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If you watch Fringe, you might have caught sight, in the last episode, of some alternate-universe versions of some iconic DC comics covers. If you missed it, or don't watch Fringe, worry not...DC put them up on the DCU blog.


First - Red Lantern/Red Arrow is a reference to Green Lantern #76:


Not much difference, although Reis modernized the costumes. But both the original being referenced and the fact that it's NOT that cover are pretty obvious, which, given it's use as a quick visual reference is essential.

And anyone else think it's a pity that Roy's going back to Arsenal, since Red Lantern Red Arrow would be a great title to use in current continuity? >_>

Batman 75 is an interesting one. Obviously it's the Death of Batman, and based on Superman 75.

But it's not based on the cover, itself:


No, it's based on the armband that came with it, and the bag the whole deal was packaged in. Which can be seen here, and is far more iconic, I think.

Next comes Crisis on Infinite Earths #7, based on...Crisis on Infinite Earths #7.



The alternate-universe version might have been better - or at least more time-consistent - with Kara in the same 80s-tastic costume she was wearing at the time in the real world. (Although, I do find it interesting that it's a mixture of her current one, and that one.)

The next two, the real covers are pinched from comics.org, thus the size. Sorry.

Next up is Justice League #1. Based on...JL #1.



Jonah Hex is an interesting replacement for Guy. Like the Crisis cover, some of the more modern aspects - particularly the colouring - is a little jarring, and I kind of wish they'd mixed up the membership, or costuming a bit more - have Dinah in her original costume, or her modern one...have Mary Marvel instead of Billy...that sort of thing. Not too much to make it not recognizable at a glance, but enough to make it look a little more different at a quick look.

And The Man of Steel Returns, based, of course, on The Dark Knight Returns.


And this is done like I wish the JL cover had - it's a MAJOR change, easily noticeable at a glance (keeping the colour in his cape and S-shield help), but it also retains the elements that make the iconic reference obvious.

All-in-all a nice little 'thing' and well executed.

Oh, lord, tags...

publisher: DC, char: Superman/Clark Kent, char: Supergirl/Kara Zor-El, char: Batman/Bruce Wayne, char: Green Lantern/Hal Jordan, char: Green Arrow/Oliver Queen, group: Justice League International

Date: 2010-05-22 06:47 am (UTC)
lencannon: shy guy (Default)
From: [personal profile] lencannon
I want to read each of these comics in their totality.

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Date: 2010-05-23 10:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elsewhere7.livejournal.com
So would I, but I want to see that League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 1980s version first.

Date: 2010-05-22 07:06 am (UTC)
blake_reitz: (Default)
From: [personal profile] blake_reitz
1. I think Roy should become Red Arrow again and have crazy cross-country team-ups with Atrocitus! Rage party!
2. Johna Hex as the new leader of the Justice League. I demand it.

Date: 2010-05-22 09:57 pm (UTC)
joasakura: (Default)
From: [personal profile] joasakura
I would read the hell out of both of those. :D

Date: 2010-05-22 09:58 pm (UTC)
joasakura: (Default)
From: [personal profile] joasakura
also, Roy and Atrocitus have to bring Ruffles with them.

Date: 2010-05-22 07:10 am (UTC)
arbre_rieur: (DC Nation)
From: [personal profile] arbre_rieur
Interesting that the Giffen and DeMatteis credit gets replaced by "Johns and Kanalz."

Date: 2010-05-22 08:10 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thormonger
[I posted this response on the DCU blog]: I’m not sure how much of a change would be inherent in the Red Lantern / Red Arrow issue (assuming that red is the color of willpower, and not the color of rage, in the alternate universe). Still, these would make some interesting one-shots (and I don’t think Batman would give Jonah Hex the one-punch treatment). I’d love to see some more alternate covers (maybe Flash in blue and silver, a Golden Age JSA with characters like Doc Savage on the roster, The Endless with Lady Dream and her brother Death, etc.)

