Who's Who in the DCU

Tim, are there any TV shows you’re looking forward to watching this summer?

Funny you should ask Mathan because there certainly are. As I mentioned last week, the return of Rescue Me has just about made my late May/early June. Equally exciting to me is the return of HBO’s Entourage who’s season premiere rolls out this Sunday. I will probably make one more attempt at getting into The 4400, a show I always watch in the beginning of the season, enjoy, and then inexplicably drift away from.

On the brand new side of things, I’ll probably give a shot to Nightmares and Dreamscapes (Stephen King on TV tends to be pretty damn good, the recent Desperation not withstanding), Life on Mars (BBC America, BABY!!!), and Saved (could be a Rescue Me knockoff with paramedics, could be good).


Links

IP Music continues to have reviews aplenty.

IP Movies has views on comic flicks and remakes.

IP Games has reviews and peeks at the future.

IP Figures makes me wish I has a Superhero Shelf.

IP TV has thoughts on CTV’s schedule.

IP Sports is all about the finals.

Moodspins will be amazing later in June!

IP Culture is full of books and eating. .

Our DC Forum has continuing debate about 52 and a Justice League draft which is enjoyable to read.

What’cha linking this week Tim?

I’m not linking nothing. Mostly because I’m lacking in creativity in that area today.


What I Read Last Week

Son of M #6 – Cool cover, not quite the tidy conclusion I as hoping for, but the story was pretty solid.

52 Week Four – Very good read. I enjoyed the scenes with Montoya and Vic. I do feel sorry for John Henry as he seems to have seen better days. I’m diggin’ Ralph on the case, especially now that the case has heated up. And I’m very anxious to see what happens to the Space Squad.

Hawkgirl=a giantess now? CRAZY!

Superman/Batman #26 – This was a really good issue. I can’t recall another comic that I’ve read that was more poignant. The issue lived up to the hype. It made me feel happy and sad at the same time. This was a great issue.

The backup story was heart wrenching. I believe in the cathartic nature of art, but I have no idea how Jeph Loeb could hold it together enough to writer that story. What a fine send off for a son gone too soon.

The Spectre #1 – I loved everything about this issue, except for the Spectre’s “one year” thing. Apart from that this was a very good book. Chiang’s art looks amazing as always and Pfeifer really seems to understand the dead.

Yup, its true, Chiang is excellent. He even made a Spectre with a goatee for me.

(My shop’s shipment got messed up so I’ll be picking up Ion this week.)


Surprisingly no one placed the lyric last week, which means yet again this column is created on my whim.

Does that even qualify as a surprise any more? You’re bums, all of you.

Gareth furthers rumors of the anti-JLI conspiracy.

I just saw on the DC website that a future issue of 52 depicts the death of one of the characters, and Booster Gold’s goggles are shown on the front cover. Do you think this means Booster is going to die during the lost year? I don’t think I’ve seen him or heard him mentioned in any of the OYL titles. Could this continual decimation of the JLI be the final straw that sends Fire to become a Knight/assassin for Checkmate, after the deaths of Ice, Beetle, Sue, Max, Dmitri and now possibly Booster??

The impending death of one of the leads of 52 has been one of the mysteries behind the book since it was announced. It was kind of like DC was saying “good news; we’re going to give the spotlight to some of the DCU’s smaller stars, but one of them is going to die before it’s all done.”

Furthermore DC has also been careful to avoid appearances by of the leads of 52 in the OYL titles, because having “the five who surviveâ„¢” (which I’ve trademarked and plan to pitch DC a 52 spinoff) appear in a OYL book would pretty much kill any suspense that 52 builds.

I suppose that it’s possible that Booster could die, but it’d have to be a heroic death in order for it to really resonate at this point. And I can’t see Booster dying a heroic death being something that would push Bea over the edge. Beetle, Sue and Max’s deaths might have seemed pointless, but Dmitri’s death didn’t come out of left field. Likewise the only way I can see Booster’s death prompting action by Bea is if it inspires her to align with Checkmate, because she wants to make a difference.

