Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Gerber, Baby!

I just read the last issue of Countdown to Mystery today and I have to admit it made me smile. Like Tales of the Unexpected, I had no use for the Spectre story, but the Dr. Fate Steve Gerber tale had me impressed. Sadly, Gerber died and was unable to finish his story. In a very weird gesture, DC decided to have not one, two or three writers finish it, but four.

The ending I liked the most was by Adam Beechen. It not only set up further tales for the new Dr. Fate and his associates, but gave us the return of one Gerber's greatest creations. I refer to, of course,


Thank you, Gerber, for your wonderful whimsy.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Not To Harp On McKeever, But...

Really? Superheroes don't forge documents?

So everyone in his precinct knows John Jones is actually J'Onn J'Onzz?

So DEO knew Diana Prince was Wonder Woman the whole time they were looking to apprehend her?

How did Supergirl manage to enroll herself in high school?

Doesn't Oracle hack into federal databases on an hourly basis?

C'mon, McKeever, you are better than this forced bit of drama.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

I Want A New Captain Marvel Book

You know what really bugged me? The Power of SHAZAM!

Yes, it was a great series that brought not only the Marvel Family back, but just a touch of the innocent fun back to the character. Yeah, Cap, Jr. kept running off, but even in his Golden Age years, he was meant to be just a bit separate from the Big Red Cheese. Anyway, it just bugged me that Captain Marvel, one of the greatest characters DC ever bought, couldn't have his name in the title. Impulse had his name emblazoned on a book and he didn't get really popular till the series started.

The title needs to be shared. Marvel hadn't used the title Captain Marvel since that one-shot in '89 starring Monica Rambeau. If only they could do some kind of Amalgam deal and release a $3.99 double feature series starring both characters in their respective universes, so no one loses out and both characters get equal face-time.