Who’s Editing #8: Flashes in the Pan

Fire and Water Presents: Who’s Editing Episode 8! Firestorm! The Flash(es)! The Freedom Fighters! That last one, and the events of the past year if not the past month, really begged for a more overtly political take on the experiment, and that’s just what Siskoid and his guest, the clearly mad Diabolu Frank (Rolled Spine Podcasts) have given us!

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Theme: “Révolution” by Les Sherpas.

Bonus clips: “Felicity Theme” by Judith Owen; “Off the Record with Gerry Conway”, featuring Gerry Conway.

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  2. I *think* I followed most of Frank’s title descriptions. But when he mentioned ‘super charged Supergirl defeating the anti-monitor’, The Gang being a major villain, and Fallen Angel, I was hooked. Yay Team Kara!

    As always, lots of interesting books on both sides and so I must give you my one idea:

    Furies:
    This is my legacy book. It takes place in the present looking at the interaction between the two women using the name Fury,

    We see the ‘Golden Age’ Fury but she actually was a hero in the late 80s. She has the same conceit. Wonder Woman like powers but can Hulk out when enraged. That sort of heroing was perfect for the 80s but in the socially conscience 2020’s, she is looked at with a jaundiced eye for her casual destruction and perceived indifference to social causes. She is basically a centrist but is viewed as being extreme right.

    And we see her daughter, Lyta Hall Fury, a current super-hero. All the basic powers but without the Hulk-like manifestations. She is a social justice warrior more apt to try and destroy billionaires than bring in petty robbers. stealing to feed their family.

    We get action sequences for both with the occasional team-up. But also lots of mother/daughter interaction, on a mostly friendly basis, as both sides try to promote the underlying positive aspects of their world viewpoints. And maybe both sides will learn something.

    I guess I would want this book to be the sort of ‘let’s extend our hands across the aisle’ book to explore social causes in a more constructive and not destructive way.

    Plus, I love the Golden Age Fury.

    1. I was gonna say Earth-2 Fury since she didn’t exist in the Golden Age, but then there wasn’t an Earth-2 by the time she premiered, was there? Poor Fury. Yeah, I like her too. Due for a comeback, but Nubia will have to do for now (and do very well).

      1. I didn’t intentionally up the Supergirl content, so it was clearly an unconscious preferential bias at work. Also, because I don’t listen closely to directions, I was briefly developing a Gang ongoing series for the podcast that will probably get folded into the comments game.

        I’ve barely read any “Golden Age” Fury content, since my tolerance for Roy Thomas was already tapped out by All-Star Squadron andInfinity Inc. before I even made it to Young All-Stars. Obviously I’m Fury-curious (not remotely like furry-curious) because of the Wonder Woman connection, but even when Phil Jimenez brought her into the book, she was a misfit. Lyta Hall was such a blank slate under Roy Thomas that you could pretty much go in whatever direction you’d want with her. Gaiman gave her more elements of a personality, but she was still a situation rather than a person to me.

        They had an Earth-Two Fury in Earth 2 that was a cross between Siskoid’s proposal and Hippolyta Trevor. She was basically an angrier and more Apokolips-committed Barda, but the daughter of the deceased Wonder Woman that was raised by Steppenwolf.

        Given what a mess they made of the Furys, Nubia’s got the better odds story-wise going forward, even setting aside the representation aspect. I’m actually buying all the DC Comics Nubia product that’s coming out right now, which I haven’t been able to say of Wonder Woman for most of the post-Flushpoint period.

  3. I”m disappointed that we never got a title called THE FURY OF FRANK.

    Or maybe by the end of the day, we will get that.

