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Wow, people put a lot of effort into this stuff…

I dunno if I should be impressed or frightened, but in this week’s DC column at the end of 52 #37, there is a paragaph that you have to decipher to figure out the ending of 52, and by the end of this afternoon, someone on Newsarama had already figured out the code.

Click to see the code and the secret!

The code is take the first letter of every third word.

It spells out “The secret of fifty two is that the multiverse still exists.”

How oddly boring for a reveal (it could be worse, it could be Drink Ovaltine, right?), but it is really cool of DC to do a code like this.

I’ll gladly give credit (or pity?) to the person who first figured it out, but I can’t seem to figure out who solved it first! So if you’re out there, let me know!

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That’s a fun thing, I think. DC had fun putting it together, and I bet the fans had fun figuring it out. Plus, the reveal is kind of cool, too.

So… why did infinite crisis happen again?

So… why did infinite crisis happen again?

To sell millions upon millions of comic books, I suppose.

I remember it seemed that Infinite Crisis was supposed to end with the return of the Multiverse based on how it started according to several sources, then they changed course midstream and “copped out” at the end. My guess is that they figured why use 3 years of bad stories and $300 of comics to do a simple reveal when they can add a fourth year of bad stories, 52 more weeks of comics at $2.50 a pop plus yet another major crossover before making the reveal.

I must say though, that code was the best piece of superhero writing to come out of DC since Didio took over.

The real secret of 52 is that I don’t care.

You see, I thought they decided against bringing back the Multiverse in IC because they decided against bringing it back, period- at least as many fans would say “this sucks, the multiverse was stupid!” as would say “this is cool, the multiverse rocks!”, so I figured inertia won out.

But… wait, if the Multiverse is back, how come everybody’s still on the same Earth? IS everybody?

Michael, it’s not a secret if you tell everyone.

Geez, some of you CSBG folks are soooo snarky. Overall I love this blog but sometimes I worry that I’m not elitist enough for the rest of you. I mean, I’m not about to claim “52″ is “All-Star Superman” or anything, but damn I’ve been enjoying it nonetheless. It’s not great, but it is good.

And you know, sometimes the stuff that IS great (like “Seven Soldiers”) isn’t all that GOOD. I mean, I realize the God of All Comics and his (mostly) crackerjack team of artists put a ton of thought and work into it, but (aside from the zero issue, and most of “Klarion” and “Frankenstein”) I can’t think of a single “SS” story I enjoyed as much certain issues of “52.” This week of “52″ provides an excellent example — lots of payoff. Emotional highs. Some WOW moments. The end made me a bit giddy, even.

I’m glad I’m reading “52.” “IC” was craptacular but this has totally been worth the ride (and I hope I will still be saying that when the last issue comes out on May 2 — ie, on 5/2! How fun is that?!). Anyone who refused to pick up even one issue but has been insisting it must stink, well, I feel sorry for you. I hope you enjoy those bitter pills you don’t even realize you’re choking on.

I also enjoyed reading DiDio’s coded letter and I tried reading every third or fourth word, which obviously didn’t work, and that’s about as much effort as I put into it. I wondered how long it would take someone to crack it and leak it online. Clearly it wasn’t that hard; I’m just a bit lazy. Your ambivalence, Brian, strikes me as funny. I mean, wow, you clearly put a lot of effort into this blog. Should I be frightened by that, or should I just enjoy it? I think I’ll just enjoy it. And Greg Burgas put a lot of effort into his contest that’s currently running, elsewhere on CSBG. Do you half-pity Greg, too? Or just the CSBG readers who are putting effort into winning Greg’s contest?

Not everything’s as bad as the Civil Infinite Crisis Wars, people. Some things don’t merit your disdain. “52″ might not be for you, but that doesn’t mean it sucks.

Amen, Rebis! I’ve enjoyed 52 for the most part, and this issue was a fun surprise. I’d guessed wrong about who Supernova was, and I was happy to be wrong.

But what a shame Scipio is out of town this week…

It’s funny. Just the other day I was wondering to myself, ‘is there anything that could actually make me care less about 52?’, and like clockwork…

Honestly, is there anyone who’s under the age of 35 and hasn’t been a DC Comics fanatic for half their life that this will appeal to?

