Who's Who in the DCU 12/30/04

Tim, December 25th has come and gone. Now can you tell us about your comic related gifts to others, so that we can all bask in the glow of your generosity and pine to make an appearance on your gift getting list in ’05?

Actually, I was very light on the comic related Christmas gifts this year. Last year I tracked down the entire run of Sleepwalker and gave it to my good friend Tim Sheridan because he loves the freaky hood wearing green guy so. This year, however, the closest I got to comic related gear was the Daredevil Directo’s Cut (no, I wasn’t being mean, he requested it) and one of Greg Rucka’s book for my stepmother (and all around classy dame) Diane. The universe did balance things out though as I received more comic related stuff then last year including a copy of Blankets from the aforementioned Mr. Sheridan. I’ve already read it, but it is very nice to have my own copy to look back on from time to time.

Best gift given of the holiday, however, was a sanctuary to Janelle. Which means nothing to any of you, but trust me, I think I actually did well this year.

Best gift received (or at least the one I am most psyched about at the moment) is definitely Collateral on DVD. Don’t know why, but I am all sorts of crazy about that movie.

Enough about me gifts, though. Shouldn’t you share yours with us next week? I think the fans demand it.

Right now I’m going to give a little background as to how my part of the column works. Y’see y’all email me your question or post them on the forums. What I do is have two slips of paper. One is labeled “Email” the other is labeled “Message Boards.”

Every time you send a question in my direction, I write it on one of those pieces of paper. Now on weeks when someone has placed the lyric, I set my subconscious on “scan” and try to link questions up to give the column a more cohesive feel. I also try to answer topical questions when they are most pertinent (usually the week when the book the question focuses on is released.) On weeks where no one places the lyric I generally put the column together the night before the deadline, but again try to link as many questions as possible.

This is why questions don’t necessarily get answered immediately. I figure that it makes for a more interesting read to find out the answers to multiple questions about Wonder Woman, or say The New Gods, than it would to answer a hodgepodge of questions ever week.

This is also why some columns feature multiple questions from the same person. When I write those questions on the paper, I don’t put a name by them. In fact, many times I don’t even really know who posed the question until I post them in, after I’ve answered them. I don’t want anyone to think that I’m playing favorites, I’m just picking questions, not knowing who asked them.

Then I send the column off to Tim, who points out my errors, blasts me, and adds his two cents.

This is accurate. These “blasts” are often e-mailed to Mathan in the form of long winded diatribes entitled, “Mathan is the Worst Human Being to Ever Touch a Keyboard and Other Items of Interest”. I believe we are up to volume 10 in that series (which is particularly terrible when you consider I’ve only been editing this column a month).

And now, this editor who can’t shut up will take a step back and let Mathan do his thing for the rest of the column. Enjoy.

As for the subject of this column, it’s kind of a long story.

I had originally planned on running a “Readers Feedback” column the first week in August. I was going on vacation, and figured that I could rest on my laurels by running your answers the questions that I pose at the end of every column.

But then 411Comics decided to become The Nexus. And the transition would take place the first week of August.

So for all intents and purposes I had to write two columns before I went on vacation; one “Good-bye” for 411Comics, and one “Hello” for The Nexus. But I think I managed to pull that one off without too much of a hitch.

Then the next time I had an inkling of running a “Readers Feedback” column, was right before B got his job at Wizard. Again, I put it on the back burner to make the transition smooth.

(The problem with constantly putting the column off is the noticeable drop off receiving your answers to my questions, due to your not knowing my intent.)

But finally the column that you “helped” me write is going to see the light of day. This is the column where you, the readers, get a chance to shine. So take a bow and enjoy the spotlight.


Christopher McGlothlin added some info to my 12/17/03 column.

The former Robotman Dr. Robert Crane –or at least his brain–still lives in Chuck Grayson’s body. This was most recently depicted in the late lamented _Stars & STRIPE_.

The second Firebrand is indeed dead, but the fate of the original remains unknown.

The original Air Wave was murdered back in an issue of DC COMICS PRESENTS in the early 80s.

The original Huntress/Tigress Paula Brooks Crock is alive, as shown back in INFINITY, INC. IIRC, her daughter also mentioned her in the present tense in JSA.

Miss America and the original Fury are alive, though the latter’s more than a bit nutty.

Sargon the Sorcerer died during Alan Moore’s run on SWAMP THING.

