Who's Who In The DCU


So B, you’ve had an exciting week, right? Wanna fill the readers in on your huge announcement?

Well, you can get the full scoop in my column this week, but the short form is this: I’m pleased to announce that in a few short weeks I’ll be joining the team at Wizard Entertainment, the home of Wizard: The Guide To Comics, Toyfare and other fine publications. I’m very excited about this dream come true, obviously, but of course the only downside is having to leave The Nexus. Obviously I’ll have more to say in the way of thank yous and goodbyes as the time draws nigh, but there are few things I enjoy more than my weekly duties here on Who’s Who, so this is one of the things I’ll miss the most. Working with M has been a pleasure and I intend to make these last few columns among the best and/or wackiest ones yet! –B

Congrats B! You’ve certainly earned this new position. Man, I bet they are going to be hazing the hell out of you. And how is your “Boston Pride” going to go over in NY?

Tell me about it; if I had any doubts that Wizard was Yankees Country, that got put to rest during my interview. Does that mean I won’t be wearing my 2004 World Series Champions Boston Red Sox t-shirt and making my new colleagues watch the Sox accept their rings while the Yanks stand there on opening day? Don’t bet on it! –B

I suppose we should do some”¦

(by way of what I’m looking forward to this holiday season)

The Life Aquatic

DC Direct Teen Titan’s Kid Flash

Shaq vs Kobe

Seinfeld on DVD

100 Bullets (in a perfect world.)

Nas – Street’s Disciple

How could I have a column without linking DOL and The Next Tourney

B, I know you want to link some stuff.

I was a guest in Widro’s Daily Pulse where there was a major development that you’ll get more if you read the top of this column. I also threw a Mean up for Survivor Series, because the aforementioned Widro is milking me for every second I’ve got left here. If you haven’t already, check out Chris’ interview with Firestorm & Bloodhound writer Dan Jolley as well as Jason talking to The Sharp Bros.. Finally, Tim wrote me a nice goodbye in DC News & Views and I appreciate it. And man, I’ve never appreciated just how gorgeous the Official Wizard Web Site is”¦ –B

What Was Read in the Last Seven Days!

Aquaman #24 – Sometimes this book is like clear crisp water and sometimes it’s as murky as Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. This issue was the latter. I can’t wait for this book to have a “regular” writer again.

Green Arrow #44 – Great cover! Solid story. Some people complained how Judd’s “exploiting” a person experience, but I thought the issue was well done. Not only was it a solid read, but also it was way informative. Good Job Judd!

I was blown away by this issue, how emotional I got reading and also how much I learned. I think Judd handled this in the most tactful and mature way possible and is using this as a platform to really do something important and make a contribution to the general consciousness. This is, I think, the first comic ever I gave to my mother as an example of why I want to do what I want to do and she agreed it was really something. Also a great example of how to write a good comic with no action.

Plastic Man #12 – Hm? A Morse in the comic industry? Pretty peculiar, and pretty good work. I dig Scott. This was a fun fill-in.

Action Comics #821 – Way too many artists. The story moves way too fast. There were some good moments, but it was surrounded by crap. How do folks like this better than Superman?

Firestorm #7 – Way good issue. I like this book, and I’d like for people to forget about the controversy and enjoy it. Plus it crosses over with”¦

Bloodhound #5 – This is how crossovers should be done. Good story and why each hero takes the spotlight in their respective books is very clear. This was a well-orchestrated crossover.

Justice League Elite #5 Review forthcoming.

Not my favorite issue so far of an underrated series; the cover was a bad tease and as sometimes happens here, too much was going on in an order that made it difficult to keep track.

Nightwing #99 – This almost makes me want to read War Games. I’m intrigued. I can’t wait for next issue.

JSA #67 – Read my review.

My sugar daddy Geoff Johns continues to show why he is the master of the crossover tie-in issue.

100 Bullets #55 – Whoa, killer cover, killer issue. I love this book!

Challengers of the Unknown #6 – On the other hand, read my review.