Me. I’m 27.

Interesting, though not unexpected. I doubt that’s the only “big reveal”, though.

Brian – did you try to do something that didn’t work with this post.

It says “Click to see the code and the secret!” and then the code and secret immediately follow with no need to click on anything!

Strangely though it looks like the big reveal in 52 is the same as the big change made to the Infinite Crisis hardcover, so for people who read the books there’s no big reveal in 52 – unless the TPBs of 52 are going to reveal that the Multiverse doesn’t actually exist!

Dan

Brian – did you try to do something that didn’t work with this post.

Click on the “read the rest” if you wanted to find out the spoiler. If you didn’t click on “read the rest,” you wouldn’t get the spoiler! :)

Ah now I see what’s happened. You only get the “read the rest” text if you go in from the front page. I go directly to the page via the RSS feed so I just had the whole post slapped out in front of me with nothing to click.

Oh, good call.

I didn’t consider that!

Sorry, Dan (and other RSSers out there!).

The last two issues of 52 have been good. Especially the most recent one.

Otherwise, I’d say I would recommend…hmmm….about 8 of the thirty-seven issues.

A lot of mediocre issues in there (and some just plain bad ones).

No problem – I’d already had that spoiled when looking at comparisons between the IC comics and hardcover.

That’s why it seems odd to me that they’re treating it as something new

I still think the multiverse is unnecessary by this point–it was a mechanism that allowed the JLA, JSA, Captain Marvel, et cetera, to team up. Well, they can do that without needing a multiverse, so why install one? I’ve called it elsewhere the equivalent of putting your appendix back in.

On the other hand, it does now allow for crossovers between the mainstream DC universe and the Elseworlds stories, and with out-of-continuity stories like the Tangent universe.

On the other other hand, a little goes a long way with that kind of thing, and fundamentally that’s true of a multiversal structure in general–it’s best when used sparingly, which was the big problem with DC’s multiverse…hopping back and forth became like a commute.

On the other other other hand, that might be the upside of “bringing back” the multiverse…they can define the “main” DC universe as the one where all the stuff happens, and all the alternative universes are just playspace for interesting ideas, so you don’t have to bridge two universes every time you want the Question to team up with Batman, but you can still do alternate reality stories every once in a while.

On the other other other other hand, by bringing it back as part of a big event, they create the fan expectation that it will be used a lot, which is exactly what you don’t want to do.

So, to sum up, it’s not necessarily a bad idea if used sparingly, but I suspect it will be overused almost from the get-go.

Hmmm by my count you’ve got at least five hands which means you’re either Doc Oc or an Indian god

I’d absolutely buy a Tales of Earth 8 book written by Marz or Andreyko though.

If they bring back the multiverse the way it was pre-crisis, I can’t think of a more boring idea. If they bring back the multiverse, but instead make it a set of wholly different reaslities, or even how marvel does it it becaomes a little more interesting.

Also, regardless of what they decide the multiverse is/will be, they need to get off their asses and establish that the multiverse is fluid thing and as such, it’s not uncommon for the universes to occasionally coalesce or splash onto each other and as thus reality is in a constant change of flux. Or.. I guess a shorter way to say it would be “Retcons happen” without it having to be linked to a specific event or superboy punching a wall.

The last two issues of 52 have been good. Especially the most recent one.

Otherwise, I’d say I would recommend…hmmm….about 8 of the thirty-seven issues.

A lot of mediocre issues in there (and some just plain bad ones).

That’s how I see it too. If it were an ongoing, I would have dropped it long ago.

To me, this is the largest benefit of the multiverse: it allows DC to (easily) use some of their old stuff that had been wrenched out of continuity by Crisis on Infinite Earths. For instance: Golden Age Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman. Helena Wayne. Most dear to my heart, the original and rebooted Legions. Why not, after all?

Wow, HOLY SHIT! Who would have thought that a book co-written by a guy who’s been saying publicly for 20 years that Crisis “was a disaster” would be heralding the return of the mutltiverse!