Doll Man was said to have died in obscurity in an off-hand reference in James Robinson’s STARMAN. Robinson also delved into the fates of many old Quality Comics characters (like the Invisible Hood) who many Golden Age fans count as A-SS members.


DJ. Hamrick, did I mess up things in my 12/25/03 column?

Just a bit of clarification on the Morgan Edge thing…Vincent Edge (also known as Vinnie) is the man who was in charge of GBS, and the one Cat Grant brought down with a sexual harassment suit. Vinnie’s son is Morgan Edge, who was the one-time leader of Intergang before Ugly Mannheim took over. Cat Grant slept with Morgan Edge in order to get a story (I think that’s why) and had a son by him named Adam, who was killed by the Toyman. I’m not certain of the Smallville Morgan Edge because I don’t regularly watch it.


Asif sent this off after the 1/21/04 column;

First time writer. I can’t say I’ve been a long time reader because I only stumbled on to your column just a couple of months ago. But I have gone through each and every Who’s Who article that you’ve posted. Great stuff and I can say that directly because of you I have started buying comics again after not buying one for over 10 years! I wasn’t a hardcore collector like some of my friends; I just focused on one character from each of the big two. From DC there was Batman and from Marvel there was Spiderman. I can’t remember what my first comic book was, and I don’t remember what my last comic book was either. It just became boring for me as I had other uses for that money (movies, cd’s, etc.). Anyway, after going through your columns, as well as the great Near Mint Memories, I found myself back in a comic book store after a long long time. I felt really out of place as most of the people in there were kids buying Yu-gi-oh cards (this place I went to also sold trading cards, which most of the shops did in my time as well). Anyway, I went in looking to buy the TPB of Crisis of Infinite Earths, but ended up buying Superman Batman (S/B) # 1 – 4. Anyway, I’ve started reading the comics and I am thorough enjoying it. I am so far sticking to just this title cause I know that if I lose control I will start buying each and every title that the comic shop carries (I’m not looking forward to the Superman reboot as I know I will be tempted to pick those up as well). Anyway, the S/B title is great!! Amazing artwork and the story is very captivating.


Bill Fitzmaurice responds to the 7/7/04 column;

“That’s why we keep our issues, because they mean something and they “happened.” That’s why I hate all this retconning crap going on right now. Not only do I have a connection to these stories, but also I paid my hard earned money for them and now they are meaningless in the context these universes I read about.

I have no interest in Hal Jordan as GL again. He’s dead. I have no interest in this “new” Doom Patrol. I bought 22 issues of the last DP, until I get my money back, these guys are the fabrication. Waid’s new Legion? Nope. Not if the 10 years of stories I’ve read since Zero Hour don’t exist. What about Jenni for crying out loud? Admittedly, I never read the pre-Zero Hour Legion, so I’m sure those fans felt the same way, but I loved how they tried to incorporate pre-ZH Legion stories into the post-ZH Legion. But now they’re willing to wipe stories I hold dear.

Eventually, they’ll decide to just start from scratch completely.

He also answers the question I posed;

“What is the one comic (from any publisher) that you think everyone should be reading? Gotham Central, it’s Homicide: Life on the Street in the DCU. Too much Batman so far though. Keep the focus on the detectives.


Julian L. Smith points this out from the 7/14/04 column.

Re: your overview of the Doom Patrol & Beast Boy…I don’t think his parents turned him into a monkey. He was suffering from some sort of rare jungle disease that monkeys only typically survived. So, his father came up with some treatment for Gar that was supposed to pass on this trait, and he ended up turning green with the ability to shape-shift. DNA therapy for back then.

Also…no disrespecting Extreme Justice! I loved the art of Mark Campos, and the first few stories were well written. As usual, when the artist changed and the clone saga w/ Monarch started (the quantum clone went back in time and became Pharoah Monarch hahaha”¦whooo that was bad) and the freakin’ wonder twins…never mind. Much like Superman 3 & 4, I don’t recognize this run of the title.

The final issue was horrible…but at least we got to see Amazing Man show some skills…fighting and mackin’ to Maxima.


Rob responds to my answer to the infamous “Question of Peter D!”

Love the column – find it a great and informative read each week. I’d dropped out of collecting comics back around 95, but a friend got me back into it a year or so ago. Reading your stuff has helped me catch up on a lot of the happenings I’d missed in the DCU, along with things I missed because when I was a kid, buying my comics form the corner drugstore.