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    ATOMIC #8
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    Ryan Choi and Aqualad escape Onyx to deliver the news of the sustainable shrunken society Black Manta has been secretly gathering for years in anticipation of the coming doomsday event. However, Thomas Dinawa has again enlisted the services of Deathstroke to terminate their communication attempt. The Duke of Deception and Earl of Greed negotiate a new alliance between Turkey, Bialya, Austanburg, and Pan Balgravia in opposition to the Baronry, made possible through a generous donation from the Symbolix Corporation. Captured by Strike Force Kobra and en route to the Middle East, Atom Smasher is rescued by Black Adam as part of an escalation in hostilities between Kahndaq and the cult. Having left the Earth far behind, Jon ST-94 and Kris HCG-50 make the acquaintance of Dr. Jonathan Osterman. Ray Palmer and the Hawks return to the C.B.I. to report, only to find the agency is no more, with forces in the intelligence community aligning against them. The investigations of Ralph Dibny, Eddie Fyers, and Steve Trevor all cross paths, and their shared notes cast the shadow of doubt on one of their own. It also sets Cyclotron on a collision course with the Force of July!
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    BARDA #7
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    The bloody showdown at the Stoneville A.C.E. compound enflames a public already near hysterics in its fear of “x-tras.” Reep needed to steal a tractor trailer to transport himself and Babe out of Nebraska, but at a rest stop he’s surprised to discover Babe’s new stowaway “pets” include the cat lady Felicity. The increasingly unstable Challengers of the Unknown are tasked by the government with apprehending these illegal aliens, and when they spot the semi in Wyoming, there can be no non-violent escape!
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    BLUE DEVIL #6
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    Lawyering-up with Eloise Longacre and having made a Faustian bargain with Funky Flashman to get the media on their side, Santi and Norm plan to depose against Jock Verner for the insurance investigators. Even if they convince the insurers that the show may go on, they’ll likely burn their bridges in this town. The devil is in the details though, as there’s something more infernal than bad luck following the Blue Devil suit, and Task Force X isn’t done with June Moon, either…
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    BRONZE TIGER #6
    written by BRYAN HILL
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    Essence has saved Ben from the plague, but now it’s up to his team to brave Nanda Parbat and the occupying League of Assassins. The shadowy man responsible for training Dr. Tzin-Tzin had also forced him into a compact with a demon of Gemworld that enchanted his mortal form. The formulae to nullify the alchemical contaminant was literally written into Tzin-Tzin’s bones, and the best hope of the hundreds of thousands already afflicted is for Deadman to carry it out of Tibet. Beyond the stealth and martial skill required for this challenge, Bronze Tiger must also overcome the sorcery that repels Boston Brand from his former home, or else the death toll may remain entirely in the hands of the mysterious new leadership of the League.
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    THE FLASHPOINT PREEMPTION HC
    written by DAN ABNETT & ANDY LANNING
    art & cover by GREG CAPULLO and JONATHAN GLAPION
    The red-hot, sold-out five-issue miniseries from DnA and Greg Capullo is back in a new hardcover!

    Barry Allen was The Fastest Man Alive– so fast that in a bid to remake the universe from the beginning of time, The Anti-Monitor had sought The Flash’s power to accomplish this feat. But Barry Allen was one of the truest super-heroes that had ever lived. The Flash escaped his captor, and running faster than he ever had before, destroyed the device necessary for the evil plot to succeed. In those final moments, Barry thought of the loved ones that he was saving, like his bride Iris West. And that’s when he figured it out.

    You shouldn’t transplant a criminologist and an investigative journalist from the present day to the 30th Century and expect that they won’t uncover your plot. Iris was working toward the same conclusion a thousand years later. She was bait. Iris’ parents had rendered her an orphan stranded a millennium in the past because they were holding out for a hero. In their sterile, suffocatingly cold technocracy, the only hope for reviving the soul of humanity was through extraordinary means– metahumanity.

    Iris Allen gave birth to the first super-heroes of the 30th Century, her Tornado Twins, who would go on to inspire a Legion of Super-Heroes. But every action has an equal and opposite reaction. There were those who would oppose metahumanity– who would deny progress– refusing to be displaced or disempowered. People like Professor Eobard Thawne, who would cast himself as a Reverse Flash, racing backwards through time to destroy his namesake at various crucial points in history.

    From the future, Iris brings her grandchildren XS and Impulse to preserve the past.

    From the past, Barry Allen races to alter his future, to save the lives of his children, who seem fated to perish at the hands of the alien Dominators to serve as martyrs for the next generation.

    Somewhere in the middle, these three forces will impact, and the DC Universe will never be the same again!
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  5. Some great characters in this issue, and some interesting, extremely in-depth takes – Frank’s Firecrotch is amazing, and I Iike Siskoid’s idea for a Nagasaki ghost Firestorm – spooky.

    It’s very interesting that with Felicity both of you saw a furry character and went straight to the sex worker bit…

    I’m NOT with Frank in that I certainly would keep the Legion in the 30th century – I hate the constant practice of DC writers of putting the characters in the past. What’s the point, the current day has enough heroes, take away the Legion’s USP and there’s no point to them.

    As for my take on one of this issue’s characters, I might combine Andrew Nolan with Brin Londo and make him Feral Lad… (This is why I couldn’t be on this show, it’d be all terrible, very quick, gags!)

    1. Call a fetish a fetish, I guess.

      With the Legion, here it’s a matter of using a few characters in the line, divorced from the Legion concept, but I’ve still tried to mix it up. Sometimes they’re in the future, sometimes they’re reimagined for today, sometimes they’re “legion lost” (but I haven’t done a lot of that, because I do think it’s the weakest premise).

      Feral Lad, I like that. In other words, give Timber Wolf a metal skeleton, cough cough.

      1. I’m not going to front on a lack of kinks, but the fact that I had to google whether it was “Furries” or “Furrys” should out me as not being anthropomorphic-curious. I don’t even keep pets. The sex worker angle is directly out of Who’s Who. She’s an exotic dancer who grew up in a slave harem. It’s just the text.

        Firecrotch is a perfect example of the thing you put the least effort into being the best received. It was the rubbish I lazily tossed off to research more immortals, so of course Forever People gets cancelled after six issues and the poster behind me at the con heralds me as the creator of Vark. But I’ll still cash the checks and angle for a cameo in the movie adaptation.

