantaneously have been lost on so I spent my time wisely, I was frequently visiting dc.wikia.com and marvel.wikia.com in order to learn of the past comic events I had missed, and after a while I learned of ultimatum and felt like I had dodged a bullet. Then when I went on work experience in a local newspaper I met a guy named Conor Duffy and I'll post more about him and my reintroduction to comics at a later date