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New Wildstorm 25h Anniversary Hardcover With New Material From Ellis, Lee, Hitch & more

DC Comics will be releasing a new Wildstorm 25th Anniversary hardcover collection featuring not only comics from the imprints past, but new stories from the original creators of the titles including work from Warren Ellis & Bryan Hitch, Brandon Choi & Jim Lee, Brett Booth, J. Scott Campbell & more. Details at CBR

The Rough Guide To DC Rebirth

Like Marvel comics has had before them, today I’m taking a look at the new DC Comics Rebirth lineup of titles announced last weekend. DC Comics attempted to reboot in the summer of 2011 with their New 52 initiative. Though initially successful, readers quickly tired of the redundant writing & art styles that was often overtly in your face with little substance and dated concepts, while creative talent left the books in droves over accusations of overreaching editorial mandates. In 2015, the publisher began walking away from the concept; first with their Convergence event whose story was used to reestablish the Multiverse and then the DC You initiative,  a sincere attempt to diversify the style and creative talent on their line of books. In spite of some really great comics, DC You failed to reestablish the publisher’s already shrinking market share while the one two punch of Star Wars & Secret Wars allowed chief competitor Marvel Comics to dominate the direct market. During WonderCon 2016, DC Comics announced another new initiative with a relaunch of the publishers comics with new #1’s and creative teams for their series of titles. Some look great, some of the creators brought in during DC You have leveled up, some familiar faces are sticking around, some new writers have been brought into the fold and some comics vet’s are returning after years away from the publisher. Some books look great, some have potential, some look kind of bland and some look like hot garbage. Will divide the contenders from the pretenders with Yay, Mayhaps or Nay. As always, remember that not even all of the creative teams have been announced let alone all the possible series so this lineup is subject to change.

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Flash Appreciation Day Challenge – Dan DiDio, Jim Lee, and Geoff Johns

Yesterday, the Nothing But Comics! team shared the news about  our petition to the White House requesting that the President of the United States of America honor the DC Comics superhero character the Flash by declaring February 11, 2015 “Flash Appreciation Day”.

We are pleased to report that the petition is supported by comics creators Brett Booth, Van Jensen, and Robert Venditti.

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Review of the Flash #37

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by Robert Venditti, Van Jenson, and Brett Booth

The Story: Present Barry is trapped in a savage section of the Speed Force, with a hodge-podge of people from different times and places. After fending off an attack by Terror Bird riding Paleo-Indians, Selkirk offers to help Present Barry return to Central City where unbeknownst to him…

Future Barry is enjoying his second chance at life. He’s taking the challenges coming at him with zeal, such as identifying hundreds of dead bodies left by the invasion of the Crime Syndicate. He’s making time for Patty Spivot, his girlfriend, and keeping in touch with Iris West. Cracks start to show when he callously says a murdered college student (who he visited as the Future-Flash) got what he deserved. Which in a way he did, the student would of gone on to be a mass murderer had he not been stopped. Nonetheless, Future Barry has to apologize and shift the crime onto someone else touched by the Speed Force. The story ends with with the introduction of Napalm, a new Rogue.

The Art: Brett Booth really pulled out the stops for this issue. He makes great use of the broken panels structure to make the action more visceral and adjust the camera angles for character interaction. I thought Patty Spivot’s reaction face to Barry’s callousness was a little much, but I can overlook that. This issue sets a pretty high standard for Booth’s work in the future, so I hope he’s ready to bring more to his pencils and layouts.

Overall: It’s interesting how short-lived the two Flashes aspect of the book was. Previously we got a helping of Flash in the present, and Future Flash time-traveling back correcting his mistakes; perhaps the writers did not want to retread that. Also, no Wally West. However, they was a good spotlight on Iris West’s reporting which looking back on Flash the last few years has been loooooonnngg overdue. It’d be nice to see more of that, and maybe some “Superior Barry” moments in the coming issues.

Rating: Poor, Fair, Good, Great, Excellent.

Hess’s House Best of Big Two 2013

I freaking love comics. So many comics. Too many to put in one single list. We all like different things. Some of us like big two comics. Other’s may prefer large publisher creator owned work while other’s dig the small press. I like all of that. I’ll cover my favorites from the different corners of comic book publishing over the month of December. 

For this week I’ll be covering DC and Marvel Mainline Superhero Comics
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Yes these are the big guys. I try to not write about DC and Marvel comics TOO much because I think it’s hard to give a take on these books that hasn’t been said ad naseum. Do you really need me to explain why Scott Snyder’s Batman is great again? I mean I already did once anyway and I’m about to one more time so there you go. That’s because whatever your feeling are about these comics they are ubiquitous and necessary. The sales and popularity of DC and Marvel props up the infrastructure of the entire industry so as much as I may prefer comics from Image, Darkhorse, Vertigo, First Second or Koyama those companies don’t exist without the big two. And that’s because people are passionate about the comics from these companies regardless of how they feel the quality of the current work. People love their DC or Marvel or both or they have complete disdain for one or both but it’s that passion for these companies that fuels comics as a business. As for me I still read a lot of stuff from them in spite of my passion for the indie and small publishers. In composing this list  I tried to trim it down to what I thought was the best of the best from the publishers. I get annoyed with events, crossovers, Scott Lobdell and West Wing fan fiction so all that relegated Animal Man, X-Men, Swamp Thing, Indestructible Hulk, Avengers Assemble, Wolverine and the X-Men, Action Comics, Daredevil: End of Days and Uncanny X-Men to honorable mentions status. ‘Nuff respect due for Captain America, Wolverine, Batman: The Dark Knight, Marvel Knights Spiderman/X-Men, Amazing X-Men and Superman Unchained which are all very good but just not good enough and Wonderwoman, Deadpool, Fearless Defenders, Journey Into Mystery, The Flash, Ultimate Spiderman and Aquaman which I’m sure are as amazing that you all say they are but life’s too short no what I’m saying?

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Review of Futures End: The Flash #1

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by Robert Venditti, Van Jenson, and Brett Booth

We know from the last few issues that Future Barry is on his way to kill his past self, thereby repairing the tears in Speed Force. This issue takes place five years from our “present”.

Barry Allen has reclaimed some of his good PR as the Flash, traveling all over the world to help people. By now, he’s noticed that the more he runs the more time he loses. He has invented a computer system to track emergencies and calculate how time he loses from where he’s headed.

Future Flash is checking the penultimate name off his list, Daniel West, the Reverse-Flash. This brings him head-on with not-quite-Future Flash and Wally West. By the end of the issue, (evil) Future Flash is in our actual present.

The story is good in this issue, tying in threads from the current arc and showing some fun developments that should pay off at the end <cough, above image, cough>. What I really liked about this issue was the art. I’ve mentioned my views on Brett Booth’s art in this run, but this issue might have his best in the series. Everything is consistent, relatively proportional, and most impressively has great panel composition;

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If you’ve been reading the Flash up-til this month, I recommend picking this up. It’s another solid story, but also has some great Brett Booth art that should please his fans ( I know you’re out there!).

Rating: Poor, Fair, Good, Great, Excellent.