        The Iron Age starts in the 30th Century and Fatal Fire never leaves. My name isn’t Robert J. Kelly over here. There’s a stronger case against me in the comments game, but I’m sending more and more characters into the 30th Century to make up for all the Legion ex-pats.

  6. 21st CENTURY COSMIC BOY #4
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    Beginning a 5-part crossover with CYBORG: THE LAST LEAGUER and RED HOOD & THE DARK OUTLAWS! Despite the enormous resources of Dayton Industries and the half-hearted efforts of Rick Quinn, not a single hero has yet agreed to join his super-team building campaign. That’s why Coz had to travel alone to Lake Superior to watch for the fallen star prophesied by Lillith, and sure enough, a spacecraft splashes down. Too bad for Cosmic Boy that the villainous team the Fearsome Five was also monitoring the craft’s trajectory. It’s a good thing that Dale Gunn was already fueling up the L.O.S.T. in a hanger of S.T.A.R. Labs Detroit…
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    ARAK #8
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    CRISIS ACROSS INFINITE TIME TIE-IN! Despite the conquest of Claw by Chutriel, Arak’s party managed to liberate his child by Satarina and escape from the Gate of Sorrows. Weeks later, Pandora is still watching over the child, insisting that Arak will eventually raise her as his own. However, Arak is soon reunited with the Iron Maiden in the far future of 1985. A fantastic woman named Harbinger has sought his aid in a time-spanning Crisis to protect a sky-rocket that can reach the very moon. Joined by the similarly ages-swept likes of Firebrand, Strong Bow, Super-Chief, Justin Valor, Don Caballero, Golden Gladiator, the Roving Ranger, the Silent Knight, and the Trigger Twins, the collected heroes are unaware that the Five Warriors from Forever are also among them– with a side mission all their own…
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    ATARI FORCE #8
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    A DC Comics/Dynamite Entertainment co-production! Long ago, in the distant future, Tarra & Torr must ride giant golden ostriches to joust enemy buzzard riders for the lives of their friends. The Firebug sets the Haunted House ablaze. With Cosmic King’s sacrifice, Captain Comet reaches the radioactive Neutral Zone that marks the grave of Planet IV, but once there he’s met by a buggy Yar Moon Patrol! Will his discovery of the Dark Destroyer’s ties to Planet Epp die with him?
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    THE BLUE BEETLE #6
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    The Gang never meant to be villains. They were poor kids from the South Side who just wanted a way out, and “Brains” figured it out. She came up with a formula for super-strength, and not being a dummy, talked one of her acquaintances into drinking it. It worked for “Bulldozer,” mostly, and with some refinements it was even better for “Kong.” There were still side effects, which is why Brains never took it herself, and why she had to come up with the “Ms. Mesmer” gear for her bestie. Being teenagers, it seemed like a good idea to get the seed money for all of this from a new out-of-town outfit, who turned out to be The Council, who were quietly taking over the world. The Gang never asked to have punchouts with Supergirl, and not being completely immoral, they used their abilities and connections to sabotage The Council for years. Now on the one hand, they’re found out, and the Council won’t rest until every single one of them is dead. On the other hand, Blue Beetle and Booster Gold are in town, also targeted by the Council, and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the potential…
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    MOURNINGSTAR #7
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    With the truth of Azrael’s parentage standing revealed before the clashing forces within Zandia, both the Order of St. Dumas and the Church of Blood prostrate before Him and the Holy Mother Dawnstar. Jan Arrah proclaims himself the first apostle, and Ulu Vakk is more than happy to join in, if it will get him out of this mess. With Bounty destroyed by Azrael’s energy blast, even the would-be assassin Blok pleads newfound fealty. Fisherman, one of the multitudes of super-villains who sought refuge in Zandia, has been dispatched by Lady Zand herself to bring Azrael to her royal palace with a proposition of power…
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  7. Still listening, but loving these WHO’S EDITING episodes as always! Since there is a heavy-Firestorm presence, I felt I should follow-up on your comments.

    Regarding Firebrand/Firehawk (both the surname Reilly), I’m not aware of any Roy-Thomas-ian connections in comics, though fans have been talking for years about Danette being a grandmother to Lorraine. Somewhat related, there was a fun SUPER TEAM FAMILY post connecting Lorraine Reilly and Ben Reilly (Scarlet Spider). I may have helped facilitate that pairing. :)
    https://braveandboldlost.blogspot.com/2015/06/firehawk-and-ben-reilly.html

    I adore both your Firestorm ideas! Seriously, both sound fantastic and well worth reading. The atomic ghost, and the mother/son pairing would be excellent reads! Sorry to disappoint, I know Siskoid was hoping to disturb me with these Firestorm picks. My only question is to Frank’s comments about the Conway run on Firestorm. Frank said that Ronnie Raymond and Professor Martin Stein poisoned the idea of “Flash Thompson becoming Nova”. Not sure I understand the “poison” part. Meaning something about that pairing? Or what was done with the characters subsequently?

