Saturday, June 17, 2017

There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 17: Somehow Batman and Bane have the same origin

Panels from Batman (2011 New 52 series) #18 (May 2013), script by Scott Snyder, pencils by Andy Kubert, inks by Sandra Hope, colors by Brad Anderson, letters by Nick J. Napolitano

Later, as young Dorrance sat in his father's study pondering his life, an object which causes death or destroys life suddenly flew through the window! "That's it, fadder!" he declared aloud. "I shall become a BANE!"

365 Days of Defiance, Day 168: Oh, I'm bein' followed by a doomshadow

In which only Wonder Woman...yes, Wonder Man!...has remained immune to the complete subjugation of the Earth by Doctor Doom, thanks to his ionized state, or incredible coolness, or possibly both.

Panels from Marvel Graphic Novel #27: Emperor Doom — Starring the Mighty Avengers graphic novel (1987), script by David Michelinie, pencils and inks by Bob Hall, colors by Bob Hall (?), letters by Bill Oakley

Why, it's almost as if Doom welcomes a challenge to his omnipotent status quo. Maybe he's just...bored?

Wonder Man becomes a one-man rebellion against the state! Can he stop Doctor Doom from ruling over the whole planet?

Why yes he can, because he's Wonder Man!

Wonder Ma-an!
Wonder Ma-an!
All the world is waiting for you
Ionic power you possess
In your safari jacket
Stopping Doc Doom's racket
Make him cringe and whine and grovel!

Wonder Ma-an!
Wonder Ma-an!

Doom's rule's really quite obscene
Just like in Secret Wars '15
Thinks he's the master race
Punch him right in the face
By the end of this here graphic novel!

Wonder Ma-an!
Get us out from under, Wonder Ma-an
You're a wonder, Wonder Ma-an!

Friday, June 16, 2017

There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 16: All Chill, All the Time

Here's a few details of the Pre-Crisis DC Universe that exist-no-more, and I will argue that their omission and replacement by new lore has made the Batman legend stronger and more epic. 1: Martha Wayne died of a heart attack, not being shot by Joe Chill. 2: Pre-Crisis, Alfred didn't show up until years later, so it was Bruce's Uncle Philip Wayne who more-or-less raised him, and 3: Philip's housekeeper was Joe Chill's mother. Man, you usually have to go to a Shakespeare tragedy to get such coincidinkys.

Panel from "The Women in Batman's Life!" in Batman (1940 series) #208 (January-February 1969), script by E. Nelson Bridwell, pencils by Gil Kane, inks by Jack Abel

365 Days of Defiance, Day 167: "And all the doubt was now — should I be fit?"

If'n you're a fan of Neil Gaiman and/or early, still-tenuously-attached-to-the-DC-Universe Vertigo Comics (and who isn't?), you might enjoy the recent Free Country: A Tale of the Children's Crusade, which reprints the original pair of Children's Crusade bookend issues and expands on the 1993 Vertigo Annuals event with all new middle chapters and vignettes by Toby Litt and Peter Gross, giving us even more Dead Boy Detectives than ever! And then there's this bit of expanded history to the denouement, which ought to make perfect sense to those of us who've read our Robert Browning, or even our Stephen King The Dark Tower series:

Panels from Free Country: A Tale of the Children's Crusade graphic novel (May 2015), script by Toby Litt, pencils and inks by Peter Gross, colors by Daniel Vozzo, letters by John Costanza

Thursday, June 15, 2017

There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 15: Doctor Manhattan holds up the Waynes to get their pants

Panel from DC Universe: Rebirth one-shot (July 2016), script by Geoff Johns, pencils and inks by Gary Frank and Ethan Van Sciver, colors by Brad Anderson and Jason Wright, letters by Nick J. Napolitano

365 Days of Defiance, Day 166: How to Get Ahead in Skrull Business

Yesterday we saw the Skrulls preparing to invade Wakanda. you think that worked out for them?

Panels from Black Panther (2006 series) #39 (September 2008), script by Jason Aaron, pencils and inks by Jefte Palo, colors by Lee Loughridge, letters by Cory Petit

Yeah, about as well as expected.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 14: "That boy is our last hope!" "No...there is another."

Panel from "Wipe the Blood Off My Name!" in World's Finest Comics #223 (May-June 1974), script by Bob Haney, pencils by Dick Dillin, inks by Vince Colletta

Today in Comics History, June 14, 1821: Poor Fred Hembeck

from Carnage (2016 series) #11 (October 2016), script by Gerry Conway, pencils and inks by Mike Perkins, colors by Andy Troy, letters by Joe Sabino

Today in Comics History, June 14, 1961: Earth-2 is introduced; fanboys immediately begin arguing over its canon

from The Flash (1959 series) #123 (DC, September 1961), script by Gardner F. Fox, pencils by Carmine Infantino, inks by Joe Giella, letters by Gaspar Saladino

365 Days of Defiance, Day 165: Heaven Help the Working Skrull

Hey, speaking of inspirational pre-battle speeches of defiance:

Panels from Black Panther #40 (October 2008), script by Jason Aaron, pencils and inks by Jefte Palo, colors by Lee Loughridge, letters by Cory Petit

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 13: Flashpoint, ah-ah, check out this universe!