…they can define the “main” DC universe as the one where all the stuff happens, and all the alternative universes are just playspace for interesting ideas, so you don’t have to bridge two universes every time you want the Question to team up with Batman, but you can still do alternate reality stories every once in a while.

But can’t they do that already? Marvel doesn’t have a “multiverse” in the DC sense, but that hasn’t stopped them from publishing “What If” or various alternate reality one-shots.

Really, do we need to have an explanation for how and where an alternate reality takes place? Do certain ideas really need to be “in continuity” to be used in this way? And do they really need to publish a year-long, 52-issue series running at $130 in order to do this? It just seems utterly pointless to me.

Marvel has a multiverse. Apparently the only superheroes in it are variations of Captain Britain, but still …

And do they really need to publish a year-long, 52-issue series running at $130 in order to do this? It just seems utterly pointless to me.
I doubt the slow reveal will end with 52. Questions such as the nature of the multiverse will go unanswered and with these questions DC will keep milking the multiverse reveal for years to come. I’m liking 52, but I don’t expect much resolution in terms of the multiverse, and I won’t be buying any DC products in the future based in any way on any promised revelations about the multiverse. I’m glad to see it back, but based on their current pace, it looks like we won’t actually see the idea in action for a good long while.

Also, regardless of what they decide the multiverse is/will be, they need to get off their asses and establish that the multiverse is fluid thing and as such, it’s not uncommon for the universes to occasionally coalesce or splash onto each other and as thus reality is in a constant change of flux. Or.. I guess a shorter way to say it would be “Retcons happen” without it having to be linked to a specific event or superboy punching a wall.
Hypertime. As much as the concept has been maligned, I think that, except for the most anal-retentive continuity fanatics, most long-time fans of a comics universe/character have internalized the idea to some extent, even before Morrison named it.

And that last page has me jazzed like nothing else in comics has for years.

“Who would have thought that a book co-written by a guy who’s been saying publicly for 20 years that Crisis “was a disaster” would be heralding the return of the mutltiverse!”

Again.

I’d say that the Captain Britains are sort of the Green Lantern corps of the Marvel Multiverse. There are plenty of other superheroes in the multiverse, it’s just that Captain Britain is the hero that every single universe has (or had at one time).

Anyone reading the ‘Exiles’ book knows that Marvel’s multiverse has alot more than Captain britain clones running around, especially considering the various different universes they are publishing at the same time (616, ultimates, Spider-girl future, 2099, all the ‘what ifs’). Even with Claremont writing Exiles now and bringing Psylocke and Roma in on his first issue does nothing to reduce my enjoyment of it, the book remains one of my favorites. But I’ve always preferred the alternate worlds to the main ones, since the writers were more free to use the characters any way they liked and anything could happen without having to worry about retconning it the next month to appease rabid fans. ‘What if?’ was one of my favorite books for years, and one of the first I bought regularly, despite having no knowledge of comic history or continuity at the time. Same with all the ‘Elseworld’ projects, which I think are some of the best work DC has done. Frankly, I think they should stop worrying so much about it. Marvel has been having their cake and eating it too by keeping their regular world and ultimate world at the same time, no reason why DC can’t too.

So… what is the 52 part of 52? Is this Earth-52? Are there a total of 52 universes?

Also:
“Honestly, is there anyone who’s under the age of 35 and hasn’t been a DC Comics fanatic for half their life that this will appeal to?”

I am 27, been reading DC books regularly for about five years, and I love 52.

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I have to wonder… What’s the point?

I mean, not only did they kill the Golden Age Superman; but they made sure they’d ruined him by turning him into an Old Crazy Person first.

So what’s the point? They’ve already ruined everything that was nice and good about the Multiverse… (and the Original Singleverse as well!)

Well, I’m sure there’s enough going on in 52 that it can be enjoyed on different levels (or at least I would hope), but I meant to ask if formally addressing the status of a multiverse over the span of a year and 52 issues is actually a selling point for anyone that isn’t a long-time, hardcore DC Comics fan. (Should I have worded that differently, I guess?)