Angeltown #1 – On yet another hand, read my review.

Identity Crisis #6 – I believe I called this one. Sure my motives were wrong, because I made my guess before #4 came out, but I named the guy responsible. B, are you still skeptical?

My response, from the super secret Nexus e-mail:

As I just mentioned to Daron on the phone, in regards to The Atom as the murderer…it makes sense right up until the end.

1. He knew about the Dr. Light incident and thus could frame him.
2. He was a member of the Suicide Squad and thus knew framing Slipknot along with Dr. Light would throw people off track and send them down a dead end
3. He knows Superman’s secret identity
4. He knows Robin’s secret identity and is saavy enough to contact The Calculator and set up Captain Boomerang by providing Jack Drake with the gun
And of course…
5. He could bypass the security system both with his powers and his knowledge of JLA tech

Now here’s what doesn’t fit: the motive.

The last pages make the motive pretty clear: to win his ex-wife back…but that’s a pretty crappy motive.

Essentially Brad Meltzer has given us a perfectly *plausible* suspect, but enough reason to doubt that there is not another twist coming. As Daron told me “the guy is a mystery writer, he knows to save the best twist for last.”

Well said, Mr. Overlord.

Not surprisingly only one person placed the lyric (it was from a relatively obscure TV show that lasted only 13 episodes.) Yet, there was one person who did place it. He deserves my undying respect for placing it. He also gets like a dozen “cool points.” Oh yeah, and he gets his question answered.

Bill Clark, placed the lyric, (and I’m in awe.)

My question has to do with the JSA and the Legion. I know nothing of these two teams and any of the issues I’ve read don’t seem to be very good “jumping on” points for new readers. Could you give me a quick rundown of both team’s rosters and also a little history (retcon is fine)? Thanks guys.

Y’now I really would give you a rundown on the Legion, but it’s all going to be moot in around 30 days. The new Legion series is set to launch in December. Not only is it a new series, but it’s a reboot. Not too much is known at this point. However based on the recent Teen Titans/Legion Special we know that:

Parents aren’t too keen on the idea of the Legion, almost like they think it’s a gang.

The Legion will have several familiar faces, as well as several new ones.

The Legion will have some killer looking art.

The Legion will still have flight rings.

Beyond that, you know about as much as I do. So since you wanted a “jumping on point” I suggest that you pick up the new Legion #1, out next month.

You could also pick up the trade paperback Legion of Super-Heroes: The Great Darkness Saga; it’s out of continuity now, but it’s my favorite LSH story of all time and also took place in the period Mark Waid is drawing a lot of his inspiration from. –B

As for the JSA, they were a hero team in 1940’s. Most of them stopped doing the hero thing in the 1950’s as a result of refusing to unmask before the House Un-American Activities Committee.

They put on the costumes sporadically throughout the years. They were kept relatively youthful as a result of a battle with Ian Karkull. The JSA has spent some time in limbo, fighting an eternal battle Norse Gods. But then they got out and tried to settle into regular life in the DCU.

The current incarnation of the team got together to try to stop the Dark Lord (Mordru) from gaining possession of a form capable of harnessing great magic. The JSA has been together ever since. Here’s a rundown on the current members.

Green Lantern/Alan Scott – One of the DCU’s oldest heroes, and also one of the most respected. His son is Obsidan, a sometimes-loony bad guy, who’s currently trying to stay on the good side. Alan’s daughter is Jade, from Outsiders

Alan got further de-aged around the time of Zero Hour, to his twenties; he also gave up the ring that fueled his power, discovered the power had become internalized, and took on the name Sentinel (because at the time DC wanted Kyle Rayner to be the only person using the name Green Lantern). Alan eventually was reverted to his fifties or so and recently recreated his ring from the Starheart, the source of his powers, taking back the GL name. –B

The Flash/Jay Garrick – Another of the DCU’s most venerable heroes. He’s looked up to by all heroes, but especially the speedsters.