Sadly, I must dispute one thing from your latest column. Mogo being a great lead for a Green Lantern book. Your pints are great points, but ignore one important fact – Mogo doesn’t socialize. Hence, no cool crossovers for DC, which would equal less cash in the coffers. A way to get around this would be for someone to leave some “Chicken Soup for the Sentient Planet’s Soul” books there for him to read, and perhaps bring him out of his shell.

Yes, quite possibly the worst joke ever.

Anyhoo, keep up the good work.


Cheeze wants to add two cents to this column as well;

Possibly further to your answer about Gog asked by Ryan Connor, and the issues regarding the crisis, Hypertime, etc… and all Elseworld stories actually happening in hypertime somewhere:

How’s this for timing, bought a copy of a Planetary/Batman crossover called night on earth originally published last year. In it, Elijah Snow says upon seeing a photo of the same man multiplied and merged in the same space (quite messy and fatal) “Dammit, I’ve seen that before. 1986…. Partial multiversal collapse” and some other stuff clearly implying the crisis. Later in the story (which also includes several variations of Batman, a few we’ve seen before including the Adam West and Dark Knight Returns versions, and a couple we haven’t) he states that “What we call reality is an array of 196833 parallel universes arranged in a snowflake pattern.” this all kind of points to the fact that there are still multiple earths and the crisis didn’t wipe every alternative out.

Also, if you read the the ‘return of Kara Zor-el’ storyline in the Supergirl continuity, where the pre-crisis Supergirl gets thrown temporarily into the (up to recently?) current continuity, this also implies that pre-crisis heroes are still out in the mix somewhere.

To summarize, DC have left themselves enough backdoors and gaps to use if they want to explain things like Hypertime and multiple earths and all those migraine inducing continuity conflicting discrepancies, so I wouldn’t write off the possibility of the creation of Gog happening, or anything else that you would originally think that the Crisis prevents them from doing in the future. They can still dip into the past continuity if they want and drag up whomever. They’ve already done it, they’ll probably do it again. My advice to Ryan is don’t try to analyze Gog’s origin too much, it’ll only give you a bad head. If it really bugs you that much, trust me, DC will have a way to explain it, they probably just won’t ever be arsed to do it.


Peter D even responds to my answer to his question;

You won me over, it has to be Mogo. He(she…it?) is the one true Green Lantern. Now if only Jack Black could play him in the movie….hmmm


Chris wants to point out a huge error on my part from the 7/21/04 column;

I enjoy reading your “Who’s Who” column on the DC Universe each week, and I’ve learned many random things about some of my favorite comic characters since you start publishing it. However, in your recent column you made a mistake:

The Earth-One and Earth-Two Batmen (or Batmans?) did not meet in JLA #82 – Earth-Two Batman makes an appearance in one panel while on Earth-Two, though Earth-One Batman is currently knocked out cold on his own earth. This story is reprinted in the “Crisis on Multiple Earths Volume 2” TPB. In fact, as far as I know, the two Batmen NEVER met. The only JLA/JSA crossover that the Earth-Two Batman took an active part in was the “Crisis on Earth-S” adventure from JLA # 135 – 137 (October – December 1976), which also included the Earth-Two Joker, and the Earth-One Batman did not participate in that crisis.

The adult Earth-Two Robin first met his younger Earth-One counterpart in JLA # 91 (August 1971)

The daughter of the Earth-Two Batman, The Huntress, met the Earth-One Batman, Robin, Batwoman, Batgirl, and Catwoman in Batman Family #17 (April-May 1978)

The Earth-Two Batman died in Adventure Comics #462 (March-April 1979), and like I said, as far as I know, I don’t believe the two Batmen ever formally met.

I might add that the first meeting between the Earth-One and Earth-Two Supermen (JLA #74) was pretty cool because the Earth-Two Superman was under the influence of something and started beating the crap out of his counterpart right after he introduced himself.

…I don’t know when/if the two Wonder Women met, it may not have been until the Crisis on Infinite Earths, where they DEFINITELY appeared together.

Hope I helped with the correction. Keep up the great work!


Kevin wrote this in response to my answering his question in the same column;

Wow, kudos on answering my two Batman questions – I looked up the issues you came up with and I can verify that these are the two stories I was talking about! Now I just have to figure out where I can get hold of these issues in Australia or New Zealand…

Sorry about the vomiting, it’s not often I provoke that reaction from such a distance. Thanks again for the help!


