Saturday, July 22, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 203: These colors don't run

Panels from Captain America Annual 2001 (November 2001), script by Dan Jurgens, pencils by Ignacio Calero, inks by Marco Galli, colors by Chris Sotomayor, letters by Chris Eliopoulos

Friday, July 21, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 202: Well, I'll Be Super-Amalgamated

If there's one lesson you should know, even in a universe smushed together from two not-that-different realities, it's don't get in between a mother and her child. Also: don't try to lecture her in the middle of it.

Panels from Bullets and Bracelets #1 (Amalgam Comics, April 1996), script by John Ostrander, pencils by Gary Frank, inks by Cam Smith, colors by John Kalisz, letters by Richard Starkings

Thursday, July 20, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 201: All This and Earth, Three

Meanwhile on Earth-3 (or -2, depending on how Grant Morrison is countin'), the JLA has trapped their evil counterparts and are stirring up the population of a world where evil reigns and the top rulers of our country are corrupt and using their government positions for their own gainAHEM anyway Wonder Woman is rallying the rebellious spirit of the people to rise up against their oppressors because they have nothing to lose but the giant Green Lantern force field chains around their moon (trust me, it all makes sense in context)...

Panels from JLA: Earth-2 graphic novel (December 1999), script by Grant Morrison, pencils and inks by Frank Quitely, colors by Laura Depuy, color separations by WildStormFX, letters by Kenny Lopez

Of course, by the end of the story everything (give or take a national monument that needs to be super-repaired) is back to normal. Did the Justice League actually do any good, the conclusion asks. Well, now is the time to...heh heh heh...reflect.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 200: Now Ear This

Yes, Moptop Maniaks, you can be defiant just by playing a Beatles song! Exhibit A.

Exhibit B:

Panels from The Brave and the Bold (1955 series) #60 (June-July 1965), script by Bob Haney (who else?!?), pencils and inks by Bruno Premiani, letters by Stan Starkman

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 199: IT'S COBBLESTONIN' TIME!

Panels from Secret Wars (2015 series) #6 (December 2015), script by Jonathan Hickman, pencils and inks by Esad Ribic, colors by Ive Svorcina, letters by Chris Eliopoulis

Monday, July 17, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 198: Tonight we're gonna rebel like it's 2099

Panels from Black Panther 2099 #1 (November 2004), script by Robert Kirkman, pencils and inks by Kyle Hotz, colors by Jos&233; Villarrubia, letters by Dave Sharpe

And just what do the Powers that Be Doom think about this?

Sunday, July 16, 2017

365 Days of Defiance, Day 197: We'll let blood build a bridge over mountains draped in stars

I'm a sucker for stories of defiance that feature heroes struggling against impossible feats of strength or will. Like giant Spectre holding two Earths apart and keeping them from merging.

Panels from Justice League of America (1960 series) #46 (August 1966), script by Gardner Fox, pencils by Mike Sekowsky, inks by Sid Greene, letters by Gaspar Saladino

Of course, a crisis on Earths One and Two is best served by a team-up, like this giant hero joining forces with a tiny hero! (No, not me, I'm sorry.) Suddenly, it's Atom Ant! i mean, the Atom. Altho' why don't those new DC/Hanna-Barbera team up Ray Palmer with his Formicidae Earth-=HB equivalent? Because reasons, I assume.

Panels from Justice League of America (1960 series) #47 (September 1966), script by Gardner Fox, pencils by Mike Sekowsky, inks by Sid Greene, letters by Gaspar Saladino

Spectre will willingly "sacrifice his existence" (and I think we all know how painful that can be) in order to save the twin Earths. Oh no! But then who will turn criminals against humanity into trees and chainsaw them into logs, or into candles to be burned on the Spectre's birthday cake? Anyway, Dr. Palmer ain't havin' none of that. Our favorite Tiny Titan Little Leaguer has applied The Patch to the Spectre's upper arm, which will reduce his cravings for nicotine at the same time it allows the Ghostly Guardian to shrink down to the size of a tiny pet store turtle!

Then, they blow up the Spectre. Boom! [SPOILER WARNING: he gets better.]

Earths-1 and 2 are saved, and even better: I have no idea how they did that. But good job at cosmic defyin', Mister The Spectre!