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Every year, I write a filk song in remembrance of Joe Hill. This year, it concerns Oracle.

I dreamed last night of Oracle
Her sitting next to me
Says I, But Babs, you're Batgirl now
I never quit, says she
I never quit, says she

The Killing Joke, says I to her )
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For DC Nation #4, DC hired John Foster Elliot, screenwriter/psychoanalyst, to write psychological profiles on Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Booster Gold, and Harley Quinn, the major characters of Heroes In Crisis. The response has been... well, the people who are in favor of it are saying that it's intentionally BS.

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"We were asked to submit a Superman proposal, which we did. It was rejected, and the quote I was given was, 'Do you honestly believe DC will ever give you the keys to the family car?' I can say here and now that the Superman proposal by Waid, Peyer, Morrison, and Millar was the best, most thoroughly worked-out take on a major character you are ever likely to see. It was Superman Plus. I wrote most of it after meeting the Man of Steel at 2am opposite the Sheraton in San Diego -- a true shamanic moment.

"He was wearing the best Superman suit I've seen and looked fantastic as Superman—a cross between Chris Reeve and Billy Zane—so we asked him if he'd answer some questions which he did—in the character of Superman! It was like a possession—I'd say to the guy, 'So how do you feel about Batman?' and he'd come back with 'Well, Batman and I don't really see eye to eye on a lot of things. He's so hung up on the darkness in everyone's soul and I just don't see it that way...' and so on. He spoke to us for about an hour and a half.

"The thing that really hit me, wasn't so much what Superman was saying as how he was sitting. He was perched on a bollard with one knee drawn up, chin resting on his arms. He looked totally relaxed...and I suddenly realized this was how Superman would sit. He wouldn't puff out his chest or posture heroically, he would be totally chilled. If nothing can hurt you, you can afford to be cool. A man like Superman would never have to tense against the cold; never have to flinch in the face of a blow. He would be completely laid back, un-tense. With this image of Superman relaxing on a cloud looking out for us all in my head, I rushed back to my hotel room and filled dozens of pages of my notebook with notes and drawings.

"We had the 21st-century Superman, we had four guys who'd been waiting all their lives to do this, we wanted to launch in January 2000, and we'd have sold a million copies. It would have been the coolest, biggest thing to happen to Kal-El since the Byrne revamp, and DC blew it. I have nothing but respect for Joe Kelly and Jeph Loeb and the other guys currently on the books, but they haven't been allowed to go far enough, and as a result, the current revamp seems a little muted. Not being able to do Superman and not being offered anything else at DC was the main reason I decided to do Marvel Boy for Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada."
- Grant Morrison







In 1998, four DC Comics writers (Grant Morrison, Mark Waid, Mark Millar, and Tom Peyer) were approached by then new editor for the Superman books Eddie Berganza to bring Superman into the new millennium. By October, they gave him an in-depth 21 page proposal, intending on building on what the Post-Crisis established to reintroduce classic concepts in a new and different light. The plan was to establish the entire Post-Crisis period, with it's relatively limited in scope Superman who thought himself as nothing more than another Earthman, as the prelude to something truly legendary in every meaning of the word.

Berganza gave it the green light, liking it so much that he fired longstanding Superman writers/artists Dan Jurgens and Jerry Ordway in preparation for the coming of the four collaborative writers, whose tenure was scheduled with Berganza's first issue.

However, DC editor Mike Carlin (or possibly publisher Paul Levitz) then returned from vacation and was shocked to discover that big changes were being implemented to Superman without his knowledge. He vetoed the project, partially because such a huge change was being made effectively behind his back and partially because, at this time, DC also adopted a policy of prohibiting "big name creators" from working on their core Superman and Batman books. Ordway was offered his old job back, but declined due to having already lined up work at Marvel. Jurgens was let go in favor of 'new blood'. Berganza recruited then-second tier talent like Joe Kelly and Jeph Loeb, and industry veteran J.M. Dematteis, to script a soft relaunch of the books with little fanfare, though they attempted their own take on reincorporating older concepts into the current Superman mythos.

