But also, it does raise a problem I’ve had with the Big Seven concept. They’re all big hitters, so you have to smash them down hard to make any conflict worthwhile. If you have a lower powered team, threats can be big and scary and they make sense when they win out. But a straight Kobra vs League fight is going to be difficult because what are they, really?
That can be a big problem for heavy hitters like Superman and the Justice League. Sometimes it feels like the best solution is to let them win the fights, but suffer the consequences, and focus on psychological battles. Apart from the occasional 'planetary-level threat.' That's what I enjoyed about Kobra, it felt like the League could win the fight but were struggling to win the war, facing PR problems and a nebulous enemy that works in the shadows!
Hawkman is a character that meant a lot to me, but I wasn't allowed to keep him in the title. I'll go into more detail later when we talk about the next issue. Character interactions are what pushes my writing forward and Bruce being the perpetual straight man, apart from the odd occurrence where he actually cracks a joke, is a staple of how I work. I'm glad you're enjoying my work from this time!
Interesting! Someone else had dibs on Hawkman, perhaps? Batman is definitely the straight man, especially with characters like Hal and the Flash, which makes his occasional joke all the more amusing.
I'm certainly enjoying all of your work, and it's a lot of fun to follow serialized adventures over such a long period. Like a good comic book or webcomic, it's very rewarding to the reader. Cheers!
I've had a blast reading the "Scarlet Reign" story and thought I'd leave my review on this issue. The finale was amazing. I loved the different lanterns coming to the fore and you handled the broad cast of characters, especially the addition of Sinestro and Arisia Rrab, very well. It was a lot of fun and quite satisfying to see Jordan and Guy take such quick and decisive actions in a crisis, while not cruel or excessive obviously. Sometimes it's refreshing to see the hero put the bad guy down HARD. Scarlet Reign had a lot of very interesting concepts. I enjoyed your subversion of the Parallax story from the DC Universe. It was an exciting conclusion and I look forward to seeing some of the fallout.
Now, on to the anniversary specials. David Charlton's "Target Green Lantern" was very cute and a fun read. "Impressive" by Jay Mcintyre was funny and it's really good to see GLs doing disaster relief in addition to stomping on super-villains. "Black and White" by John elbe was a terrifying reintroduction for Black Hand, yikes! "Electric Sound" covered some of the most interesting lanterns I've seen and reminds me how much I enjoy the breadth of the DC Universe, specially the space-themed books like GLC. Mark Bowers' "Mogo" story was a fun romp. The anniversary issue had a stunning collection of authors with some amazing stories Congratulations, guys, on creating such a memorable site and a great place for DC fans.
Strong issue with a lot of balls in the air. You keep the story moving briskly but also focus on a few Leaguers at a time, helping me keep track of what's going on and demonstrating some fun pair-ups, like Aquaman and Batman. I love how they're dealing with the fraught politics of their, well, existence and how people and governments react to something like the Justice League. Great issues for volume 2! I confess I know little about the Daemonites or the Wildstorm Universe, so this is going to be interesting!
Very good issue! This was a good moral dilemna with clever interwoven plotting. Ultimately, I think it was the appropriate decision for Hawkman, although at great cost.
I've never been a big fan, or read many issues, of Hawkman. It's cool to read more about him on this site! Right now I will say that Hawkwoman feels a little too much like an appendage; I might just feel that way given that Hawkgirl was my first introduction to the Hawks on Justice League, and thus feels like the mroe developed version of the two.
Interestingly, I've literally never read an issue with Kobra in the comics. This is the first time I've heard of them! Kobra is a great villain for the Justice League! You can't quite punch your way out of any given situation with them, but have access to heavy hitters for the occasional battle. They're insidious and evil. I look forward to their eventual defeat!
This issue was amazing, great work Charlie. While I certainly didn't have to wait for Volume 2, it felt like a solid new beginning. I liked the references to other issues on the site at the time (I think) but I could still follow the solid plot. This issue didn't have my favorite fight scenes, they felt a little hectic to me, but it's hard to juggle this many big guns at once! The plotting and characterization were perfect.