    With that said, you did manage to raise my hackles with Frank’s Firehawk idea!! Not the overall concept itself, but digging deep into the continuity of the Firestorm Protocols & Zither (New 52) and the Superman Theory (Doomsday Clock). Damn it man, I’d almost purged that garbage from my brain. Now you’ve reopened those wounds! Firehawk deserved better!

    Frank is correct, I’m an easy mark for Siskoid’s Tangent Flash idea! Love it!!

    And finally, of course Frank worked in a reference to the Flame of Py’tar. I’m just surprised Frank didn’t squeeze out another 30 minutes on the subject! LOL!

    Again, loving the episode!! I’m not done yet, and already desperate for the next episode!

    1. I internally squeed at the Flame of Py’tar, but let it pass without comment so as to avoid those 30 minutes. OR ARE THEY ON THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR?!

      Glad you liked the Firestorms, Shagg. There have been so many permutations at this point, that I think it’s easy to accept a new one. A bit like the Hulk.

    2. I can’t believe Ross is still doing Super Team Family posts. That must be exhausting. Also, what is a blog again?

      I wish I had the money to pay someone to read my scripts instead of torturing myself and others by doing the actual vocal delivery. I have a voice that was made for newsprint, and Siskoid audibly had to make some hard editing cuts. Whether I misspoke or something got lost, the intention was to state that Ronnie & Stein have been poisoned. They’ve taken on too much heavy baggage across too many miles of road to be the lighter, all-ages duo. I don’t think that you can do the book Conway set out to do in the ongoing continuity with those characters (or even Jason) anymore. You either start with completely new characters or have the original pair in their own separate continuity, but even then someone would ask where the characters of color went. That’s why they’re in the Firehawk book instead of the Firestorm one.

      I think it was in the unreleased post-game material where Siskoid and I talked about some of our selections in greater detail, and I cursed a fair amount about what a waste of time the Nuclear Men research was. I wasn’t aware that Joe Harris was hired to strangle every EVS character and concept to death before Jurgens came on. At least I got to marry Doomsday Clock to all those swell Zithertech references. Anyway, I blame you for putting on a brave face while covering all that material on your blogs/podcasts. You were the swimming pool cover that bound me as I sank into the true depths of that abandoned waterhole.

      I’m the Peter Cottontail of Who’s Editing Easter eggs, so of course I had to get some kind of Martian Manhunter element in there. He was supposed to be working with the aliens as a double agent within Vandal Savage’s Stormwatch, but that entry was too long already.

  8. BLACK CANARY #7
    written by KELLY SUE DeCONNICK
    art & cover by TBD
    The Dummy has enlisted his old Injustice Unlimited partner The Fiddler to reach across the worlds to connect him with his recent, secret cohort– The Geek. Refugees from The Monsterlands, the automatons seek to be more than real boys, but real menaces. Black Canary learns of the plot from the captive Wizard, and this may well be the moment that she’s been waiting for. Fiddler’s command of vibratory frequencies could be her ticket to Apokolips, and the would-be Female Fury Cheetah is similarly keen to reach Steppenwolf. The Huntress would sooner die than allow any avenue for Darkseid to again assail Earth-2, leaving our heroines at loggerheads.
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    BREATHTAKER #6
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    Dr. Clint’s sense of entitlement and ownership of Tynisha Hodges reaches a new low when he gambles away her services to Steven Sharpe. Ty has been feeling low since her “break” with Pieter Cross, so that he could sort out his feelings about her revelation. She doesn’t really have the energy to fight off Clints’ demands, but when she’s tasked with kidnapping Sharpe’s sister Becky in a bid to get him in with her spurned former criminal associates, has the line gotten too gray for Breathtaker to carry on?
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    CATWOMAN: QUEEN OF GOTHAM #29
    written by ERICA SCHULTZ
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    SOCIETY OF SHADOWS TIE-IN! The League of Assassins plaguing Gotham appear to have pulled back, but problems continue to mount. The White Rabbit’s body was found at Basil Karlo’s place, but no one cares enough to tangle with a Clayface over her. Liberal firebrand Andre Twist, late of the Freedom Fighters, is arrested after his protest of A.P.E.S.’ unwanted presence in a major metropolis led to his being implicated in the deaths of agents Donald Fite and Ishido Maad. The Gotham mafia presses Selina to push back at the League, but she’s been secretly hospitalized, with Helena Bertinelli running the show in her stead. In her new identity as Catgirl, Stephanie Brown seeks help from S.P.I.D.E.R., and things swiftly get spoilt. Both Deadshot and Croc have been in touch with Sarge Steel, and a coup may be in the offing.
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    ROBIN IN DETECTIVE COMICS #1034
    Written By JIM RUGG
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    Here is what we know: It’s not a mutation of COVID-19. It’s far too specific in scope. While there are pockets all over the world, it is centered mostly in the major metropolitan areas of the United States, with an intense concentration within Gotham City. Based on Oracle’s database, the affected population is disproportionately metahuman or adjacent– masked vigilantes, costumed criminals, cops, and super-spies. Coronavirus precautions have minimized spread outside these extraordinary communities, but its reach is expanding. Transmission appears to be from direct physical contact. There’s nothing of note to be found in the nares or taken from the respiratory tract. It’s carnivorous, craving muscle, flesh and bone. Decalcification makes bones brittle; skin dries and cracks; muscles harden; the rigidity impairing movement and stifling breathing. Kirk Langstrom has it, and his broken body has been intubated after being dragged out of the harbor. Midnighter is showing symptoms. Robin isn’t. It’s not “The Clench,” but Raʼs al-Ghūl’s handwriting is all over this one. That’s our starting point, but first, Firefly is having a freakout, trying to burn away the contagion, and Gotham City with it…
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    Shiva and Cain only have a few spare vials of the antidote used to save Sarah and Cassandra, which Talons from the Court of Owls would just assume take from them for the ailing Court of Owls. However, a top toxicologist happens to reside in Gotham, and anyway, the collective martial prowess is enough to set even Talons aback. Unfortunately for the lot of them, Poison Ivy is captive to her former mentor the Floronic Man, who is himself a general in Anton Arcane’s supernatural army of Arkham inmates. If the White Canary clan has any hope of replicating the antidote in time to save the increasing throng of poisoned parties, they’ll have to brave a harrowing gauntlet of madness and menace.
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  9. Great work, gentlemen! By which, of course, I mean that most of your ideas paralleled the ones I came up with as I played at home. A few variations on the themes that you developed:

