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Easter Sunday Brunch: 4/12/09

The internet does not take a holiday. The internet waits for no man. The internet has fist-bumped Jesus and hidden 40 plastic eggs filled with candy, money, and scorpions in the post you are about to read.

ITEM! So you may have heard that Barry Allen rolled that rock right out of the way and got himself a resurrection. Tucker Stone doesn’t think that’s a good thing:

The thing is–that audience that feels they own these characters? Those people who slab comics and buy variant covers? That’s the only audience that exists for Flash: Rebirth. This isn’t designed to get anybody into the Flash who isn’t already well-versed in the universe…. This is a delivery system for an expectation that no one but old people had. This isn’t a comic book.

ALSO! Tim O’Neil doesn’t seem to be a fan of Barry Allen’s return, either:

The only people old enough to actually have any kind of relationship with the character of Barry Allen are over thirty-five. So, for many people, the nostalgia for Barry Allen isn’t just nostalgia, it’s nostalgia for someone else’s nostalgia.

AND AGAIN! David Uzumeri at Funnybook Babylon also reviews the first issue of Flash: Rebirth, and finds it wanting:

[T]he story’s artifice began to override its momentum. For a book ostensibly about speed, I found it very difficult to get caught up in the momentum and flow of its story, especially not when it was so obvious with its themes and subtext…. The problem is that this subtext and the actual text are so close together that the story suffers as a result…

ET AL! David Brothers of 4thletter! shares a fond remembrance of Frank Miller’s much-maligned and underrated Dark Knight Strikes Again and drops the truthiest truth ever while he’s at it:

It wasn’t Hal Jordan or Barry Allen. They were secondary to the real charm of the Silver Age. The true draw was the new ideas. It was people in costumes doing awesome things…. This is why Silver Age nostalgia trips bug me. I don’t care about Barry Allen or Hal Jordan. They are not why I like the Flash or Green Lantern. They’re icing on the cake, but the cake is made up of “Flash Facts” and giant green supermodels catching airplanes…. Miller knows that you can’t bring back the Silver Age by digging up its bones and making it do a dance for you. Doing exciting and new things with these dusty old icons is the only way to make them interesting.

That’s not all his post is about, of course. Read, reader!

DA FUG! Jeff Lester gives us this fascinating review-of-sorts of Seaguy: Slaves of Mickey Eye #1 over at the Savage Critics:

[I]t’s probably for the best to have only the original miniseries and the the promised sequel never to arrive, so that a reader had no choice but to return to the original story again and again until they’d suddenly realize that the first volume of Seaguy was the sequel, and that they, the readers, were the true slaves of Mickey Eye.

But don’t worry, he liked it.

I YI YI! Speaking of Seaguy– well, I still haven’t read it. But the Mindless Ones have, and they’ve provided these sexy “annocommentations” for most of the first issue. More to come! The folks at Mindless Ones have also interviewed sexy Seaguy artist Cameron Stewart about his influences, collaborators, style, and future plans.

BANGERS ‘N MASH! Better than the second coming! Chris Sims, he of the Invincible Super-Blog, presents the first installment of his new online comic, The Chronicles of Solomon Stone! Written by Sims, drawn by Matthew Allen Smith, lettered by Benjamin Birdie. Thrill to the latest case of the half-vampire private detective skateboard champion! It’s a comic that literally can’t be printed, because the awesome would cause the book to either melt or burst into flames upon contact with human flesh:

REMAKE/REMODEL! You know the drill, right? This week it’s Irma Vep vs. Captain Justice, a crazed Whitechapel Team-Up of two previously remade/remodeled characters. Here’s a collaboration between Edwin (art) and Paul Sizer (colors):

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KICKIN’ THREADS! Project Rooftop reveals the honorable mentions in their Batman 2.0 redesign contest. I actually like a few of these more than some of the winners/runners-up.

ICEBERG, DEAD AHEAD! The Beat has posted the respective month-to-month sales-and-commentary charts for Marvel and DC. This particular comment, from Mark Clapham in the DC thread, caused me to laugh the laugh of the damned:

Towards the bottom end of the chart it would be cheaper to phone the remaining readers individually and tell them the story than go through the expense of producing actual issues.