But don’t worry about the absence of Booster in OYL books, as Montoya, The Question, Black Adam, Steel and Ralph have also yet to show up. You know who else has yet to show up; Bloodwynd.

Tim, care to offer a guess at who bites the big one before 52 is over?

I honestly don’t really know. On the one hand, I can think of a good reason why every one of them shouldn’t die.

– Montoya- Well, first off, I like her, so there’s that to consider. Also, her story is clearly geared towards ending and reversing the fall from grace that she has gone through the past few years. Finally, there’s that Batwoman connection.

– The Question- Another one I like and therefore cannot die (you hear me DC!). Besides that, though, it’d be a silly move for DC as it would wipe out both one of their most enduring cult figures and coolest designs in one fell swoop.

– Booster Gold- He’s on a journey to become a real selfless hero and it would be a lousy idea to cut that short. Additionally, to do so runs the risk of stirring up the pot of “DC hates the JLI” even more.

– Steel- He’s the clear “ideal” superhero of the bunch. Plus, if DC is really trying to move to a more diverse universe, killing Steel, one of its most established and popular minority heroes, would seem counterintuitive.

– Black Adam- For one, he’s excellent. For another, he’s the biggest anti-hero in the DCU.

– Ralph Dibny (Elongated Man)- Why wipe out all the Dibnys? Isn’t that a touch cruel? Especially if it means denying us, the readers, the chance to see Ralph reclaim his will to live and come to terms with his wife’s tragic passing.

On the other hand, I can also think of good reasons why every one of the characters should die.

– Montoya- She’s been on a suicide run for so long she might just be too far gone. Also, in the language of pop culture, nothing says redemption better than a heroic death.

– The Question- Okay, this one I actually can’t really come up with a good reason for. Perhaps to wake Renee up from her stupor and/or to give a superhero identity to step into OYL?

– Booster Gold- Another prime candidate for redemptive death.

– Steel- How better to inspire others to be selfless than to prove it through sacrificing your very life? On the diversity score, one could argue that minority heroes deserve everything their majority counterparts get. In this case, that could mean a glorious hero’s death for Steel that echoes the death of his sort of mentor/inspiration Superman.

– Black Adam- He is the most prominent DC anti-hero right now. If the rumors of a kinder, more clear cut DCU are to be believed, killing this guy in a manner that makes it clear that it was his following of the wrong path of justice that did him in would be quite a loud statement on the matter.

– Ralph Dibny (Elongated Man)- There’s something sort of bittersweet about sending Mr. Dibny to his final reward and to his wife’s arms for all eternity. It could be a spectacular tear jerker.

If I was forced to pick (and I mean forced), my money goes to Black Adam being the casualty (with a possible resurrection as the new Shazam wizard). My dark horse choice is The Question because I can’t imagine a good reason for him to die. Thus (and perhaps this is paranoia) I’ve surmised that if DC wants to go for the shock death, he’d be the one to off.


Aaron caught up with me on AIM

So, Math, what’s the big deal about Batman OYL and your public profession of love for it? Especially, when the Superman OYL titles have been much more layered and nuanced, yet you don’t show the same love for them?

That’d be because I dropped the Superman books three issues into the storyline.

Here are a few things that I didn’t dig about Supes OYL storyline;

I didn’t like Clark’s letterman jacket and hat combo.

I think it is so funny that that bothers you so much.

I didn’t like how goody-two shoes Clark when he got punked by Lex and his cronies.

And for me. That seemed perfectly in character for Clark.

I didn’t like how we were beaten over the head with the “he thinks of himself as ‘Clark’ and not ‘Superman’, that’s how everyman he is.”

I didn’t dig that we got a new Kryptonite Man.