Hourman II – Rick Tyler uses Miraclo to give himself a power of hour, where his abilities are greatly increased. His gauntlets also house other nifty wonders. He’s following in his father, Rex Tyler’s heroic footsteps. Rumor has it he’s got eyes for Jesse Quick, a former speedster who lost her powers. And B likes to point out that he used to date the dearly departed Beth Chapel/Dr. Midnight II.

The “nifty wonders” M mentioned at one point included a button that he allowed him to visit his father Rex at a “time point” outside the flow of time that Tyler, the android Hourman from the future, set up seconds before Rex’s death at the hands of Extant. Last month in JSA, Tyler ended up taking Rex’s place against Extant, killing him but allowing Rex & Rick both to live; the time point dissolved. Rick also has pre-cognitive abilities that allow him to sometimes see an hour into the future. –B

Hawkgirl II – Kendra Saunders is the reincarnation of her great aunt, Shiera Hall. She is destined to hook up with Hawkman/Carter Hall (who’s not a member at the moment) but she’s currently spending her time with Sand. She can fly and is pretty fierce.

Sand – Sanderson Hawkins isn’t a carbon being. He’s silicone based. He is very in touch with seismic activity and can travel through the earth. He’s the sidekick of the Golden Age Sandman. He also has prophetic dreams, just like the Golden Age Sandman.

The former Sandy The Golden Boy’s age has also been slowed down not only due to the same reasons as the other JSAers, but also the time he has spent as a silicoid. Speaking of that time, when he was first transformed to said form by one of the Sandman’s experiments, he became a mindless monster and battled the JSA and JLA; Sandman had to keep him in a cage for years before he was able to cure him. –B

Wildcat -Ted Grant He’s a boxer who’s trained Batman and Catwoman. At one point he had nine lives, but he’s lost a few since then. He’s tough and agile.

Power Girl – She’s got no secret ID, but it used to be Karen Starr. She’s basically like Superman, only in a woman’s body. Rumor has it her origin will be revealed”¦before the next millennium.

It’s coming next year. –B

Stargirl – Courtney Whitmore is a teenage girl from Blue Valley (birthplace of Wally West) whose stepfather was Stripsey, the sidekick of the Golden Age hero, Star-Spangled Kid. Courtney found the Kid’s cosmic converter belt and also inherited Starman/Jack Knight’s cosmic rod.

Courtney briefly had a relationship with Billy Batson, Captain Marvel’s youthful alter ego; Cap left her and the team after Jay Garrick found their relationship inappropriate because Cap refused to reveal that he had a youthful alter ego. –B

Doctor Mid-Nite – Pieter Cross is a doctor who, as a result of an accident, is blind in normal light, but can see in the dark. He’s a skilled surgeon, and a decent hand-to-hand combatant. He’s also way smart.

Piete’s mother was saved from muggers when she was pregnant by the original Dr. Mid-Nite, Charles McNider, and he then delivered Pieter. Later in life, Pieter did a medical internship under McNider. –B

Mr. Terrific – Michael Holt, is even smarter. He’s a skilled fighter, and is invisible to technology. He’s also got those keen T-spheres, which can act as cameras, transmitters and project holograms. But they don’t get pick up any good radio stations.

Some Other Important Characters

Captain Marvel – You should already know who he is. He was part of the team, but left after some members objected to him (a boy hero in a grown man’s body) flirting with Stargirl, a teen-age girl.

He’ll be returning to the pages of JSA in 2005. As a member of the team? We’ll see”¦-B

Black Adam – He should be familiar to you too. Last year he lead a group of heroes into invading Kandaq. They have taken over the country.

Atom Smasher – Albert Rothstein was part of that group of heroes. He’s very conflicted about all the killing he’s done lately. He can grow way large.

Jakeem Thunder – Jakeem is in possession of the same genie that Johnny Thunder had in the Golden Age. It follows his every command.

