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One of the most interesting things that the Wally West Flash series did was the the Rogues, the loose assortments of villains that had plagued Barry for years, and retconning them as... well, a sort of family, a dysfunctional family but they a bond between them. Originally they had little in common with each other, other than they bought their costumes in the same place and were united in their hatred for the Flash.

I'm still preparing my Serpent Society history post, but I found this in my LJ gallery lelarly having intended to post it at some point, but I don't think I ever did, so here is another take on villainous relationships, before it became somewhat friendlier, for a given value of friendship of course, as via cary bates and Carmine Infantino, we find out how the Rogues originally handled the death of "one of their own"




Remember, these are NOT healthy people )
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Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
TL;DR version: Amnesia and bad continuity have left Wonder Woman unsure of her abilities, so she asks the JLA to monitor her next 12 missions to make sure she's still fit for duty.

This issue, it's Aquaman's turn to stalk, er, "monitor" Wonder Woman. Warning to Aquaman fans: This is not his finest hour.
(select panels from a 20-page story)
Read more... )
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Back when I was spamming the place with Extreme Justice scans, a commenter named as one of several justifiable gripes about EJ the fact that it had Blue Beetle and Captain Atom as coffee-drinking buddies, when prior canon often had them at one another's throats.

In issue #20 (Oct '88) of Captain Atom, which I got for 40p at Kapow last weekend, I think I've found the solution.



Pal? Amigo? Since when did the Captain and the Beetle get to be so tight? )
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Part 1 of this storyline is here. The TL;DR version: Amnesia and bad continuity have left Wonder Woman unsure of her abilities, so she asked the JLA to monitor her next 12 missions to make sure she's still fit for duty. Now it's The Flash's turn to play peeping tom, in "The War-No-More Machine!"
What's so funny 'bout peace, love, and understanding? )
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One of my favorite comic book deaths, probably because it was my first.

From Superboy #203, written by Cary Bates, art by Mike Grell.

I've chosen not to reproduce the first 13 or so pages of this comic, mainly just to keep the page count legal. So, a quick summary of the events up until now.

The story begins with several uniformed invaders entering Legion headquarters, attempting to access the Legion museum. All are thwarted save one, who turns out to be Element Lad. That's right, it's a Legion training exercise--but there should have been a Legionnaire on duty in the museum. It turns out that Invisible Kid was on duty, but he appears collapsing on the floor.

They take him to the infirmary and after a mento scan then find that he was more or less shirking his duties, as he was visiting another dimension at the time to see his up to now unknown girlfriend Myla. Her dimension only seems accessible to Invisible Kid, as his powers allow him to visit the dimension. Well, current Legion leader Mon-El is pissed, and forbids him from turning invisible for a week. Invisible Kid isn't happy, but accepts his punishment. He plans to return to the dimension after his punishment is over and ask Myla to be his wife.

On with the story )

One of the reasons I've always loved this story is seeing just how much of a bad ass Validus really was. He pretty much punked the Legion out without breaking a sweat. I don't think he's given this sort of treatment anymore.
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This came out today. It marks the return of two things: 1) The Elseworlds label. 2) Cary Bates, Silver and Bronze Age Superman writer, to the character he spent almost two decades writing.

Jor-El and Lara on Earth )
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One of the many problems in writing a long-running superhero comic is the matter of recurring villains. Naturally, the writer wants to use favorite villains (both hers and the fans' favorites) repeatedly, but overusing those characters will result in boredom and a loss of interest in those very same characters. One solution that's used fairly often is the "revamp." Give the villain a new costume, a power upgrade, fiddle with their origin or motivations or in extremis kill off the current version and replace them with a slightly more contemporary but otherwise similar character.

For Action Comics #544, June 1983, Superman's 45th anniversary issue, DC decided to revamp not one, but two classic villains. This post will cover the Luthor story (9 pages of 28), and perhaps later I'll get to Brainiac.



Luthor Unleashed! )

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