We’re in the University of Virginia with new graphics and set as the HD era has begun and tonight Chavo gets a title shot after losing twice because he has something of an edge.
Nah that’s too subtle. Edge helped him win last week.
After a two-month crapfest that was Convergence (which was basically a continuation of Earth 2: World’s End and a lead-in for the new Earth 2: Society book), DC Comics last week began its new DC You campaign. With a whole new set of first issues, new series and new directions, the idea of a shared universe has been replaced by the return of a multiverse, with a number of series not at all connected to one another.
The new strategy supposedly will allow creators to tell their own stories without concern of where it fits in the overall DC Universe, and it’s first week did a great job showing off different sides to different characters.
I bought and downloaded nine DC Comics issues last week, including four new first issues, an annual and four books starting new stories or heading in new directions.
The New Series
After years of being criticized for a grim outlook and taking the fun away from its heroes, DC Comics over the last year has been trying new things, with critical hits like Gotham Academy, Harley Quinn and a new direction for Batgirl. The new approach continued this week with “all-ages” miniseries, Bizarro and Bat-Mite.
While Bat-Mite, written by comics legend Dan Jurgens, was fun, it left something to be desired. Bizarro, on the other hand, was a fantastic first issue, introducing the premise of Bizarro going on a road trip with Jimmy Olsen to “Bizarro America,” AKA Canada, to get him away from Metropolis. Writer Heath Corson set up a ridiculous premise for this six-issue miniseries and delivered a comic that can be enjoyed by any type of comic fan, with no need to keep up with anything happening in any other book.
Dan Jurgens also wrote the new Batman Beyond No. 1 last week, placing the Tim Drake of five years from now into the Batman Beyond suit to try and save the past, in a continuation of the weekly Future’s End series. Omega Men rounds out the slate of new comics I picked up, as a group of freedom fighters try to make a point by “killing” Kyle Rayner. I’m willing to give these books a second look, but they’re both on thin ice after shaky debuts.
The New Directions
DC’s Free Comic Book Day issue, Divergence, previewed “Truth,” the new story running through the Superman books. The Man of Steel has been depowered and Lois Lane – his would-be wife, soul mate and best friend – discovered his dual identity as Clark Kent and then revealed it to the world. On top of that, the Fortress of Solitude has rejected him. With Action Comics 41, “Truth” kicks off in earnest with Clark Kent coming back to Metropolis and setting up new status quo. Aaron Kuder and Greg Pak set up an intriguing premise for the new direction, bringing the character back to 1938 power levels. “Truth” continues in a loose crossover in Batman/Superman this week, although DC has said that each book will provide its own story, with “Truth” just being a unifying feature.
The lack of a cohesive DC Universe is highlighted mostly in Geoff Johns’ Justice League 41. The beginning of the long-teased “Darkseid War” features Bruce Wayne as Batman, a fully-powered Superman and generally ignores everything going on in other books. Last week’s issue focuses on the search for an Amazon who gave birth to Darkseid’s daughter the same night that Wonder Woman was born, while the Anti-Monitor (the main villain in Crisis on Infinite Earths) readies for an all-out assault on the Justice League’s first opponent. Johns is amazing at setting the premise for a story and “Darkseid War” is no different. Although, given Johns’ tendency to stretch stories out, waiting for the inevitable trade collection may be the more satisfying way to read the story.
Also in stores last week were new issues for Green Lantern and Green Arrow. Over in GL, the Corps is no more, Hal Jordan is a renegade and bringing in criminals using a Lantern gauntlet. Green Arrow steps back a bit from introducing concepts from the Arrow TV show (no Diggle or Felicity to be seen this issue) as Oliver Queens returns to Seattle after some soul searching.
Overall, a pretty good week for the new DCU. Hopefully, the levity introduced last week sticks around for a bit, as having some variety in your offerings is appreciated. Next week, we’ll take a look at the all-new, all-different Batman in three books (Batman, Detective Comics and Batman/Superman), along with some first issues debuting this week.
The CM Punk and Miz ones had me dying laughing. This was great stuff.
