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#1 Edited by RideASpaceCowboy (515 posts) - - Show Bio

The Succession of Space Sector 2814!

One of the Green Lanterns violate the sovereignty of an Earth nation by apprehending an intergalactic criminal whom said country tries to protect through diplomatic immunity, raising the issue of where the Green Lantern Corp. derives its jurisdiction over Earth and leading an alliance of nations (America, Atlantis, Markovia, Themiscyra, and possible others) to formally succeed from Space Sector 2814. Fearing the precedent set by rebellion would lead to anarchy throughout the universe, the Guardians send an army of Lanterns to secure the Earth. The Justice League treats such as a hostile alien invasion, and the result becomes...

Justice League vs. the Green Lantern Corps.

#2 Edited by RideASpaceCowboy (515 posts) - - Show Bio

My favorite origin story for any character is actually Phillip J. Fry's in Futurama. It's a temporally closed-loop, meaning that events in the future cause certain other events in the past, which lead to the aforementioned events in the future, which lead to said events in the past, and so on and so on, ad infinitum. Ignoring the part where he's his own grandfather, in a separate time-traveling escapade he goes back to the moment in which he was frozen for a thousand years, intending to alter the course of known history and recover the life in the 21st century which was stolen from him, but in a truly tragic turn at the last moment sacrifices his own happiness to preserve the time-stream, pushing his past self into the cryogenic freezer. Thus his own future sacrifice is his origin story.

I've been a comic book reader all of my life, and am greatly familiar with most mainstream characters, but cannot think of an example of which the hero's origin is a closed-loop. Could anyone provide an example of such, if it exists? As a metaphysician with a focus on the nature of time and eternity, this is of particular interest to me.

Edit: Oh, I am aware of Barry Allen being the bolt of lightning that struck his lab per Flash: Rebirth and of Myxlptlk and all other 5th dimensional beings having closed-loop timelines per Morrison's New 52 run on Action Comics. Are there any more?

#3 Edited by RideASpaceCowboy (515 posts) - - Show Bio

I'd prefer the Sentry (as he's more of a direct analogue to Superman and would fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe more easily), but would be willing to take a Marvelman/Miracleman movie as a second choice. If DC can't get Superman right on film (anymore; the first Chris Reeve movie is tied with the original Star Wars for greatest film of all time) then hopefully Marvel can.

#4 Edited by RideASpaceCowboy (515 posts) - - Show Bio

Superman's fate is well known to those of us who are His friends: He takes up the legendary "Sword of Superman" and finally wins the "never-ending battle." He makes us like Himself, physically and morally, so that in time we can "join Him in the sun" just as His Father promised.

Two published stories actually illustrate fairly well how this could happen.

In the chapter of Adventures of Superman entitled "Strange Visitor" Superman survives the heat death of the universe and continues on into the next, promising humanity on the other side "...no matter what this new home holds for us, I will never leave you."

In "For Tomorrow" Superman reshapes the Phantom Zone into a veritable Paradise and raptures a part of the world's population there.

In short, he defeats pain, death, and evil itself, and, just as in Clark Kent He came down to the level of manhood, finally raises us to the level of godhood.

#5 Posted by RideASpaceCowboy (515 posts) - - Show Bio

More so than even gonads, facial hair is the primary sexual characteristic which distinguished males of the species from females. Ergo, if a human has facial hair, he's a man, and all the ladies love him (provided he's not fat); if a human doesn't have facial hair, she's a chick, with a brain a third the size of a man's. That's science!

#6 Posted by RideASpaceCowboy (515 posts) - - Show Bio

The '50s were the Dark Age of Comics. It began with the collapse of "long underwear characters" following the conclusion of World War II, which led to countless publishers closing their doors. Then Fredric Wertham published Seduction of the Innocent, which in turn led to the Comics Code Authority, which marginalized the entire medium as being for juveniles, a mindset which lingers yet today and from which the industry may never fully recover. The negative effects of Wertham and the Code are of such lasting magnitude that they have no analogue in any other medium.

#7 Edited by RideASpaceCowboy (515 posts) - - Show Bio

The red trunks and all the other elements of the classic suit are timeless, and a few short years from now when they're inevitably brought back readers will reflect on the Superman stories of the early New 52 and will wonder why anyone thought the by-then-very-dated-looking armored redesign was a good idea, the same way that most readers now find the Superman sporting a mullet following his resurrection utterly ridiculous. And, while I don't want to employ any logically fallacious ad hominid attacks, it's a self evident fact that anyone who prefers modern trunk-less armored-look is a morally reprehensible sub-human monster and the single worst person to engage with the comic industry since Fredric Wertham.