Both Al and Jakeem will be rejoining the JSA in time for their meeting with their Golden Age counterpart next month. –B

Brainwave – Henry King Jr. is the son a super villain of the same name, both of them. He also used to be a bad guy. He was dating Jade, but then turned to stalking her. He was part of Black Adam’s team, but it was discovered that he was being controlled. He’s recently helped the JSA out, and appears to be on the side of good.

Dr. Fate – Hector Hall is the son of Hawkman and the original Hawkgirl. He’s got all sorts of magical powers. He’s married to”¦

Fury – Lyta Trevor. She’s the daughter of the original Fury. She’s got strength and speed. She’s pretty tough.

Metal Jesus, do you have a related question?

Here’s one, I thought that in the JLA/JSA cross-over which brought in Jakeem Thunder ,the one with Qwisp, that it states that Jakeem is the seventh son of a seventh son yet at the end of JSA:Stealing Thunder, the father’s day story, where Jakeem goes to see his real dad left me with huge doubts that this guy was some huge player that had put the seed into the mothers of 6 sons before Jakeem…?

Yeah, that’s what happens with different writers writing the character. Grant Morrison, the guy who created the character, stuck with the whole Golden Age “seventh son” gimmick for the genie.

Geoff Johns, who utilizes the character, dropped the “seventh son” gimmick. I’m guessing that anyone can inherit the genie, like Jakeem did, because it’s in the pen. But Johnny was actually tied to the genie so he had to be the seventh son.

Regardless, in JSA #38 it states pretty explicitly that Jakeem’s pop only has two kids. He even says that he “always wanted a son.” That pretty much says that he’s not been around the block too many times. Plus Jakeem’s parents were pretty tight when they were together which rules out “cheating” in my eyes.

However, Jakeem’s pop didn’t know about Jakeem’s existence, so in theory he could have had six other sons before Jakeem was born. B, because of your “connections” do you have any insight into this?

I’ve never been much of a Jakeem Thunder fan, so I’ve never asked about him, but as I said in the last answer, he’ll be back as part of the JSA next month. –B

Shiv’kala (because this is from the old board) asked;

For those fans of JSA who didn’t read comics in the 70’s (me) or haven’t read Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series, want to go into detail about the Kirby Sandman and how Hector, Lyta, and Daniel Hall all fit into it?

Which is very remenicent of a question sent by Brock

Would you please explain to me the backstory of Hector Hall a.k.a Silver Scarab/Sandman/Dr. Fate? And while you’re at it, how about a bio on Lyta (Fury) Hall, too.

From the 4/10/03 column;

Ok, ok I can do this. I just need to take a deep breath. The common thread is Hector Hall. Carter “Hawkman” Hall and Shiera “Hawkgirl” Hall had a son, Hector Hall. Poor little Hector wanted to be a hero but had no powers. So he built a solar powered suit using “nth metal”, which among other things can be used to fly because of it antigravity properties. In this suit he made is superhero debut as Silver Scarab. Well Silver Scarab (who was as lame as he sounds) was put out of his misery by the latest reincarnation of Hath Set, Hawkman’s immortal enemy. Y’know on the topic of immortal enemies, just last week my immortal enemy, Sumner, put gum in my hair. So then I had to go to the barber to get every evened out. What a mess.

Anyway while his body died his essence was gathered up, and took up residence in the dream dimension, where Hector became Sandman. He even brought is wife there and she got pregnant. But then the real Sandman, Dream/Morpheus reclaimed his throne. What did he do with Hector? Why he put Hecto’s soul in the baby growing in Dawn “Dove” Grange’s comatose body. Oh you thought she was dead. Well it turns out she was just comatose, a pawn a grand scheme. Who is Dawn’s baby’s daddy? Hawk of course. See it was prophesized that the child of Hawk and Dove would have great powers. So Mordu, a real bad guy, wanted possession of the body. But Hecto’s soul got there first. Once Hector was (re)born he instantaneously grew to adulthood and took the mantel of Dr. Fate.

