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DC Relaunch

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DC Comics Logo

After a long absence from here I have returned, so for those that cared sorry. I have been through a lot of personal stuff lately that has effected my time. Now I’m back and ready to tackle a few things. Most notably DC comic’s announcement that they are going to be relaunching this summer.

 

http://www.usatoday.com/life/comics/2011-05-31-dc-comics-reinvents_n.htm

and

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=32566

will fill a few of you in. But before I get into that i want to address something i was very annoyed with, I’ve been ranting on my twitter for weeks now. The Static Shock series was cancelled after Dwayne McDuffie’s death. While at first (and still somewhat) pissed about it’s cancellation, the news of DC’s relaunch on canon (most canon anyways) this makes so much more sense. I’m assuming Static will be put back on the TT’s team. If not then I’m not too sure I’ll be giving DC that much more of a fair shake. At least I’m still getting a Static special that’s dedicated to McDuffie due out today.

Now onto the real issues here. DC has decided through the efforts of Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, and Dan Didio that they’re going to relaunch DC canon after Flashpoint. Pretty much anything that was touched by Johns in the past 4 years (aka Superman, Green Lanterns, Flash) will all remain the same, but other titles, characters, relationships, and histories will get overhauls. Some will get tweaks, some things will get deleted from canon, and others well i just don’t know lol

For sure the new Wonder Woman costume (yet another new one) is happening. It looks like they’re going to give her back her normal history instead of the vigilante/batman history in her recent retcon that received horrid reviews. The one consistent has been that the costume needed a 2000 update, while others translated alright or only needed a little tweaking. While Wonder Woman’s lets just face it, no woman is going to go around fighting in that and not fall out. It’s unrealistic. besides the fact that Diana Prince is suppose to embody of a strong woman aka brains, beauty, and sexuality. A costume says a lot.

There will be 52 new #1’s. JLA will be the first. Also Teen Titans, Birds of Prey, Justice Society, Flash, Wonder Woman, Hawkman, Aquaman, Superman, Batman, Green Lantern are all the confirmed so far that i can list off hand that will get new #1’s. that leaves a lot of others, so we’ll see what the first month brings as far as #1s. I plan on getting all the 52 #1s so that i can properly judge the new origin reboots and switches correctly before determining whether or not I’ll stick with DC comics (of course Teen titans, Green Lantern, and anything with Static in it I’ll still buy).

I was really just sick of yet another reboot event by DC, marvel has been beating them in sales since 2002 so they had to do something. This will probably have a short term boost in sales, but depending on what gets deleted/fixed in canon we’ll see. Cry for Justice was probably the second waste of time i ever read in comics (countdown being the first). Though i defend CfJ a lot on a purely situational level (I can rationalize if anyone wants to argue events/realism on it). So i expect CfJ to get deleted, while events like Blackest Night will stay in tact. Though an interesting turn of events we’ll see Morrison writing Superman instead of batman. Johns will have control over the Justice League which makes a lot of sense and for the first time in forever Gail Simones won’t be writing Birds of Prey.

Sitting here I want to be mad and admit that I’ll be dropping a bunch of DC titles, but i seriously don’t even know what titles will be turned into #1s or what series will be continued. Will the long titles like Action Comics or Detective Comics be reset? I’d be disappointed if so. At the same time I’m hoping to see a few characters get their much deserved solo shots.

So right now I’m indifferent, I am a skeptic about a lot of what DC is doing, but i understand the why behind it. This can be a real turning point and what DC has needed for some time. But at the same time I am hopeful that characters will finally get a history that won’t be reset in a decade (or less… lol).

DC’s track record is retcon event, retcon event, event, event, retcon event, etc. But if anyone can manage a company wide overhaul it’s Johns, and Lee, i just wish McDuffie was still alive so he could be involved in this.

so expect a follow up toward the fall on this.

