Thursday, May 01, 2008

Stupid Questions #0: The DC Universe #0 Edition

1. Aren't the rogues all about to be turned into Parademons programmed to serve evil Darkseid, who -- by the way -- is dead? How are they all hanging out with Mr. Zodiac Guy?

2. How much of the Legion of Superheroes do I have to know to follow this Superman plot line? I know some early 1960s stuff, and I read the first few (pre-Supergirl) trades of the new series, and I had no idea what I was supposed to be getting out of that.

3. If we hadn't been spoiled by the newspaper articles, was it obvious that Barry Allen was back, rather than, say Bart? Or Max Mercury? (Is Max Mercury dead?)

4. How, exactly, did Barry Allen die? Was it from running to fast? Was it the anti-matter cannon? How did he die in such a way that everyone kept seeing him? I never really understood that.

5. "Someone is trying to kill Batman" is a plot line? I thought that was the entire basis of the series.

6. Isn't the point of a 50 cent comic to encourage people to read what comes next by providing an interesting story, rather than by providing something so confusing that you need to read the rest to try to figure out what the heck you just read?

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Blogger Scipio said...

"1. Aren't the rogues all about to be turned into Parademons programmed to serve"

Hard to tell yet.

"evil Darkseid, who -- by the way -- is dead?"
He's dead thisweek.

"How are they all hanging out with Mr. Zodiac Guy?"
In Zodiac's original story, he employed various villains as pawns in his larger agenda. He is repeating the M.O. in this story. The Secret Society of Super-Villains was riding very high a year or two ago, but, having suffered setbacks and loss of leadership, some of their members may be ripe pickings for someone who offers them hope.

"2. How much of the Legion of Superheroes do I have to know to follow this Superman plot line?"

People in the 21st century (both characters and readers) have interacted recently with what are clearly 3 different versions of the Legion.

We know also that the Time Trapper, a long-time powerful foe of the Legion with time-powers, is plotting again to destroy them. He may or may not be responsible for their being multiple versions of the Legion.

That's pretty much all you need to know, although, as in any Legion story, knowing more back-story might make some parts more delightful.

"3. If we hadn't been spoiled by the newspaper articles, was it obvious that Barry Allen was back, rather than, say Bart? Or Max Mercury? (Is Max Mercury dead?)"

Yes. Neither Bart nor Max would ever call Superman "Clark" or Green Lantern "Hal".

"4. How, exactly, did Barry Allen die? Was it from running to fast? Was it the anti-matter cannon? How did he die in such a way that everyone kept seeing him? I never really understood that."

A wasting disease called Editorial Apathy. His death was typical vague romantic writing by that hack, Wolfman.

5. "Someone is trying to kill Batman" is a plot line? I thought that was the entire basis of the series.

Indeed. But this is a Shadowy Group with a Sinister Larger Plan. Which is apparently different.

"6. Isn't the point of a 50 cent comic to encourage people to read what comes next by providing an interesting story, rather than by providing something so confusing that you need to read the rest to try to figure out what the heck you just read?"

Well, no. It's not to provide you with an interesting story; it's to provide you with evidence that the forthcoming story is going to be interesting.

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