RED UNDERWEAR FOREVER!!!

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"All that is not eternal is eternally out of date." -C.S. Lewis.

#8 Posted by RideASpaceCowboy (515 posts) - - Show Bio

This review perfectly summed up my feelings on this issue. I'll stick around for second to see if it's worth pulling regularly, and maybe in the meantime pick up issues from previous runs to see if they're a better way to experience the character, whom I find to have a great design and utterly intriguing fighting style.

#9 Edited by RideASpaceCowboy (515 posts) - - Show Bio

Hypothetical: if DC were to do a soft relaunch a la Marvel NOW with brand new on-going series featuring creators who have never done major work on the following characters or teams, which writers and artists would you assign to each title?

  1. Aquaman: Scott Snyder / Jim Lee
  2. Batman: Ed Brubaker / Sean Murphy
  3. Flash: Jeff Lemire / Steve McNiven
  4. Green Arrow: Geoff Johns / Ivan Reis
  5. Green Lantern: Mark Waid / Nicola Scott
  6. Hawkman: Mark Millar / Marc Silvestri
  7. Justice League: J. Michael Straczynski / Bryan Hitch
  8. Legion of Super-Heroes: John Ostrander / Sara Pichelli
  9. Shazam: Grant Morrison / Stuart Immonen
  10. Superman: Jonathan Hickman / Mike Deodato
  11. Teen Titans: Brian Michael Bendis / Brett Booth
  12. Wonder Woman: Frank Miller / Greg Land

Snyder is the sensible choice for Aquaman, given his work on The Wake, and Lee's work on the character in Justice League was the only improvement over his pre-New 52 counterpart compared to the rest of the team members.

Brubaker's healthy balance of gritty espionage and crazy sci-fi concepts in his Captain America run would translate perfectly over to the World's Greatest Detective, and Murphy's rough but incredibly detailed style is everything Frank Millar's art in The Dark Knight Returns was trying to be.

Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis are perhaps the best team in the industry, and Green Arrow is one of the few characters neither has done major work on as of yet.

Hawkman's violent tendencies are Millar's bread and butter.

Straczynski proved in Rising Stars that he can balance a large cast of characters with intriguing concepts and genuine emotion, and Hitch sells the illusion of reality through his cinematic style and detailed backgrounds.

Ostrander's work in a Galaxy Far, Far Away is a fitting resume for writing the Legion, and Sara Pichelli has proven herself as a sci-fi / space artist on Guardians of the Galaxy.

To see why Grant Morrison would be the definitive writer on Shazam, simply read his autobiography Supergods, or his magnum opus Flex Mentallo: Man of Muscle Mystery.

The best character deserves the best writer, and Hickman is no stranger to the character-focused, sci-fi of epic scope that goes into making a great Superman story.

Everyone knows Bendis can write teen characters, and Brett Booth's work on Nightwing makes him the obvious candidate.

The dream team that inspired this entire thread, Frank Miller can write female characters better than any writer in the industry, even the female writers themselves, and particularly understands the character of Diana, as shown in the pages of All-Star Batman and Robin, the Boy Wonder. Greg Land, while a great artist in many respects, excels particularly in drawing female characters.

#10 Posted by RideASpaceCowboy (515 posts) - - Show Bio

SquareEnix (the game developer responsible for Final Fantasy) recently came out and said, with a great deal of frankness, something to the effect that they had lost focus as a company by trying to mold their products and properties to appeal to the widest audience possible, with the result that recent international releases aimed at western audiences were being met with critical and commercial failure. Yet when they embraced the niche which had found them success to begin with (the classic Japanese role-playing game) and aimed it at their core audience, they were surprised to be met with acclaim and success.

DC it would seem finds itself in a similar situation. In trying to appeal to wider audiences they mimicked the approach traditionally taken by Marvel, reinventing their characters to have greater pathos and be more relatable. Yet DC's stable has always served the very different function of embodying certain archetypes and ideals as the unofficial pantheon of the modern American mythology. Stripped of this quality, characters such as Superman and other Justice League members lose much of what was most appealing about them to begin with. Once there is a return to form (not necessarily in the form of a reboot), the critical and commercial success will follow.