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Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Rich has some interesting news at his blog about Outsiders.

I've got some mixed feelings, I have to admit.

On one hand, I generally like Chuck Dixon's writing. I'm sorry to lose Owen though, since I really am fond of the character. I definitely hope he pops up again somewhere soon since boomerangs are neat. Of course, then I have to wonder what the damn point was to those match up, only one can win, issues anyway.

Geo-Force...well, I hate to admit it, but I do find him just a teeny bit appealing. He amuses me. Also, if he's in a book, just maybe they'll keep up that weird friendship with Sand and he'll cameo. It's a long shot, but damnit, I want my favorite character to show SOMEWHERE.

Batgirl on a heroic/semi-heroic team ought to make a lot of folks happy. :-)

The part that gives me trepidation though is Thunder. Specifically the fact that Anissa is fairly undeniably involved with Grace.

I like Chuck Dixon in general, but I also read Grifter and Midnighter. And I've got some very strong doubts as to how Dixon's going to handle this relationship. I'll give it a chance, of course, but I'm not terribly optimistic. His track record isn't very good at all.

Well...I guess I'll wait and see...


  • At October 17, 2007 11:15 AM, Blogger SallyP said…

    No Boomer? Well poop. No J'onn either, so double poop. On the other hand, maybe they'll put J'onn in the JLA where he belongs,and Boomer would be pretty good in Checkmate I suppose.

    Although, I'm having trouble seeing Green Arrow working well with Batman.

  • At October 17, 2007 3:42 PM, Anonymous Vincent J. Murphy said…

    Seems kinda odd for them to go through all that trouble of picking new characters, only to change them at the last minute. Talk about bait and switch. On the other hand, Geo Force does belong here and J'onn belongs in the JLA.

    I have little faith in Chuck Dixon, anyhow. While his Robin was fine, his Nightwing was awful (to me, at least).

    I'm going to bet that Grace gets killed at some point as a crossover casualty or big event sacrifice. That'll solve the relationship issue.

  • At October 17, 2007 3:54 PM, Blogger Will Staples said…

    I have to wonder whose bright idea it was to hand the reigns of a series trailblazed by the most obnoxiously outspoken liberal in comics to the most obnoxiously outspoken conservative.

  • At October 17, 2007 5:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I think I'll go against the current here. Chuck Dixon has always been a consistently good meat-n-potatoes writer. I think we should give him an opportunity to see where he takes this team. I'll also go out on the limb and state that it's possible that he can do something with Thunder that won't involve a refrigerator.

  • At October 17, 2007 5:44 PM, Anonymous Dan Coyle said…

    Boomerang Jr. looks like he'll be in the All-New, All-Different Suicide Squad, I think.

    On the one hand, Bedard's backups for Five of a Kind were unforgiveably retarded. "We're going to cross lines NO TEAM WOULD EVER CROSS! Oh, and by the way, NO KILLING! We're doing plenty of other real wrong stuff, but KILLING IS WHERE BATMAN DRAWS THE LINE! If you kill, YOU'RE FIRED!"


    On the other, it's Chuck Dixon. Not the most open minded of people with a team that has two gay characters in a relationship. Perhaps he'll put them on the bus by issue #6. If we're lucky.

  • At October 18, 2007 12:08 AM, Anonymous "Starman" Matt Morrison said…

    Yeah, I'm torn as well.

    On the one hand, I'm glad to see Ollie being written ANYPLACE but in Green Arrow/Black Canary at this point.

    On the other hand... comics most outspoken liberal hero... in the hands of comics most outspoken conservative writer.

  • At October 18, 2007 1:03 AM, Blogger Mike said…

    It's wierd, the first thing that popped into my head at the title was "Born on the FM Waves of the Heart" by Agaisnt Me!

    Now, coming back to the actual topic, I'm excited about this. Although I am cautious about the treatment of the lesbian romance, his work on the Batman books was great. So here's hoping he doesn't do something fucking retarted that alienates everyone.

  • At October 18, 2007 11:02 AM, Blogger Scott (The Mad Thinker) Anderson said…

    I'm like you. I tend to enjoy Dixon's writing. Even after this rants against having gays in comics, I still picked up some of this works. I liked his Batgirl mini from way back when and so did the folks at the Gay League who voted it their second favorite mini of the year (behind the League of Extraordinary Gents). I picked up the Midnighter/Grifter book and was not impressed, but I think it was mainly due to Dixon trying to write like the old Authority writers instead of using his own style.

    But there is something so hypocritical about him calling all those other people who used gay characters jerks only to now be writing gay characters right and left that makes me more than a little peeved. On one hand, he says that gay characters in mainstream comics ruin the childhoods of wee readers, but on the other hand ... well, there's no explanation for the other hand. So will he play down the lesbian relationship to spare the children or will he keep it intact (and continue to say that what he's doing is not really like those other jerks at all.)

    I should really try to get over how much Dixon pisses me off. I should but ...

  • At October 18, 2007 12:07 PM, Blogger Will Staples said…

    Two other things:

    1) Daniel Acuna is hit-or-miss for me, but that cover is definitely a hit.

    2) The idea of Chuck Dixon writing Green Arrow on a monthly book makes me LOL.

  • At October 19, 2007 2:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    When you are at the peak of your career, you can be choosy about which titles and characters you will write.

    At a certain point, you just have to write what you are offered so you can pay your bills. I hope this doesn't affect the quality of the stories.

    Alan Coil


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