DC Comic Relaunch (Including new uniforms)
DC Comic Relaunch (Including new uniforms)

Static

Static
Dwayne McDuffie's Static

Dear Antidote Nation,

 

I wanted my first post that was about something to cement my stand point and individualize my views from others in a way for you all to get to know me better. And after recent events I knew I had to do something to do with Dwayne McDuffie (RIP). because of his unfortunate early passing (which if you see Alex’s post that linked to my FB you can read more on my feelings on McDuffie), but also because he wrote a series that I speak/feel so strongly on. Milestone’s one and only Static. Now many that really know me know that Static is my #1 comic book character I love above all others. but to explain this I have to take you back a few years (a decade almost actually lmfao wow.. where has the time went?).

 

It was September in the year 2000. At this point in my life i wasn’t into comic books yet, but man did i love superheroes cartoons and movies. I did not get cable until i was 14-ish (year 1998-99 ish)  at which point i started to watch a ridiculous amount of TV. How ridiculous you ask? name a channel and a show, I’ve probably seen at least 1-3 episodes of it, if not all of it. At that time Cartoon Network was basically what Boomerang is now, full of all kinds of TV cartoons from way back (most notably at the time Beast Wars, Voltron, and Thundercats were my main watches on Toonami). One of the late night cartoons was ‘Super Friends‘, most of you reading this will probably be too young to know what this was, but it was the Justice League roster that ran from 1973-1986. This was the first cartoon besides BTAS and SMTAS (Spider-Man the animated series) that got me hooked on comic book characters. If you’ve read the current JLA vol 4 run you’ll see a lot of homage being paid to this show (Hall of Justice in Washington DC looks just like the one in SF), but that’s another story for another time. At this time WB had BTAS and STAS going, not to mention the JLA (and eventually JLU), Batman Beyond, and TT cartoons all on Saturday Mornings (not all during the same time though). During all that chaos of awesomeness a brand new and intriguing cartoon came out; Static Shock.

 

For me this was so… just new and interesting. Other than the stereotypes of African Americans i saw on television did not ever see many in my day to day life. At the time I lived in this little town in Michigan with one stop light, if you sneezed you missed the place. The town is about 700 strong in population (lol..), predominately Caucasian and Christian. I knew 2 African American families growing up and I was never friends with them. So I never really got to know how they lived life or how they saw things. This cartoon provided me a link to a whole new world (besides comic books). Just the little things that McDuffie did to make the story he was telling appealing while informing the world that stereotypes were meant to be broken. So now I was learning about other cultures/people that I had never thought of before, because i simply was not exposed to those things at that time. Let’s not mention that Lightning/electricity is my favorite superpower and since Static does more than throw lightning bolts around like Black Lightning did in the Super Friends it made me like him even more.

 

The more I watched of Static Shock the more I just fell in love with the character. Never before had i been so absorbed into a cartoon or a character. I had favorites in each Cartoon I watched? Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) and Black Vulcan/Lightning (Jeffery Peirce) in Super Friends, Batman (Terry McGinnis) in Batman Beyond, Flash (wally west) in JLA, Robin/Nightwing (Dick Grayson) in BTAS, Supergirl (Kara Zor-El) in STAS, and Green Arrow (Oliver Queen) and the Question (Vic Sage/Charlie Szasz) in JLU. I liked both John Stewart GL and Black Lightning (I literally thought at the time they were the only Black Superheroes in DC). While John/BL were cool they were a little too straight laced/trying too hard not to say or do anything to get the NAACP to get on them over stereotypes in my opinion. But Static was different, I had a connection to him. He was a teenager known as Virgil Hawkins (at the time the series was going on I was too) going through all kinds of different/difficult issues in life; hated by others for no reason, girls, acne, trying to fit in, and throw super powers on top of that? But some how Static/Virgil Hawkins made it work for both versions of him. Through humor and a solid head on his shoulders Static was able to learn through his errors making him a better hero along the way, and a better person.  Maybe one could sit back and say ‘if he can do all this? why can’t i do a third of that?’ Of course as I got older I realized that in comics everything is possible, in Real Life? there are limitations to what one can achieve, not that I’ve stopped trying to break those limitations I’ve just realize the difference between fiction and nonfiction now. The only real life superheroes are Policemen/women, Firemen/women, soldiers that protect our Freedoms/way of life, and parents that take their role seriously (whether they are with someone or flying solo). Those, are real superheroes.

