Hey there folks! Here’s some thoughts on a few more zero issues. I realise these have been out for a while but my comic reading has taken a back seat to work and other stuff this month and I’m behind in my reading quite a bit! Hope you enjoy.
Resurrection Man #0 I was disappointed to hear that Resurrection Man was another title getting the chop by DC, and considering the pretty uninspiring titles that make up the 52’s third wave along with quite a few other books that deserve to go, I am baffled at how this admittedly third tier but still entertaining book doesn’t sell enough to stay on the racks. I’ve noted before here, and in conversations with friends that I get a TV show vibe from this one, and if it was a TV show you’d all go batshit for it. After the season cliffhanger of issue #12, this zero issue functions a little like a look at all the highlights you would have got from the next six issues jammed down in to one, and while there’s some good stuff (the origin of the second Mitch Shelley being a particular highlight), it’s glossed over a little too quickly to work as well as it deserves to. Actually, a LOT too quickly. There’s an angel and a demon demanding a soul as payment for all the deaths Mitch has chalked up. There’s the origin of the Body Doubles. There’s the origin of the whole scientific fuck up that kicks off all of it. Shit, there’s even a cameo by Deathstroke. And it all could have been masterfully spread across the next year worth of issues. A real shame. The book then finishes with hints at more story, and the final message “(Never ever) The End”. Sorry DC, but even though I like this character and won’t get excited about future cameos and seeing Mitch shoehorned into another book for an issue or two. You guys fucked up when you canned this. It deserved to be it’s own story for at least a while longer.
Superman #0 Another retelling of the Superman origin story might have sufficed for this zero issue, except Action Comics #5 did that eight months ago, and DC probably has a hard enough time convincing their readers they aren’t out to completely screw them for their cash, so this story of Jor-El and his scientific studies into the impending doom of Krypton has been churned out instead. Now the concept seems acceptable enough, but the execution is lacklustre, and even Superfans like me will have a hard time buying this. You really need to look no further than the cover to see what’s wrong. Yep, that’s ultra-nerdy geologist Jor-El there, striking a heroic super-pose and tearing through the cover to deliver his hypotheses to the planet. Perhaps, as I did, you’re thinking this functions simply as a metaphor for the powerful lineage this character will be responsible for. I’m sorry to report that unfortunately, in an effort to make a scientist interesting for the masses, dear old Super-dad flexes and fights with the best of them in his quest to make the population aware that Krypton will die. I didn’t mind Kenneth Rocafort’s artwork, but there’s little else to get excited about with this one. I mean, I love Superman and even I thought this was shit.
Batman Incorporated #0 Having recently read the entire run of Batman Incorporated, I was able to get a little more out of this than your casual reader might, and unlike some of these zero issues, this is true to it’s source and feel like it fits into the story, instead of being tacked on as an afterthought. The jumpy-pacing-that-shouldn’t-work-but-does is here, the inception of Batman Incorporated at the corporate level is presented but doesn’t overstay it’s welcome, and there’s some very interesting artwork. I can’t help but feel warm as the Dark Ranger/Australia angle is fleshed out more too. Batman Incorporated is just a cool comic that’s different to any other Batman title going, and issue #0 deserves to stand in it’s continuity. Good job. Now can more members of the Justice League visit and mention Melbourne please?
DC Universe Presents #0 This one wasn’t in my order at the shop, but when I spotted it on the rack I picked it up right away. DC Universe Presents functions as… well, whatever DC wants it to be. It was Deadman’s book for a few issues, then something else, then probably something else after that. For it’s zero issue, someone had the idea of making it a bumper issue and jamming in five stories, mostly relating to characters that have been dropped from the 52. While poor sales led to the demise of these books, the acknowledgement that they were popular with some people out there and the service to those people to revisit them is refreshing, especially as I fall into this category in regards to the sadly short lived OMAC. Additionally on offer here are Mister Terrific, Deadman, Blackhawks and Hawk & Dove. The latter is a confusing mess to likely anyone who didn’t read it, but the rest were easy enough to follow, with the Blackhawks story tying into the early Justice League arc and being pretty cool. I bought this for another OMAC fix though and it didn’t disappoint. Keith Giffen and Dan Dideo return and man the controls as if they’d never left, with even some of the six-panels-per-page artwork I’d loved so much remaining intact. The origin relates more to Brother Eye itself, where we learn that the satellite was built by Batman with alien attack with tech recovered after the battle with Darkseid (more Justice League tie ins!). OMAC always titled each individual issue by expanding the acronym of O.M.A.C. to be relevant to the story, and in this one it stands for “Origins Matter After Cancellation”. Joy. It’s so fucking good to revisit and if this team ever does OMAC again I will buy the lot. I imagine, or at least hope, that fans of the other characters here got the same kick out of having one more go around.