Bet you didn’t know about this one.
Bayless inadvertently reminded me of something: I’d forgotten to hype my P2B debut piece titled “The ‘Us’ Movement.” Pretty much the same thing I’ve done here. If you aren’t familiar with my work, I take a specious premise about men in their underwear pretending to fight, and use more big words than necessary in the process. If you are familiar with my work…well, it’s still that.
Anyway, I don’t like shameless self-promotion but it is my first piece for them, so there you have it. Enjoy. Or read it and hate it. I’m not your mom, I really don’t care what you do.
I saw this on facebook and though it was interesting
Roman Reigns spoke to Coaster Boy Josh this week to promote WrestleMania XXX.
The Shield's Debut & WWE's Original Plan For Them:
"Yeah, we debuted at Survivor Series — the coolest part of that is we were supposed to have like shields. It was really..for lack of a better word..it was really lame. We had like, literal riot shields..fiberglass riot shields with the word "Shield" written up it. We were like..'everyone will know who we are..geez'. We just pictured..trying to get into the ring with these things.
Like, for years now..you go into the ring a certain way, and you're not usually carrying a huge, plastic shield. So, we just had this terrifying nightmare of not being able to..like slide in and we're like stuck..we can't get in and we're looking up and there's Ryback standing over us, and we've completely blown the whole debut.
So, immediately, Vince was like 'What, are you guys wussies? You need that?' We're like 'No'. And he's like 'Good, leave them', and we just ran in there and we beat the dog piss out of Ryback and put him through the table."
I’ve never seen this, but Dibiase was bringing it from Day 1.
Saw the list and couldn't agree more with this one. How in the world is this not a top ten moment? The WWF was on the rise and was bound to take over WCW in the ratings wars in 98 at some point, but I always felt like the moment X-Pac came out and just lit up Hogan, Bichoff and WCW with that rant was a seminal moment for the WWF and in industry in general. That moment of just shoving things right in WCW's face with a total FU attitude was what WWF fans were just dying for. The moment has sort of gotten lost in the shuffle over the years I think (maybe because Waltman never became a huge star), but anyone who followed wrestling at that point I think understands the impact it had. What do you think – am I overrating the significance of it?
STAMFORD, Conn., June 25, 2012 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) and ION Television
today announced a new weekly one-hour original series airing on
Wednesday nights at 8/7C. WWE Main Event will debut on October 3, 2012,
and feature WWE Superstars and Divas from the rosters of Monday Night
Raw and Friday Night SmackDown. The new show will be available in 100
million U.S. television households on ION Television, a top-rated
general entertainment network that features a broad mix of critically
acclaimed series, movies and original programming.
“ION Television is delighted to begin a new partnership with such a
successful and well-recognized franchise as WWE,” said Brandon Burgess,
CEO, ION Media Networks. “As a general entertainment network with a
solid foundation, WWE Main Event is a great addition to our lineup that
features something for everyone. We look forward to introducing our ION
audience to all of the excitement and drama WWE has to offer as well as
welcoming a passionate new fan base to the network.”
“WWE looks forward to this new partnership with ION Television,” said
Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO. “We are excited about producing
this new television show, WWE Main Event, and bringing our fans to ION
Television every Wednesday.”
WWE Main Event will feature in-ring action and fit seamlessly in
storylines from Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown, making
Wednesday night appointment viewing for fans. The new series will offer a
big arena experience with live audiences like current WWE weekly
Thoughts on this? It sounds like another version of Superstars.
Hey there, it's NWA88 from the blog —
I thought this might be a fun idea for a blog topic — specifically wrestlers who debuted after a long series of vignettes.
Over the years we've seen many of these kinds of hype videos for soon to be debuting wrestlers. Some of them (like "garbage man" Dusty Rhodes or Mr. Perfect) were crafted to reveal facets of the characters themselves, where others were shrouded in mystery and designed to create a buzz (Blood Runs Cold, the Millennium Countdown). I just thought it might be fun to discuss the best and worst of these and to shed some light on some of the lesser known or forgotten ones.