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What I Read (in the) Last (couple of) Week(s)

Superman/Shazam #4 – I really liked this issue. I felt bad for Billy, but the idea that Superman was his mentor (no matter how if flies in the face on continuity) is a pretty nifty one.

Teen Titans Annual #1 – Eh, color me nonplussed. It was decent, but it didn’t blow me away.

I thought it was a return to form for a title that has been a bit so-so as of late.

Nightwing #118 – I liked the issue. I can’t complain. I wasn’t looking forward to it after Jones’ performance on Vigilante but the idea of dueling Nightwings is intriguing.

100 Bullets #70 – Our final Minuteman appears to be revealed and the Trust is making moves. I love this book ever so much.

Infinite Crisis Secret Files and Origins – Nice read. I liked seeing how each of them dealt with their situation. I also completely buy both Alex and Superboy Prime’s portrayal, though there should have been more action between the two of them.

I’ve got to disagree. I thought it was unnecessary at best.

Manhunter #20 – Mr. Bones shows his true colors, what’s better than that? I don’t know how I feel about Dylan and Cameron. I do like Kate’s noble kid. I like this OYL issue.

Supergirl & the Legion of Super Heroes #16 – I loved how this issue picked up basically right after the previous storyline. I don’t even mind Supergirl being here. I still love this book.

JSA Classified #10 – Wow, I liked this book much more than that I thought I was going to. I appear to be a fan of Moore’s writing, because he told a hell of a tale. This was a solid OYL issue.

Loveless #5 – I’ll admit to being “uncomfortable” with Atticus’ past. I don’t know why I didn’t connect the dots, but I didn’t. Still what he did is very disturbing, but I trust Azzarello to tell a good story.

Batman #651 – Solid issue. I like Detective’s art team better, but the story is still solid.

X-Factor #5 – This was a very good issue. David is a masterful storyteller. His blend of horror and suspense worked perfectly. And the art really matched the tone of the tale. This was a great issue.

Hyperion #5 – Eh, it was a decent issue, but nothing to brag about. It was barely a satisfying conclusion.

Decent? You are too kind. I think I failed this one. What a mess.

Squadron Supreme #1 – Not enough Nighthawk, but apart from that it was a great issue. I like the new direction the book is going in, despite how apprehensive I was about it initially.

Catwoman #53 – I only bought this book because I had a light week last week. And because I dig Pfeifer and because I dig Lopez and Lopez. Basically I had no reason to not to buy the book. It was a superb issue. I think I’m down for the length of this teams run.

Hellblazer #218 – I didn’t really feel for this issue. I can’t place my finger on it, but it may have been because it was a bit slow.

The American Way #2 – I really liked this issue, but I’m not quite sure that Fisher would have known about the Tuskegee Experiment. That bit of dialogue kind of took me out of the period. But apart from that this is an interesting ride.

Hawkgirl #50 – This issue did nothing for me. I guess I don’t care for St. Roch or Hawkgirl, because I was bored. There’s a chance I’ll be dropping this book.

Black Panther #14 – This was a cute issue with a misleading cover. Still it’s nice to have two Black comic characters talk about relationships. It’s a rare and cool moment.

DMZ #5 – I bet this issue would have connected more with me, if I had any sense of NYC geography. This NYCentric story was kind of a let down.

Bulleteer #4 – I liked the issue Tim. I didn’t find it disappointing, but I can see why you felt the way you did.

I’ve heard from a lot of people who similarly enjoyed it. I am probably going to revisit the issue next week in DCNV and see if my opinion of it has changed at all.

Green Arrow #60 – I liked Brick’s turn. I like the OYL set up. I like the mystery and suspense. There’s really nothing that I didn’t like about this issue.

This week is pretty much devoted to column regular (and fellow InsidePulser) Aaron Cameron, who has just jumped headfirst back into the four color world of comics. He sent me an email with tons of questions and most of them relating to Infinite Crisis. What follows is Tim and I trying to explain Infinite Crisis to someone who has been out of comics for at least a decade.

Aaron thinks time should wait for no man

Over in “Countdown to Infinite Crisis”, Blue Beetle reflects on his life (via thought balloon) and talks about making zillions in the dot-com industry. Now, I understand that in the world of comics, one’s history may need to be tweaked to reflect the fact that this ain’t 1975 no more, but come on. How many times can history essentially “slide” to the right just because a character like Ted Kord has aged about 12 months in the last 20 years?

