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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Yay! DC Solicits!

Yay! Solicits!!

Okay, redundancy out of the way. January's solicits look particularly nifty. Though the lack of Flash comic makes me nervous. And Manhunter's final issue just depresses me. :-(

On the plus side, Isis being back ought to be interesting.

Though the big what the fuck moment is this:

Written by David Hine
Art by Georges Jeanty
Cover by Ladrönn
Deathstroke nearly died fighting Geo-Force in DCU: LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT, and now he needs to rebuild himself. He's not about to let a near death experience make him lose his place as one of the most dangerous villains in the DCU. Where will he start? What's next for the Terminator? And how high will the body count be when he's finished?
On sale January 21 • 32 pg, one shot, FC, $2.99 US

Okay, I'm going to preface this by saying I never approved of the over-powered badassery some writers give Deathstroke. Identity Crisis for example was completely ridiculous. There is no way you can convince me that that many competent heroes can act so moronic in a fight against one man, superior brain capacity or not. (Especially since the whole 10% of our brains thing has been quite debunked, thank you.)

At the same time, you're seriously telling me that Geo-Force nearly killed Deathstroke?! Geo-Force?! As in DC's LEAST badass geomancer ever?

I'm all for cheering for the underdog, but that seems HIGHLY unlikely. Sand? Sure. I can see it. He did once whap someone with the Rock of Eternity after all. Terra? Sure. Geo-Force?

Though admittedly with the whole Terra-issues alone, I'd kind of like to see the fight. But I'm going to have to fight to suspend my belief to do so.

Yeesh. Geo-Force.


  • At October 21, 2008 4:06 AM, Blogger LurkerWithout said…

    *reads solicits*

    1. "As the sun sets on existence itself, Mandrakk, the dark Monitor, is awakening!"

    Oh Grant, no...

    2. Do the Teen Titans even leave their base anymore? I mean, yay for the return of classic Brother Blood (though seeing ANYTHING with the new guy before that would be nice). But what is this the 5th or 6th attack in a comic book year on their club-house?

    3. People keep saying Deathstroke has been made OMGMARYSUE powerful of late. But I remember him beating up all the X-Men once, even Wolverine. And that was like twenty years ago. Of course thats Claremont era X-Men, and they were a lot easier to beat up on...

  • At October 21, 2008 6:47 AM, Blogger running42k said…

    As a huge Flash fan, I wouldn't worry about the lack of a solicit. I think the book will either become a Barry book or split between Barry and Wally.

  • At October 21, 2008 7:54 AM, Blogger notintheface said…

    Every time I read about how dangerous Deathstroke is I remember the "Critical Condition) story arc where a fresh-off-his-deathbed Superman took him out in 2 seconds.

  • At October 21, 2008 9:46 AM, Blogger SallyP said…

    I don't care WHAT Deathstroke does, there is no way he's recovering from getting whacked by Geoforce.


  • At October 21, 2008 11:03 AM, Blogger LurkerWithout said…

    Maybe it was a pity beating? Deathstroke giving Geo-force a free shot because of the whole nailing his teen sister and stuff. Plus feeling sorry that Geo-force has a cool power linked to a STUPID name and ugly costume. Plus he had to be on a team with Looker. LOOKER...

  • At October 22, 2008 11:58 AM, Blogger Your Obedient Serpent said…

    I read DCU: Last Will & Testament. It was surprisingly good, with Geo-Force coming off as a complete tool and being sympathetic BECAUSE he was such a tool.

    The fight scene with Deathstroke was very well-done; Brion actually showed half a brain and tried (not unsuccessfully) to mess with Slade's head.

    But, jeez. Slade was pretty damned dead at the end. Not "only a flesh wound", not even "my god! Hw could anyone have survived THAT?" Nuh-uh. He was INERT. There were WITNESSES taking VITAL SIGNS and stuff. Bereft of life, he had joined the choir invis..

    You get the idea.

    I've always known that there is no comic story so good that a later writer can't screw it up (just as Emerald Twilight/Rebirth there is no story so bad that a later writer can't redeem it), but usually, there's more than a couple of months of turnaround time.


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