 

So after 4 seasons of Static Shock, which included 52 episodes and a few crossovers into JLA/JLU, the series ended. I was left without this amazing story I grew so attached too. The community i was so attached to was dismantling (JLU, Static Shock, BTAS, STAS, and BB). The only one left was Teen Titans, which sorry to those that liked that version it  didn’t connect to the others and was just annoying for that very reason to me. Static Shock was more TTs than that show was. but thats another rant for another day. Eventually i was left with no more of these awesome stories so I decided to go to my LCS (local comic store) Sweet Lou’s that i had been buying football cards and Raw Deal cards (WWF/WWE card game) from to ask about comic books. To my dismay I found out that Static was not an ongoing comic book in stores. The worse news? he was not even in DC’s mainstream at all. So that day i instead bought TT’s current run up to where it was at that time (issues 1-29 i believe) and the New X-Men Academy series that had come out. Notice the theme? I was a teen and i wanted to read Teen related stores, i related to them better at the time.

 

After that I went home and did some heavy research, come to find out?  The writer/producer of Static Shock’s name was Dwayne McDuffie. The same man that created the character Static way back in 1993 in a small off shoot company of DC comics called Milestone. Milestone was set on a different universe (see Worlds Collide for the one crossover event) centered around Dakota City, the main premise? It was African American centered. So amazed by this I did even more research to find out that Milestone lasted until 1997 and had a great run with just about all it’s series but eventually just stopped publishing comics. So Static and all these other Characters (Icon, Hardware, Rocket, Holocaust, etc) were benched until he was given the chance to do this Static Shock Cartoon. then he did a 4-shot mini called Static Shock: Rebirth of the Cool where it picks up some time later and Virgil picks back up being a hero again.  The Cartoon proved one thing to me, that he could/would fit into DC canon. But why hadn’t he yet?  Upon my research I learned that Dwayne McDuffie had the rights to Static/milestone and DC had not brought Static in yet because the “timing wasn’t right” for 10+ years it wasn’t right timing? seems to me someone could of worked a way in between all these bat-clan revivals to bring in Milestone characters. But i had to wait.  So I went into my LCS and bought what he had; Static issue #1 (2 issues bought them both, one was still in it’s original seal case unopened) and the 2001 mini Rebirth of Cool. I then spent the next several years through Ebay collecting the complete 45 issue series (which in December of 2010 I finally completed by getting the ever elusive issue #45).  Along the way I picked up all kinds of comics from Marvel and DC, found myself way more into Marvel than DC, but I had a deep connection to the Teen titans series always saying ‘man this team (at the time was Superboy, Robin (Tim Drake), Wonder Girl, Kid Flash, Raven, Beast Boy, Cyborg, Speedy, and Starfire) is awesome, but Static would make this team 100x better’ and it would of, because? there is little African American presence in DC comics. Unlike Marvel that has a swamp load of strong/elite Black heroes (Black Panther, Storm, Blade, Luke Cage to name a few). And before anyone writes in telling me what’s up, there are a lot of strong leveled African American characters in DC but compared to Marvel they pale in relevancy. Steel barely is in comics, Vixen is hit and miss on writers, John Stewart is all over the place but is under Hal/Guy (and probably Kyle) in importance, Black Lightning has made a comeback via outsiders. The only one I can honestly say before Static that has any major DC acknowledgment is Mr Terrific.

 