The story didn’t click with me. To me it seemed like Kurt and Geoff were writing the Superman that they’d always wanted to write, which was the same old boring Superman that I’m loathe to read.

As for Batman’s OYL direction, it’s certainly geared more towards people who are familiar with Batman’s more recent history. I can totally see why some might not see what the big deal with Batman & Robin teaming up to aide Commissioner Gordon and Harvey Bullock on a case. It just seems like a typical day in Gotham, right? Wrong!

Y’see Gordon hasn’t been Commissioner in years. He’s been pretty much MIA on the Gotham scene, popping up occasionally. So how did he come to be Commissioner again?

Batman and Robin acting as a team is equally momentous, considering Batman outed Robin’s secret ID to his replacement, who then died. Batman also distanced himself from his Bat fam to strike out on his own.

Lastly Bullock’s appearance is pretty damn surprising. Not only did Harvey leave the police force for his involvement in the death of a criminal who escaped justice, but he also showed up Gotham Central trying to eat his gun (translation: commit suicide.) So the notion of having him on the force in good graces is a huge deal.

Then when you add in Jason Bard, Harvey Dent and C List Bat Rogues getting offed, you’ve got a swell story that worthy of being constantly praised by yours truly.

Furthermore I love the art team of Clarke and Kirk. I’m fan of James Robinson’s writing and I think that he was the perfect man to return Batman to his iconic stature. Call it semantics, but I think that James has a knack for Batman and his mythos, where as Kurt and Geoff bring out the dullness in Superman.

Tim, which of these two tales are you enjoying more?

Batman’s OYL tale is doing it for me more, but I’m predisposed to feel that way due to past preference for the character. Take my recommendation with a grain of salt.


Neil needs a score card

How about some help with the villains in Superman #652?

Puzzler: No clue who she is, did she clash with Supes before as she claims or is she brand new?
Riot: No clue.
Live Wire: Until I finish Gail’s run on Action (another thing I’m close to finishing), how about some details on this animated series character turned comic character?
Bloodsport: I read the “Who’s Who” on the original one, but Superman seems to think this is a new one, which would make him the…third, I believe? Which is odd, because he resembles the first one, who I’ve heard was dead.

I’m more familiar with Silver Banshee and Hellgrammite, but some more information them wouldn’t hurt (specifically recent details).

Ooh, yeah, I dropped the storyline before that issue came out. However I’ll do my best and Tim will watch my back.

Puzzler – She first showed up in the Geoff Johns penned Superman #187. There was a Golden Age Superman foe named the Puzzler. Apparently the current incarnation is a fan of Superman and figured that the best way to meet him would be to be a foe.

She’s dropped the “I’m your biggest fan” it seems as she was fully ready and willing to off him for the bounty.

Riot – This guy is an example of everything wrong with legacies. Frederick Von Frankenstein is indeed a member of that Frankenstein family, and was expected to succeed in the realm of science. Under that type of pressure Frederick utilized a machine (a temporal phase shifter) to take versions of himself out of the past and present so that he could accomplish more.

The good news was that the machine triggered his own latent metagene, which gave him the power to duplicate himself without the machine. Sadly the bad news was that the overuse of the machine had already wreaked havoc on his appearance, causing him to look kind of skeleton-y. Naturally he became unbalanced and embarked on a life of crime.

For some reason, he had taken to scrawling on his face in crayon according to his first appearance in this arc (last issue). For the following appearance (the current issue), however, it would appear that the other artist did not receive that updated appearance instructions as Riot is without his new “mask” and there is no in story explanation for its absence.


Live Wire – Livewire was a DJ known as Leslie. Actually shock jock would be a more accurate description because she spent most of her time on the air bashing Superman. She lost her job when the radio station went country. At that point she went to the roof, absorbed a lightning strike and transformed herself into Livewire. (Her first appearance in the DCU was under a year ago.)

Bloodsport – The original Bloodsport is dead, he died while in prison after confronting the second Bloodsport, who was a racist white guy. This third guy is all new.