    1. Firehair- Definitely a tricky character to redeem. I would want to find an indigenous person to write, but I want to go in an almost counter White Messiah direction. It is set in the modern day. Joelle Cuthbert (a bit of an obvious homage), is needing a restart after her marriage crumbles in the wake of her husband’s infidelity. She takes a job as a school teacher on the Blackfoot reservation, confident that she will be the one to save the poor uncivilized Indian children. This, of course, is a dismal failure, as she is patronizing and oblivious (It is here that she is nicknamed Firehair by her students, as they mock her view of them). Over time, however, preconceived notions are put aside, student and teacher learn to respect and learn from one another, and, instead of saving her students, Firehair comes to see that her students may be her salvation. Think the short-lived sitcom Perfect Harmony with Bradley Whitford, but on a reservation.

    2. Firelad- Probably my goofiest idea (and I know that’s saying something), but I present “Stag and The Fire Lads.” Basically, the Fire Lads are Boy Scouts on steroids, so named for their Olympic level proficiency at building campfires. So, Stag is the greatest of the Fire Lads, and he and his compatriots each issue use their survival skills to save the day in very low stake adventures (finding the camper that gets lost in the woods, etc.) I want it to be a graphic novel version of the boy scout magazine Boy’s Life mixed with the morality-tale style shorts starring the Wonder Twins in the old Super Friends cartoon. The tone is tough to strike. I am seeing this as parody, but it has to be played straight, like Batman ’66 insofar as you can enjoy it for what it is even if you aren’t in on the joke.

    3. Flash I/II- these definitely need to be companion books. I think it is telling that both of you landed on Jay Garrick’s defining trait: he’s old! I did the same. My Jay book is “Flashback” and effectively involves Jay as a narrator, sitting on a porch surrounded by grandchildren and great-grandchildren and he recounts stories from his glory days. Like most of my ideas, it’ll be humorous, as suggestions will be made that Jay may be verging on senility and is a less than reliable narrator (imagine Grampa Simpson had been a super hero), and so the stories will grow increasingly unbelievable as time goes by. Oddly, I also landed on the Tangent Flash as my protagonist for “Flash Forward,” largely because I love the dichotomy of the really old Flash and the really young. This would be a fairly straightforward “teen learning to deal with her power while also navigating the pressures of being a teen” story. Not much extra to add here.

    4. Force of July / Freedom Fighters- I guess having these two as companion books is an obvious step since we all decided to go that route. I agree with Siskoid’s alignment, with the Force as the conservatives and Freedom Fighters as the liberals. My only twist on the trope is an effort to be a bit more even handed, and I think that happens with the choice of creative teams. I feel like I’d pull us off sides by naming any specific names, but I would want well known conservative voices on the Force of July book and well known liberal creators on the Freedom Fighters. I think we lose some credibility when we have creators writing the viewpoint opposite of their own. It always comes off as inauthentic and a bit of a straw man. If nothing else, it could be an interesting thought experiment. Editorial gives the topic of the month (“This month both of you will be addressing the issue of immigration”), let the creative team develop their story where their point of view is the “right” way for the heroes to respond, and let the academics compare and contrast.