While most of this is behind closed quarters and we'll likely never truly know everything, there appear to be two different versions of this proposal created. There's some debate as to whether one (specifically, the one more Morrison-centric) was created as an attempt to sway Carlin after his rejection of the first, but both seem to be intertwined. One is Superman NOW, helmed mostly by Grant Morrison, which has never been released to the public and is largely unknown, and the other is Superman: 2000, probably largley curated by Mark Waid, was leaked in spurts through the internet, eventually cobbled together by enterprising fans who wondered what might have been.

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This is my first post. I read the rules but if I messed up, just let me know! :)

Today is not only Memorial Day in the U.S., but the 100th birthday of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States. He served his country during World War II and in the White House, and has made his share of appearances in comics over the years. He met Superman more than one time in the comics, and Supergirl, too, when her cousin revealed her to the world in 1962.

http://superman.wikia.com/wiki/John_F._Kennedy

I also recall a Marvel Invaders comic in which a bad guy was attempting to kidnap a young war veteran running for Congress in 1946. Why? To rule the world in the future, of course, when that young man became President! :)

Anyway, I wanted to post something as it's a pretty sure bet none of us will be around for his 200th birthday! ;)
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This just came out in the US so I figured I'd make a post here. For those who have seen it, what did you think?

As an aside I'd like to also recommend James Gunn's two early films, Slither and Super. Slither is a sci-fi/horror/comedy starring Yondu himself Michael Rooker as a guy taken over by an alien parasite. Super is a dark comedy starring Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page as two psychotic wannabe superheroes. As a warning both films are rated R and are pretty graphic but if you're a fan of the GotG's oddball humor you might get a kick out of them.
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For those who prefer their comics digitally Comixology is having a BOGO (buy one get one free) sale for Marvel comics. For most of the old comics that comes down to 99 cents per issue provided you have an even number of comics to purchase. There's more info here.
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San Diego Comic Con may be over, and like most years there were a lot of really cool and unique cosplayers in coatume. Here are some images I've found that I hope you will enjoy (though not all of them are from Comic-Con)! If you know anyone in the photos or are actually one of the people here, feel free to introduce yourself.
I do not claim responsibility for any of the pictures under the cut - I don't know who any of these people are nor did I take their photographs. )
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So, two rather big movies based on comic franchises have been released in theatres recently. I haven't seen them myself, but if anyone here has, might I ask what they thought of them?
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 So I went to see Batman v Superman, and I thought that it was… OK. It’s not the great disaster that so many seem to be proclaiming it to be (though it has a number of issues), it’s just an okay superhero film. Admittedly it’s a touch maudlin in places, but considering the subject matter,  it’s not really surprising. The score’s great, the action is great, the acting is fine for the most part, and even the hints at the upcoming JL movie seemed to fit into the story without derailing the main plot. I particularly liked Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman (definitely one of the highlights of the movie) and I look forward to her own movie.

Personally I'd recommend just going to see it to make up your own mind about it. I thought that it was far better than Man of Steel (even attempting to directly fix some of the issues with that movie), but it's a very different animal to the MCU movies. For one thing, people take what's going on seriously without the flippancy a lot of the Marvel films to indulge in (seriously Ultron, if you're not going to take your own plot to kill humanity seriously why should we?).

There ARE problems though, which could have been fixed with another couple of drafts of the script and maybe getting Zack Snyder to tone down some of the performances (like Luthor's).

Spoilers behind the cut

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As recently discussed on Mr. Enter's review of 'The Return of Slade', Teen Titans Go! can be rather polarising. For all the toilet humour and wackiness packed into each episode, I find the best gags usually come from the sights in the background, or at least they go by rather quickly that they warrant a pause.

In the episode 'Sidekick', Jason Todd's ashes could be seen next to Mr Freeze's head on a shelf in the Batcave. There's usually a small Darkseod plush next to the Titans' couch. Probably what I found especially entertaining, however, were these quotes from Raven and Starfire's yearbooks in "Yearbook Madness". Then again, I am too easily entertained, but still.

I've been wanting to do this for some time now, but didn't know where to post them. )

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