The Hellgrammite obviously has nothing new going on, because he’s the Hellgrammite. The less said about Silver Banshee’s recent happenings the better; she starred in the Chuck Austen penned Action Comics #820, which is nothing to write a column about.

Tim, you’re a fan of Up, Up and Away defend it.

What am I, your puppet? You pull the strings, I dance? How about a little politeness, Mathan? How about a please and thank you every now and again, huh?

Anyway, for the readers (and not for you), I will discuss Up, Up, and Away!

As you perhaps can tell the latest issue left me feeling a bit hostile and defensive about like the arc when it started. But, we’ll get to that in a moment. First why did I like it/recommend it in the first place.

Reason number one is that it was an alter ego story. I really dig those. I know there are plenty of fans out there who don’t who are compelled to make comments like, “The book is called Legends of the Dark Knight, not Legends of the Bruce Wayne,” or “I buy money for the Incredible Hulk, not the Incredible Bruce Banner.” In my opinion these people are, frankly, idiots. For a good layered hero, you need the masked man (or large angry green purple pants wearing monster as it was) and the “puny” alter ego. In comics, that balance is always tipped grossly in favor of the superhero so it is a breath of fresh air when we focus on the man (or woman).

This is particularly an issue for me when it comes to Superman because Superman has no alter ego, really. Beyond some posturing (glasses, different hairstyle, a bit of slouching, and perhaps a weaker voice) Clark Kent has so more or less integrated Superman’s personality into his day-to-day life. It is no longer a matter of who’s the mask as there really is no mask to be found. That integration would speak well to Clark’s mental health were he real, but as he is a fictional character it renders him rather 2-D (if you’ll figure the pun). By pulling his powers, Johns and Busiek were finally able to give me (and others of my ilk) an “alter ego” story for Superman.

Secondly, Clark was at risk and delivered as a man. Superman is a hero who knows, 9 times out of 10, when he goes out to do good deeds that he is really in no true danger. It’s easy to be heroic when you are well aware of the fact that nothing short of nuclear blast or a rare alien material will do you any true, lasting damage. However, to be a reporter with only a cell phone and a camera while wading into a dangerous situation shows guts.

It also shows that Clark is actually a journalist. He’s capable of doing the work and earning his career (rather than just writing about himself in the third person). It’s always bothered me that Clark has essentially built his newspaper career on the back of Superman since he is, in fact, Superman. It kind of makes him a hustler, if you think about it.

Finally, the supporting cast was actually supportive. It wasn’t dominant (hello mid-90’s Superman books) or awful (see most Lois Lane portrayals in the past 10 years). That’s nice for a change.

All this noted, my enthusiasm for the arc, as hinted at above, was dampened by the latest chapter. Why? Well, for one thing, Clark is Superman again. There goes the alter ego story.

But wait, you say, wasn’t Clark Superman the issue prior, too? Sort of yes, sort of no. He was wearing the question, true enough, but he wasn’t quite Superman yet. His slowly returning powers were still not entirely reliable because of his recent lack of practice and the fact that his limits were fuzzy because they were higher than his year as a human but lower than his previous years as Superman. I enjoyed that he needed to use his brain a lot more to compensate for his shortcomings in superpowers.

In this issue though, he becomes himself”¦and then some. I’ve read a few blogs that have pointed out that it is as though his powers are growing to reflect his powers over the ages. The issue prior, he was operating at his Golden Age level. This current issue, its Silver Age, which certainly explains things like his “super memory”. That’s a cool device from a writing standpoint and initially it inspired me to re-evaluate the issue. Then I remembered that the excesses of Superman’s powers in the Silver Age were a big reason I loved John Byrne’s depowering of him in Man of Steel. I have a hard enough time with Big Blue already. Making him more powerful won’t help that. This issue reminded me of that.