Again, Marvel has played in alternate realities consistently over the years without having to formally “confirm” a multiverse on this level or have several multi-part event series focusing around its existence. I just don’t see the point of all that.

I don’t see what was so wrong with Hypertime that it had to be abolished just so they could come up with something lamer.

And even Hypertime wasn’t necessary. So.

Wow.

You guys are too jaded to be Waided, I guess.

The multiverse was always a Cool Comic Concept. Getting rid of it was just a Cool Series Concept. Returning it is once again a Cool Comic Concept.

And this means that Earth-2 Supes may still be alive out there. The world’s First Super-hero!

Embrace your inner child and enjoy this for the fun thing it is.

Aaron “The Mad Whitaker” Bourque

I like the idea of the multiverse.

I think DC is being run by people that wouldn’t know fun if it broke into their satellite and Dr. Lighted them.

I got a bunch of 52s (like, 4-14) out of the 3 for a buck bunch and read them all at once. Pretty good. I think the weekly non-instantaneous schedule is hurting the book.

Yeah, “pretty good” is a decent description of most of the series (after all, Morrison IS involved).

I wouldn’t recommend a “pretty good” comic, but yeah, it is important to distinguish it from actual BAD comics.

Bry said:

“Again, Marvel has played in alternate realities consistently over the years without having to formally “confirm” a multiverse on this level or have several multi-part event series focusing around its existence. I just don’t see the point of all that.”

Dunno where you’ve been lately, but Marvel has absolutely confirmed a multiverse on this level. They’ve even given them numbers–mainstream Marvel Earth is Earth-616, there’s a Marvel Alternate Reality Handbook out that codifies which reality is which (ie, which reality is Killraven and the Guardians of the Galaxy, which one is Deathlok, which one is the Marvel Zombieverse, et cetera et cetera.) As for multi-part event series…Supreme Power? Heck, Exiles has been one great big grand tour of the multiverse, Mutant X took place in an alternate reality…really, the whole thing’s been codified and set down for a long time. If DC had taken as much care in establishing how their multiverse worked, they wouldn’t have needed a Crisis to begin with.

Marvel now is DC 50 years ago. All we need is to have yearly Avengers/Ultimates team-ups. :)

I dunno what to tell you. I’ve been reading Marvel comics regularly since I was a kid, and I can honestly say I never once ran across any official “confirmation” of a multiverse as you describe. There have always been alternate realities and futures, and at times they’ve come together (usually in an ‘unofficial’ capacity), but it always seemed to be something understated – meaning that huge “Crisis” events revolving around the status of these alternate realities and timelines weren’t necessary. And that is a good thing.

I’ve heard the term “616″ tossed around, but it was always pretty meaningless to me. It just seems silly to compartmentalize every bit of “non-continuity” material into their own little part of a larger, all-encompassing fabric. Can’t All-Star Superman just be All-Star Superman, instead of being “the Superman of Earth Q-8X”? Honestly, I just feel that stuff like Infinite Crisis takes the fun out it all.

Maybe I’m alone in this. Regardless, if the Avengers and the Ultimates ever cross over and team up, I will eat my hat. ;)

They established a Marvel multiverse during a What If..? crossover during the early 90s.

I don’t know what’s blowing my mind more right now: the fact that they chose an issue of “What If” to establish the multiverse, or that there was actually a “What If” crossover.

I looked it up, and damned if it doesn’t exist in all its absurdly convoluted glory. So now I know!

Though I still maintain that the whole thing is incredibly silly, and not in a fun way. :)

Yeah, sorry, I forgot to add “Yes, they actually had a crossover in What If…? of all places!” It WAS pretty darn silly.

No, it must have been before that, because wasn’t Walt Simonson doing the whole Time Variance Authority before that happened, back in ‘Thor’? (And I’m pretty sure that was based on Mark Gruenwald’s “rules” for alternate realities, because it’s an inside joke that everyone at the TVA looks exactly like Mark Gruenwald.) Heck, for that matter, I think Roy Thomas was already talking about “diverging realities” back in the late 60s, early 70s. (And as Roy Thomas is a big fan of continuity, pre-Crisis multiverses, and establishing rules for these things, he seems like the logical person to have started the whole thing off.)