So there you have it. Hawkman and Hawk are Hecto’s fathers, and Hawkgirl and Dove are his mothers. Oh yeah Hecto’s wife is MIA and his son is the new Sandman over in Vertigo. As far as I know the DC and Vertigo versions are the same, but I imagine that the new Peter David project will clear up those blurry visions.

Clearly Peter David’s project didn’t clear anything up. However Fallen Angel did prove to be one of the best hero books on the market today. Buy it.

From the 8/22/03 column

You know Lyta gave birth to Hecto’s son, some kid named Daniel. Well Daniel later became the Sandman. After that Lyta got caught up in the plan of a Greek God. This was detailed in “The Furies’ hardcover, but be warned it’s a Vertigo book. According that book she’s alive, and not in the dream dimension anymore. So she could conceivably bump into Hector at some point in the future.

As for the Silver Age Sandman, he was Garrett Sanford. Garrett was a scientist who specialized in sleep research. He traveled into the Dream Dimension to help the President, but he ended up getting stuck there. It wasn’t too bad, because he had super strength and could fly.

When he did figure out how to escape the Dream Dimension he could only do it for one hour at a time. So he became a super hero on both sides of the Dream Dimension. He had two allies, Brute and Glob.

Garrett died and Hector took over his body. But then Morpheus returned to his realm. Apparently Glob and Brute were trying to take over Dream’s realm, and the Dream Dimension was part of Dream’s realm. Morpheus reclaimed his title and this realm, which takes up back to the top.

As for Fury, she was the daughter of the original Fury. She was named after the Queen of the Amazons. Lyta inherited her mother’s abilities. But since Fury wasn’t too keen on her powers, she gave Lyta to Joan Dale, Miss America. Dale raised Lyta, and taught her right from wrong.

Lyta then hooked up with the rest of the children of the JSA, who intern became Infinity Inc. She got involved with Hector, and the rest is history.

(She also did some things in the Vertigo Universe, like killing Morpheus, but that’s not really relevant to the DCU.)

B, is the blurring of the line between DC and Vertigo a good thing?

I think so; it gives creators more of a universe to play with and also makes it more possible for a character that may be stagnating in the main DCU to be reinvented in Vertigo and still be available. –B

Wence, do you have a related question?

I have been reading the old crises on infinite earth. And well I was wondering what ever happened to the Wonder Woman of earth 2 her husband and their daughter fury. Plus it seems that earth 1 superman remembers what happened in the end of the book but now and days he seems like he don’t. Can you please help me with my question?

Well that Wonder Woman is no more. If it helps you sleep at night, then just pretend that she’s up on Mount Olympus with the Gods. But as far as the current DCU is concerned, she never existed. Neither did her husband, as least in that incarnation.

Her daughter did exist, just not as her daughter. Fury is now the daughter of Fury I, which would make Fury, Fury II (in actuality the numbers should be reversed do to their first appearances.) And there you have it. But one out of three ain’t bad, or is that two out of three?

As far as Superman remembering, he knows there was a huge Crisis, where all the heroes banded together. But he doesn’t know the ramifications, what was lost, or what existed before that that Crisis. But he does know that something happened.

B, do you think that Crisis should be revisited?

I think there is still a lot of story potential and I’d love to see all the characters of the DCU past, present and future brought back to explore a threat on the level and of the magnitude of the original Crisis, but I don’t want a return to the old multiple earths concept; I prefer one earth in the DCU. –B

Vortex, do you have a completely off the wall question to get us away from the JSA?

What ever happened to John Britton?

We haven’t heard from JohnBritton for a long while, since the Nexus began.

Maybe he got lost in the transition? Maybe he doesn’t know where to find us now? Who knows.

But in all fairness he still about a month and a half from being married a year, so he’s probably had to alter his life a bit. I have complete faith that he will return, once his life achieves a nice balance.

B, remember JohnBritton?

