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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: 2010-05-23 08:02 pm (UTC)
kingrockwell: he's a sexy (Ollie Queen)
From: [personal profile] kingrockwell
And then their mythos continues on in exactly the same way, only with a few different colors.

Date: 2010-05-23 10:55 pm (UTC)
kingrockwell: he's a sexy (Thinky Hank)
From: [personal profile] kingrockwell
I dunno, given how influential those books were to post-86 DC, I'd say it could change up a lot of things. Hell, even if it's just a linewide role-reversal between Bruce and Clark, the way that might play out on the page could prove interesting. For instance, not only is Guy in JLI now Jonah Hex, but is Bruce even a remotely similar character to the guy who delivered the one-punch?

Now I'm not quite so curious about the big stories so much as the little ones. How would this role reversal play out is, say, any given issue of JLA? No Man's Land? World of New Krypton? The Infinite Holiday Special? Shortpacked! strips? Is the meme now MY PLANET IS DEAD?

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