(Sounds like marriage and fatherhood has made someone a tad bitter and jealous of comic book characters that never age.)

Well to answer your “how many times” I’d say take a gander over at Marvel, where poor ol’ Peter Parker has been dealing with contemporary issues for, oh, about 40 years.

Since I know that you love The Simpsons I know that you understand the concept of having characters never age and remain contemporary. It happens everywhere. Soap Operas are notorious for having characters never age.

It’s really a genre thing. Soap Operas, cartoons and comic books have the luxury of not having to age characters at a normal rate, so they take advantage of it. If you had the option of not aging, wouldn’t you?

Characters will continue to get retconned into contemporary settings. I’m sure at some point a young Clark Kent will get his spot on the Daily Planet because of his blog, Bruce Wayne’s parents will be shot in an alley after returning a rented DVD of The Mark of Zorro, Booster Gold will be reduced to appearing on The Surreal Life and Barry Allen will get his powers on the set of C.S.I. Central City.

Of course the alternative, which Aaron is apparently advocating, is one in where comic books are as stale and dated as an episode of Fame.

Tim, if you could update a character or concept in the DCU who would it be and what would you do?

Hmm…this is surprisingly difficult. Martian Manhunter, of course, could stand an update since we now know that there is no life on Mars. However, there are also no shape shifters on Earth so I have no issue suspending disbelief on that note.

Infinity, Inc. was an interesting title that I would not mind seeing again. However, the updating that needs to be done with that guy has more to do with changes in the DCU than changes in the real world.

The only two things I can come up with at this time are the Blackhawks and the planes Hal Jordan flies. Essentially, as a test pilot, Hal should be flying new and different planes, not the same basic F-14 looking one that he seemed to have for years. Similarly, the Blackhawks can be updated, with little trouble, from their sort of World War II flight jockey status to a high tech crew patrolling the skies. However, I’d have little idea what to do with the Blackhawks once they went high tech.

In other words, not much inspiration from me on this one.

Aaron is kicking it carb free.

Hey, wasn’t there some storyline that featured Blue Beetle as a fat, out of shape slob? I seem to remember a pot-bellied Ted Kord, still squeezed into his spandex. Was it as unfunny as it sounds?

Ok, Ted had retired as a hero. He let himself go. People do it all the time. Single people dress up to impress potential mates, but then slack off when they’re off the market. People work crazy hours when a promotion is on the line and then gear down when they get it. It’s what people do.

Ted wasn’t driven like say Bruce Wayne, to be in the best shape in the world. Ted was much more of an average Joe type character and like an average Joe his body shape was something that he had to maintain. He just stopped maintaining.

The storyline in question, over in Birds of Prey was a pretty realistic portrayal human nature. Ted wasn’t an active hero, thus his body was a tad out of shape. Think of the Blue Beetle you remember as the high school version of Ted Kord. Well the pot bellied version is the 20 year reunion Ted Kord; he’s the same guy just at a different point.

That said, it was kind of a funny visual.

“Suck it, Kristie Alley, peek how much weight I lost!”

(And Aaron, given that you recently retired from the weekly writing gig, are you claiming that your wit is still as sharp as it was when you were doing The Bootleg?)

Tim, was Blue Beetle’s, um, growth, a cheap shot or realistic portrayal?

Actually, I thought it was pretty well done (I don’t know if I’d say “realistic” given that it is comics and all). I never got the impression that Ted was being played for a cheap joke. Besides, BoP was hardly the first book to make use of the “Ted is overweight” idea. Giffen played with it too. I can even remember Ted, in an issue of Justice League Quarterly, challenging Power Girl to a weight losing competition to motivate himself to lose his gut.

Plus, despite the extra weight, Ted was still pretty formidable. He did some in-costume heroing with the belly died down by a girdle. Now that’s impressive.

Aaron has lost his damn fool mind.

Ummm, what’s up with the Madmen? Are these guys legitimate threats or do the
Joker and the Creeper have grounds for a potential gimmick infringement lawsuit?

Here’s a quick recap for those not in the know about the Madmen.

They started out as your average gang of criminal acrobats who dressed garishly. They weren’t too successful. Fleeter was the leader of the gang and had numerous run-ins with the law and Blue Beetle.

After getting out of prison Fleeter got a job cleaning up a lab, where he was struck by a beam that irradiated him and gave him the power to link minds with anyone he wanted to, causing them to mirror his every move. They also take up his appearance too.