With most of the original Static series on hand i began to read. I found out all kinds of thing about the character of Static/Virgil Hawkins i did not before. And would of never had i not persisted in learning more. there were some major differences between the show and the comic. The comic itself is hands down the best series I’ve ever read and I’ve read a massive amount of comics (which includes the 2500 i own, plus what I’ve read off scans from friends). The X-Men are constantly making amazing stories, TTs has been solid over it’s whole run, New Avengers,  JLA vol 4 up till McDuffie’s firing (end of blackest night, basically when JLA became Titans + Cry for Justice comics having a baby), and Blue Beetle’s (Jaime Reyes) 36 (i think) issue run are the others I’d closely compare to it. Static’s series covered so many issues besides just teenage problems or superhero problems, it was not afraid to tackle some of the more major issues like gay rights, racism, sex, etc. Each one had it’s own story and impact on Static’s character. Fun fact, did you know if the final season would of aired like it was suppose to Richie would of announced he was gay. McDuffie went on record saying that ‘Richie was always gay in his mind, but they not given the go ahead early on’.  I thought that would of been a very interesting/bold move. Richie himself is actually based off 2 other characters one is Rick Stone from the Static series, who is one of Virgil’s closest friends from school that is gay. the other is Gear from LoSH. I wonder if they’re going to introduce Richie into DC canon or if they’re going to stick with Rick Stone? we’ll find out. You have characters like Holocaust who are mobster/thugs that claim his turf on Paris Island, you have Hotstreak who is a member of the Son’s of Odin (the KKK), and you have characters like Commando X that is a black supremacist that considers himself a human rights activist. Add trying to keep a job, his overbearing sister, his worrying parents, his inability to keep a girl friend, his best friend Frieda (who is just… all kinds of a mess at times and at others she’s the strongest friend/support character you can think of) that adds to his troubles. The series also touched on drug abuse and gangs. So this series literally had a little bit of everything and made it all come together in a readable, realistic, and informative way.

 

Time-line wise we’re in the year 2008 now I’ve gotten a solid collection of comics at this point, I’m on a few different DC based comic sites, have my own marvel one at the time, and I was working. I get the news that Static is being brought into DC canon officially in 2009! bam and there it was finally. My favorite character and the reason I got into comics was being brought into mainstream comics. They wasted no time in getting him integrated into the mix of Teens, starting off in issue #3 of Terror Titans (most claim #4 is his official debut, but he technically first appeared in #3 on the very last page). He finished out that mini to join the new Wonder Girl lead TTs (which consisted of Static, Wonder Girl, Blue Beetle, Bombshell, Aquagirl, Miss Martian, Beast Boy, and Raven, later Superboy and Kid Flash joined up once being revived in Final Crisis). at the end of Felicia Henderson’s (writer of Fresh Prince of Bel Air) she set up the stage for the Static ongoing that will debut in May of 2011. Though many claim Henderson’s run was the ‘worst ever’ I will write on how the series changed and prove later why it was probably the most realistic version of the characters I’ve seen yet. but again that’s for another day lol McDuffie also did this 2 issue story called ‘Milestone Forever’ in which he basically told the ‘ending stories’ to Dakotaverse/milestone comics if they were to go all the way to the end. But in order to save all of the people there Dharma (From Shadow Cabinet) absorbed the Rift (an all powerful entity) in order to search the universe to combine their universe with New Earth’s (thanks to Darkseid and the anti-life equation in Final Crisis). For all those that like closure to stories I think this was a really unique finish to the direction they had in Milestone. Now in DC mainstream there is new adventures for all the characters.

 

I look forward to seeing this new ongoing and whether or not they are going to use Static’s ongoing to launch more of the Milestone Characters into DC canon (Icon, Hardware, and Shadow Cabinet appeared in World’s Collide in JLA vol 4 under McDuffie and now Xombi is getting his own ongoing out soon). I really hope that Henderson does 2 things in this first issue; nails the depiction of the Milestone characters McDuffie created and dedicate this first issue in the living memory of Dwayne McDuffie. Do that and I think great things are ahead for this series.

 

Jeremy

Excited Newb

Hello everyone name is Jeremy, some know me better as T. But more on that later *nods*

 

Well First I want to say it’s awesome to be here on Alex’s Antidote! he made me aware of this site the other day when I made a post on Facebook about the passing of Dwayne McDuffie (RIP). Since then I’ve looked over the board and in talks with Alex I’ve decided to jump on board as a writer/author here. I look forward to talking about some of the things I personally love to enjoy in life; Comic Books, Movies, and TV shows/cartoons. I may sometimes post something on Sports just to annoy you all, but it’ll be mostly about Comics.