We’ll see in the final two issues of the arc if my opinion will change return to good or continue to slowly slip down the drain.


Soak1313 is an original himself

Can I get some background info on the villains that appeared in the new Shadowpact series?

As near as I can tell they’re all original creations save for Strega, who apparently appeared in Fate the late lamented book starring Tim’s cousin Jared Stevens. So I guess it looks like we’ll both be finding out more about the team as times go on.

Tim, how is your cousin Jared anyway?

Still dead, thanks.


So”¦very”¦dead.


Welcome to Earth 1, Brock

I need some info about the Crime Syndicate of America, specifically the Grant Morrison/anti-matter universe version.

Where in the hell can I find a checklist of the post-Crisis CSA’s appearances? I done heard that Kurt Busiek killed them all off in the Avengers/JLA crossover. For real? What’s the story there?

For you Brock, I’ll gladly hook you up with CSA appearances.

Earth 2.

Adventures of Superman #603-605

JLA/Avengers #1

JLA Secret Files & Origins 2004

JLA #107-114

As for their death in JLA/Avengers #1 by the end of the tale everything was fine and the various universes had righted themselves. But Krona did wipe out the Anti Matter Universe in the beginning of that mini.

Tim, do you dig the CSA?

In Earth-2, absolutely! They were excellent.

Besides that though, I’ve really only encountered them in JLA/Avengers where they were fine (the mini also was, by the way, but certainly not worth the wait), and the first three chapters of the usually reliable Busiek’s run on JLA which bored me to tears.

But, again, Earth-2 was awesome.


Brock needs guidance

Gimme a rec, Mathan: Having read “Earth 2,” what’s the next CSA story I should read?

This may be the toughest question I’ve ever been asked.

I guess if I was pressed I’d say that the next CSA story you should read would have to be JLA Secret Files & Origins 2004.

I’ve yet to read Adventures of Superman #603-605 and while it seems kind of interesting, it also involves Superman so that’s not a huge selling point for me.

JLA/Avengers #1 is more of a cameo, but it’s pretty fun on the JLA/Avengers front.

JLA #107-114 had some good moments, but seemed drawn out and uber jargon filled. It really didn’t live up the hype, though it may read better as a trade.

However if you pick up JLA Secret Files & Origins 2004 you get all of the joy of looking forward to JLA #107-114 with none of the crippling disappointment! Sure the story is short but it whets your appetite for more and makes you believe that the next time the CSA shows up will be an amazing read.

Tim, what CSA apperance would you recommend?

I recommend just reading Earth-2 again. Honestly, I do.


Josh H. has an odd query. Well, really more Weird than odd.

Who or what was The Weird?

Deep out in space there was a race of beings called the Zarolatts. They were energy based lifeforms and they were ruled over by the Macrolatts. Well one of the Zarolatts made its way to Earth and possessed the body of Walter Langley, who had died recently. That conglomeration became known as The Weird.

The Weird battled and defeated two Marcolatts and teamed up the Justice League before his body became unstable and it flew into space and exploded.

However it’s recently been revealed that the character will return in Mystery in Space which debuts in September.

Tim, are you curious about Mystery in Space or the Weird?

I sort of am, actually.

See, back in the day, I frequented a store called the Eye Opener as my primary comic shop. It was a nice enough joint that was usually clerked by a fella named Braddio who had difficulties either identifying the number of people he was dealing with or properly refer to them (this was most often expressed in the form of him calling me “guys” when I was by myself and my friend and I “guy” when we were together at the store).