Now for the life of me I can’t find an image of this crew, but I’m sure that Tim will come up with something.

I don’t know if The Creeper has a case for gimmick infringement because technically the Madmen appeared a year before he did (they debuted in 1967, while he came out in 1968). Not to mention that both were created by Steve Ditko. Of course when they made their way into the DCU they did seem to be biting the style of both Batman’s #1 foe and DC’s #1 oddball.

As for their thread level, I’m reluctant to actually call them a threat. They pretty much remained in the Blue Beetle Rogue Gallery, which is kind of like being the scorekeeper… for the chess club. They’ve also crossed the paths of Hawk & Dove, which is pretty much a lateral move in terms of visibility. I’m sure that they could become a real threat, if they were placed in the right hands. Personally I think it’d have to a more subdued take for it to take.

Tim, I think that the Madmen should get the revamp treatment at some point down the line. I know how much you dig villains.

I do, I do. But honestly, I think this would be a pretty easy Revamp. They could be a decent threat, they just need a shot at the big time. The only thing I might change is how many people Fleeter can link to at once. Imagine a literal horde of Madmen descending on a hero. Think of the Agent Smiths taking on Neo in the second Matrix film. Even Batman might have a hard time against 30 Madmen, especially if Fleeter had taken over some “innocent” minds too.

Aaron is no friend of Bob Barker’s.

When did Deathstroke go from hired hand to “joiner”? And, before he aligned with The Society is there a back issue somewhere that shows just when the writers actually neutered this once interesting character?

Ouch. I’ve not seen a remark that saucy since I stopped watching American Idol.

Wow, Mathan… just wow.

Not being a fan of The New Teen Titans, I never really understood the allure of Slade. I mean sure it was his idea to put Terra in the Titans, but didn’t she really do all the hard work and the betraying?

For me Deathstroke’s death knell rang when he got his own title. He might have been interesting as a “gray area” type of character in other books, but to make him the hero of his book totally turned me off of him. At that point I knew that Slade wasn’t for me.

Given that Deathstroke’s book ran for just under four years (46 issues) I’d say that a lot of the watering down came there. But again, I wasn’t reading the title. I’m sure some fans of the book would say that it was even better than Gunfire (a claim that I highly doubt).

That said, I think that Deathstroke had good cause to join The Society. The word had just gotten out that the saintly JLA were responsible for mindwiping villains who rubbed them the wrong way, or knew too much. Joining The Society was an act of self preservation, from a hero community that had much to fear from Slade; he knew some secret identities and had tussled with generations of DCU heroes.

I didn’t find it out of character for Slade to join up with The Society. I look at it as a new chapter in his life.

Tim, what’s your take on Slade; shrewd or weak?

I think it was a perfectly valid and shrew move of Slade’s part. After all, isn’t being one of the leaders of the most dangerous collection of super villains on the planet way more impressive than just being some hired gun? He’s actually making decisions and giving people orders that way, not just saying, “Yes sir,” taking the money and doing the job.

If anything, I think Deathstroke is now more dangerous and less neutered than he was 10 or so years ago (during the hey day, I think, of his solo title).

Aaron walks like an Egyptian.

Last time I saw Black Adam, he was turned to crystal in the original Crisis. I know that no one ever stays dead in the comics, so…what’s his story of reincarnation?

What an odd phrasing. Fortunately is allows me to segue right to the answer found in a previous column;

From the 6/15/05 column;
Ok, so way way back in the day centuries ago, Teth Adam was the champion of the Wizard Shazam. And he was good at it.

However when his wife and kids were tragically killed, Teth Adam became a rebel, as well as a force of evil. He went on a rampage and changed his name to Khem Adam. Shazam wasn’t too happy about this turn and revoked his power. Teth Adam died.

Later some guy named Theo Adam was helping Billy Batson’s parents on a dig of Khem Adam’s tomb, when a mystical scarab was discovered. Now, Theo was either A) a descendant of Teth or B) the reincarnation of Teth. Either way he killed the Batsons, grabbed the scarab, said “Shazam” and became Black Adam. Eventually he gained Teth Adam’s memories.

But Theo did manage to reform and play nice for a minute. At least until a tumor in his brain affected him, causing him to turn evil once again. He fought against the JSA, and ended up with the DEO. He escaped and later encountered Johnny Sorrow who promised to remove the tumor if he’d join the new incarnation of the Injustice Society.

