I know, I know… I’ve been slacking in my issue by issue coverage of the monthly Deathstroke series. But can you blame me? To ask why I’m not excited to read the latest issue of this book when it hits the stands is to say “Why the long face?” to someone standing over a freshly dug grave.
DC’s newest volume of Deathstroke is basically a nine-volt battery to the tongue. It’s not pleasant, and it’s more than a little unsettling. And yet for some reason, I find myself trying it again even though I know it’s terrible.
So, maybe I’m the only weirdo who intentionally runs electrical current through his face, but I know there are plenty of assholes out there who continue following this comic. As I mentioned in my review of the first issue, the buzz around the book was inexplicably positive. This time around it’s not quite so widely loved but much to my chagrin it is not universally reviled.
Just as confounding, in my eyes, is this book’s utter disregard for the continuity in which it exists. At the end of the last issue, we saw a rejuvenated Slade Wilson being all sexy after the mystical I-Ching resurrected his bullet-riddled mercenary ass. I commented in my write-up that I wasn’t sure if it was actually Deathstroke (it is) because he had black hair whereas young Slade Wilson was always shown to have blonde hair. Now, you may be saying “Kang, you dummy! This is the New 52 continuity, maybe Deathstroke is some swarthy raven-haired fellow in this version of DC’s history.”
Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in…
A few weeks back I stopped into my local comic shop to grab my weekly pull list and a friend of mind recommended I take a look at the shitshow that is the newly relaunched Deathstroke series. You see, he knows that I love awful movies and tacky art in an ironic sort of way, and this one seriously took me by surprise. So here I am , suited up once more to dredge through the sewer line that is the New 52.
Today’s Panel of the Day comes from last week’s issue of The New 52 – Futures End #9. In DC’s newest attempt to recreate the lightning in the bottle that we all saw with 52 many years ago we’ve been flung five years into the future of the current DCU and may I say that a lot of shot has gone down. This falls into the realm of spoilers so stop reading now if you plan to get the book but in the first issue we see that Stormwatch gets decimated and everyone on the team ends up deader than a doornail including Hawkman…WTF, Hawkman?? On Stormwatch?? Yeah, who knows how. Anyway, the super-secret S.H.A.D.E. organization has sent a team to investigate which includes Frankenstein, Amethyst, and a super strung out Ray Palmer. On their way they run into a conflict and Frankensteins arm gets ripped off in battle. After collecting the bodies and stabilizing the space station, Ray decides to go all Doc Frankenstein and cuts off Hawkman’s arm to give to Frank… gruesome, but as Palmer put it “It looked like the best fit.”
As you can see from this panel, that may not have been the best idea Dr. Palmer because when Mr. Hawk wakes up he’s pretty friggin’ angry!
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I’ll admit that growing up I never knew much about Wonder Woman other than a few things I gleaned here and there from pop culture. For being one of the most recognizable female super heroes in the entire world I was a relative novice. As a character she always seemed to have limitless potential if used properly but since I don’t read much DC I never felt the urge to look into that. That was all about to change.
Hey Fellow Nerds!
The folks at IGN have given us a treat a few days before Halloween in the form of the Justice League: War trailer that you can check out below. War is the first movie since The Flashpoint Paradox and as Greekimus and I discussed in our podcast, this movie is set in the current New 52 Universe.
Justice League: War is being directed by Jay Oliva and produced by James Tucker and uses the voice talents of Jason O’Mara, Christopher Gorham, Alan Tudyk, Michelle Monaghan, Shemar Moore and Sean Astin.