 

A little bit about myself, I’m almost a quarter century old and I am from Michigan. I love American Football especially the University of Michigan, but really i’ll watch any football game if/when i can. I enjoy reading all kinds of comic books (Specifically X-Men titles, Teen Titans, JLA, GLcorps, and anything with Static in it). My favorite comic book character is Static from Milestone/DC comics and second favorite is Cable from Marvel comics. I really like watching movies, mostly action/comedies. I’ll watch any cartoon/tv show for at least 2 episodes before completely giving up on it, i call it my 2 ep rule because i believe after 2 episodes i can usually gauge whether or not i’m going to invest my time in this for the long haul. Leverage, Detroit 1-8-7, Chuck, and House are probably my favorites right now, though my watching list on Hulu is much longer lol

 

So anyways, enough about me. I hope you are all ready to endure my thoughts and opinions on things!

 

Jeremy

RIP Dwayne McDuffie

Dwayne Mcduffie
Dwayne Mcduffie

These past few days I have been ranting about how excited I was to watch the new All Star Superman movie and in doing so was more than happy to mention the man who wrote the script for the movie, Dwayne McDuffie. I have enjoyed his comics and cartoons/movies (even before I knew he was involved in making them), and wanted to give proper credit and explanation for why his work is so good. I have never been very good at writing stuff like that (always more technically minded, sorry)… I was going to ask my buddy/cousin Jeremy to write something to put on here to better explain why McDuffie is such a great asset to the Comic community, but I had no idea it would end up being under these circumstances.

Earlier today, Dwayne McDuffie passed away. It was very shocking and sad news and I wasn’t sure how to respond. By the time I had a chance to talk with Jeremy about it he had already written an amazing and heart-felt note on his Facebook page about Mr. McDuffie. I asked for his permission to post it here and he obliged. So, without further ramblings from myself, here is a very nice tribute to Dwayne McDuffie:

Today I was informed of one of the hardest things I’ve had to hear so far in this short year of 2011: Dwayne McDuffie has passed away today (2/22/2011) after a surgery Monday had complications. for those that are wanting to see: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=30969 was the page tweeted to me by Alex Mason (thank you for keeping me updated man). This is something that is really hard for me to deal with at the moment because i just worked 13 hours on 4 hours sleep so for those that are reading this, bare with me because I’m about to go off on a tangent.

Dwayne McDuffie is/was my favorite Comic Book writer to read. Everything he wrote in my opinion was gold. From the co-creator of Milestone Comics (which includes my favorite comic book character period: Static) to the recent run in JLA vol 4 that was hampered severely by Dido’s executive team his writing always stood out to me. He had a way of making you want to know more about the characters he was writing about, a different take than the usual straight forward status quo, and often times he would use often forgotten characters to make the ones he was working with better. He could take a story that many would avoid and work it into a realistic yet fiction setting. A talent like McDuffie can be replaced? but it’ll never be duplicated or respectfully mirrored. He was a man that could break down and rationalize any fight fans could think of (look up McDuffie’s break down of a fight between Superman/Wonder Woman it makes you step back and really think about the characters in a different light) when asked on his forums.

I’ve yet to read a comic book series as good as the Static 1-45 (owns about 2500+ comics and has read about 2x that). This series covered a lot of REAL issues within each of it’s pages. A lot of DC comics can be broke down into about 4 styles: Superman, Batman, Cosmic, random. By this I mean: Superman: super light side, with a lot of justice yet big blue holding his morals, Batman: grit and schemes and plans and the ‘shadows’ everything dark about the world (note I believe about 70% of comics tailor to this style), Cosmic: space stuff like GLs and Darkseid, Teams: JLA/Teen Titans/JSA/Outsiders/Doom Patrol/REBELS/LoSH/etc. each of those styles cover a different issue of sorts, most avoid the real issues at all possible usually only alluding to them. In Static’s series? you name it it was more then likely in there if a teenager has to deal with it (lol of course not everything, but it did a really good job).