Cover of Flashpoint: Batman: Knight of Vengeance #3 (October 2011); pencils, inks, and covers by Dave Johnson

The Flashpoint Universe! Where Barry Allen saved his mother! Therefore all parents are safe everywhere forever! Why look, Thomas and Martha survived the shooting by Joe Chill! What could possibly go wrong?

Panels from Flashpoint: Batman: Knight of Vengeance #3 (October 2011), script by Brian Azzarello, pencils and inks by Eduardo Risso, colors by Patricia Mulvihill, letters by Clem Robins


Today in Comics History, June 13, 1996: Morrison and Millar prove you can fit over 500 words on one comics page

text pages from Aztek: The Ultimate Man #1 (DC, August 1996), text by Grant Morrison and Mark Millar

Today in Comics History, June 13, 1991: Charles L. Hurlburt fails to remember the facts

from "Just the Facts, Maim" in Deadline USA (1991 series) #2 (Dark Horse, November 1991); script, pencils, inks, and letters by Evan Dorkin

They told him there was going to be a test! (Answer can also be found here, of all places!)

365 Days of Defiance, Day 164: Once more unto the breach, bubs, once more

Hey, remember that time when Picard sent Data into a holodeck recreation of Shakespeare's Henry V in order to teach him a valuable lesson about humanity?

Well, Cyclops is a great believer in the same technique. And Wolverine is an android who wishes to be a man oh wait my allegory has gotten turned on the wrong road somewhere.

Panels from "Follow the Leader" in X-Men Unlimited #5 (December 2004), script by Scott Killinger, pencils by Rael Lyra, inks by Jay Leisten, colors by Transparency Digital, letters by Dave Sharpe

Anywhere: meanwhile in the holodeck Danger Room:

And then they fight. They fight, they fight and fight and fight. Fight fight Fight! Fight fight fight!

Today in Comics History, June 13, 2000: There came a time when the old gods died and it was reported in the local newspaper

from Orion #2 (DC, July 2000); script, figure pencils, and inks by Walt Simonson; background pencils by Cliff Chiang; colors by Sherilyn van Valkenburgh; letters by John Workman

Monday, June 12, 2017

There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 12: He didn't even remember they had seen a movie!

Panels from The Untold Legend of the Batman #1 (July 1980), script by Len Wein, pencils by John Byrne, inks by Jim Aparo, colors by Glynis Wein, letters by John Costanza

365 Days of Defiance, Day 163: Breakfast for Everyone

Previously on 365 Days of Defiance: kids, Black Widow, defiance. And now, the exciting conclusion:

Panels from the Black Widow story "Deadlock" in Amazing Adventures #4 (January 1971), script by Mimi Gold, pencils by Gene Colan, inks by Bill Everett, letters by Jean Izzo

Remember: Black Widow was able to get the police to agree to hold off for ten minutes! For proper verisimilitude, why don't you wait exactly ten minutes until reading the exciting conclusion? Here, I'll help: that's exactly twenty plays of the Countdown clock. Play the following that many times! Tense, ain't it!

I hope you were able to ignore Jimmy Carr doing silly things during that.

Ten minutes later:

Hooray! The kids of the neighborhood will get subsidized breakfast! Breakfast! It's part of this nutritious...breakfast.

Today in Comics History, June 12, 1893: Mary Steenburgen is very excited to be appearing in Ragtime

from "Clara's Story" in Back to the Future (2015 series) #5 (IDW, February 2016), story by Bob Gale, script by John Barber and Erik Burnham, pencils and inks by Marcelo Ferreira, colors by Diego Rodriguez, letters by Shawn Lee

Today in Comics History, June 12: Meeting is arranged at the one single solitary pay phone on Broadway

from Venom: Dark Origin #2 (Marvel, November 2008), script by Zeb Wells, pencils by Angel Medina, inks by Scott Hanna, colors by Matt Milla, letters by Joe Caramagna

Sunday, June 11, 2017

There Is No Hope in Crime Alley, Night 11: On that night, Bruce vowed to sob

Panels from "The Forging of Young Batman!" in Superboy (1949 series) #181 (February 1972), script by Leo Dorfman, pencils by Bob Brown, inks by Murphy Anderson

365 Days of Defiance, Day 162: They're the Kids in America

Young teen gangs! Is there anything they can't do? Remember: they were responsible for the formation of The Avengers! But we won't hold that against 'em.

Panels from the Black Widow story "The Widow and the Militants!" in Amazing Adventures #3 (November 1970), script by Gary Friedrich, pencils by Gene Colan, inks by Bill Everett, letters by Artie Simek

These teen titans marvelous minors have squatted in a building owned by a corrupt politician, in order to turn it into a food center for the poverty-stricken neighborhood. And despite threats from all directions, they're going to stand their ground!

Defiance! It smells like Teen Spirit! But will Nastasha, who has her hands pretty full right at the moment, rush to help bless the beasts and the children? We'll find out next issue, next post, next Bull-Channel, tomorrow!

Today in Comics History: Happy Birthday, Catherine Turley

from Batman (2016 series) #15 (March 2017); script by Tom King; pencils, inks, and colors by Mitch Gerads, letters by Clayton Cowles

Today in Comics History, June 11, 1882: Under promise of anonymity, Chicken Little finally spills his story

from Providence #5 (Avatar, August 2015), script by Alan Moore, pencils and inks by Jacen Burrows, colors by Juan Rodriguez, letters by Kurt Hathaway