I am a fan of the Big Seven, and enjoyed your version of Hawkman as well, so it was nice to see the gang back together. The repartee between Flash and Batman ("Don't.) after the communications signal went dead was brilliant. It reminded me of an episode of the Justice League cartoon, although the subject matter was more mature. Can't wait to see what happens next!
As a latecomer to these issues, I didn't have to wait for the ending but that didn't make it anymore difficult to read. David seems to have said it best, this was a brutal, hard, and powerful story. A very neat introduction to John Stewart, and I can also see why it was hard to finish. (The scene breaks were fun, I feel like they helped with the visual identity of the issue and the 'comicness' of the site.) You're version of the power ring is fascinating and awesome. I love your portrayal of Stewart and his connection to Darkseid. Quite a twist of the knife in third issue. A moving story that I'm glad I got to read in it's entirety.
Oblique kindly stepped up to write the Wonder Girl and Troia scenes, and I’m glad he did. I knew they’d be fun to do, but I had the main plot to write, and knowing someone else was taking up the other most important part of the issue made life a whole lot easier. He captured some real verve and poise with his prose, and I think it’s another encouraging sign that when he decides to write his own solo title on the site it’ll be a winner! Where all the writers at? C’mon down!
Roy did a great cover highlighting the three ‘Wonders’ featured in the issue, and I’m chuffed to have had a collaborator for so long on the site, and who works to such a consistent high quality. I’m lucky to be working with folks like Oblique, Roy, and especially my long-suffering editor Mark, who undercuts all my attempts at humour by being funnier than me, and keeps me level-headed when my writing goes off in all kinds of different directions.
Thank you for the kind words, Charlie! I hope, eventually, my prose can live up to some of the writing I've had the pleasure to read on this site--and this issue is no exception! I had no idea what was going to happen, so I followed each twist and turn with bated breath! As I suspect you had planned, at first I though it was Hippolytus crawling his way back to godhood. But no! Ares pulls a fast one on the Celestial Pantheon. I loved his ploy, although I dread the potential consequences. From the opening scene with his vivid cruelty, to Nobody's exploration of a fascinating and haunting world of the divine, to the final reveal, I was hooked!
It was hard to read my own contributions and resist the desire to file off a few of the rough edges. I can see Charlie (and, perhaps, Mark's?) efforts at work to refine my dialogue. I felt much more attached to the first scene with Cassie, but I think, ironically, that the scene with Donna turned out better now that I have some distance. Regardless, I hope any readers enjoyed my contributions. It was amazing to see how it all fit together!
Of course the question is what will happen next? Well, I think Justice League is about to get a whole lot more interesting next issue, with an arc I’ve been excited to write since I started seeding plot points in Justice League #51-52. And after ‘An End To The Age Of Wonders’ concludes in #70, we have an arc that begins the build toward the most mind blowing event to hit the DC2 since ‘The Apokolips Imperative’. Basically, I’m going to fire every single Chekhov’s Gun you’ve seen loaded in the series so far, and I don’t know what’ll be left afterwards.
Frankly, I'm a little afraid of what to expect from 'An End To The Age of Wonders!' This was an epic prologue. Charlie, you have plans within plans within plans... As for what will be left afterwards, well! For newcomers to the site and DC fans who find these stories, what will be left is a true treasure. An incredible legacy that aspires to, and matches, some of the best comics ever written in depth, emotional intensity, and good fun--and beats them in planning ability. For aspiring writers, it's proof that there are amazing stories to be told, and that better writing and stories are found in collaboration with our peers. There are always more stories to tell, and, for now, I'm glad to keep reading them. SaveSaveSaveSave
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P.S. I had this niggling feeling so I checked a few old threads and you did mention that, for now at least, Omega Point has been put on the shelf. As an aspiring writer and fan, I understand when that happens! I've had more than one great project stall on me in the past! This site and these stories are a tremendous testament to your skill and commitment, including this arc on Justice League.