I thought he was with the gods on Mount Olympus following Crisis On Earth-411″¦-B

Alain, do you have a question that we can use to further distance ourselves from the JSA?

Gorilla Grodd appears in the opening arcs of Outsiders, Batman/Superman, and
JLA Classified, is there some deal where he must appear to give hero’s credibility? How many other books has he made an early appearance in?

Well Grodd is a force to be reckoned with. Grant Morrison, who wrote JLA Classified is a Silver Age fan, and he placed the story in Africa, so I think we can let that one slide.

This can really be linked to Geoff Johns’ revitalization of Gorilla Grodd. When Grodd appeared in The Flash, Johns made him ruthless and brutal. He wasn’t just a talking gorilla; he was a beast.

I didn’t really like how Grodd was portrayed in Outsiders, and he was basically fodder in Superman/Batman. But he shines when he appears in the Flash.

JLA Classified seems to be going well so far too. –B

Other books he made early appearances in?

Well he appeared in Flash #106, which was Barry Allen’s third appearance in his own title, but it was also Grodd’s first appearance.

He also appeared in Secret Society of Super-Villains but that was more because he fit the bill.

He showed up in Supergirl #3, where Peter David really got the ball rolling on the revitalization of Grodd.

Grodd also popped up in Titans #6, but I think that B’ll agree with me, you don’t want to go anywhere near that title, it’ll suck the soul right out of your body.

A special retrospective on what went wrong with Titans, coming soon from Wizard! I really hope my new boss doesn’t read this”¦-B

That’s basically all of the “early issue” appearances of Gorilla Grodd. I don’t mind seeing the character, as long as he’s being used correctly, and not being pummeled senseless by Nightwing.

B, you dig Grodd, do you think he’s in danger of being overexposed?

It’s a tough situation because Grodd is an archetype villain: he’s the scary powerhouse of the DCU. When a writer comes up with a story that requires a scary character both in appearance and power, it’s easy to pick Grodd rather than go elsewhere. I do think he’s being overexposed, as he’s a great character and should be saved for great stories; I didn’t even like the last time Geoff used him in The Flash. A great villain like Grodd is a double-edged sword because everybody wants to use him but not everybody knows how. –B

Neil do you have an impossibly complex question for the column?

Hey Mathan, how about a rundown on the Phantom Zone? It’s been around from the reason Bgtzlians (sp?) can Phase, to a “prison” for Kryptonians, to where Lar Gand spent 1,000 years, to an area discovered by Martians, etc. What has it been used for and how has it changed Pre-Crisis to today?

Ok, the Phantom Zone is it’s common name. But other folks have called it other names.

The former JLAer Zauriel called the Zone “Limbo.”

The Martians called it the “Still Zone.” That’s where they imprisoned the Hyperclan, that group of bad, white Martians. They escaped, but the JLA put them back in it. They used it as a punishment.

Superman first came across the Phantom Zone, while in a “Pocket Universe” created by the Time Trapper. It was used as a punishment by that dimension’s Krypton. But it’s also accessible from this dimension as well. Superman found that out when Brainaic 13 created a faux Krypton inside the Zone as part of a plan to kill Superman.

Superman didn’t die. He did manage to get Krypto out of the Zone. That Krypton still exists somewhere in the Zone, but it’s basically inaccessible. But that Krypton calls the Zone home.

When Valor was placed in it, it was called the “Stasis Zone.” Valor, a Daxamite, had to enter the zone to avoid dying from lead poison. He spent a thousand years in the zone before finding a cure from lead poisoning in the 31st Century. So basically the Zone was used for good in this instance.

Steel also came in contact with the Zone, but he called it the “White Zone.”

Prometheus had his HQ in the “Ghost Zone”, which he could access by using a cosmic key.

In the 31st Century calls it the “Bgtzl Buffer Zone,” which is where the Legion first came in contact with Valor.

So, it’s been known by lots of different names, but they’re all basically the same place.