BOP! So the Eisner nominees are out, and lo, it has come to pass: Herbie is nominated in two categories! Vindication at last. I’m hoping for a win.

FE FI FO FUM! I want Chris Bird to write Doctor Strange if only so we can meet Fin Fang Fear. Flaming skeleton dragon thing from before time? Yeah, we need one of those. It speaks to the most basic desires of man.

NOT COMICS DEPT: “Andy Rooney” reviews the Fast & the Fourious, or whatever that thing’s called. Comedy!


The writer in your first link (Factualopinion.com) writes like a 15-year-old. Are there people on the internet who think dropping fuck and bullshit in every other sentence is funny or adult or anything any more?

All the Project Rooftop Batman 2.0 Honorable Mention designs are excellent in different ways, but my favorites are Andrew Good’s Bat-Trenchcoat design ( more than a little similar to the Midnighter, minus the S&M vibe ) and Patricio Oliver’s black-and-yellow design with the Batman Beyond themes. Either would be a vast improvement in this day and age over the default Batsuit.

That Andy Rooney review did a perfect job of capturing his style.

I wasn’t a huge fan about the Dark Knight Strikes Again, but I did like that posting about it, so thanks for the link. The bit you quoted is quite true: my favourite scene in the whole damn thing is the Ray Palmer fighting the monster that turns out to be bacteria in a Petri Dish. That was the total excitement of the Silver Age using a Silver Age character.

Andy Rooney is old, you see.

Fin Fang Fear needs to see the light of day.

What can we do to ensure this happens?

Patrick Joseph

April 12, 2009 at 2:09 pm

Hats off to Tim O’Neil. I am 38, read the Barry Allen Flash with vigor in the late 70’s/early 80’s, and have the Archive Editions. I am a Fan. And yet, I feel like the presence of the Rebirth comic is another trip back into the well of nostalgia for ever diminishing returns.

No interest in it at all. In fact, undoing Crisis #8 infuriates me due to an argument I had with my abusive step-father in 1985 about how long the Flash would stay dead. Apparently I just lost to the bastard. The beatings weren’t enough?

Let’s hope Herbie bops the competition. Cheers to Dark Horse for reprinting those gems. And thanks to you, Bill, for mentioning Herbie in 365 Reasons. Those are some fun comics!

The Batman designs are fun but none of the honorable mentions or winners work for me entirely. But if I could mix and match elements of several designs or get adjustments from the artist on a few them, there would be definite possibilities for awesome.

I am 38, read the Barry Allen Flash with vigor in the late 70’s/early 80’s, and have the Archive Editions. I am a Fan. And yet, I feel like the presence of the Rebirth comic is another trip back into the well of nostalgia for ever diminishing returns.

I’m a year older than you but that pretty much sums up my feelings as well. Barry Allen’s Flash was my favourite superhero as a kid and the idea of bringing him back from the dead leaves me totally cold.

Actually, I’d disagree a bit on the Flash/Barry Allen issue…

Although the concept was explored before during Waid’s run, the piece I still find interesting is how the current characters react to the return of the idolized hero. Wally always had the ‘do I measure up’ problem, but eventually resolved it during that earlier run.

The other aspect which could be intriguing is to have the character have to live up to his golden reputation. He’s regarded as THE epitome of heroism, and now he has to actually come back and live up to that.

There are some nuggets to explore, but I don’t disagree that it was probably better with him dead.

I must be the only person who actually likes Barry. I like Wally too of course, although my actual favorite Flash, is Jay. But I don’t mind Barry coming back, so long as Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver manage to make a good story out of it. Based on their past performances, I am quite optimistic.

Based on their past performances, I am quite optimistic.

For me, however, based on their past performances, I run screaming into the night.

Aside from the nostalgia aspect, one of the bigger aspects of DC for me has always been about the legacy aspect – the JSA to the JLA to (one day) the Teen Titans, Jay to Barry to Wally, Hal to Jon / Guy to Kyle. Whenever DC goes back in those chains, it just seems as though they’re taking backward steps rather than moving forward. I mean, I wasn’t fond of Bart as the Flash, but at least that matched up with everything else.

I agree with you Graeme Burk

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