Suicide Squad is everywhere these days, which is unsurprising because it is a cool concept. But… I have a problem with the Squad, as it currently stands. The movie version of Suicide Squad is led by Deadshot, who isn’t bad, but isn’t who was originally intended as leader. He is a second-rate replacement for the original leader, one of the most complex and interesting antiheroes created by DC. It could be worse, of course, because while Deadshot is a second rate replacement, the current leader in the comic books is even worse.
It’s strange how my comic book reading works in cycles. At one point I am mostly reading Marvel titles, but a few months later I will end up mostly reading DC titles. Then, some time later, I will have moved back to Marvel. Anyway, a bunch of interesting things have been happening at DC lately, and they have tempted me away from Marvel, for now. One of those interesting things that is happening is New Challengers.
Eisner-nominated Magdalene Visaggio has teamed up with artist Sonny Liew to create Eternity Girl, for Young Animal Comics. Young Animal is an imprint of DC Comics founded in 2016, developed in collaboration with Gerard Way, of Umbrella Academy fame. Its main focus is to relaunch characters and settings from the DC Universe in stories for mature readers, done with a more experimental approach than DC’s primary line of superhero comics. Young Animal comics are about relationships between parents and children, alienation, fame, change, bullying, and teenagers.
I’m reading Imaginary Fiends at the moment. It is a comic book from Vertigo Comics and I’m five issues in and I’m enjoying it immensely. The concept for the book, taken largely from the publishers website is as follows: Melba attempted to murder ten-year-old Brinke Calle after her best friend, a spider girl named Polly Peachpit, told her to. Melba spent seven years in a mental health facility, before she received a visit from FBI Agent Virgil Crockett.
I just discovered an old comic book a couple of days ago featuring Kirby’s New Gods characters, which is great in itself, but what was even better is that it is drawn by Mike Mignola. The comic is called Cosmic Odyssey and is a mini-series, first published in 1988 by DC Comics. The story spans the DC Universe, involving a wide variety of major characters including Superman and Batman, along with the New Gods.
Every now and again I post on this blog to talk about a comic book I like. It’s been a while since the last time I did, and in the mean time I’ve moved from Ubuntu to Windows. So, I needed a comic book reader for my Windows 10 desktop. I tried to check out a Lifehacker article but the site detected that I have an adblocker enabled and wouldn’t let me progress, so I went to the next Google result, which was an article on Windowsreport.