Dhaise also responded to the same column;

Re:Outsiders

Katana? By herself? She may as well head to birds of prey. Black Lightning, Metamorpho, Halo and Faust(who had the best lines in that run) would do wonders to the current Outsiders, who with the exception of Huntress aren’t really ‘outside’ of anything.

Green Lantern: My biggest fear is having Hal ‘Apathy’ Jordan center stage in GL again. I know Hal’s great for a cheap pop and creating buzz, but nothing seems to kill a Green lantern title like having Hal standing on the cover, doing something boring with his ring while fighting some inconsequential bad guy. However hokey his replacement was, it happened, we have Kyle, and rather than just cutting Kyle’s run off at the knees, working on him should be the priority IMO. If TPTB backpedal any faster over Hal Jordan, I swear some of them will time travel.


And he answered the question I posed as well;

What’s the book I haven’t gotten yet? Sentinel. Every time I see a cover of this book, I’m tempted to pick it up.


Gaz had an interesting theory on Identity Crisis in his response to the 7/29/04 column;

Also, regarding the funeral, did anyone notice that Fire (Beatriz Dacosta of the old JLA and FKATJL) wasn’t there? I know that she’s a minor character in the DC Universe, but since she was last seen working with both Sue and Ralph in FKATJL, you’d of thought they might of shown her at the funeral. Then again, during FKATJL she was rather uncharacteristically ‘catty’ towards Sue, and Sue’s body was burned. Coincidence………………………..?


Syx Factor sent this in response to our last column at 411;

The end of the column? Not to be rude, but….
WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY GOD WHY?!


Tim B (hm?) sent off this note in response to the column;

Just a follow-up regarding your comments on Batman / Superman’s secret identity. I guess one thing to remember is that Superman is ‘hiding in plain sight’, so to speak. Its not a given that he even ‘has’ another civilian life. Batman, on the other hand, runs around in a mask. Its obvious that he has something to hide, and that to see his face would be valuable knowledge. Therefore his secret identity is known to be more of a ‘precious commodity’.


The Nexus’ own Starman Matt fired off this explanation about the “death” of Nemesis;

Sad as it is, I actually remember the minor controversy at the time when that issue of Catwoman came out. Turns out it was DC Editorial, not Devin Grayson, that was to blame for Nemesis’ death. She wanted to use him for the story, but was told that she couldn’t use him unless she killed him off (Catch 22). In the end, Devin cheated and started suggesting the out to anyone who wanted to use Nemesis in future stories that “Nemesis” was actually one of his protégées (he had a few trainees as I recall) who was masquerading as the Master and then got killed off.

Of course the whole thing could have been faked as well. I can’t imagine everyone thinking your dead being anything but a boon to a master of disguise. 🙂


Joseph Selders adds his two cents on the secret identity controversy;

You rock and I’m totally digging the Nexus. First off I’d like to point out that Jim Gordon probably knows Bruce is Batman. It’s kind of been implied that he does, and it’s also been implied that he knows Barbara was Batgirl.

Then he answers my question regarding Identity Crisis;

As for your question to us. Identity Crisis in my opinion has been great so far. There telling a very compelling adult story. It’s the type of story that makes you go back and read your back issue, and when you do you see them in a whole new light. Speaking of back issues it’s also making me want to pick up back issues of the satellite era JLA and learn about characters I don’t really know that much about (namely Elongated Man and Sue).


John Z3 decided to point something out to me;

HAHA!!!!! A NEW DEADSHOT MINI IS ON THE WAY!!!!! I AM RIGHT!!!!
DEADSHOT RULES!!!!!

As far as who knows Batman’s identity: you somehow forgot Talia. If Silver St. Cloud is still in DC continuity count her also.


Andy DiNunzio also has some thoughts on Identity Crisis;

I personally think it is a great read. By killing the spouses/significant others of the heroes of the DCU, you take them out of their usual “justice is served in the courts” mantra. The ones who have had their identities made public for a while now, lucked out that no writer ever sought to attack their spouses. It’s one of the reasons why I buy into Nightwing letting Tarantula kill Blockbuster. Blockbuster promised that he would hurt anyone who even randomly associated w/Dick. Dick knew that he could not protect everyone at all times, and that guilt of having innocents die because of him would hurt more than letting someone kill his worst enemy. This thing is so good. I am excited for each issue to see just how they are going to wrap this up. I also like the idea of the Calculator. This gives Oracle a run for her money as someone who can pass along information as good as she can. The difference is that she gives it for free to help, while he gives it for a price.