Theo accepted. The tumor was removed. Unfortunately for Sorrow, this returned the “good” Black Adam. Thus Adam was like a turncoat, trying to bring about the defeat of the Injustice Society from within.

Black Adam, picture here, sports his ripped, but still rugged look.

After their defeat, Adam tried to join the JSA but was rejected. They did allow him to join him on a mission to Thanagar. After that mission he was made a JSA member on a probationary status.

However, Adam came to believe that the JSA was too soft on criminals. With his stance hardening, Adam recruited like-minded champions and invaded his native land of Khandaq. This brought him and his champions in conflict with the JSA. The battle ended in a stalemate with numerous lives lost. The JSA agreed to leave Khandaq to Adam.

It should also be noted that what happened to Black Adam in the original Crisis never actually happened. I mean the Crisis happened, but Black Adam wasn’t a part of it. It’s confusing, but not really.

Tim, are you excited about Black Adam’s role in the upcoming 52?

Very much so. Black Adam has gotten a lot of play in the past few years and it has left him a very interesting and complex character. I welcome this new stage of his ongoing evolution.

Aaron was apparently inspired by our last column

How in the hell did Bizarro evolve from mute clone in the John Byrne ’80s revamp into essentially the same clown he was prior to the aforementioned revamp? The more things change, apparently…

Well throughout the Post Crisis years there have been a few Bizarros. The first, as you mentioned appeared in John Byrnes’ Man of Steel miniseries. He was a failed attempt at cloning Superman who sacrificed himself by the end of the tale.

Later when the clone plague was running rampant through Metropolis, Lex commissioned the creation of another Bizarro. This second Bizarro was more capable of speech and had a wider range of emotions, but he was still an imperfect duplicate. Though he had more longevity than his predecessor, he too died.

A third Bizarro was created by The Countessa and appeared in Superman Forever.

However the current Bizarro is the product of a rather odd coupling; The Joker and Mr. Mxyzptlk. Y’see Mxy got duped into transferring the majority of his powers to the Joker and the Joker remade the world in his image.

In this new world, the current Bizarro was the leader of the reimagined JLA. The Joker was eventually defeated and everything reverted to normal, except Bizarro who somehow remained.

And that is the tale of how Bizarro went from tragic to rehashed.

As much as I dug the tragic Bizarro, the scene in Infinite Crisis #1 with him wailing on Human Bomb was disturbing enough to make me give the character a second look.

Tim, how do you like your Bizarro; tragic or backward logic misfit?

I’m actually only really familiar with the backwards version of the character. You know me though, I tend to prefer the tragic version of anything, so I’ll throw my vote in that direction.

However, to be honest, if Bizarro’s speech pattern could be slightly altered (perhaps to something childlike as opposed to the current “backwards” speech), I think I’d be much more okay with the character. The Bizarro speak just drives me up a wall and I often can’t “get past” it to make any sort of real decision about my feelings on the character.

Aaron wants someone to hook him up with XM Radio for cheap.

Airwave: does the dude have some cool little power to hear every radio signal in the universe, or just one hell of a satellite radio hook up in his mask?

Ah Hal Jordan, the redheaded stepchild of the Jordan clan.

Harold “Hal” Jordan is actually the cousin of the better-known Hal Jordan, with an equally under whelming heroic career.

Hal’s father, Larry Jordan had been the original Air Wave and his story was mildly interesting. Larry Jordan was a District Attorney who, as luck would have it, wanted to make a bigger dent in crime (see also; Mark Shaw, Adrian Chase, Kate Spencer). Thus he adopted a heroic alter ego and geared up to battle crime. He had all sort of tech for illegal wiretaps and whatnot. He also incorporated much of the tech into his helmet.

Sadly he was killed by criminals seeking revenge. However his wife put the costume on and avenged her husband’s death. Years later, young Hal donned the helmet and became Air Wave II.

Hal used the helmet to alter his structure, meaning he could ride the radio and television waves. While he could have been immensely powerful, his abilities were dulled by his complete ignorance about anything electronic.

In recent years Hal has gotten a bit more attention due to increased technological nature of day-to-day society. He’s become more powerful, but not really more skilled. He was famously captured by Kobra and used in a world domination scheme. The JSA saved his hide.

Everyone politely turned away as Airwave continued to dance to the music in his mind.