The Justice League faced a terrifying challenge in "Collision Course!" I loved the opening issue and, I'll admit, that brief excursion into the multiverse was pretty cool. I enjoyed the set of characters created for Red Robin's dystopian future, and how it played with elements from the prime world's past. It was a great setup to the arc! Unfortunately, I'm not sure I'm the biggest fan of the the finale. First, the writing and plotting were quite good! This is more of a matter of personal opinion. Red Robin came off as a little pretentious and unnecessarily opaque, making it hard for me to root for him. (Mind you, I think it's hard to get on-side with someone that single-minded...) The final conflict fell a little flat for me, like it was building up to something but I was missing a few pieces! (I believe this is due, in part, due to the fact that the finale was a cliff-hanger!)
I still enjoyed the brief moments of calm in this issue where characters from the two timelines could connect, great dialogue and touching moments for me as a reader. The Justice League demonstrated the true depths of sacrifice and commitment required of great heroes. I see that that next issue heralds a new beginning, and I'm on to more! Cheers.
I got through stylistic phases with a title like Justice League. You mainly want to have fun while doing any kind of fan fiction, so in an effort to achieve that you introduce characters from all quarters to make a fun roster and then see where the characters take you. But at the same time, the title was at its ‘best-selling’ in the real world when it had the Big Seven as the main guys, not when Doctor Light was rubbing shoulders with the likes of Batman and Wonder Woman, so how best to bridge that gap?
When this run was going on, I was thick in my ‘Who-Do-I-Want-To-Write?’ headspace, and that’s how we ended up with the likes of Animal Man, Big Barda and Mister Miracle, et al, in the main roster. And Guy Gardner as the main Green Lantern! These kind of characters are fun to write and have as part of your roster because they’ve not had regular (or any) interactions with other somewhat esoteric characters, so you can create really interesting character dynamics every single issue which have never been seen before.
I'm a big fan of the Big Seven and often gravitate towards stories that feature a tight focus on a short roster of Leaguers. I prefered Justice League to Justice League Unlimited and Young Justice Season 1 to the sprawling second season. That said, you're totally right that you need to have fun and explore new ideas as a writer (and a reader) especially for fan-fiction, and I think you did an excellent job. This site has really given me a way to explore unusual characters that I've never followed in the comics, especially if it was an old story (I'm an awful art snob and I know it can limit my own enjoyment of what is really a good comic). This way, I discovered Hal Jordan can be a remarkably deep and interesting character, and new characters (to me) like Ted Kord, Big Barda, and Mister Miracle! It's been a really fun run.
Was this run successful? There were ups and downs, but I think I’ve proven at this point that I have the chops to write a book of this magnitude. Hell, it’s been forty issues so far!
I think it's safe to say it's been a roaring success. Moving through the back issues it feels like a coherenet and well developed story. I'll be back for more!
Decade would features stories set in the ten year period and after the event series itself. I have one for the Tim Wayne Batman I want to do which will be bat shit crazy but I think you can tell from everything I’ve said across the site that I’m worried about over-committing myself!
Regarding Superwoman as a mantle, I think it’s important to note that at this point, she’s been a hero on Earth longer than Superman would have been. I think we pretty much stated that the timeline for our superheroes starts with his debut (the only hero being around longer in the Modern Age being Batman, who started two years before that) and she debuted six, maybe seven years into that, so she’ll have had a few years in his shadow as Supergirl before he leaves Earth. The world would have accepted her eventually, and she’s cast of that shadow, so who are they going to trust more now? Him or her? Oh, I think I just got an idea for another Decade story…
I remember reading about the rapport that Katie McGrath (Lena) and Melissa Benoist (Kara) have in the ‘Supergirl’ show and that played a small role in the change in their relationship in the DC2, but at the same time, the way I was writing, and the way the characters ended up interacting and emoting at each other, this was a natural place for their relationship to end up. We could have very easily gone the boring route and had another ‘generation’ of Els and Luthors feuding, but what’s the point? When some feedback in the earlier issues mentioned that their interactions felt very flirty, that hammered home the point that my writing was apparently trying to make to me—these two needed to end up together. You’ll see where that takes them in Omega Crisis, especially after the events of the second issue.
