Aw, no! My shop sold out of Tiny Titans #50! The last issue, ever! Aaargh!
Well, I guess I can wait a week...
While I was at the shop, I flipped through the long-awaited (by me) Justice League #7, which revealed Geoff Johns and Gary Frank's highly-anticipated (by me) new, "New 52" reboot of Captain Marvel-although-they're-calling-him-"Shazam"-now (By the way, why don't you go read the long-ass story at this link, or at least click on the link so I get your page-views).
And by "flipped through", I mean I actually flipped through the Justice League portion of the book—Jeez, did it look Bendisy this month, or what? The first six issues were half splash pages, and this issue had a good 2-6 pages of nothing but talking head panels as Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor Skype one another?—and looked at all the pages of the "Curse of Shazam" back-up, only reading fractions of the dialogue to make sure the characters were who I thought they were supposed to be.
Did you guys see it yet? Did you read it? Is that guy called Sivana really supposed to be Sivana?! Really?!
He's a giant. He looks like the kind of thug the real Sivana would have hired to fight the real Captain Marvel for him. If you haven't, um, apparently the formerly four-foot-tall, elderly bald guy with impenetrably thick glasses who only changes out of his lab coat in order to effect a disguise is now a thirtsysomething bodybuilder in a skintight white turtleneck...? Like, a slightly beefier Lex Luthor, with glasses...?
What does the "New 52" Penguin look like? Is he 6'5, well-built and handsome?
And Geoff Johns' new take on Billy Batson's character is, apparently—surprise!—to make him an asshole. I am really sorta shocked by this, despite the fact that Johns' approach to revitalizing stale, direct market-rejected DC superheroes is to begin by making them totally unlikeable assholes (See his Hawkman, Green Lantern and Aquaman). I guess that's the hero's journey, to start out as a loathsome asshole and become less of one, but I don't know—Hal Jordan's only, like, 1% less of an asshole than he was when Johns started writing him in 2005 or so. I thought Billy Batson might avoid this characterization, by being a kid, as Johns has written teenagers and old people as not-assholes in his past writing —Stars and STRIPE, JSA—but here we've got another a-hole with superpowers to root against, er, for.
Anyway, just checking in to say "Aargh!" and "Aaaaaaaaaaaa!!!! Why, God? Why?!"
Reviews of books I actually paid money to read in the comfort of my own home, and which I read every word of—promise!—to follow later tonight.