ALMOST THERE

This is one of the best example of, “So close and yet so far,” that I have ever seen in my time as a comic book fan.

I will admit that Clark looks pretty good without hair.  It’s something that never occurred to me before seeing this on the back cover to an issue of Superman Family but if Kal-El ever suffers from Kryptonian Male Pattern Baldness he can always just shave that hair off and go around looking a member of the Lex Luthor fan club.

Of course Lex would probably think that Superman was just making fun of him and he would hate the Last Son of Krypton even more.

At least that’s how I see it.

More to follow…

THE FIVE STAGES OF COMIC FAN GRIEF

All right.  I am feeling snarky at the moment.  Here are…

THE FIVE STAGES OF COMIC FAN “GRIEF”

"Comic book fans scare me!"
"Comic book fans scare me."

  1. DENIAL: “Oh, come on!  They can’t be doing that!  What are they thinking?  That could never, ever happen!
  2. BITCHING ON THE INTERNET: (typing) “This is the WORST idea ever!  They can’t do this!  That writer has NO idea what he is doing.  WTF!  OMG!  They should ALL be FIRED!!!!!!!!
  3. BITCHING AT THE COMIC SHOP: “Can you believe they’re doing this?  There is no way that could every work.  Am I wrong here?  Who agrees with me?  You don’t?  Then you are a moron!”
  4. MORE BITCHING ON THE INTERNET: (more typing) I was at the comic shop today and some mouth breather was telling me I’m wrong!  Can you BELIEVE that?  It is so obviously the worst idea ever and everyone responsible needs to be shot EXECUTION STYLE!”
  5. ACCEPTANCE: (more typing) “So I bought the first issue and you know what…it wasn’t that bad!  This guy is the best writer EVER!  I am so on board with this.  Best issue ever!”

More to follow…

VIBE: REBIRTH = BEST IDEA EVER!

I was checking some of the other blogs that I peruse on a regular basis and came across these two posts on the Speed Force blog and Once Upon a Geek.

Well, it was bound to happen.

Vibe: Rebirth.

You know, I have written a lot of…negative things about the direction that DC Comics has taken.  I’ve even made some grumblings about the fact that they have been bringing back too many characters that were previously dead.  I have made peace with Hal’s resurrection because he got a raw deal back in the ’90s but there was something about Barry’s death that meant something to the DC Universe.  Add to that the fact that Dan DiDio has made several comments suggesting that DC is looking forward despite bringing back characters from the dead and…well…I made this.

But you know, it’s time to stop all of that.  It’s time to accept that the current regime is going to do what it will do and just get on board.  Some might call this drinking the Kool-Aid but I like to look at it as looking for the best and downplaying the worst.

And Vibe is just the character to do that with.

Vibe was the greatest character that DC created in the eighties and his death was both useless and probably a little on the bigoted side.  Here was a Latino character that was a member of the Justice League of America and they cast him aside during a big crossover no less.  Now what I think about it Vibe and Barry have a lot in common.  Both were created as the harbingers of a new era and both were killed during a company wide crossover.  As far as I know Barry can’t break dance but Vibe can’t vibrate through solid objects, so they have their differences too.  I mean they way he died was a complete throwaway scene and seemed to me to be a statement that we’re getting rid of these young upstarts because they aren’t the traditional Justice League.  It’s ironic, when you think about it, that this happened considering the next incarnation of the League was the Giffen/DeMatteis version that was sixteen different kinds of awesome.

Vibe would have fit perfectly into that League.  DC should be ashamed of themselves for killing him like they did.

And to have Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver on this project just fills me with all kinds of hope.  They are just the team to get this project off the ground and I hope…I really hope that Vibe gets to have his version of The Sinestro Corps War two years down the road.

This is going to be so awesome.  I really can’t wait.

In fact, starting tomorrow I am turning the Fortress into a blog about Vibe.  It’s time to follow Shag into the single character blog arena.  I want to be in on the ground floor of this series and report on the return of DC’s single greatest character of all time.

More to follow…about Vibe!