Certainly the whole codification of it all is a recent development, mostly coming out of Exiles (which is where I think the Earth-616 stuff came out of.) But the idea of Marvel having a “multiverse”, and of the various “future” titles each representing an alternate timeline (and of the “What If” stories really happening in an alternate reality) was already pretty set in stone by the late 70s, early 80s.

Whether you think this is a good thing or a bad thing, though, is an entirely personal judgement. :) But I do think Marvel’s is a more “take it or leave it” thing, whereas DC’s was required knowledge. DC didn’t have all its main characters in one basket; that was a mistake, which they later attempted to rectify with the Multiverse concept. Marvel has all its main characters in one basket, so while an Ultimates/Avengers team-up might be on the boards someday, it’s not like having the Avengers in the main universe and Spider-Man only being around in the Ultimate universe.

I like the idea of the multiverse.

I think DC is being run by people that wouldn’t know fun if it broke into their satellite and Dr. Lighted them.

What Joe said. The sense I get reading most of the superhero books these days is that they’re being written by people in their 30′s who are still out to prove that comics are OKAY FOR ME TO READ DAMMIT to the people that laughed at them for liking superheroes back when they were 12.

I actually got laughed at for liking superheroes when *I* was 12, so I can understand the power that can have over you… but you deal with it by… well… dealing with it. You don’t have to constantly suck all the joy out of the books themselves.

It’s a fool’s errand anyway. Because the people that sneer at superheroes will still sneer at them no matter how Dark and Serious you make them. I’d much rather have books that revel in the swashbuckling adventure of it all instead of acting vaguely embarrassed anytime something starts to look fun.

quote/”on 18 Jan 2007 at 12:46 pm 33.Jordan D. White said …

So… what is the 52 part of 52? Is this Earth-52? Are there a total of 52 universes?” \quote

What he said! We all knew the multiverse was back the second they made the changes to the IC hardcover. The real question (and one I wouldn’t be the least bit suprised if they never really answer) is what is the significance of *52*. It’s been popping up all over and I bet they never give any kind of answer that makes sense on any real level.

I’m definitely on the same wavelength as Joe and Greg on this matter.

At one time, I’d have been thrilled by this news. These days, I don’t care. I simply don’t have any faith DC will do anything cool and fun with the concepts any more.

What annoys me is when people get all antsy over Batman when I dare to insinuate that for all the “worlds greatest detective” stuff, most of the worlds greatest detective gimmick revolves around

a) extremely obvious and basic cod-detective work and
b) punching people in the face

I’m not sure how its directly related to the “sucking the fun out of comics” thing mentioned above, but it sucks the fun out of it for me when I feel like I’m not allowed to appreciate people being punched in the face.

I agree, John, that since the multiverse is only addressed in a handful of comics, it is a lot easier to take it as a “refer to it if you want, don’t refer to it if you don’t want” thing.

But I do think Marvel’s is a more “take it or leave it” thing, whereas DC’s was required knowledge.

Exactly. I can get behind the former, but I have a problem with the latter.

Alternate realities and timelines can be a lot of fun, I agree. But it only works for me if they exist independently from one another, without the reader needing a scorecard to keep track of where everything “fits”.

I say this a lot.

But, as far as forty plus year old ideas dreamed up by Fox and Schwartz go, the idea of the multiverse is more interseting to me than the idea of the legacy hero.

But a lot of that interest came from context; F & S were trying to teach their audience, who were like eight year old kids at the time, some very adveanced theoretical physics. I like that. I like that they were trying to make their comics, like, beneficial to their audience, and to really make ‘em think. Pretty coo.

That said, I’d rather the DC talent come up with some NEW ideas instead of endlessly recycling old ones.

ALTHOUGH the Marvel family need their own earth. “World’s Mightiest Mortal” has a conceptual strength that “in a nine way tie for the world’s third mightiest mortal (give or take)-” just doesn’t.

