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A couple weeks ago, Girls Gone Geek was running a hashtag on twitter called #DreamComics asking people to pitch their character and creative team that would make up their dream comics at DC and Marvel. There were some great suggestions. Because I was a bit busy I simply gave them a link to my Marvel “Dreamy Lady Team Ups” column from late 2013 instead of coming up with new ideas, but it got me thinking about DC books, which I never did a similar piece for. In truth, I never did a “Dreamy Lady Team Ups” piece (or similar) for DC because it’s just a rough place for me right now. There are so many characters I love there, but – as many of you are well aware – it’s just not a very welcoming place to me right now. I find the treatment of female characters to be pretty appalling and even beyond that the tone is incredibly dark and gritty throughout the universe, and honestly, I don’t understand the universe very well anymore – the ages of characters, what was retconned and what was kept, it’s kind of a mess in my head. However, as I was thinking about it, DC not being a great/welcoming places these days is the best possible reason to come up with a list of what I’d love to see. And so here we are.
I enjoyed the climax of Final Crisis, and the series as a whole, even if I can’t articulate why, really. Certainly not in the way that the Savage Critic crew have (or even in the way that Jeff Lester articulated why he mostly didn’t, while throwing in some insight of Watchmen to boot).
I mean, I was so adrift in a lack of coherent thoughts on FC when I finished it that I didn’t even see the potential for new comics for DC to squander off its back. Well, except for one
Yes, there is one series I could definitely imagine spinning out of FC. Going by his exit interview at Newsarama, Morrison did, too. So, hey, I did get something out of this comic beyond a “Bart Simpson talking to Alan Moore” appreciation of it. I feel slightly less useless as a reader:
NRAMA: The Global Peace Initiative and Lord Eye – is that Maxwell Lord’s brain?
GM: I like to think so, yes. The potential seemed huge for a CHECKMATE: GLOBAL PEACE AGENCY book – ‘THE WORLD THAT’S COMING IS ALREADY HERE!!!’ so I wanted to position that too, if anyone’s interested. I’m a big fan of Greg Rucka’s brilliant work on both the Renee Montoya character and the Checkmate concept and this seemed like a good way to re-align Checkmate as DC’s own spy-chedelic Man from U.N.C.L.E. franchise. I believe Greg has his own plans for Montoya so we’ll see what happens next.
He had me at the tag line, but my heart also has many boners for anything described as spy-chedelic. That’s certainly something I’d like to read. The allusions to OMAC in FC, and Renee’s involvement in it, were something I really enjoyed. To see someone work with her new status quo (and Earth 51’s designation as the Kirby-verse, even if Jack himself never saw his works as being part of one continuity) is something I could really excited about. Unless they had Bruce Jones write it or something. So even money on that.
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