May Day! May Day! — Part Three
Hello. My name is Field, Lyle Field.
Week 3: The eye of the storm.
I have sailed through the eye of the raging May Hurricane with the onslaught of books and other stuff that I ordered through Dave’s Pop Culture a few months ago. It’s all coming in at once.
However, Week 3 is calm with very few titles and hardcovers to pick up. Along with my regular monthly titles, I picked up the New 52 Green Lantern Volume 1: Sinestro HC and the Secret Society of Super-Villains Volume 2 HC, both from DC Comics.
I just recently did the New 52 review of all the Green Lantern titles a few weeks ago, so I will not delve too much into re-reviewing the first six issues of the New 52 Green Lantern series. But I do have to say that in re-reading those issues—it recites better in this format than in the monthly format. Hence, I am thinking out about leaving all the monthly Green Lantern titles and get the HC formats, but one thing is stopping me, the Third Army. In reading the HC, I am getting a better clarification of the upcoming Third Army Saga that is set to spark in the imminent Green Lantern Annual #1, available on or about August 29th along with a mess of other DC Annuals, and I have to say that I am intrigued and excited about this arc.
Let me digress on the subject of the New 52. Interesting that August 29th has several DC Annuals coming out that includes Detective Comics (Batman vs. The Black Mask), Superman (where it features the in continuity debut of “The First Green Lantern”), Green Lantern (the potential death of the Green Lantern Corps…again?) and the Justice League International (the final adventure of this team and ties up some loose ends of the defunct OMAC series). At that point in time last year, DC only had the final issue of Flashpoint and the debut New 52 issue of the Justice League: the change from what is now known as the Pre-Flashpoint era to the Post-Flashpoint era. It has certainly changed the comic book industry as we know it and has given me a fresh and exciting perspective on reading monthly comics again.
It has been revealed that DC will be publishing the New 52 Zero Issues in September. At the time of this writing, no details have been revealed but hopefully these Zero Issues will be vastly different from the lacklustre Zero Issues that appears after the Zero Hour mini-series during the month of August 1994. Oh, there has been some limited success with those issues such as the debut of James Robinson and Tony Harris’ Starman series and Dick Grayson’s first time in the role of Batman (check out the Batman: Prodigal SC for details).
One of the things that I hope the New 52 Zero Issues will bring is a timeline of all the characters. It has been said that the Justice League debuted five years ago and that Superman made his first public appearance about six months earlier (making him the first public super-hero in the New 52 Universe). It also tells me that Batman, Green Lantern and the Flash have functioned as heroes, in some cases for years. Batman, I predict that he has operated as an urban legend for about a decade. Green Lantern—not as long as Batman but operating in secret from us Terrans. The Flash—possibly inspired by Superman’s debut and operating at least six months before the formation of the Justice League. That needs to be straightened out. Guess we will all have to wait until DC flashes some more news about it.
As for Volume 2 of the Secret Society of Super-Villains HC, I’ll save reviewing this 1970s quirky series for an upcoming review.
Week 4: It is the return to the storm. Better bring a life jacket.
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