Oh yeah, he’s since internalized his powers. They’re not tech assisted anymore.

So he does indeed have the power to hear radio signals. The real question is; why are aliens still using radio signals. You’d think they would mocking us for using primitive radio signals like; “man, look at those Earthers, transmitting information using radio signals. Isn’t that adorable?”

Tim, who is the Hal Jordan you want in your corner and should aliens be using radio waves?

First, let me speak to the aliens and radio waves thing. Why wouldn’t they use them? Radio waves existed, period. It is not human technology that created them, we just found a way to harness them. Makes sense aliens could too.

If that does not satisfy you though, I believe Airwave can detect all manner of sound waves these days, but I could be wrong.

As for which Hal I’d choose…well, obviously, Green Lantern is vastly more powerful and useful. On the other hand, Airwave has never gone crazy and threatened millions in the process. I’ll call it a draw.

Aaron has a blank spot in his memory.

K’…in Infinite Crisis, there’s an issue (#2?) where Clark is standing around a bunch of blow ups of Daily Planet headlines (“Superman Dead”, for example) Well, there seems to be another one that features the Anti-Monitor under the headline “Crisis”. Umm, I thought none of us remembered the “crisis”, save for a handful of characters?

Nope, the Crisis was a big deal, even in the DCU. Folks remember it. Are you telling me you’d forget that one time the skies were blood red and light by lightning?

The short story is that everyone knows the Crisis happened, basically. There were a few tweaks in the memories; any “Super” beyond Kal-El never existed, there weren’t multiple Earths. But beyond that The Crisis did happen exactly the same way.

And I don’t know about your California newspapers, but in Metropolis the Crisis is front page news. I’m sure you’re used to stories about “Vaughniston” and “Brangelina” but Metropolis is a real “news” town. And that bunch at the Daily Planet are a bunch class acts, I’m talking Scoop Scanlon caliber writing with that bunch.

Tim, has your name every graced the front page of a paper?

Besides the ones I worked for? No.

Wait, that’s not quite true. I did appear on the front page of The Hartford Courant while making a speech at my high school graduation. I also appeared on the front page of our local paper, The Newington Town Crier, a few times including a shot of me competing for Mr. Newington in my senior year of high school. And that’s all I want to say about that.

Aaron mocks the evil. Rarely a good call.

Goth? Kite-Man? Please tell me these aren’t real names of characters in the DCU.

Sadly they are.

Now in fairness to Kite-Man he did debut in 1960, which was the height of the “Kite Kraze” which was sweeping the nation. Sandwiched between the fads of the Frisbee and the Yo-yo, kites enjoyed an unparalleled success in 1960 and were the most requested present for both Christmas and Birthdays. Basically the Kite was the 1960 equivalent of the Xbox 360.

However just as the “Kite Kraze” died off, so did the popularity of the character. Thus by 1986 this former Bat Rogue was relegated to a Hawkman foe. Sadly he’s now little more than a punch line.

But good news is on the horizon; global warming. With global warming and increased wind speeds, I see Kite-Man posed for a comeback. Look for him to make a strong showing in 2008.

Goth is a tale almost too horrible to tell. But I’ve got some time, so I will.

Goth is a character who tussled with the Titans. Visually based on Marilyn Manson, this DCU actor/musician was actually a demon. He was corrupting young people and he had his own segment of Hell. I really don’t want to get further into it than that, because it would cause me to dreg up memories of The Titans that I’ve fought hard to repress.

Tim, if you had to do an apprenticeship under either Kite-Man or Goth, who would it be and why?

Kite Man, in a heartbeat. At least he’s outdated in a way that allows for kitsch value. Goth…not so much.

Aaron swears it was the one armed man.

Luthor is referred to as a “fugitive” in several issues of random titles I copped. My head explodes when I think of all the clone nonsense from the ’90s. But, I’ll ask anyways… what’d he do *this* time?

Lex didn’t really do anything. He was President and he may have abused his powers and lied to the American people, but is that really that wrong? I mean really?

I think that it should be noted that various members of the Bat Family broke into the White House and that Superman and Batman assaulted Lex (whose nifty battlesuit protected him.)

I mean Superman tried to apprehend him to bring him up on charges, but Lex escaped. Thus he became a “fugitive.” But to me he’ll always be Mr. President.

Tim, how do you prefer to think of Lex?

When I think of Lex, I always think of him in a suit being an evil business man. Never in a battlesuit being a cackling lunatic. Never!