One of the reasons I actually wanted to use Lena wasn’t because of her appearance in the TV show (I don’t watch it at all regularly) but because of her appearances in early 2000s Superman comics, where she became Brainiac 13’s apprentice. She became a very real character at that point, and I’m a firm believer in the earlier comics you read shaping your fandom.
Anyway, when I wrap every other extraneous story I’ve started or plotted or teased on the site I’ll sit down and get to work on Decade, but before all that I have to finish Omega Crisis. Wish me luck! Thanks for reading!
I can't wait for more! I think your Superwoman, her new powers, and her relationship with Lena all deserve a continuation. Decade sounds like a ton of fun. It definitely feels like, and this is a compliment to how this story worked so well, Superwoman has been on Earth for a long time and truly established herself there. The tendency, and appeal, to retell origin stories and keep characters like Superman operating on Earth in such a limited time span (look at the New 52 and it's bizarre insistence that every superhero had only been in the public eye for jsut five years) is so limiting! I moved back through the New 52 and found a wealth of stories that played on how more established character and world dynamics can be just as, if not more interesting, than an origin story. In a remarkable achievement, Superwoman got to be both.
I didn't know that Lena was a character in the comics, not that it's surprising, of course. It's so true that the earlier comics (and, perhaps, television shows) shape your fandom! Justice League introduced me to their Big Seven and John Stewart's place in my mind as the Green Lantern. The Batman (not the Timmverse) was my foundation for Batman, Robin, and Batgirl. When I started reading comics, the first stories I really got into defined my favorite characters. That said, it's been a real treat discovering new characters and new versions of their adventures on this site. Superwoman happened to receive a boost (for me) from the coincidentally concurrent show!
And, yes, the covers were amazing. Such a strong, stunning vision for a superheroine. Her outfit was a pitch-perfect evolution of Superman's. Loved this story and look forward to more, no matter how long it takes. Your dedication to the craft, and this site, is very impressive. I hope new readers like me are a worthy reward. SaveSave
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I really enjoyed this run of Justice League! The return of the Star Conqueror! From the tense opening hook to the climactic battle inside J'onn's mind, it felt like the Justice League faced a real threat.
Starro enabled some fun match-ups and good character moments as the League battled inside Laputa. Barda was a hilarious addition to the team! I liked your portrayal of Martian Manhunter's mindscape and Animal Man's clever victory. It showed great planning, teamwork, and effort on your part. Looking forward to the next battle!
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WOW. Just, wow. This was a great finale to my favorite story on this site right now, hands down. I love Kara and this issue neatly wrapped up all of the threads from the previous issues and opened the door to something I expect will be even better. I enjoyed the back-and-forth in the "Ten Years Later" timeline, but I'm also excited to see more in the future, seeing as how you mentioned yourself that Kara is now Superwoman in her own right (she's a hero for her own reasons and not just to honor Kal). In some ways, she has even transcended her cousin's legacy. I love her new-ish powers and abilities and her own roster of allies. While, of course, Lena was NEVER going to be her archnemesis, I'll admit, I did not see the final battle coming. Well played. Gorgeous action and clever writing to capture some of the nuances of telepathy, nanotechnology, and their inner battle in written form. I'm quite happy for these two lovebirds, and you did their (second) kiss justice. Lovely! (This reminds me that Lena Luthor was in Supergirl Season 2 and some fans were convinced, given the chemistry the two actors had on screen, that the show was going to take a similar route.)
I was actually quite worried (when I saw the finale subscript) that this was going to be the last Superwoman story! I was all set to write a glowing review and beg for more issues, and then I saw that the adventure will continue! Thank goodness. I see Zod is back! I wonder if Superwoman needs a new archnemesis of her own to round-out the supporting cast? I'm excited to see Lionel and what I hope will be a comedic introduction to his granddaughter's new life, although I might be missing the mark there. What a good story. Thanks, Charlie, for an amazing ride. I look forward to tomorrow, and more to come.
