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August 8, 2008

Downcounting Backwards: Overman

At some point Downcounting became too much of a chore to bear; it was a struggle to write something more cogent than variants on, “NO REALLY, WHAT IS ANYONE INVOLVED WITH THE PRODUCTION OF THIS BOOK THINKING?” Once it became obvious that Countdown to Final Crisis and its related titles weren’t really counting down to Final Crisis or anything else, I made peace with the fact that I had developed intimate knowledge of something with no real significance or worth besides being DC’s life-imitates-art “Great Disaster”.

But now that we know that Grant Morrison had literally nothing to do with the hundred-or-so books that were meant to lead into his Final Crisis series, picking through these books becomes a fascinating exercise in reverse-engineering. There are clearly threads that someone with access to Final Crisis’s plot decided to pick up on, though it seems much was lost in translation.

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August 7, 2008

Ambush Bug: Year None Annotations: Part One

Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , — Chris Eckert @ 2:12 pm

People complain about needing a DC Encyclopedia in order to understand Final Crisis. I really don’t see what’s so inpenetrable about it, though our own David Uzumeri and Douglas Wolk provide some invaluable context, background and observations. I still think you could go into FC blindly and follow and enjoy the story.

Ambush Bug: Year None, not so much. Maybe it can be enjoyed in the same way I enjoyed old Looney Tunes cartoons back before I knew who Peter Lorre or Carmen Miranda were, but the lion’s share of the jokes (and plot) seem heavily steeped in DC Comics nerdery. So for the perplexed:
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Final Crisis #3 – “Know Evil”

Filed under: Articles — Tags: , , , , , — David Uzumeri @ 12:41 am

Before I launch into the annotations for this issue, a few corrections regarding my previous stuff and other interesting things from the Director’s Cut:

  1. The evil Monitor isn’t Solomon from Countdown, it’s “Rox Ogama.” The Monitor we first see in FC #1 is “Zip Hermuz”.
  2. The Monitors’ world was supposed to seem largely like a dying civilization, and the number of worlds wasn’t specific in the script. It’s also mentioned that New Earth is suspended in a mercurial substance reminiscent of the supercontext from The Invisibles.
  3. Hal’s scar is a clue – it’s specifically mentioned in the script.
  4. Morrison mentions that the Tattooed Man will play a major role nearing the end; I can’t help but wonder what would happen if you tattooed Metron’s sigil on him…

So. Yeah. Forward! Douglas Wolk has the annotation/”Who is this?” part of this pretty damn down pat, so I’m gonna focus largely on analysis and speculation here.

Page 1 – Frankenstein, from Seven Soldiers, raids the Dark Side Club with a group of SHADE (Super Human Advanced Defense Execute – originally SADE but modified by DC, so I wonder if that played any significance regarding Desaad) agents. Inside, they find the mummified shell of the human Darkseid resided in as Boss Dark Side, and left back in #1.

Page 2 – I love the panel layout here, with the Dark Side Club scenes taking place inside the building on the street in the greater picture, both within the story and on the page. The fissure in the sky is Overgirl entering the New Earth universe.
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August 5, 2008

Relax, Internet: Runaways’ Karolina Still a Lesbian

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , , , — Pedro Tejeda @ 12:00 pm

Recently there was some controversy over new Runaways writer Terry Moore’s choice of words when discussing his view of the team. Moore repeatedly used the pronoun “he” to describe gender-bending Skrull Xavin, and new artist Humberto Ramos mentioned in his blog comments that he was “told” to redraw Xavin as a male. This led to speculation as to what this might mean for the nature of Xavin’s relationship to fellow Runaway Karolina Dean and what this said about Moore’s handling of Karolina and Xavin’s respective sexual preferences.

AfterEllen feared that the switch in Xavin’s gender was a move to “heterosexualize” Karolina, while some fans remained hopeful that even if Xavin is rendered fully male, the plot development would eventually rekindle a teased relationship between a still-lesbian Karolina and teammate Nico Minoru. In response to the controversy, Humberto Ramos posted clarification on his comments. Ramos attributes the controversy to “language difficulties”. (more…)

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