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5 Great DC Animated DVDs

It seems interesting that for a company that has not been able to stick a landing in the theaters (the Batman movies excluded),  DC Comics’ animated DVDs are head and shoulders above the competition (namely, Marvel).  Given the choice, I would much rather watch any of the DC titles that have come out on DVD than the few Marvel titles, most of which have just been pretty bad.

For those who are looking for a good watch, and are not sidled with the conception that animation is only for children, I have a few suggestions for you.

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Picks of the Week – October 20, 2011

This week is a big one.  DC’s new 52 continues its second month, and Marvel’s Fear Itself event wraps up.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

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Picks of the Week – October 5, 2011

DC Comics New 52 moves into month 2 as they begin to expand on their line up.

WARNING: FIRST ISSUE SPOILERS AHEAD

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The New 52 – A Reader’s Assessment: Part 2

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With the wrap up of the New 52 roll-out, there are a number of good (and bad) books out there.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

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Picks of the Week – September 28th, 2011

It’s the last week of September and the last of DC’s new 52 roll out this week.

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Picks of the Week – September 7, 2011

This week sees DC’s New 52 kick into high gear.  Here are my thoughts on this week’s releases.

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The Best Comic Crossovers/Events

A few posts ago, I listed some of the comic book crossovers and events that I felt were lacking in their performance.  For the sake of fairness, I felt it only fitting that I list some of the ones that I thought were actually good.  In this case, I have tried to limit the series to those that were “in continuity,” which is why mini-series like Watchmen, V for Vendetta and Camelot 3000 are absent.

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Upsides and Downsides – DC Relaunch

Just a few upsides and downsides I see with the upcoming DC relaunch.

Upside

Anthology potential – With the inclusion of DC Universe Presents, All-Star Western, Men of War and My Greatest Adventure, the potential of seeing more of the DC Universe within the themes of the titles is possible.

Downside

High number of “family” books – The Batman family tops out the titles with eleven, and that’s not even counting the October solicitations yet.  While I realize that Batman is quite popular, that’s just too much Batman.

Upside

New characters, new titles – Mister Terrific has not had an ongoing series that I am aware of.  And it had been quite a while since we’ve seen a Captain Atom, Hawk and Dove, Resurrection Man (which I liked the first time around) or Static Shock ongoing.  The expansion of giving characters like this a chance at another title helps to bring in title diversity.

Downside

Number 1s across the board – Every title starts with number 1.  While it is okay for some titles (Justice League, which has been renumbered many times over the years), we lose the history of longer running titles like Action and Detective.  Action Comics itself just celebrated its 900 issue.  Now, all that history (and all the hype over 900) means nothing.

Upside

New divisions – I’m actually pretty keen on the grouping of the titles by theme.  It allows for a bit more cohesion amongst the titles, and makes is easier for people to look for something new.  Like Justice League Dark, then maybe you would like to check out some of the other “dark” titles.  If you like your books a bit edgier, then the “On The Edge” titles may have something for you.

Downside

Lack of continuity – At one time, DC ran number shields on all their Superman books showing the order in which each book falls.  Now, it seems that the titles are a bit more erratic in nature.  Action Comics seems to be covering Superman’s early years, while Superman covers now.  Figuring out where titles fit in is going to be more difficult after the relaunch.

Upside

Cleaning up characters – Power Girl is the example of this.  She was originally created to be an Earth 2 version of Supergirl.  Since Crisis on Infinite Earths, her past has been tweaked again and again to deal with the fact that there was no Earth 2.  Eventually, with the return of Supergirl in Superman/Batman (at least, the return of a Kryptonian Supergirl), Power Girl, though a very likeable character, seems a bit redundant.  Now, according to sources, there will be no post-relaunch Power Girl, though Karen Starr (Power Girl’s alter ego) will remain in the DCU.

Downside

Cleaning up characters – As redundant as Power Girl seems in a universe with Supergirl, she is very popular.  So are the Justice Society of America, who are also gone from the new DCU.  As for Superman’s marriage to Lois Lane, gone, never happened.  They are not even an item in the new DCU.  A lot of fans feel very passionately about these things, and have been quite vocal about it.

Quote of the Day – October 26, 2009

Swamp Thing #9

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“Yes… I… have… read… the file.”

Swamp Thing (In Saga of the Swamp Thing issue 21)

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