Congratulations on an epic finale to an amazing run on Green Lantern! I've had the privilege to read Green Lantern in the order you put it together in the library (and I didn't have to wait three years or so to get to this point). The plot was so tight, the references were timely, and the character development built on everything that had come before it.
I'll admit I was never the biggest fan of Green Lantern; I've never collected the comics and Hal Jordan was always my least favorite member of the League! So it means something (I think) when I say that you've won me over to the ol' flyboy. This was a dramatic, desperate battle for the universe's greatest ringslinger, and a tragic victory. I enjoyed the culmination of his story with Chloe Sullivan (and I just liked having her in the DC2). That said, I wasn't the biggest fan of Carol Ferris' interactions with the Predator. It felt like she was too easily manipulated--not that the Predator, of course, wasn't a powerful and disturbing psychic, but that I wish Carol hadn't been the target. At the same time, it was part of the Predator's cruel assault on Jordan's life.
It's hard to describe how awesome the final battles with the Predator were. You dealt with one of the (oftentimes) biggest holes in stories were the hero is pitted against someone they know who is being controlled by an outside force...how hard to it would be to forgive the monster they became under the influence of some evil, how they could talk like your old friend, pry at your mind. Jordan's responses were pitch perfect. The dialogue and the combat were exceptional. And it all ended in such tragedy.
I'm sure that Hal Jordan will be back, and I hope to see Jessica and Chloe Sullivan again in the future. For now, I look forward to John Stewart's time with the ring. I'll be back for more soon!
Two great issues of Justice League (#26 and #27)! #26 offered a great roundup as the League sought out some new recruits; I loved how we got see to see Buddy Baker's perspective on these titans. Superman was such an inspirational figure in that issue.
The next issue was a fun one-shot with some dimension-hopping action. Unlike some, I must admit that I didn't realize who Becky was until the reveal! It was a lovely ending for a great adventure that reminded me of some of the best episodes of Justice League/Justice League Unlimited, which was my introduction to these heroes. Great job!
Great couple of issues! The Riddler, when done well, is a great villain for Batman--cerebral, insidious, with a real reason to banter with the World's Greatest Detective and not just exchange blows. This plan was particularly engaging (I always enjoy it when the villain REALLY gets away and demonstrates their true threat to the reader). As a musical luddite, I can't say that the Metallica quotes (which I identified as such only upon skimming past letters) worked for ME, but they added a certain roguish charm to the chapters. I enjoyed the organization of the scenes and the epilogues, ironically, I have access to the whole sweep of the site and having read some of these issues "out of order" I had a good time ducking back and seeing such intelligent foreshadowing. Cheers!
Hello, UDC! I'm a new reader on the site and I've had the pleasure of catching up on a variety of titles. I just finished reading the first four issues of Secret Six. It's a great story so far and I look forward to more. Stories starring villains always have a lot of flexibility that make them a fun read.
I'm particularly enjoying Mist, Cluemaster, and Copperhead. Everyone has a distinct voice, powers, and roles in the squad. I enjoyed your careful set-up and characterization for each member of the squad. The Voice is an intriguing super-villain and I'm excited for the reveal. Personally, I hope it's not too far in the future to resolve this mystery and keep the story going, introduce a new perspective on the initial kidnapping and crime. Who's involved and why...We'll see!
P.S. "Making Friends and Influencing People" is the best title for this arc. Amazing.
This was a great issue with Scarecrow! I'm enjoying Dick's tenure under the cowl, he's a smart and brutal fighter when he adopts the persona of The Bat. It's an interesting psychological study of how Dick and Bruce react to the role of Batman.
Anyways, I loved the scenes with Gordon and the police. It was a fun battle with Crane; very smart moves on Dick's part. Great issue!
I think we all knew that Batman would return, but it was a great run with some real emotional heft.