    5. Forgotten Heroes- Siskoid mostly stole my idea here. I love the idea of this being a showcase for obscure DC heroes. The only addition that I would add is that the book would explain why these heroes were obscure. What if every one of these one off heroes were actually the most important heroes in history, so important that a Rann-like planet that lacks heroes of its own abducts those heroes and has them fight their villains for them? Decades pass and, out of nowhere, the heroes return to their world, unaware of how or why they have returned. Somehow they must adjust to returning to a world that has left them behind while struggling with the reoccurring question, “Why am I home?” I’m admittedly stealing a bunch of this from the very fine Marvel series “The Twelve” from 2008. Worth a read if you haven’t had a chance.

    6. Fury- Frank made a great point about takes on Wonder Woman that would work except that people have a strong preconceived notion about who Diana is supposed to be. Much like Alan Moore’s Swamp Thing being a take that people can’t get past, I feel like George Perez’s shadow looms large on the Amazing Amazon. For me, Fury is the chance to tell Wonder Woman stories divorced from all the Greek God High drama that Perez interjected and that bores me to tears. Lyta is an all American girl with tremendous power,so naturally she puts on a costume and fights crime. It would be pretty straightforward pre-crisis Wonder Woman style super-heroics, but if the art’s as nice as what is found in this Jerry Ordway entry, I don’t think anyone would object too much.

    As a final aside, It feels like Frank has invested far more energy into thinking about DC’s “New Age of Heroes” than anyone else ever has, including those who wrote the stories.

    1. Some great ideas there, Phylemon, and here I thought you were against change of any sort!

      As for the political issue, let me be clear that I don’t lampoon the Right, but rather the ALT-Right, who I don’t think deserve a voice at my DC.

      1. Phylemon, Firehair wins again. The necessarily radical (but thoughtful or amusing) reinventions seem to be the most fun in general. Nobody’s getting their toys taken away from them by jacking with a Firehair. Although we all seem to want to euthanize Jay Garrick. But nicely, after a few afternoons drinking mint juleps on the porch swing with the demented old coot.

        I tried to make sure the Left/Right paradigm books were staffed with people that to some degree shared the worldview being represented. It was always weird to me that they only ever had Bill Willingham draw JLI stories when his sense of humor and ability to shift gears into high stakes adventure would have been perfect for JLE or post-Hughes J.L.A. So he got the Center-Right book, while accused-problematic Punisher scribe Nathan Edmondson got the Alt-Right book (as I couldn’t bring myself to go full-Malin. Yet.) I’d be more inclined to handle shared topics as a one-off like that great ’80s Daredevil/Punisher crossover rather than making it a routine issue-of-the-month assignment for multiple creative teams.

        The first line of your Forgotten Heroes pitch sent my mind in another direction, basically a feature length version of “Whatever Happened To…” where you acknowledge the absence of these characters and tell unfettered “final” tales with unused heroes ala a lower stakes version of Marvel’s “The End” specials.

        Despite my long-winded, canon & mythology take on The Fury, I’d be more likely to read Phylemon’s version. Perez Wonder Woman mostly bores me to tears as well, which is why I favor her return to super-heroics under Messner-Loebs (before Byrne bored me by going too far in the same direction.)

        Finally, a major driving force for me in both the comments game and the guest spot was the motivation to examine the post-New 52 DC Universe specifically because it’s the unexplored country for me. I wouldn’t have ever bothered visiting there without the motivation of methodically researching these properties from an opposing, anti-nostalgic angle from the original Who’s Who, since we already covered that ground several times over via the Rob & Shag show. One of the central conceits in my view is to find the innovations worth saving and burning the rest of it to the ground.