My only hope is that they don’t have a cop out and ruin what has been a great story line.


Wence adds this to the 8/13/04 column;

You guys said that Superman only died once. And that’s by doomsday! But I remember that he also kinda died during the JLA hunt for Aquaman story line by that big white monster guy.


Jonathan R. Sills tries to make excuses for Clark Kent;

Re: Lois and Bruce:

Remember, Lois Kent is an investigative reporter (sure, for several years she had a blind spot a mile across about her buddy Clark, but at the time, she only thought of him as the Kansas farmboy; the idea of his life in Spandex would have seemed ludicrous). Bats only shows up in Metropolis when Wayne’s in town – link #1. From there, she just has to do some digging. It’s not that hard, really (which is why I’m sure the Joker knows who Bruce is – he just doesn’t see the point in beating Bruce unless he’s the Bat). I don’t think Clark spilled anything; I think Lois figured it out, then confirmed by asking Clark.

Incidentally, I recall in the WB cartoon series that when they had their first Batman/Superman crossover, Lois fell for Bruce pretty hard – until he was forced to reveal his nightlife in order to save their lives. Then, she got really pissed that he’d kept secrets from her. Clark was very uncomfortable at that point…


Wayne C. Brooks doesn’t believe that it really happened.

No way do I believe Clark would tell Lois Bruce’s secret. Clark has too much respect for Bruce to EVER do that.


Peter D comments on the prospect of “Ultimate DC.”

Personally it looks pretty unoriginal to me (but no less unoriginal than Young Avengers). However, the prospect of Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely on Superman does tickle my fancy (which means I am buying it). I just hope I don’t have to sit through earrings and goatee’s pasted onto DC icons to make them look “hip”. I still can’t read Ultimate X-Men because of that.


Todd McCracken has some ideas as well;

Thoughts on the “Ultimate” DCU?

Well it would provide a nice jumping on point for a lot of people. DC suffers from the weight of its enormous history. Even though Spiderman is several hundred issues into his run people are familiar with the character and his villains thanks to the ‘toons.

You don’t see that with GL or Flash or even Superman.

The characters I would LOVE to see get the Ultimate treatment are as follows:

Captain Marvel: Here’s a character that seemingly wouldn’t fit the more “realistic” feel of the Ultimate theme but this is a fantastic character whom DC has been unable to use in their mainstream universe despite numerous attempts. Play up the fact that Billy is a kid with insecurities and fears. Make a lot of the stuff he does trial and error. I think it’d be a fun ride.

Zatanna: A fun character that remains unused for nearly 15 years save for that Vertigo trade a little while ago. Show the dark nastiness she deals with on a daily basis and how she still maintains that chipper “show must go on” attitude. She’s not a superhero; she’s a celebrity who just HAPPENS to have the Justice League, et al on speed dial.

Power Company: A really neat title that didn’t fit so well into the DCU. There was corporate intrigue, a dash of comedy and flat out mystery like…what the hell was Witchfire anyway?

Suicide Squad: Marvel has their Ultimate Six, DC has Task Force X. You could get back to the old days when Digger, et al REALLY got their hands dirty. Some of the stuff they did was utterly atrocious, but sometimes it takes a thief to catch a thief.

Deathstroke: Is there anyone more “gritty and shades of grey” than Slade Wilson? In addition to capitalizing on the success of the ‘toon Titans you could put out a REALLY good book in which Slade veers back and forth between the light and the dark, and doesn’t always understand, himself, why he does it.

That’s my two cents worth anyway. I’m guessing that it’s going to be used to provide jumping in points for folks to read the Big 7, JLA and Titans (though honestly any attempt to retell Marv’s work on the early NTT is about as close to heresy as there is in comics) which is nice, but sort of lost on me since I already know the characters.

Anyway, thanks for your time.


Jesse Davis rushes to the defense of Guy Gardner;

About Guy Gardner…

I don’t follow most titles anymore, but I always keep up on Guy. I like the guy (pun intended).

First off about his personality. Guy has had a problem with multiple personalities. The initial brain damage caused by the faulty lantern caused the well-known uber-jerk. In Justice League (the Giffen title) #5 Batman smacked him so hard it created a polar opposite mentality as a sickening sweet Guy. He returned to his jerk ways after a beating by Lobo in their first of many encounters.

