– Is it just me, or is DC really trying to have its cake and eat it too as regards Supergirl/Brainiac 5? I mean, if you want the “return” of the “original Legion,” that means they’re all older than teenagers – like, thirtysomethings – which makes a Brainy romance with the still-a-teenager Supergirl problematic, to say the least. So their solution, rather than just scrap the idea, is to go with it and go with the “they met when Brainy was still Supergirl’s age and they fell in love THEN,” which, while certainly homaging the Silver Age and all, is homaging the wrong part of the Silver Age, IE, that which doesn’t work as a narrative when you think about it for more than two seconds. That entire last issue of Supergirl just felt creepy, with Brainy having a total Woody Allen vibe and Supergirl’s attraction to him being written more hamfistedly than when she was supposedly crushing on Hal “God’s Gift To Women! Right? Am I Right?” Jordan back in Brave and the Bold. (Also, I note that they have started teasing Supergirl’s death, so to everybody who said it wasn’t possible in the comments here, HA.)
– Why doesn’t Lee Weeks get more work? His recent arc in Amazing Spider-Man was better than any other artist on that title since the reboot (with the obvious exception of Marcos Martin). But I’m hardpressed to name the last thing he did prior to it unless you go back to the mid-90s.
– What’s the point of the current JLA storyline? I mean, this is a really stupid story idea: Nazis take over the world because they can neutralize the superheroes’ powers. What? I mean, come on. They’re Nazis. Never mind that most modern-day neo-Nazis are more or less inbred retards anyway and thus not the most threatening villains in the world; what’s the point of a future-story that you know, less than a page in, will never happen because the heroes go back in time or whatever to stop it from happening? This comic wants to be DC’s “Days of Future Past” so much it’s practically begging for it, except that it sucks.
– I thought this post from Jim Smith was brilliant. Choice quote: So you have a scene like the one in the Sinestro Corps storyline where Superboy-Prime returns to Earth, and I guess the JLA is out sick because an army of B-listers arrives as the first line of defense, and Wildcat is front and center. My admittedly hasty analysis is that Superboy-Prime’s powers are “rip people’s arms off and burn them to death” and his weaknesses are “kryptonite from Earth-Prime”; meanwhile Wildcat’s powers are “boxing” and his weaknesses are “pretty much anything,” so I’m pretty sure the only things he could do in this fight are “nothing” and “like it.” And indeed Wildcat did nothing for the whole story besides show up. So why did he show up? To remind me he’s a useless character wasting space.
– Quick The Losers movie review: good, solid, unpretentious action flick, but annoyingly sets up a franchise that will never actually happen. Chris Evans is lots of fun, but I still have trouble seeing him as Captain America. Idris Elba needs to be in more things, as does Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Zoe Saldana and the Aisha rework are… well, you get to see Zoe Saldana and she is pretty!
– Okay, I read a fair amount of comics, but how does Angel turn into Archangel? Like, I see that he can basically do that whenever he wants now. How does he do that? What comic did I miss that explains how “guy who can fly” now has the power of instantly turning into “razor-metal-death-wings-guy”? Because before this, it used to be that it took massive amounts of surgery to convert Angel to Archangel or vice versa. I mean, I get that Angel needs a gimmick to be more than Boring McWingybucks but yeesh.