  10. AMBUSH BUG #8
    written by KEITH GIFFEN & J.M. DEMATTEIS
    art by ALLAN WHINCUP
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    So Tyson Aikens & Easy Company have ingloriously blown Per Degaton’s face off (Baby Hitler wasn’t an option this late in the game.) Before they can commandeer the battle-damaged Mekanique, she drags them all across the Multiverse to reach… Earth-18? The Steampunk Old West one? Where Mekanique immediately ceases to function? So now some wannabe Zorro calling himself “The Devil” en español and his prairie posse are demanding to know what they did with Firehair (that ginger-fluid kid from back on Dinosaur Island?) What’s it going to take to make it off this rock, and how is the Time Trapper involved? Plus– Bikini Fun Darkseid?!?
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    THE CLUB #4
    written by HOWARD CHAYKIN
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    Jenny has managed to take out Stalin, with the added bonus of ending the Suka Wars, but getting Dodds, Faraday and herself out of the U.S.S.R. may rely on the not-so-tender mercies of Nikolai Bulganin. Hank angrily confronts Rod Reilly over his material and emotional support of Christine Jorgensen’s controversial (and supposedly illegal) procedure in Denmark. Arnold Munro keeps watch over Operation Upshot–Knothole in Nevada, while Alan Armstrong misleads the Robertson Panel.
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    CONQUEST OF THE BARON EARTH #7
    written by PETER J. TOMASI
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    Acting outside their purview at the urging of Oracle, the Superhuman Homeland Security Force of Human Bomb, The Ray, Phantom Lady & Doll Man help Jefferson stop the bleeding and plot a course forward. With S.H.A.D.E. having chosen to back the Night Tribes in their internecine conflict with the Vampire Nation, Wetworks is dispatched to support the Creature Commandos and Atomic Knights in deposing Queen Mary. Now that the Cult of the Blood Red Moon is isolated within Abyssia, most of their former allies are reabsorbed by the Night Tribes. As a result of Putin’s increasing preferential treatment of Markovia while attempted to play both sides against the West, Russia’s alliance with Baron Blitzkrieg completely crumbles. Modora is claimed by the Final Reich, while King Komodo is sent to locate and annex Badhnisia. Meanwhile, Die Fledermaus’ body is recovered from the wreckage of the Batplane off the coast of Ireland.
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    DON CABALLERO #2
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    A RISE IN POWER TITLE! Compelled by the ghost of Alex Sanchez to seek vengeance for his execution in her arena, Martín Núñez infiltrates The House in pursuit of Roulette. However, the neophyte vigilante soon finds himself outed and facing illegal “x-tras” being exploited for gladiatorial combat.
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  11. BEAUTIFUL DREAMER #7
    written by GRACE ELLIS
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    Dreamer had never belonged in Supertown. She wasn’t born there– never given a proper name or an equitable upbringing. When she first met her “friends,” she was dirty and dressed in rags. They had accepted her, and liberated her when she had been kidnapped by Darkseid, but there was always a remove from her being less than. The Bug understood this, being born as vermin under foot of the New Gods, in spite of secretly being one of them. His kind had fought and died to scrape by on the barest necessities withheld from them by the so-called Highfather. Dreamer had known Highfather’s kindness once, but she was no longer his concern as the scheme of things shifted ever grander. Dreamer was a sworn pacifist, but society has collapsed, and the likes of Magnar would demand she become his concubine for basic sustenance. This Bug, this “food seeker,” had handed Dreamer Acid-Pods and guided her through the dark inner-world of New Genesis. If the New Gods would disregard her humanity as they had this “micro-life,” Dreamer’s only recourse may be the path of a “Destructicant!”
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    CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN #5
    written by JON RIVERA
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    The new female Atom-Master has easily subdued Cave Carson, while the rest of the compromised Challengers are easily overcome by the Faceless Hunter. With the adventurers succumbing to their condition, will they accepted the mystical curative of Kraklow, and what price will he charge?
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    RED BEAR #7
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    The Forager was little more welcome on Apokolips than her home world, but she had come from the Multiversal Nexus with bad tidings. As ever, but even more so in the absence of Darkseid, Lord Aagog sought to resurrect the fallen titan Yuga Khan. Bear remembered his arrival as the first time things went sour for the Forever People… when Mark Moonrider was killed and “resurrected.” The same Anti-Life Equation that had allowed Dreamer’s heart to turn from Mark to him was now the fuel that might realize Aagog’s ambition. As much as his fellow Hunger Dogs bristled under the New Genesian occupation, no one wanted to go back to the bad old days of the Khan. Longing for the bliss of their time in the paradise of Adon, Bear recognizes that there is no path back but for the Forever People, and reclaiming Mark was the first step in restoring their lost lives.
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    WONDER GIRL #770
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    The Duke of Deception has been targeting the Forgotten Heroes for reasons unknown, as he consolidates power in the Mediterranean. Following a brief case of mistaken identity, Dolphin warns the Amazons before joining Donna Troy in a bid to rescue Diana’s old friend Buddy Baker from a horrific delusion shared by Congo Bill on Monster Rock. Was trapping Diana’s successor on a hostile isle the Duke’s plan all along?
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    WONDER GIRL #771
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    Lyta Hall has allied with the Duke of Deception, bringing the powers of The Dreaming to bear against Donna Troy and the Forgotten Heroes. Dolphin may have pulled Dane Dorrance back to reality, but both are now pursued by Mister Poseidon piloting Ultivac. As Themyscira is besieged by Infinite Woman and the House of Conquest, the would-be Wonder Woman cannot expect any cavalry to come to her aid…
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  12. ATOMIC KNIGHTS #8
    written by CHUCK DIXON
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    As the conflict grinds on and the Knight feel broken by a string of defeats, their patriotism and optimism is reinvigorated by maneuvers with Uncle Sam & the Freedom Fighters.
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    BEAST BOY #5 / CHANGELING #5
    Written By BRIAN LYNCH
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    On their way to India, the New Doom Patrol drop off Gar and his party near Project N.O.W.H.E.R.E.’s African Colony. Virtue and Katharsis are set on liberating their friends, but even with the added firepower of Janet Fals’ Conflict Engine, are they near enough match for a murderous metahuman prison?