Anyway, for the last few years I shopped there, there was a collection of The Weird on sale on one of the spinner racks. Given my proclivity for short lived and obscure books, I was, of course, instantly drawn to it. However, although it was cheap, it was not cheap enough (say 50 cents a book) and since I knew so little (read: nothing) about the series I would always talk myself out of it. Eventually, I started college, got a variety of jobs in different towns, and moved out of state and thus switched stores. First, it was Sarge’s in New London, CT (huge store!), then it was Heroes and Hitters in Rocky Hill, CT (home of the world’s greatest clerk and store owner Wayne Horgan), and now it is Wild Pig Comics II in Kenilworth, New Jersey (where Nexus writers Dani, Jamie Hatton, and Chris Dell also shop). Still, the Eye Opener was conveniently located in my hometown (the Wu!), so I’d drop in every now and again. Things had changed though.

My friend Tim Sheridan (he also a former Eye Opener customer) probably expresses it best when he compared going back to the store to running into an ex-girlfriend who you just sort of drifted away from. She’s just as pretty, funny, and smart as you remember, but she hasn’t really changed and you have. Plus, you are seeing someone else now and she is prettier, funnier, and smarter than this ex. Worst of all, you just know that that will come up at some point and you’ll have to name names. In other words, it was a strange mix of relief, anxiety, and guilt. Thus, whenever I stopped in, I’d just quickly grab a recent issue I’d missed or a trade and got out. Thus, to conclude this long and useless dissertation, I was never able to get up my courage enough to go hunting for The Weird again and thus have never read it. For all I know, it still sits at the Eye Opener, waiting for someone, anyone, to buy it.


MarkPoa has his head in the sky

This may have been a question before, but can you give us a recap of the Starman legacy? I know that Robinson hinted at a few more Starmen in the future, but after Jack Knight left, he gave the rod to Courtney (wow, that sounded a bit dirty) who became Stargirl.

Who were those future Stars supposed to be?

Well here’s a quick recap of the past Starmen from the 8/1/03 column;

Starman I
Ted Knight discovered a way to harness cosmic energy and channel it through devices he invented such things as the Gravity Rod, the Cosmic Rod and the Cosmic Converter Belt. He had a long career in crimefighting, and had two sons; David and Jack. Ted died a hero.

Starman II
He only appeared in 1951, when Ted suffered his mental collapse. I know all about him, but I’m not going to spoil one of the (many) genuine surprises in this book.

Starman III
Mikaal Tomas’ race attempted to invade earth (he’s from a sister planet of Talok VIII home of Lyrissa and Lydea Mallor of L.E.G.I.O.N. fame.) Mikaal defended the planet, and repelled the invasion. He got caught up in the vices of the seventies (drugs and sex.) During a final battle with Komak, another of his race) Mikaal’s sonic crystal became imbedded in his chest. But he was still in better shape than Komak, who died. Mikaal became a mute and a circus freak, but eventually got better.

Starman IV
Prince Gavyn of Throneworld was to be killed when his sister took the crown (it’s an alien custom on their world. Who are we to judge?) But instead of dying he gained powers and protected his world until his sister died, when he took the crown. But then he died protecting his world during the Crisis.

Starman V
Will Payton was hiking when a cosmic beam struck him. He awoke thirty days later with super powers. He has some adventures and even teamed up with David Knight on one occasion. He was believed to have sacrificed his life battling Eclipso, but he actually survived.

Starman VI
David Knight wanted to be a hero like his father Ted. When Ted was in Limbo David took up the mantel briefly teaming up with Will Payton for an adventure. After Ted’s return and Will’s “death” David again decided to carry on the Starman legacy. David’s career was cut short by Kyle, the son of Ted’s archenemy the Mist, in an attempt to live up to his fathe’s legacy.

Starman VII
Jack Knight originally had no interest in being a hero, but took up the cosmic rod to avenge his brother. At his fathe’s behest, he kept the rod and became Starman. He had an amazing career, and retired to be a father.

Skyman aka Star Spangled Kid
Sylvester Pemperton used the Cosmic Converter Belt. He was a member of the JSA and Infinity Inc before being killed by Solomon Grundy and Mr. Bones.