I would of liked to see Dwayne’s comments on the first issue of the new ongoing Static series that Felicia Henderson (writer of Fresh Prince and the 2010 run of TTs) is going to be writing. While a lot harp on her? McDuffie displayed a respect and a lot of praise in her work in that short span with Static. I think they’ll probably make the first issue a ‘in memory of Dwayne McDuffie’ issue, if not I’ll be disappointed in DC comics as a whole.

Now I have to sit back and look at whose left? while I like Johns and Morrison work a lot, they did not bring a balance view to comics imo. That added to Dido’s tyrannical reign leaves little faith that McDuffie’s characters will be treated with the respect they deserve (other than Static and possibly Hardware). He was one of the only writers that when writing a African descent character that did not immediately make everything about the usual wrongs of their history. He would put them in the here and now, respect their history, and not make such a deal to the point of pushing away readers (for example: what a lot of Black Panther’s writers do). He made me want to read more of different race characters that’s for sure, because besides Black Lightning and Apache Chief in Super Friends I didn’t know of many, then Green Lantern John Stewart in JLA cartoon (which i later learned was being produced by McDuffie) and Static in Static Shock (written/produced by McDuffie) cartoon.

Static-Shock-The-New-Kid
Watch Static-Shock Cartoons Online

Static Shock the cartoon is what made me go out and start buying comic books (which at the time Static was not in comic books… so i started on Xmen academy and Teen Titans). I now own a lot of the Milestone comics titles, including the complete Static series 1-45, his mini in 2001, and the more recent stuff too including Milestone Forever (a 2 comic must read imo) and his JLA vol 4 run.

I think I’ve spoken enough/explained how strongly i feel about this man’s impact on my life. Without him? I wouldn’t be the comic book fan I am today. I will miss you and your writing Dwayne. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family/loved ones. most of all, as a loyal fan you will never die to me, because you’ll live on in my heart/mind and forever be a foundation to my comic book views, opinions, and approaches to comics.

thank you for the amazing time you gave to us.

RIP Dwayne McDuffie

Jeremy Campbell
Jeremy Campbell

About the author: Jeremy Campbell is a young well-rounded and hard-working Michigan man. He owns thousands of comics and has read even more. When he’s not sharing his knowledge and love for comics, he is probably writing his own (in the form of role-playing stories) or watching sports (or working).

Note from Alex: if you are looking for any books/comics written by Dwayne McDuffie, you can find them, but they are selling out fast!
Here’s a good place to start.
Also look here for movies/cartoons he wrote/produced.

All Star Superman Movie – Can’t Wait!

All Star Superman Moive
All Star Superman Movie
It wasn’t too long ago.. I remember reading through the All Star Superman comic book series written by Grant Morrison and thinking: “This has to be the best Superman story ever!” and now the DVD will be officially released in a matter of minutes! To say that I’m excited is a bit of an understatement!

Grant Morrison’s “All Star Superman” comics brought out all the best features and qualities of Superman over the decades and wrapped them all into one awesome package! Throw in a classic Lois Lane and Jimmy Olson, a Lex Luthor at his evil genius finest and top it all off with a nice helping of various bad-guys and you’ve only just begun! I’d tell you more, but why waste time on that?! If you haven’t read the comics yet, you can purchase the collected volumes in either Trade PaperBack or Hardcover here:

Trade Paperbacks Hardcovers Absolute w/Extras

Now, about that movie?! I haven’t seen it and do not know anyone who has, but I can tell you this much: Amazon has it listed at more than reasonable prices right now. My brother has a Blu-ray player and I don’t, so we went halfsies on the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack! Can’t wait to get it in the mail tomorrow! I might have to go in to work a little later just so I can watch it with my son!

Well what are you waiting for? Why not get your copy now if you haven’t already?

Blu-ray/DVD Combo DVD 2-disk DVD Single

Also, here’s a trailer for your enjoyment:

Still not convinced? Well the Dwayne McDuffie did the writing for the movie version and that guy is one heck of a writer (Static Shock anyone?) not to mention he had one heck of a baseline to go off of anyway… Maybe I’ll have to get my buddy/cousin to get on here some time and talk about how awesome McDuffie is…

oh yeah, and did I mention… Lex Luthor has super powers?!