Aaron must have a different definition of “icon.”

Was that former ’80s icon Blue Devil, I saw on the pages of “Infinite Crisis”? Dude was with a crew of other freaks. I don’t know why I’m hoping it was him.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you… AN ICON!!!

Icon? Really? Because I can recall reading comics back then, and to me he seemed like a joke.

But to answer your question that is indeed Blue Devil.

To catch you up to date with the character and my views on him let’s jump back two and a half years to the 10/7/03 column

Dude, Blue Devil sucks. He is a very difficult character to make cool or interesting (for more on the difficulty of making a character cool check out the message board over in the Forums section.) He’s not dead. Sure the Mist killed him in the infamous Starman #38, but Faust resurrected him during “Day of Judgment.” (He did again during JLA: Black Baptism, but was almost immediately resurrected…again…-Ben) Not only was he brought back to life, but also he’s now a full-fledged demon. He popped up in JLA #68. He spends his time sending demons back to the underworld with his trusty trident of Lucifer.

Since he’s an actual demon it makes sense that he’s hanging out with the Shadowpact, a team of mystical heroes who do mystical things.

Upon being reminded that Blue Devil is on the team, I’m kind of shying away from buying the title now. My love for Detective Chimp seems equal to my feeling that Blue Devil is lame, and the rest of the bunch earns my indifference.

Even Ragman?

Tim, where do you stand on the Shadowpact?

Well, the miniseries came out of the gates a big surprise. I really enjoyed the first few issues. However, as the mini went on, it lost a lot of momentum and much of my interest. Still, I’m erring on the side of optimism and giving the first issue or so of the ongoing a shot.

Aaron doubts the vastness of space.

So, A. Luthor sent Superboy-Prime to fetch the Anti-Monitor corpse in “Infinite
Crisis”. In the last 20 years (in real time) no one has ever come across this?
Come on.

Well there hasn’t been too much going on in space for DC since Crisis. The actual DCU had its peak in the early 90’s with L.E.G.I.O.N., Darkstars and recruiting for the Green Lantern Corps. But none of those concepts lived to see the millennium.

So based on the vastness of Universe and DC basically ignoring 99.9% of it for 20 years it’s not that unlikely that we’ve not seen anyone come across the corpse.

I’m also pretty sure that the Anti Monitor’s body would have remained in the Anti Matter universe that he called home. And since we’ve only really seen the Qwardians in Kurt Busiek’s recent run on JLA and in Legion #34 it’s not that unrealistic that his remains have remained unnoticed by folks in the DCU. Qward has remained unexplored until recently, and even that was a shallow look.

It’s not like the heroes of the DCU go to Qward every day. Qward is like your ex-girlfriends house; you know where it is, but you don’t want to have to deal with everything that comes along with going over there.

I really don’t have a problem with the corpse appearing now after 20 years. But that might be just because I can rationalize an “out.”

Tim, where do you stand on the corpse of the Anti-Monitor?

I never really gave it much thought at all, really. Space is pretty big and all, you know?

Aaron was apparently set to marry a dead fictional character

Outside of my future wife, Pantha and the never-liked-him Wildebeest, who else did Superboy kill during his rampage in “Infinite Crisis” #4?

Prime-y actually only killed one other Titan, and he was really barely a Titan. (Barely a Titan? You, sir, go too far.) His name was Bushido. He appeared in the Planet DC Annuals of 2000. He was a member of the corny Titans L.A. who showed up in the Titans Secret Files and Origins #2. The guy only really had two appearances and more people probably missed them than miss him.

The armless dude, who survived, is Risk a member of the alien hybrid Teen Titans who were lead by a de-aged Atom. But he survived so he’s not really part of the question.

Tim, are there any more Titans you’d like to see have run-ins with the Primer?

You kidding me? I’m still too broke up about Risk’s arm to call for anymore bloodshed.

Okay, maybe a little more. I’d throw up CM3 for the sacrificing. It’d be an iconic battle and the Marvel family could use a little culling.

Risk and CM3 in happier times.

And that does it for another column. Next week will see a casting call and the grand return of Doctor Double X.

Woohoo! Double X forever!

As usual, send me your questions or post them over on our very own snazzy thread!

But before I go here’s my question to you; Is Superboy-Prime’s new costume threatening or corny?

“You can’t stare at him long, ’cause your face’ll do like this”