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Comics 411: Thoughts on the New Age of DC Heroes

December 6, 2017 | Posted by Steve Gustafson
The Silencer DC New Age of Heroes

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Last week we asked, How Will Brian Michael Bendis Change DC? Here’s what some of you had to say:

Jim Jones: “By writing bad stories which emphasis peddling politics over characters, plot, and engaging storytelling?

Bendis sucks. I have no idea why people buy his garbage.”

JestersTear: “BMB has a whole new backlog of famous stories to rip off and bastardize now. That will be his contribution to DC.”

Defective: “No. Bendis will not change DC. It’s the Geoff Johns show right now, not the Bendis show. marvel editors and editorial had no teeth so Bendis did what he wanted over there. DC does not run that way.”

David Oliver Burcham: “Bendis will change DC by making whatever story he writes 20 pages of two panels drawn over and over again with the characters asking and answering the same question 500 times… then killing off characters he doesn’t like because deconstruction.”

Marty Confetti: “I’ve been out of the comic book loop but I would like to see what Bendis can do with Batman or Nightwing. Maybe just a limited issue story.

As for team books, I would like to see Bendis tackle JLA, Doom Patrol, or Teen Titans.”

Richard H1S: “Age of Ultron was really only Bendis Age of Ultron by name the stories really didn’t line up at all.

His best work has generally not been his crossover work. To be honest I haven’t really liked any of his crossovers that I can think of. House of M, age of Ultron, civil war 2, I didn’t care for any of them.

His best works have been his solo books. His daredevil run was fantastic, similarly so was a lot of his work on ultimate Spider-Man.

With that being said, I’m not sure what I’d have him do at DC, I guess the correct answer would probably be “whatever he wants, but I’d prefer he (and DC) stayed away from any line wide crossovers. A high profile title like Batman would be up his alley, also based on his work on Spider-Man as team books how about New Teen Titans?”

To read ALL the comments from the column, CLICK HERE! As always, thanks for the input!

This week we discuss…

Thoughts on the New Age of DC Heroes!

Have you been keeping up on DC’s Dark Night’s: Metal? If not, you’re missing some quality stories and art that looks like it actually will have an impact on the DC universe. In a press release, the publisher said this new stage will “embody a spirit of epic adventure and bravery—the kind you may remember from another era, but updated in an exciting way for today!”

The new titles are illustrated by DC’s Master Class of artists, including legendary names like Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, John Romita Jr., Tony S. Daniel, Ivan Reis, Ryan Sook, Philip Tan and Kenneth Rocafort. And they are written by some of comics’ biggest names, including Scott Snyder, Jeff Lemire, Dan Abnett, James Tynion IV, Robert Venditti, Steve Orlando, Justin Jordan and Dan DiDio.

That got my attention. Check out the video to learn more and then check out the new titles…

Ethan “Elvis” Avery just wanted to serve his country. Instead, he’s been changed into a monster!

Tasked as the government’s own living, breathing ticking time bomb, Ethan retains no control when the monster takes over. The beast is cheaper than a nuclear warhead and twice as effective, and Ethan fights to rein in the damage he unleashes when it springs free for one hour a day. With everyone around him in danger, Ethan struggles to contain the DAMAGE he inflicts on the DC Universe.

The Silencer
She’s one of the DC Universe’s deadliest assassins…and you’ve never heard of her. Super-strong, highly trained, armed with devastating and stealthy metahuman abilities, the Silencer is virtually invincible. Or at least she was. After decades as Leviathan’s chief assassin, Honor Guest put in her time and managed to get out with her skin intact. Now she lives a normal life with a normal family in a normal house on a normal street. But the past has come back to haunt her in the form of her old employer and a deadly new mission…and Talia Al Ghul won’t take no for an answer.

During the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, high school junior Derek James accidentally fell through a rift into the Dark Matter dimension! Now, as Sideways, he can create rifts in midair to leap through dimensions at will! But with that much power comes great liability—and tears are starting to form in the fabric of the space-time continuum…

The Terrifics
Bound together by fate, and united by the spirit of exploration and hope for tomorrow, the Terrifics are bound from the Dark Multiverse of Metal! When Mr. Terrific, Metamorpho, Plastic Man and Phantom Girl find themselves literally bound together by a tragic accident, our team of unlikely allies must rely on one another to make their way back home. But a startling revelation on their return trip brings them face to face with a new mystery: Where in the universe is Tom Strong?

The Immortal Men
There is a secret history to the DC Universe of heroes who have protected humanity from the shadows since the dawn of time…heroes who can live forever. Enter the Immortal Men! The team, headed by the Immortal Man, has waged a secret war against the House of Conquest for countless years—but Conquest has dealt a devastating blow. When their base of operations, known as the Campus, is savagely attacked, the Immortal Men must seek out their last hope—an emerging metahuman known as Caden Park! Caden’s emerging powers may be able to ensure the Immortal Men’s survival—but will Conquest get to him first?

The Curse of Brimstone
Joe Chamberlain is not just your average kid trying to get by in his chewed up and forgotten small town of York Hill—he also unknowingly made a deal with the devil that cursed him into BRIMSTONE! Now with the power of fire and destruction in the palms of his hands, Brimstone can turn his town around and seek revenge on the devil who cursed him—but in order to maintain his heroic form, Joe has to endure every second of the fiery pain burning from the inside out!

New Challengers
Characters live on borrowed time, running from death toward the greatest mysteries, wonders and terrors of the universe! It’s a new cast on a new mission with the history and greatness of the original Challengers of the Unknown. The story starts with Challengers Mountain returning after having been missing for years, and only gets wilder from there…

The Unexpected
THE UNEXPECTED orbits around a group of heroes who yearn to show the world that they’re more than the sum of their past mistakes. It centers in on something we all face every day, wrestling with our pasts and the compromises we’ve made. THE UNEXPECTED is offering a second chance for these heroes, even if they don’t all know they want one.

As a fan who has seen a lot and developed a little cynicism about the industry, I’m a little excited about these titles and will give them a chance. What about you?

That’s all the time I have. Check out our Comic Book Reviews tomorrow and see you next week!