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April 8, 2009

Building versus Writing: Geoff Johns, Hal Jordan, Barry Allen and the Rebirth

Filed under: Reviews — Tags: , , , , , — David Uzumeri @ 4:40 pm
Flash: Rebirth #1

Flash: Rebirth #1

I was pretty optimistic when I picked up Flash: Rebirth #1 out of the stack. It’s a hefty volume, and I’ve enjoyed almost everything Johns has done since the epic career misstep that was Infinite Crisis, so my expectations were pretty much that I’d at least thoroughly enjoy it – I mean, I’m the target audience here, right? A DCU fan who’s never really read a Barry story, enjoyed his return in Final Crisis, enjoyed Green Lantern: Rebirth, and has a considerable predilection towards epic, whacked-out stories of spacetime travel anchored by metaphor and human emotion. Which is largely what Johns has been doing in Green Lantern, taking the seemingly irrelevant character of Hal Jordan and integrating him into this very post-9/11 superhero parable about the importance of standing ideological and emotional ground and not buckling in to fear. It certainly faltered at times, and Johns’s flair for the bombastic sometimes got in the way of his character arcs, but Green Lantern: Rebirth and the arcs following it clearly did an effective job elevating the Green Lantern mythos into a story that resonated with a lot of people for any number of reasons. It sold a lot of copies, it got a lot of good reviews, and it really raised Johns’s game.
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July 28, 2008

Superman/Batman FIFTIETH ISSUE SPECIAL! Or, How to Make Money off Art You Already Paid For

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , , , , , , — David Uzumeri @ 4:23 pm

I understand DC’s sitting on this artwork, but if I were doing the 50th issue of Superman/Batman, I’d be kind of annoyed if this was the cover treatment the issue got:

Superman/Batman #50 covers

Superman/Batman #50 covers

Hey, these look famili–

Superman/Batman #23 solicited cover

Superman/Batman #27 cover given at announcement of Verheiden/Van Sciver taking over the book

Oh. (Note: Neither of these covers ended up actually being used, hence this.)

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