By Grim 11 Comments
For all 5 of you who follow my blog (my counter says 88... but i know better), you may remember my two (count em! one and two) blogs expressing my concerns about the New 52. The blogs were a combination of my knee-jerk reactions and truly thought out hopes and fears. Well... September is here and gone, and i havent blogged in a while, so lets kick this off with some focus on the titles i was most looking forward to: the Youth Titles.
If you read back into my earlier blogs, this was one of the titles i was very much concerned about. The new tech look was never something in Statics range of capability, and it seemed he was getting a total re-haul, powers and history and all. Boy was i wrong. Static's title seems to be the one that played the most to my love and history of the character by pretty much keeping him exactly the same. The excuse for the new look and gear (a gift from Hardware, who has taken Vergil under his wing similar to the Spiderman/Ironman relationship from Civil War) works beautify in respects to both his and Hardware's characters. The only concern i have now is with the last page of issue one, which seems like an alteration of his powers. But if that all were looking at, this seems about perfect, and i think McDuffy wouldldnt hate it.
While Static's comic was a fear diminished, Blue Beetle was my hope shattered. The removal of his awesome origin (replaced by this rushed thing here), the full out thugging of his best friend Paco (who only joined a gang in the old continuity because he was depressed that he lost both his friends), and what seems to be the total liquidation of his parents backbone (they were super strong and wise in the old stuff, but here they are just plan afraid) is very upsetting. And the insight into the Scarab's past is interesting, but it changes the Reach from a group of weak-yet-intelligent planet drainers to a race of Conquerors. Its a subtle difference, but one that will drastically change the threat of their invasion. It will turn it from a slow undermining of our humanity to a quick destruction of the populace. Sigh... just like every other invading force.
The absolute medium here is Superboy. My favorite character of all time. So of course, this one was most important to me. Surprisingly, it invoked the smallest emotional response of the lot.
This is in no way shape or form My Superboy. It seems like DC is trying to remove the "Dont call me SUPERBOY" Conner kent/Kon-El from existence, instead replacing him with this bland clone character. As a matter of fact, the new Superman seems to have adapted Conners old state of mind, being hot headed and angry and sharp witted... but thats something to save for the main titles blog.
Conner here has very little personality. While its obvious they plan on having him build one as the story progresses, i can hardly see him becoming the leather jacket wearing hero i know best. Its not all bad. They seem to have added emphasis to his TK abilities, and more than likely his personality will eventually mirror that of the t-shirt wearing Conner we saw before the revamp. Its a damn shame that the world is FINALLY going to know Superboy and Young Justice, but only as the TV shows incarnation, and not the more interesting comics one of most of my life. In the end, i just dont care that much. Excited to see where its headed, but not expecting much as i bottle my hatred for this pointless change.
The Fury of Firestorm
This is obviously an attempt to hit multiple markets at once. Black males and White. Ronnie fans and Jason fans. The resulting concept is interesting. The downside to it is that it simplified that animosity between the two main characters. Originally Ronnie hated that Jason was his replacement, and Jason hated that Ronnie's slacker ways had caused repeated unnecessary troubles and deaths. Add the struggle for the attention of the Professor (Stein? i cant remember), and the standard stress of being a hero, and there goes your feud.
Fury simplifies this to high school. Jock vs smart kid. Not as deep. Kinda generic.
The cool part of FoF comes from the idea of the Firestorm protocol. The idea that the firestorm power set is more or less the next step in nuclear physics, and is therefore capable of empowering multiple people is an exciting one. In this issue, it seems like Jason can use his intelligence to trans-mutate things, while Ronnie just blasts Raw power. When they do share a body, they become a firestorm/Hulk creature, which im sure is easier to control when they get along.
The fights against other firestorms will inevitably be more interesting since they will not be crippled with only half their powers, but the character driven part of the story will probably be lacking.
Of course i end with the the teen team itself. My comics life is almost entirely owed to Young Justice. Tim and Conner are my all time favorite characters, and so creation of a super hero team around them was absolutely epic when i was younger.
Teen Titans... takes an immediate shit on Tim Drake by making him bitter and ashamed of his days as Robin. Apparently he was so upset with it that he quit and became more or less an Oracle/Anarky hybrid character. Apparently, the only thing that pulled him from this was the personal visit from N.O.W.H.E.R.E, the group that seems to be a emerging new "we have a plan for teen heroes" group. Their visit drove him to ran and save Cassie Sandsmark... who as far as i can tell is half her old character (when shes herself) and half belligerent and angry powerhouse (when shes wonder girl). It looks like there is also a bit of criminal crossover as a result, as Cassie was apparently driving a stolen car.
They also made Bart a moron, which was to be expected. Thats the easiest way to write him, and unless you have a real love for his brand of character, all you see is filler and comic relief when your trying to write his dialogue. Whatever. At some point some writer will show him respect, and everything will change just like before. It seems like this team of Titans will be more about having a diverse group to point to than building a similar team. And yeah... whatever.
come back later to check out my blogs about The Big Titles and The Other Stuff... and possibly a full overview of the new 52.