Star Spangled Kid II – Star Girl
Courtney Whitmore found the Cosmic Converter Belt in with her step dad’s stuff. His name is Pat Dugan aka Stripsey the original Star Spangled Kid’s adult sidekick. Originally she used it to annoy him but she has become quite a hero in her own right, and Jack Knight gave his Cosmic Rod to her when he retired.

Doris Knight
She took up the role of Stargirl in 1942, but it was a temporary thing.

Danny Blaine

This guy was to be the next Starman, after Jack Knight. In reality Danny was Thom Kallor, Star Boy from the Legion of Super Heroes, transported to the past, where he adopted alias “Danny Blaine” and took up the Starman mantle. It appears that a Starman resembling Danny Blaine will be part of the new Justice Society of America.

Patricia Dugan

She will take up the “Star” mantle at some point in the future.

Ted Knight’s Great Grandson

While he is unnamed it’s known that when he adopts the Starman name he becomes a villain.

Tommy Tomorrow II

He’ll adopt the Starman title.

Lis Roo

Continues the Starman tradition in the future.

Pancosmic Justice Jihad member

There’s a Starman on this squad.

Starwoman of the 801st Century

This hero sacrificed herself to get rid of Solaris, temporarily.

Cale Knight’s Father

This Starman became the first Starman in 3000 years when he found a cosmic rod on an asteroid.

Cale Knight

Took up the role of Starman.

Cale’s Daughter

This Knight unfortunately gave birth to Farris Knight.

Farris Knight

This Starman was a hero but became a villain when he teamed up with Solaris. However after meeting Ted Knight (during DC One Million) Farris decided to be heroic and sacrifice himself to prevent Solaris from destroying Earth.

That’s as many Starmen/Knights that I could come up with. I do hope your question is answered.

Tim, are you excited that Danny Blaine is finally going to appear in a DCU book on a regular basis?

If it’s really him, sure. Regardless of who it is though, I’m interested to see how, if at all, he (it is a he, right?) will fit into the Starman legacy.


All Gareth needs is a miracle

Where is Mister Miracle (Scott Free) these days? I’m a huge fan of the Giffen/DeMatteis Justice League, and during the early days he was quite an important member, forming a good trio with Blue and Gold. I know he was mentioned by Metamorpho in an issue of JSA last year when he and Fire went to tell Power-Girl the news of Ted’s death, and Rex mentioned he was going to deliver the news to Scott, but I don’t recall seeing him at all during Infinite Crisis. How does Grant Morrison’s Seven Soldiers series tie in with Scott Free?

I suppose it’s to be assumed that Scott Free has completely relinquished the mantel of Mister Miracle to Shilo Norman, who was the title in character in the Mister Miracle miniseries.

But it wasn’t too long ago that we saw Scott Free. As I recall he played a role in Identity Crisis during the crime scene scenes.

I think that Scott’s absence can really be summed up by the following phrase; he’s living the dream. I mean if you had the choice between dressing up in a garish outfit and battling evil or spending all day in bed with Big Barda, which would you pick?

Can’t I have both?

Scott Free is like the comic book equivalent of Jay-Z. Both escaped less than pleasant surroundings (Apokolips and the hood). Both had mentors that they looked up to and modeled themselves after (Thaddeus Brown and Jaz O). Both excelled and became the best in their field (escape artist and MC). Both also have women that they partner with in every sense (Big Barda and Beyonce). Is it too much of a stretch to think that both would also retire from the daily grind, try their hand in a more lucrative field and have their women “cater 2” them?

Tim, should we be worrying about Scott Free?

Nah. Even if he is in a jam, he’s the greatest escape artist in the world. He’ll be out of that tight spot and back home with his statuesque wife in a jiffy.

And on that note we’re going to end this column. But don’t worry, the fun doesn’t have to end. You can post your feedback and questions on our dopalicious thread.

Before I go, here’s my question to you this week; What do I have to do to get you to read Manhunter?

“That’s high school, making me chasing you ’round for months/Have an affair, act like an adult for once”

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