Task Force X is the perfect foil for a hero like Nightwing or Batman--just enough power and ability to be a legitimate threat to someone like Batman without cracking suspension of disbelief, diabolical and cruel like real Gotham Rogues! I'd think a follow-up would be stellar, but it sounds like you've got quite a load on your plate!
I've never followed Green Lantern in the comics so this was a pretty interesting run for me, reading through the early stories starring the Emerald Gladiator here at DC2. I've always liked Hal as one of the "funny guys" on the Justice League riffing on Superman and Batman, but I've never put much thought into him as a character. These stories have really brought him to life in my mind! I thought this one-shot starring Sinestro (tying up some loose ends and highlighting what a cool character Sinestro can be!) was a good point to stop and drop a letter congratulating Charlie and the other writers and amazing artists--my favorite thus far was Issue 21! Holy crap, what a cover!
Briefly, I loved seeing Hal working with Kyle Raynor, the restoration of the Green Lantern Corps, and exploring his relationship with Chloe and with Carol. I've never quite liked the Star Sapphires, but this is as good an explanation for their schtick as any I've seen thus far. Your version of the destruction of Coast City was dramatic and emotional. Hal's pursuit and capture of the savage villain was fantastic. You've helped me to develop a greater appreciation for Guy Gardner, who is all-too-often portrayed as a thuggish jock...rather than a thuggish jock with layers.
More recently, I loved Clark's confrontation with Hal at the Kent Farm--and Hal's poignant response. Way to tell 'im, Hal! That was great. Honestly, I'm excited to see more of Stewart, Gardner, Hal, Carol, and everyone else. Fantastic work!
This was a great epilogue to an ambitious arc (the death of Batman!) and an even more satisfying conclusion to Two Face's amazing saga here at DC2. As has been said above, your insights into Gotham and Gordon are superb. Very dark, very clever, and very entertaining.
This issue also reflects on the big "death of Batman" stories in the Batbooks; I liked the idea of pitting Batman against Ra's al Ghul in his final battle. That said, I wasn't as sold on his villainous scheme. An armed invasion of a major American city seems more like a setup to fight Batman than a genuine plan on the part of the League of Assassins. It was hard getting over the "revolving door" of villains brought back from the dead for this arc, but I did enjoy the dramatic fight scenes. Joker, on the other hand, seemed more like a distraction, not to mention bizarrely overpowered--it's quite difficult to build and plant a small bomb let along an entire army's worth of munitions! It did draw attention to how Batman made some serious mistakes, and I'm glad that other characters and his own actions draw attention to how badly he messed up.
While this was not my favorite run on the Batbooks thus far, it was a dramatic and poignant end for the Dark Knight and this was an excellent epilogue touching on some of the characters that were affected by his loss. I loved the scene with Selina. I look forward to seeing how the city, and the Batfamily, react to further fallout in the next issues.
Wow! "Trial by Fire" was an amazing arc and this epilogue was, as has been stated above, perfect. What a great way to introduce Dick to the mantle of The Bat, facing off against Waller's Task Force X. The different ways Grayson defeated his opponents showcased not just his worthiness as a successor but also how he's different from Bruce and what's always so fun about Batman as a character. What a great run! Can't wait to see more of Grayson under the cowl.
Congratulations on an awesome one-shot. This issue had some hilarious parties, action, and great emotional beats. "Hera, yes," made me laugh out loud on the subway. I love seeing superheroes in slice-of-life situations such as this, and hope to read more in the future. Great work!
I've been reading the back issues here at DC2 and "Justice League" has more than lived up to its title, bringing together the greatest heroes in the DCU--and some new blood, as well. I loved the "A Game of Escalation" arc with an awesome conclusion to some of the ongoing threads with room for more. Injustice Unlimited is a great concept and a strong adversary for our heroes. It's good to see the League's global reach and responsibilities. Byth was a great villain to knock out at the conclusion of this arc, and I'm interested in a very different version of "the Wonder Twins." I'll be reading more soon!
