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So I do read some comics lately. There are a lot of crossovers and story events going on. IT sells issues after all and they look good in trade. It is a win/win for the publishers overall. IT has been the source of some complaint in comic circles as it seems like an endless parade of events rather than once a year or so. Secret Invasion, Trinity, Infinite Crisis, 52, Countdown, Final Crisis, Sinestro Corp, Civil War, World War Hulk, The Initiative, Dark Rein and ever onward they go.

Some of them are bad, some of them are mediocre, and occasionally some are pretty good. Of the ones I listed above the only ones I actually hated was Trinity and Countdown. I may be alone among my friends in my enjoyment of the Civil War event. I enjoyed some others as well.

The one I am enjoying right now is the storyline in Justice Society of America. The basics are this. The Justice Society finds a sleeping giant who wakes up. He claims to have been a god of prior age. Gods are not all that unusual in comic worlds so the characters try and deal with it. The giant is called Gog. He promptly walks across Africa performing "miracles". He heals one of the heroes who was deformed and heals the sick as he walks. He provides food to the hungry. He heals the blighted land. When soldiers try and kill civilians, Gog turns them to trees which bear fruit to feed the masses. He grants the wishes of those that suffer the most amoung his followers. In every action he is messianic. He looks evil though. Interestingly though they don't appear to be painting him as evil. In the most recent issue though after 6 days he sits down and explains he only asks one thing for all the good he will gives the world. He asks that they worship him.

I guess the thing I enjoy here is the story is not just an excuse for superpowered being to hit each other. They are asking a lot of interesting questions about faith here and nature of struggle and pain. Now it may jump the rails but right now I am enjoying it.

The one thing in common with this and Civil War and a few of my other fave event storylines is that they are saying some interesting things. They are making you wonder about the philosophy and thought involved in the situation. In Civil War we ask the question if individual liberty is more important than safety? They ask it in a way involving powers but at it's heart that is the question.

Anyways I am done rambling. You should check out JSA and it's associated one shots if you get a chance as it has been very good.


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Dec. 17th, 2008 05:34 am (UTC)
I haven't caught much DC lately but I really enjoyed the Civil War plotlines. Of course most of my comic reading goes into BTVS Season 8, & Angel After the fall.
Dec. 17th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC)
I enjoyed season 8 but Angle after the fall did not do anythign for me. The art was just bad and the story lost me in two issues.
Dec. 17th, 2008 09:03 am (UTC)
I also loved Civil War. But I think I liked World War Hulk more. Mostly this was due to the Ghost Rider tie in. In it Johnny Blaze went to New York to try to stop the Hulk. Once there the Ghost Rider took over then turned right around and left while telling Johnny the Hulk had every right to do what he was doing.
Dec. 17th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
World War Hulk was good. It was not exactly great drama because in the end you know there is nothing which is actually going to change. That said it was a fun read and the art was great.
Dec. 17th, 2008 03:40 pm (UTC)
I got to read Planet Hulk, but only read a few pieces of World War Hulk. I really enjoyed Civil War as well. The first issue was my favorite, I thought there was a lot of commentary in combining reality TV with the New Warriors.
Dec. 17th, 2008 03:58 pm (UTC)
Planet Hulk was excellent. it is one of the times they broke from the classic Hulk story model of the hulk as fugitive.
Dec. 17th, 2008 05:13 pm (UTC)
In fine DC tradition this actually the 4th incarnation of Gog. Don't read this site until after you have finished the current JSA series as it has spoilers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gog_(comics)
Dec. 18th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
Yeah this is true, but still interesting.
Dec. 18th, 2008 06:44 am (UTC)
Today's Marvel Noise me and two other podcasters talk about Secret Invasion 8.

Civil War was a great concept, but Marvel failed to meet the expectations. However the Death of Captain America was the best storyline of that crossover.

Final Crisis and RIP just aren't working well, although I suspect if FC had not been delayed so much then it might make more sense.
Dec. 18th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC)
Honestly I have enjoyed Final Crisis. Secret Invasion is disappointingly pedestrian. They had build up to something cool or interesting and instead they "killed" a character who hasn't been interesting in years, offered a resolution so clean it was comedic, and recycled the lex luthor for president plotline. I kind of expected more of Bendis. The last issue basically ruined what might have been a cool story.
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