Ooh, don’t get me started on legacy heroes. :) I think it can work, but I do wish DC would get out of the mentality of “rotate your heroes every five years or 100 issues”. Legacy is a trick that works when there’s no strong, current fanbase for the character, or when there’s a strong core concept that wasn’t used well. DC overuses it, because they had such strong initial success with it (ie, the Silver Age.)

As to the multiverse, I think what we should all remember is that the original explanation was that different universes vibrated at different speeds. Which means that we should always, always, always remember that in the first JLA/JSA crossover, the villains traveled between Earths with the aid of “personal vibrators”.

Now that’s a concept they should give to Warren Ellis to handle. :)

And here I thought Batman fought crime in Gotham, while up the turnpike Superman does the same in Metropolis. If it had an Elseworld logo on it then it wasn’t “real.”

I had no idea it was so confusing. After reading all the posts I’m not even sure if there are multiple universes converging or separating.

Batman fights crime. Personally I don’t care if he is wearing the original cowl or dressed up as the Egyptian God of the Dead as long as he is punching people and detecting.

So now we can have Batman fight the Bat-god in the same universe? As long as I can be reasonably sure that the book titled “Batman” has somebody dressed in a costume somewhat resembling a winged mammal I will be satisfied.

I’m thrilled for those of you that follow and understand this stuff!

“The real question (and one I wouldn’t be the least bit suprised if they never really answer) is what is the significance of *52*.”

Well, I don’t know if anyone will be satisified with the answer, but I’m sure there is one. Or, I guess I should say, at this point there better be, because they’ve been claiming there is a significance to “52″ beyond just 52 weeks. And it’s become a plot point, of course. (Though not one that much concerns me or affects my enjoyment of the series.*) I oughtta know better than to believe either of the Big Two publishers when they say something. (“Oh, absolutely, Civil War is a stand-alone story.”)

The best theory I read — and this was many weeks ago — is that Red Tornado (et al) isn’t really saying “52″ (meaning a single number, “fifty-two”) but a ratio, “5:2″ (“five to two”) … The idea being: From the five earths that endured (and sort-of survived) the original “Crisis,” we now have two (not just one) left. In other words, Earth-2 is back (which I’d be fine with). Does that mean we get Helena Wayne and company back too?

On the other hand, if DiDio is writing that the “multiverse” is back, well, that suggests they’re gonna end up adding countless earths back on. Which could be fun, it could be dreadful. It’s all a matter of how they handle it. [shrug] We’ll see soon enough, won’t we?

* Personally, I’m not too invested in exactly what “52″ means. It’s fine for me as a name for a comic that’s running weekly for a year — a comic that comes out [i]on time[/i] every week and gives me some fun serialized storytelling featuring C-list characters who never (or too rarely) get the spotlight, along with some interesting new ones too. I mean, Doc Magnus & T.O. Morrow! THe Question! Buddy Baker! … I’m really enjoying the development of Black Adam and Isis, and Steel, and Ralph too, and I’m happy to see them used here. Steel as Luthor’s main nemesis, while Clark is out of action? Perfect. And, though I too roll my eyes at Identity Crisis, they might as well finally follow up on how Ralph moves on with his life. I’ve actually been quite moved by certain moments with Ralph in this series, like when the Spectre gave him the chance to have Sue back if only he would extract a wicked vengeance on Jean Loring, and he couldn’t do it — he couldn’t be that cold, not even to attain his heart’s desire. Beautiful.

“Geez, some of you CSBG folks are soooo snarky. Overall I love this blog but sometimes I worry that I’m not elitist enough for the rest of you. I mean, I’m not about to claim “52″ is “All-Star Superman” or anything, but damn I’ve been enjoying it nonetheless. It’s not great, but it is good.”

That’s the exact sentiment that this blog was started to denounce. It’s really sad that a comic being “decent” or “not great, but good” is seen as some sort of accolade. I will not settle for mediocrity, and I will not settle for comics that are “okay”.

Also, your phrasing’s a bit off. It should be “It’s not great, but I like it.”

John Seavey said, “Certainly the whole codification of it all is a recent development, mostly coming out of Exiles (which is where I think the Earth-616 stuff came out of.)”

