Welcome to the fourth edition of the Comic Connection! The main point of its existence is to share and discuss, to Connect through Comics. Its centrepiece is the Weekly Question, a question I will pose dealing with anything Comic related. Then I turn it over to you and to Twitter to offer any feedback/your opinion on the topic with your answers being featured on next week’s posting. I’ll also share some cool comic-related fan art along with links to my favourite blogs and people to follow on Twitter. With that said, let’s revisit last week’s question:
Last week I asked “What two comic series would you like to see fill the last two spots in DC’s New 52?”. To see my answer on the topic visit HERE. As for what the rest of you had to say…
@RulerOfHope: ARGUS & World Army over in E2.
@TSOGblog: Doom Patrol. And Justice League Canada. 😉 / Reintroduce Plastique, Flying Fox, Freight Train…Could be cool.
@swampfox84: wonder twins / Batman beyond
@Richzilla12: A Shazam solo title. And a solo book for The Question!
@JoeTeulon: Brave & The Bold!! / ideally without Batman.Would be such a great way to introduce readers to different characters, and the Waid/Perez run was great / I’ve always said it should be a launch title
@CalebBeldom: Booster Gold and Secret Six
Thanks to all that shared! Now we move onto this week’s question:
“What are your Top 3 favourite characters that haven’t debuted in DC’s New 52 yet?”
Jenny Hayden aka Jade is simply more than just Kyle Rayner’s former girlfriend. She overcame a traumatic childhood including being given up for adoption by her super-villain mother and overcoming sexual abuse to stand on her own two feet as a strong and mature woman. She’s been a valued team member of countless groups including Infinity Inc and even the Justice League but she’s also proven herself as an excellent leader when she took the reigns of the Outsiders. She has a distinct look, her power level rivals that of any Green Lantern, and she has beat death itself. With her father being gay in the New 52, things will have to be tweaked in regards to her origin but the one thing that need not change is how awesome she is.
Wally West was the Flash I grew up with so I’ve always had a certain affinity for him as the Fastest Man Alive. Geoff Johns’ run on the character was legendary and cemented my choice as him being my favourite Flash of all-time. I find him more lighthearted than Barry Allen and more relatable though in all fairness Barry did have the cooler job. I loved how he rose from being sidekick to assuming the mantle of his mentor, the first DC hero to take such a path if I’m not mistaken. He had a charming wife, two glorious children, and…then came Flashpoint. Just like that, Wally was no more, his entire history erased. How they would reintroduce him presents an interesting dilemma as there already is a Kid Flash and I highly doubt they’ll off Barry to have Wally become the Flash proper. A real conundrum but one I’d love to see solved.
Robin. Batgirl. Spoiler. Stephanie Brown has had countless identities over her time in the DC Universe and has had to face countless hardships including dealing with her father being a super-villain, teen pregnancy, and overcoming her apparent demise. When DC “killed” her after she donned the guise of Robin, fans were clamouring for her memorial in the Batcave. If Jason Todd got one why not her? Convention after convention the question would be the same with DiDio claiming she never truly was Robin but that was a load of bull. Finally hearing enough, they eventually revealed that her death was a ruse, she was reintegrated into the Batman Universe, and that act opened the door for one of my favourite comic runs: Bryan Q. Miller’s Batgirl. In it, she became Batgirl and was mentored by the original Batgirl, Barbara Gordon. Her attitude was charming, her dialogue was witty, and her stories were a nice mixture of fun and drama. So I was saddened when the news hit that after the New 52, Barbara Gordon would be Batgirl once again. I thought, well at least she could fall back on her Spoiler identity but I was wrong. DC systematically wiped her from existence and labelled the use of her to be “toxic”. Why? What did they have against her? It got so bad that when Bryan Q. Miller was going to introduce Batman and Nightwing into his Smallville Season 11 series he chose Stephanie to be Nightwing in order to once again write the character he loved so much. But alas it was all for not. DC mandated that only the most iconic versions of each character should appear in the comic so they told him to go with the most iconic version of Nightwing…Barbara Grodon. Yes, you read that right. It’s almost like there is a vast conspiracy against the character which is real shame considering her passionate fan base. Now at every convention the question went from “Where is her memorial?” to “Where is Stephanie Brown?” A question we’ll hear over and over again until DC relents and lets her into the New 52 proper.
So that’s my answer to the question. I’d love to hear from everyone else what yours would be. Comment below if you have anything you’d like to share.
Fan Art Spotlight
Here I thought I’d share some of my favourite comic-related works of art from Timothy Lim. To check-out more from him, go to his DeviantArt page HERE.
In this section I’ll highlight the various WordPress based blogs that I recommend:
House of Flying Scalpels – http://houseofflyingscalpels.com/
Cover of the Week, Iconic Panel Art, and awesome reviews.
Sci-Fi Jubilee – http://scifijubilee.wordpress.com/
Really nice in-depth reviews from a perfect gentleman residing in the UK.
Sidekick Reviews – http://sidekickreviews.wordpress.com/
Blog I go to for excellent The Walking Dead and Arrow episode reviews.
Ramblings From A Comic Newbie – http://newbiecomiclife.wordpress.com/
Cr8zyGurl brings us a blog with a refreshing perspective. She’s new to comics but that only makes her entries even more interesting.
The Indigo Tribe – http://indigotribe.wordpress.com/
A blog about all things Green Lantern including reviews and musings.
Arousing Grammar – http://arousinggrammar.com/
Great reviews that are a nice hybrid of commentary and full-page comic art.
Recommended People To Follow On Twitter
That wraps up the fourth edition of The Comic Connection. Have any comments? Anything you wanted to share? You know what to do.