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Date: 2010-05-22 01:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thebigapricot
They gave Canary a lower neckline but still forced her to wear that ugly headband.

Date: 2010-05-22 02:27 pm (UTC)
mad: Babs is a NERD (Babs is a nerd)
From: [personal profile] mad
I don't care what anyone says, I like that old costume from her JLI days.

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Date: 2010-05-22 01:44 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] jlbarnett
Hal does look pretty pissed on the Red Lantern/Red Arrow cover though.

Date: 2010-05-22 01:51 pm (UTC)
thanekos: Kouhei " Principal Garren " Hayami, the Libra Zodiarts, is bugged. (Default)
From: [personal profile] thanekos
I suppose Red Lantern's Sinestro wears blue.

Date: 2010-05-22 02:29 pm (UTC)
mad: I AM THE LIZARD QUEEN! (Default)
From: [personal profile] mad
I guess so. It's always bugged me that a Green Lantern's weakness (and/or his enemy's power ring) is yellow, rather than red. Colour theory, people! Red is the opposite of green!

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Date: 2010-05-24 11:55 am (UTC)
tacobob: Mordecai Not Very Impressed (Default)
From: [personal profile] tacobob
Well, he did wear blue and black until he upgraded his costume recently...

Date: 2010-05-22 03:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] seriousfic
A world where Batman died? What a crazy parallel universe!

Although I'm actually a little surprised they didn't go with a cheap shot like "Cassandra Cain's 200th issue!" Maybe it's all the BND/OND/OMIT business over at Marvel.

Date: 2010-05-22 03:21 pm (UTC)
halialkers: Joo Dee, another deliberate choice for irony, I'm a real grumpy bear (Kalkano Metrevan)
From: [personal profile] halialkers
I would love to see the Man of Steel returns......

Date: 2010-05-22 03:28 pm (UTC)
ext_132300: (DC | Batgirl | She's a Superhero)
From: [identity profile] pictash.livejournal.com
Is it just me or does anyone think Superman's arm looks like Popeye in TMOSR?

Date: 2010-05-22 04:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] greenmask
Why were there alternate versions? It seems a nifty idea, but what was it for?

Date: 2010-05-22 05:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] khamelea
It's from an alternate universe?

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Date: 2010-05-23 12:32 am (UTC)
kingrockwell: he's a sexy (Death of the Endless)
From: [personal profile] kingrockwell
The MoSR cover is almost perfect, though it would've been better if they left out the yellow as well. That one looks like the only one they even tried to emulate the original style of, though!

I love all the ideas but Red Lantern/Red Arrow, that has no immediate consequences implied with it since there's no indication that Red necessarily means Rage in it, and even then one would need knowledge of the current goings-on at DC, where a lot more folks are likely to know about the other ones and the impact those changes might have on it.
It's just a "lol they're red now" joke and I'm bored by it.

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Date: 2010-05-23 07:12 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] psychopathicus_rex
I have to say, just about all of these alternate versions would be guaranteed to get my attention MUCH faster than the originals (with the exception of the Green/Red Arrow/Lantern thing). Batman's kacked it and is getting a funeral (and beautiful blood-dripping cover art)? HOLY CRAP! Superman is being mourned by Supergirl (and just about everyone else)? GREAT ^%$# ALMIGHTY! Jonah Hex is leading the Justice League? GADZOOKS! Dark Superman returning from somewhere and posing against a bolt of lightning? CUSHLAMOCHRIE! ...and so forth.
Well, OK, maybe the shock value of Supes getting killed would be about equal to Bats. But I maintain my position on the rest.

Date: 2010-05-23 08:07 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] red_xera
I liked the alternate JLI cover best 'cause F-YEAH JONAH HEX!

Date: 2010-05-24 11:56 am (UTC)
tacobob: Mordecai Not Very Impressed (Default)
From: [personal profile] tacobob
Not sure Bats would have been too keen on having a team member who shoots stuff!

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