|—||Phil Jimenez, in an interview about Nightwing’s cancelled death in Infinite Crisis. (via rosieisbutts)|
This is really easy. First thing you need to understand is for every 1 year that passes in Marvel time, 3 years pass in real time. Once you know that the rest is easy.
Minus the year of their first appearance from the current year. Divide by three. Add the age they were in their…
Gee, this makes me wish DC was a bit more consistent. :/ Then again, with the reboot, I suppose all bets are off. *le sigh*
The sad part is I actually look 10 in some of these pictures.
Oh wow! The best dynamic duo! :D
Thus far, I know my top five favorites in this reboot:
· Static Shock (exciting introduction to his character, while furthering him in his new role and new headquarters)
· Superboy (interesting twist on him as well a captivating ensemble groups around him that allows for many tantalizing mysteries to be solved later)
· Supergirl (while so short, the conflicting facts about her memories with her current situation opens up many possibilities about what led her to Earth and why)
· Red Lantern Corp (such a bag of trouble with truly a nice mash up of personalities and conflict)
· Green Lanterns: The Guardians (a nice peek into who Kyle is and just what sort of adventure he and his team, I’m guessing, are going to have)
To be honest, I’m surprised none of the Bat comics grabbed my attention enough to make it to my top picks.
Batgirl was a good read, but I felt unsure about this second-take Barbara Gordon as Batgirl. I have little doubt that Gail Samone will do a great job with her given a few more issues, but right now, my attention is barely peaked. For the amount that it is, that’s more due to a pondering about what led to her gaining the ability to walk again AND why she’s distancing herself from all her friends (Birds of Prey and the batfamily). I’m also not convinced why she had to move out of her dad’s place.
Nightwing, much like Batgirl, could be a good read, but there was very little in this issue. I felt like there was no clear transition between Dick being Batman to being Nightwing. I’m still wondering why he was Batman for that year or so. Where was Bruce according to new continuity? Clearly, Batman, Inc. happened after his transition to Nightwing (if I go by the first Batman issue). The only interesting thing happened at the end with the hint that someone believes Dick Grayson to be a murderer. For that alone, I may pick up the next issue. Speaking of which, I liked that this concept has translated into Supergirl and the Batman issue. I wonder if Dick Grayson Murderer will be a storyline that reverberates through the new DC universe?
Red Hood and the Outlaws, well, I’ve already voiced and heard the rants. To be honestly, I’m likely to still give this comic a go, but just not pick it up as often as others. Sure, there’s characterization issues abound and questionable reasoning behind certain plot points, but I have to hold out hope there’s a reason behind all this. Characters could be lying OR suffering from something OR acting out for one reason or another. The writer is quoted as saying he’s interested in the concept of redemption, so maybe that’s where this is all heading. *shrugs* Or at least, I can hope whenever I get around to reading this again.
Teen Titans was kind of a letdown. Not that I have anything against Bart being too impulsive to think before acting OR Cassandra being far more rougher around the edges, but other stuff seems kind of out character too for me. Tim in particular. He’s been working behind scenes BUT already has his Red Robin outfit. Whoa what, just wait a minute there. Huh? More than that, how come he lets people sneak up on him, seeing him without his mask and it’s no big deal. I mean, they clearly know he’s a teen hero and the photo he threw at his attackers clearly shows him as Robin with Batman. Wouldn’t that completely give away his and Bruce’s secret identity? Or am I completely missing something here? Seriously? This felt utterly off to me. And more than that, what is up with Cassandra’s Sailor Moon transformation impression? When did she get that power? Is this like the thing transformation thing from the Wonder Woman TV show?
Batman & Robin wasn’t that bad. My only real issue was the emo!Bruce. I get he’s trying to get Damian to understand the reason for all of this, and that things are changing, but COME ON, BRUCE…. there’s mentioning and there’s eating the scenery. Damian knows all this stuff. Now, you are just fishing for sympathy. Blag! I hope this isn’t the direction of the entire series. Hopefully, he and Damian can build up some sort of interesting dynamic that doesn’t end with Bruce being mopey and Damian sounding whiney. *sigh* Issues like this make me miss the Dick and Damian dynamic (snarky but fun).
Batman was okay. Mostly, I enjoyed seeing most of the batfamily together. It also helped me set where it takes place (after Tim formed the Teen Titans, some point after Dick has started to become Nightwing, but before Batman Inc.) Now, that good continuity. :) Thank you for that!
Blue Beetle is the only comic I was going to read. Mostly, I wasn’t impressed by the pages I’ve seen posted on the Web, and when I skimmed the book, I wasn’t inspired to spend the $3 on it. *shrug* This might be one I’ll skim once a few more issues some out.
One final note,I have also skimmed my brother’s copies of Superman, Action Comics, Dectective Comics, and Wonder Woman, and while there were interesting points I caught in the quick look through, I don’t yet feel I can speak toward my interest any of them. The killing of Zeus’ children in WW might be interesting, and Superman playing hard to catch with the Metropolis cops has possiblities. The change in Two-Face is confusing (but I’m sure it gets explained). *shrug*
Some of the dialogue that rubs me the wrong way in Red Hood and the Outlaws:
Just got the first issue and… wow… yeah, I’m still shocked by the ‘out-of-characterization’ of all three of these characters. Kory shocks me the most, since she seems really ‘ice queen’ in this issue. Caring for nothing and nobody… and just there to kill and have sex with. Jason is a major dick (and not in a good way)… but at least he is there for those he works with, coming to save Roy. That’s one good thing.
But even more than the strange characterizations, is the strange off-hand mention of a team that Roy, Kory, and Dick were on together. No name given (hoping its Teen Titans)… but Kory not seeming to remember any of the names given. Is there a reason she doesn’t remember? Will it tie into the storyline? Maybe it explains Kory’s behavior as well as Roy’s?
I’m not going to give up hope yet on this comic. The writer said he was looking for ‘redemition’, so maybe… possibly…. he wants the characters at their worst to show how far they have to climb to be something really worth reading.
That’s my hope, so I’m probably going to continue reading.