Episode 45: “August 1989”

Mike and Jeff discuss the From Crisis to Crisis books that came out with an August 1989 cover date.

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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!