As the prelude to Zero Hour, Guy was starting to even out mentally. The Year One storyline in Guy Gardner #11-14 (I think) he became more fleshed out. It was at this time that his yellow ring started having problems so he also started to wear a horrible looking armor designed by Blue Beetle. This is when Warrior was added to his name. My thoughts are that with Hal going mad, they planned to make Guy a power
armor hero, but everyone seemed to hate that look, thus the Vuldarian powers were to come.

With the aftermath of Emerald Twilight, Guy was in a coma again. Thanks to the power of the retcon, Guy went in search of new powers which game him his shape shifting abilities which later turned out to be his ‘birthright’ due to him being descended from a new extinct race called Vuldarians. The writing was far from the best, but Guy evolved into more of a cool guy. His macho ness became more of a tough guy attitude than a misogynistic bastard.

Worlds at War saw Guy “die”, but he returned in Superman in some pocket Hell, where he was played off as a villain, but in reality it was so he could trick some Superman villain into taking his place. Weird story I never fully got because I only read Guy’s 2-part appearance. In the end, with some kind of new teleportation power, he declared to Superman that he would become DC’s garbage man, willing to clean up the trash no one else was willing to handle. Joe Casey was talking about doing a Guy mini-series, but I’ve heard nothing about it since.

Guy’s appearance in Identity Crisis just seems odd and out of character. Might be some form of hint that he’s coming back to the GL fold, or more probably (I hope) is that it was a continuity mistake.


The Nexus’ own Mike Maillaro answered my question about the best of the Superman books;

I ended up dropping all three of the Superman books. They were just
boring. But, Action Comics was the best of the three, with Superman
being basically unreadable (although the art was gorgeous). But, that
is like asking if you’d rather be stabbed, shot, or poisoned.


Jim Haworth had an interesting theory behind Identity Crisis;

I have a theory on Identity Crisis. It just struck me who it has to be, and then I felt stupid for not realizing it sooner. Who has made a career by killing people associated with superheroes? DC is copying the most successful wrestling angle ever and I think it will be a huge success for them too. In issue seven of Identity Crisis, with the entire JLA watching TV, Bullseye will walk out in civilian clothes and say “You want a war? You got a war chico!” No one will call him Bullseye (just like no one said Razor Ramon) so that Marvel can’t sue them.

A month later in JLA, another marvel villain will come out in civilian
clothes (I’m guessing Tombstone) and issue a challenge to the JLA to send out Batman, Flash, and Green Lantern for a street fight. When the fight starts, Superman will come out and cream the JLA and announce the start of the NWO!

I should have seen it coming sooner. It’s so obvious.


Logan also had an I.C. theory;

Identity Crisis Theory…

We had it as a red herring during Hush, and during the recent Batman v Scarecrow storyline, we were teased with it again…the return of Jason Todd.

Now, maybe it’s just me being crazy, but what if these two events were clues to Todd’s return? Maybe he COULD be alive? Perhaps Ra’s or somebody else DID take him to a Lazarus Pit? Or maybe there’s some other, equally wacky reason for his survival?

There may be people out there who would be screaming blue murder if he was to return, but I think it would provide a very interesting storyline.

Also, if Todd is back, who’s to say that he isn’t behind the murders in Identity Crisis? He could have got the information about people’s families from Batman’s files, and decided to take out his revenge on them.

Plus, ultimately, what better way for Todd to get his sick revenge than to kill the Father of the current Robin, Tim Drake – which everyone I’ve spoken to has assumed is going to happen?

Okay, so maybe it’s waaaaaay out of left field, but all this talk of the murdered people being surprised and amazed to see who their attacker is points to it being somebody they would never have expected to do that to them…and if you think somebody has been dead for some time, there’s NO WAY you’re going to expect them to come back and wallop you, now is there?

Whoever the killer may be, I have a feeling that ultimately, the end result of this storyline will be to tighten the status quo as regards to secret identities within the DC Universe. The hero’s will take a vow to keep their secret identities a secret from now on, and maybe even go through a similar process to Dr Light to erase their current knowledge of who everyone else is.


Well the column has come to a close, and I’ve got to say that you did very well without me. I want to thank everyone who sent me feedback, not only did I read it, but I used it. Next week, I’ll be back answering your questions and we begin the “New” year with a boom. My question to you; What are your thoughts on the DC announcements in the latest Wizard (DC’s All Star Line, the focus on Blue Beetle, the Legion of Doom)?

“Never grow tired of a routine that seldom changes.”

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