Friday, November 07, 2014
Comic Shop Comics: November 5
While Batman busies himself beating up escaping inmates who survived both Blackfire's killing of 'em and the collapse—I suppose it's safe to assume that only inmates without supervillain codenames died—Bane un-buries a still half-crazed Alfred, and together they seek to escape. Once in the sewers, they're attacked by some creature-things that I guess The Spectre missed, and then Alfred lays Bane out flat.
There's also a weird scene where Stephanie "The Spoiler" Brown is apparently a stunt motorcycle driver...
Is this the end of The Spoiler? While part of me would find it amusing if DC brought the character back into The New 52-iverse just to kill her off a few months later, I'm fairly certain she'll make it out of that alley alive.
Oh, and Batman Bruce Wayne appears to confront Batman Terry McGinnis, but that will mostly play out in the next issue.
The only part of the interior I really took any pleasure from were the scenes featuring Green Arrow, because in every panel you can see in the middle of his beard a jagged a line that looks like it could have been a drawing of his beard, before it was re-drawn bigger.
Your mileage, however, may vary.
Now, I haven't thought much about The Flintstones since I was, oh, I don't know, eight-years-old or so, but I guess I never gave any thought to when the show was set. Here we get a number, which sets the events of The Flinstones at around 8,000 BC. That seems a lot more recent than I would have imagined, given their coexistence with dinosaurs, but I suppose I shouldn't think about it too much.
"It's strange, Fred," Velma says as she and Fred Jones investigate Fred Flintstone's dinosaur lawnmower, "I thought cavemen didn't live at the same time as dinosaurs..."
Fred responds, "I thought They didn't have lawnmowers."
In the same panel, when Barney asks Daphne what the future is like, she answers him, "Surprisingly like this, actually."
Writer Sholly Fisch once more does a really rather astounding job of blending two disparate cartoon franchises into a single story, with this issue probably being the most amazing script he's pulled off, as The Flinstones and Scooby-Doo are so incredibly far apart (despite coming from the same animation studio). The comic really reads like a fairly typical Flinstones episode, save with Scooby and the gang appearing.
Einstone's time machine only works one way, so while he tries to figure out how to send Mystery Inc back to the future, he introduces them to The Flintstones and The Rubbles. Betty and Wilma are insisting that the guys take them to the opera, but they would rather go bowling. To try and get out of it, Fred cooks up a story about The Phantom of the Operrock, which, naturally, only intrigues their visitors, and so they all go. This being a Scooby-Doo comic, there really is a Phantom of the Operrock, although it turns out he's really just a guy in a costume trying to scare people away from the opera.
When Wilma says she's never heard of anyone trying such "a clever scheme before," Daphne chimes in, "Wow, we're witnessing a real historical moment! He's the world's first crooked real estate developer!"
Fisch packs in The Gruesomes, The Great Gazoo, Bam-Bam, a reference to Pebbles cereal commercials and just about every Flinstones joke you could hope to expect. Oh, and did he slip a pot joke in as well...?
I know I only read a handful of new comic book-comics this week, so it's probably not saying much, but this was by far the best that I read. Just from a pure craft stand-point, it's a pretty amazing piece of work.
Cyborg, who has "some sweet Justice League connections," uses a Boom Tube to get a group of Tiny Titans out of class and onto the Justice League satellite, where Batman is a big jerk to them, but, after a page or two of jerkiness, Batman and Superman manage to get the Titans' treehouse back from The Brainiacs. As each of the previous issues involved the Titans getting a new, less-than-ideal Treehouse HQ, they now have a half-dozen treehouses...almost a little forest of treehouses.
And then they get detention for skipping school.
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