Episode 11 – JLMAY 2019 – Blackest Night: Superman

This time out is a surprise episode, both in terms of me surprising you by putting it out and me surprising myself that I did it in the first place.  In both 2016 and 2017  I was part of an amazing podcast crossover called JLMay.  I couldn’t come out and play last year but a recent tweet made me want to get in on the fun this time out.  This year’s JLMay is all about Blackest Night, which celebrates its tenth birthday this year.  A bunch of other great shows (full list below) covered the main series and some of the crossover books, so I thought it might be worth a lark to talk about the three issue mini-series Blackest Night: Superman.

What started out as your typcial, “here’s the series and what I think of it” commentary turned into a kind of hour long therapy session.  The episode starts with my thoughts on comic collecting, my own collecting history, and why Blackest Night was one of the straws that broke the camel’s back.  After that I get into what Superman was up to shortly before this mini-series and then I finally go into the series.  What did I think of it in 2009?  What do I think of it today?  Does it pass the Bailey Crossover Test?  Listen and find out.

Here is a gallery of the covers to the mini-series.

And here is a list of the shows that have taken part in this year’s JLMay.

Thanks to Chad Bokelman and everyone else that was part of this crossover.  It was a lot of fun.  Check out their shows.

Next Time: No idea.  But it might come sooner rather than later.


  1. I must say, even though this deals with a period when I’d “stepped away” from Superman comics and DC, so I have no thoughts about the stories themselves, I very much enjoyed this episode. I like hearing people who are passionate about something talk about that passion intelligently. This is why I listen to Andrew Leyland’s “Palace of Glittering Delights” or Charlie Niemeyer’s “Charlies’ Geekcast” podcasts, for example, even though those often (though not always) deal with things that fall outside my own “fandom neighborhood”. I’m sure you’ll get comments that are more focused on “Blackest Night: Superman”, but I wanted to let you know that your work is appreciated, even by someone who is not necessarily a fan of the specific things you may cover in individual episodes. Thank you.

  2. Wether we like it or not, sooner or later, there seems to come a point where the people behind our favorite characters (and fictional universes) will take them down a path that many of us dislike, and cannot follow.

    This is what I went through with Marvel in the early 2000s. Joey Q. and his regime delighted in “breaking the toys” and telling controversial stories for the sake of being controversial, by the time Civil War (the comic) came out, I was done with Modern Marvel… I still keep up with the Spider-Man books, but I lost all interest in anything else. It wasn’t *MY* Marvel Universe anymore.

    Now, you seem to be in the camp that this type of thing just happens, and we should all accept it, and move on. To a certain degree, I kind of agree with that… (Going back to what I just said about Marvel, I’ve made peace with the fact that the current stuff isn’t for me, but there’s still plenty of “Classic” material that I can enjoy)

    On the other hand, whenever changing regimens in entertainment companies decide they don’t want to cater to their legacy fanbases anymore, WHY is walking away without putting up some kind of a fight, the only socially acceptable answer? Why, if I express my honest opinion that I don’t like the direction my favorite characters or franchises are going in, does that make ME the bad guy?

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