NBC’s year-end coverage kicks into full swing this week — yep, it’s list making time. Today I am offering my third annual look at which characters made the strongest impressions in 2015.
All entries are listed in alphabetical order.
0-0-0: This was probably one of the easiest pitches that Kieron Gillen has ever made: “evil 3-CPO”. The concept sells itself, right? What elevates the character above gimmick though is how well-executed it is. Despite some notable differences in ethical programming, 0-0-0 is very much a twin of the galaxy’s most famous protocol droid: deferential, thorough, proud of a job well-done and a bit cowering at times. Gillen evokes the mannerisms of 3-CPO so well that the reader cannot help but hear 0-0-0’s dialogue in Anthony Daniels’ familiar voice. This quality makes 0-0-0’s gleeful remarks about torture all the more chilling. It is also classic Gillen. Continue reading This Year’s Finest 2015: The Most Memorable Characters of 2015→
Another Summer, another few semi-annual comic events gone by. Coming up, Summer relaunches! A new beginning for the Big 2, and an important one for DC. But we’ve been here before, will this time be any different?
In 2011, as was traditional after a Multiverse shattering/rearranging event, DC rebooted their Universe and comic line spanning several genres and off-kilter characters. Some of this books were very good (or at least interesting), while a high percentage were slow-going or uninspired. Appropriately, DC axed several of these low selling titles until their line become much more homogenous and brand recognized. Continue reading Crisis, Contrivance, or Convience?→
The latest installment of Bat-Mite gets a lift from Dan Jurgens’ signature creation: Booster Gold (& Skeets). Which is good news for Bat-Mite, as he could use a bit of distraction at the moment. The issue opens to reveal that not only has Bat-Mite accidentally trashed his roommates’ kitchen but also ruined a priceless photo album. (All that damage from a toaster oven? Guess those college dorm regulations made sense after all). Anyway, so Bat-Mite is in big trouble when suddenly he overhears “the troublalert signaling impending doom.” Actually, it’s just Skeets ringing the doorbell. Skeets and Booster could use Bat-Mite’s assistance in hunting down the dangerous masked fiend, Gridlock. Bat-Mite quickly agrees to help, and Booster even more rapidly finds himself regretting it. Continue reading Review of Bat-Mite #4→
Bat-Mite, long regarded as a dated relic of the Bat-Camp years, has returned to the DCU and the initial results are rather entertaining. Originally an impish being from The Fifth Dimension who passes himself off as The Caped Crusader’s biggest fan, Bat-Mite was a frequent presence in the Bat-Books during the early 60s before becoming one of the causalities of Julius Schwartz’s New Look revamp. The character has only sporadically popped-up since then. His last major appearance was a rather meta turn in Grant Morrison’s R.I.P. storyline, which suggested that the otherworldly spite was merely part of Batman’s psychic defenses.
In the new debut issue, Jurgens takes the opposite approach, fully embracing the character’s goofy roots. After a brief prologue portraying Bat-Mite being exiled for some unnamed transgression, the story launches into a high speed chase. Bat-Mite has taken the Batmobile out for a spin, while also pursuing a pair of kidnappers. The ensuing hijinks have a light-hearted touch, as Bat-Mite clowns his way through Batman’s stone-faced reactions to unfolding events. Bat-Mite might be a bit of a buffoon, but he is a charming one. Eventually he finds himself tangled up a nefarious criminal enterprise, side-by-side with the only top-tier DC hero who has less of a sense of humor then The Dark Knight.
Overall this is a fun first issue which left me wanting to read more. The fact that books like Bat-Mite and Bizarro can exist side-by-side with grittier entries such as Midnighter and Green Arrow suggests that DC is indeed unshackling themselves from the unified house style that plagued many of their New 52 titles. And that would be a good thing for everyone.