The Silver Age Phantom Zone, didn’t have as many names or uses. It was also easier for get out off, and contact people from. During the Silver Age, the Phantom Zone was basically used for punishment and for saving Mon-el from lead poisoning.

B, have you even been in “the Zone?”

I’m there right now. –B

Ok, Neil, since I’m trying encourage people to post on the boards, here’s another question that you posted there:

I got issues #627-631 of Adventures of Superman and I’m digging Rucka’s take on Big Blue. But I’ve noticed over the past few years a major change in the Metropolis SCU. I know Maggie Sawyer went to Gotham a few years back, but what ever became of Dan “Terrible” Turpin? Hopefully not a similar fate to his Superman:TAS counterpart.

I have looked up Dan Turpin and I can’t find anything about his whereabouts. I know he was part of SCU as recent as a year ago. I’m guessing that he’s still around, and that the writers just wanted to explore a different facet with the Man of Steel, so they introduced a female head of SCU, to flirt with Supes.

Last I saw, Turpin was still kicking around Metropolis; I think he showed up in one of the earlier trades of the most recent series of Superman collections. –B

Now regarding Dan’s demise on the cartoon, I’m pretty sure that’s based on an early Orion comic. In that story Dan didn’t really die, he was just transported to Apokolips. Orion eventually saved him. But the cartoon didn’t end the story that way.

Great episode, great story. –B

Hopefully Dan will reappear at some point in the future.

B, who would you rather lead SCU, Dan Turpin or Lupe Teresa Leocadio-Escudero, who enjoys bubble baths?

I want Maggie Sawyer back; has she even appeared in the Bat-books? –B

Neil want to ask another question and get a “real” answer this time?

I got Young Justice: Our Worlds at War, with the YJers bumping around the time stream. At one point, they pass a car with what looks like Nightwing and Oracle in it. Is there a story behind Nightwing and Oracle time traveling through the time stream in a car?

Yup, the story behind that scene is in the Nightwing Our World’s At War Special. Sadly it’s nothing special. It’s a decent story, with good writing, but it’s not really important to the saga. I recommend it.

B, wanna go on your trademarked Young Justice rant now?

YJ: Our Worlds At War was quite an achievement in that Dan Abnett & Andy Lanning wrote it, but I didn’t realize it wasn’t Peter David until half way through; plus, the usual fabulous Todd Nauck art. –B

Ryan Albrecht, do you have a serious question for the column?

I was wondering if you could tell me if “The Question” is a good enough book to pick up. The reason I am asking is that I live in the middle of nowhere (North Dakota) and for me to get any comics I have to order them online. The costs are starting to get to me since I have been ordering Flash, JSA, Superman, and Identity Crisis, and Green Lantern: Rebirth; plus the shipping is murder.

I really enjoyed the first issue. But I don’t know if we have similar tastes. So here are some options for you:

You could wait for a trade. If the book is successful it will get the trade treatment. Yeah, that will add more shipping, but by then you can get more “word of mouth” about the book.

You could also just try the first issue out and see if it meets your fancy; if not you haven’t really lost that much.

I dug the book. I’m a fan of Tommy Lee Edwards’ artwork. And the story is very interesting. The first issue covers what lead up to Vic leaving Chicago and going to Metropolis. There’s even a thread devoted to it on the Forums. Check it out, post and ask for advice.

At the top of every column I list what I thought about last week’s books. If you think that we have similar tastes (and I am enjoying all of the books that you’re ordering) then give it a shot. If you think my taste sucks, then avoid the book like the plague.

Well this is a bittersweet ending to the column. The end of every column brings us that much closer to B’s inevitable departure to greener pastures. So as long as B’s here, we’re not going to have a “Reader’s Feedback” column, so we can utilize as much B as we can. Upcoming columns will cover all things New Gods, do orphans make better heroes, and what does the end of Identity Crisis #6 have to do with the Suicide Squad? Oh, my question to you; Can this column survive without Vitamin B?

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