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The Doom that Came to Gotham was a Batman Elseworlds by Mike Mignola. Think Batman meets Hellboy. Personally I found this one to be a better idea than execution, but it does have some wonderful atmospheric moments, like this bit with Harvey Dent.

Poison ivy, I'm told.... )

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The best Elseworlds stories utilize the alternate reality format to gain fresh perspective on the characters and themes they represent. I've always loved the mantra which used to accompany the earliest books in this imprint:

"In Elseworlds, heroes are taken from their usual settings and put into strange times and places--some that have existed, and others that can't, couldn't, or shouldn't exist. The result is stories that make characters who are as familiar as yesterday seem as fresh as tomorrow."

I've always loved that last line. "As familiar as yesterday seem as fresh as tomorrow." So why are there so many mediocre Elseworlds stories? Why do so many follow the formula of "plug in X character in Y time setting, tell basically the same origin"? Asking "What If?" doesn't really matter if that question isn't followed by, "So What?"

That is not the case with Alan Brennert's last (and only) major DC story, Batman: Holy Terror, the first alternate universe DC story to carry the Elseworlds brand. It's that rare Elseworlds (hell, that rare story) which actually has something to say about its lead character and the alternate reality he inhabits.

In this instance, it's Batman in a Puritanical theocracy.

Gotham Towne, twenty years ago... )

Damn it, I want a sequel.
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I know that I'm a day late for the Family Themed post, but phneh. This is worth it.

It's from Superman: Secret Identity, which I believe is out of print. Hopefully it will be reprinted in the next few years considering that Kurt Busiek and John Paul Leon are going to do Batman: Secret Identity, a "thematic sequel".

Superman: Secret Identity is about a boy called Clark Kent in a world without superheroes, except as fictional characters. He isn't the last son of a doomed race. He hasn't been adopted by kindly old farmers. He does have parents and family members who buy him Superman tat for his Christmas and birthday because it's funny and his friends set him on dates with every Lois, Lana and Cat that they find because that's funny too.

I will admit that I haven't read a lot of Superman, but I'm happy to say that this is the best Superman story that I've read and the best DC book that I have on my shelves. When I first saw this on Fullscans_Daily, I sat in my dressing gown in my freezing cold flat, hunched over my laptop, compulsively reading until about half past 2 in the morning.

The story came in 4 different issues, titled Smallville, Metropolis, Fortress and Tomorrow, each charting an important part of our Clark's life.

I don't say it often, but this book is a must read )

Let's recap.
Art by Stuart Immonen. Check
Story by Kurt Busiek. Check
Some real gut churning stuff in the middle sections. Check.
Some heart warming family and aging stuff in the end sections. Check.
Outstanding, cinematic double page spreads. Check
Kinetic storytelling. Check.
Almost unobtainable for a reasonable price. Check.+
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The Elseworlds story SUPERMAN: LAST SON OF EARTH, by Steve Gerber, is the tale of Clark Kent, a Terran who was rocketed from the dying planet Earth to the distant world Krypton, where he was raised by the kindly couple of Jor-El and Lara.

I posted from Part 1 of the story a while back, to very positive response, so here's Part 2. You should probably read that entry before this one, or you're going to be rather confused. Part 1 was about his life as the lone human on Krypton, while Part 2 covers his return to the wastelands of Earth.

Read more... )
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Superman: Last Son of Earth was an Elseworlds written by Steve Gerber. When a cataclysmic asteroid heads for Earth, Jonathan and Martha Kent rocket their biological son Clark away from the planet. The lone infant reaches the planet Krypton, where his ship's landing is discovered by the aliens Jor-El and Lara.

Read more... )
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part 2 here

a few years have passed. Clark and Lois got married. Clark's parents thought it was funny he married a Lois. Lois' parents are more weirded out by her marrying a Clark Kent than someone who wasn't Indian.

five scans under the cut )
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in my previous post, we saw how Clark and Lois meet. I think we can all agree that it was a sweet moment but not everything in the book is quite so happy. you see, the government has been investigating the strange occurrences where Clark saved people's lives and want to get to the bottom of things. they have no idea who he is and are more than a little paranoid so they decide to set a trap.

9 pages under the cut )
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some scans from Superman: Secret Identity. I'm pretty sure I've posted these pages back in s_d 1.0 but anyway.

Secret Identity is a four-issue mini by Kurt Busiek from 2004, I believe, that started out as an origin story for Superboy Prime but evolved into something a bit more. this Clark Kent was an ordinary, average boy born to the Kent family in Kansas. his parents thought it would be cute to name him after Superman. mostly, he found it greatly irritating, what with all the jokes and everyone assuming he loved anything and everything to do with Superman. and then one night, he discovers he has all of Superman's powers.

these scans are from the second issue where he moves to Manhattan and his coworkers set him up on a date. no prizes for guessing what the girl's name is.

four scans )


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