Thanks for commenting, O. I know I appreciate receiving feedback. I've said it so many times before that I must come across as a broken record, but as much as I love writing these stories, sometimes it feels like I'm just chucking them into a void. Like I'm writing them for the sake of writing them, rather than for an audience. I have to admit, I'm still looking forward to you hitting the ongoing books that are still coming out on the site!
I am excited to keep reading through Justice League now that I'm done with this crossover. (I have to say, my interest in writing for the site has shifted my reading somewhat towards the Bat-Books as I try and digest the canon.) Having done some fanfiction of my own in the past, it can definitely feel like yelling into the wind at times...so I do my best to comment and show my appreciation on what I'm reading whenever I have a spare hour or two! Save
Brian Burchette, you have almost succeeded in making me like Tim Drake, which is no small accomplishment! Detective Comics #21 to #26 were full of twists and turns that all came together in this issue. You have a great grasp of the characters (particularly Alfred) and it was great to see Gordon and Batman working together. The introduction of Chloe and the DEO really helped tie these events in Gotham into the fabric of the DC2 Universe, and prevented that lingering question I always get when reading comics ("Why doesn't the government step in when these freaks are terrifying the city?")
I did choke a little bit when Tim Drake went looking for his dad (those meddling kids...) and the consequent murder, shooting, and deathbed confession were a bit on the nose. But the mending and epilogues fit the melodramatic issue well. Somehow, I'm interesting in seeing more of "Young Master Drake," and that's a compliment.
As a new reader on this site I've had the opportunity to pour over collected "back issues" and read whole stories in one go - and "Detective Comics" might just take top billing as one of the best ongoing series. Reading from Detective Comics Annual #1 to Issue #18 has been a tortured tale of hope and despair, murder and madness. The ending was tragic and yet satisfying, as a reader. Two faces and two lives lost. This seemed like a good point to drop a letter and congratulate Brian Burchette on his amazing run with Harvey Dent. Cheers!
Wow! Two years! Congratulations, almost ten years later, to all of the writers on this site for creating another massive crossover. I'm not sure if this writing these letters is entirely pointless after so much time, but as an aspiring writer myself, I think anyone would appreciate a new fan picking up their work no matter how many years have pasted. At least I think this can't hurt. Like a new reader flipping through a decade of back issues after discovering a new character I've had a great time reading tons of different characters by different writers on this site. Obviously I came to a point where, with great fanfare, multiple titles announced they were colliding in a second epic anniversary event - so here I am! (This letter covers all of the event series.)
I've always enjoyed stories that pit our mighty heroes against shadowy conspiracies and corrupt government officials, so the beginning of this story worked out well in that respect. This format allowed the writers to dig into the politics and motivations for different characters. I particularly enjoyed President Lord and his hapless Vice-President, thrust into the driver's seat! Their response to the League seemed plausible (no matter how frustrated) as did the League's protectiveness. I loved the different battles among the heroes (both verbal and physical) over what to do--who to believe--who to trust. The Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad and the Teen Titans went down just like it should, and the fights were a lot of fun.
Of course, I was glad when Starro (or "The Star Conqueror) turned out to be manipulated countless hapless pawns from behind the scene. I have to mention that Luthor's big move was unexpected. As trite as this might sound, it felt like the second half of this event was trying to do too much. I enjoyed the tighter focus on the League in the first half. I also loved Lois Lane's role as an intrepid journalist, Chloe Sullivan, and Barbara Gordon's ethical dilemma in particular.
There were a lot of balls in the air in the second part and not every scene received enough attention, in my humble opinion. The reappearance of the Justice Society to save the day would not have been my preferred solution--it felt like the Justice League was getting short thrift in their own title (and event). Superman in particular felt like he disappeared for a few issues, even as an obstacle to other heroes. Batman received due attention in a great scene in the Hall of Justice and, don't get me wrong, there were lots of great moments, battles, and an epic sacrifice to save the day. It was a big finish for a big event with great characters, and I look forward to seeing more of the League in the future.