    In the Changeling co-feature, Tau has agreed to work with Grunge, despite his history as a Ravager, in hopes of saving their mutual friends from tomorrow’s Culling. However, the scale of this Culling will far eclipse any before it, and neither is prepared for what will soon be asked of them…
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    GEN⁵² #2
    written by FRANK J. BARBIERE
    art by BEN CALDWELL
    cover by DAVE STOKES
    variant cover by ALE GARZA
    In the early 31st Century, the “Gen-Fifty-Two” kids were already struggling to prevent Doctor Regulus from burning the city to the ground. That was before Captain Nathaniel Adym made the scene with his squad of Science Police, intent on apprehending any abusers of the timestream for his secret sub-organization Echo. Worse, Adym fails to recognize his own time-tossed agent, Jocelyn Lure, and his presence was the only thing she had any confidence in, given the dilapidated state of her former stomping grounds. What has happened to her future, and will Adym give her the chance to find out? Plus, Ferro Lad arrives to lend aid, but for whom, and what message could he possibly have for Jericho?
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  13. ADAM STRANGE #8
    written by TONY BEDARD
    art by JIM CALAFIORE
    cover by JOE MULVEY
    Leaning on Garguax leads Adam into a confrontation with the Dark Destroyer. Can Adam hold out until Garguax’s master Zarox-13 can rally reinforcements, or is the end of Strange’s adventure?
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    ANIMAL-MAN #8
    written by DAVID BARNETT
    art by JESSE HAMM
    cover by MUBASHAR AHMAD
    In reality, Buddy Baker has been located on Monster Rock and physically liberated by Helena Kosmatos, seeking to undo the damage caused by her daughter. In the Dreaming, Buddy is visited by the Yellow Aliens, who warn that the grim fantasy he’s been experiencing is one very real potentiality to come as part of the Ultimate Crisis. It’s not going to be enough to punch a bad guy and save the day. Buddy must help correct a broken continuum and chart a path forward for an entire existence, or suffer the consequences of retreating into delusion…
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    BROTHER POWER #6
    written by REGINALD HUDLIN
    art and cover by BART SEARS
    Not wanting to get stuck in another fantasyland without super-powers, Deshaun forces Paul Dekker along for his second attempt at crossing the Multiverse. Unfortunately for them both, the mix of other-dimensional energies between the pair landed them on a globe where X marked the spot. Until recently, Earth-10 was a world dominated by a Nazi regime that had reigned since its version of the Second World War. Luckily for everyone but the racist insurrectionists trying to topple the newly elected democratic government, Brother Power is at full strength. Which begs the question, is there something special about this planet, or was Gemworld the problem?
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    DART & THE GRIFTER #3
    written by AMRUTA PATIL
    art by DAVID LAFUENTE
    cover by BRETT BOOTH
    card stock variant cover by BRETT BOOTH
    The Stoneville A.C.E. outbreak and media coverage of Babe’s escape move up the timetable. Dart must split from her beau to put down the Eggite, in case he’s harboring a portion of the Dark Destroyer. That may take more firepower than she’d normally have on hand, but luckily former senator Firehawk owes her a favor. Meanwhile, Cole invokes the memory of Dean Higgins to reunite Team 7 for a mission to the Andes. While that’s enough for Kurt Lance and Michael Cray, Cash has to admit to Slade Wilson the true mercenary nature of the venture. It’s a good thing the plan is to leave the Earth, because if this all works out, that will be the best option to avoid the ire of Deathstroke the Terminator.
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    FLASH XS #768
    written by N.K. JEMISIN
    art & cover by SCOTT KOLINS
    XS is in need of a sanctuary city for the aliens that she’s rescued from the Nebraska A.C.E. camp breakout, and her best bet appears to be Monument Point. Kid Flash knows they have an in with Mayor Jay Garrick, a long retired speedster himself. Yet, D.C.’s long shadow is far nearer there than in either Stoneville or Central City, and if politics don’t thwart them, the release of Scythe by the Deep State may bring about a bloody end to their escape…
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    THE LORDS OF ORDER & CHAOS #3
    written by RAM V
    art by AHMED RAAFAT
    cover by HEUBERT KHAN MICHAEL
    After the murder of Jared Stevens by Mordru, Alan Scott claimed the mantle in the name of his fallen friend, Kent Nelson. During his stint as Dr. Fate, Scott’s Starheart energies mingled with those of the Helm of Nabu. Following his own demise, a portion of the mystical energies belonging to Nabu were taken in with the Starheart by Felix Faust as part of his completed quest for a source of immortality. The Janissary Mage Khalid, wielding the Armaments of Nabu and joined by Scott’s cursed widow The Harlequin, next seeks revenge and restitution from the rogue sorcerer…
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    NIGHTWING OVER METROPOLIS #78
    written by GEOFF JOHNS
    art & cover by V KEN MARION
    variant cover by ADELSO CORONA
    Avery Ho may have been dispatched by Spyral to rescue Dick Grayson from his ladyfriends’ homicidal manipulations by Dr. Psycho, but is he prepared to abandon his new home to return to the agency? A meltdown is occurring throughout the North America intelligence community, and all signs point to Gotham City as the point of origin. So soon after relocating, is Dick ready to return home? And further, is he prepared for the results of the paternity test to determine responsibility for Mirage’s child?
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