Fortunately, the Marvel multiverse goes much further back than that. We have early issues of Avengers, etc. talking about other dimensions, whether it be Dr. Strange, the Squadron Sinister or Thundra; but I think a true multiverse started with the mostly unknown Captain Britain titles by Alan Moore, et al., some of the best Marvel stories, ever. That’s where the Earth -616 desisgnation arises. Here’s a wink: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth-616.

If you get a chance, check out part of this great story in the Capain Britain tradepaperback (1995) (reprinted 2005), and the X-Men Archives featuring Captain Britain (7 issue limited series) (1995).

Interesting side-tidbit:

I believe the first Marvel “alternate dimension” showed up in Avengers Annual # 2. (I THINK this was pre-Squadron Supreme.) It wasn’t the start of the Multi-verse, but it was the debut of the Marvel duo-verse.

The Avengers fight their otherworldly counterparts who’ve taken over their planet ’cause, y’know, governments were screwing up and wars and pollution and stuff.

Which is, come to think of it, the plot of every single superhero comic from the last 10-15 years. But you’ve already heard my “get some new ideas you bums” spiel once in this post.

The multiverse was always a Cool Comic Concept. Getting rid of it was just a Cool Series Concept. Returning it is once again a Cool Comic Concept.

And this means that Earth-2 Supes may still be alive out there. The world’s First Super-hero!

Embrace your inner child and enjoy this for the fun thing it is.

Damn straight. All change is good!!

Damn – I thought I had the quotey thing sussed this time :(

SO close, Dan! :)

Next time, use <> instead of [].

FunkyGreenJerusalem

January 22, 2007 at 4:09 am

“That’s the exact sentiment that this blog was started to denounce. It’s really sad that a comic being “decent” or “not great, but good” is seen as some sort of accolade. I will not settle for mediocrity, and I will not settle for comics that are “okay”.”

Actually Dan, the site’s title would lead one to believe that good is fine.
You may want to fight for great, but the blogs title, at least, seems to say that they are okay with good.
I’m happy with good.
I wouldn’t call the latest Blue Beetle series ‘great’, but dammit, I had good fun reading the trade, and can’t wait to get the next one.
It hasn’t set any new benchmarks, or re-invented the wheel, but it did entertain the hell out of me.
What’s wrong with that?

SO close, Dan! :)

Next time, use instead of [].

Thanks for that. Hopefully this post will look right!

Hooray!!! :D

Yes, it’s a lot of back and forth with all the comic book companies but bringing back the crazy multiverse is a good…no…a GREAT thing. While I hope it is only used sparingly and not with any intention of bringing characters back from the dead, I see it as another tool in DC’s storytelling. When they got rid of the Multiverse in the original, far crazier, Crisis, they killed off too many story possibilities. At least in this way, if they need to, they can move characters from other titles and times,etc, to the DC mainstream for a brief–or permanent–stay. However, The real potential, in my opinon, lies in that they can take things out of the main DCU and put them in their own realities that free writers from heavy handed event comics.

That said, I prefer DC’s current events to Marvel’s by far. DC’s make more sense, feel less cheap, and are more fun. When Marvel has a big event it’s usually late to arrive in stores, screws up all of the other comics (which events do, of course) and kills off the Avengers and 99% of the mutant population…who will come back to life because some writer didn’t like it or realized it was a really stupid thing to do.

Yes, I could go on with this forever but I’ll stop.

Now.

Personally I hope that They do bring both a new and an old earth back. Perhaps the Earth-2 so that we could enjoy heroes that simply disappeared in the original “Crisis” ie; Earth-2 Robin and Huntress,and maybe an”Ultimates ” style Earth for DC. Its not that far of a stretch to say that All Star Batman And Robin are the “new” Earth versions,allowing DC to bring completely fresh versions of their Icons in the 2000′s. It certainley worked for the Ultimates line at marvel ,and the differences between the new versions stories and the old versions are refreshing without losing creativity to the new versions or continuity for the old versions. I for one hope that they do this as a creative way to tell the characters stories with a new outlook,with new twists.

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