Have a drink. It might help that mortis attitude of yours.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Holy Solicitations/Teaser, Batman!

So yesterday Newsarama put up the Final Crisis Teaser.

I am kind of in love with this poster. Heroes representing all the major teams with the exception of Teen Titans are present, striking valiant poses. Behind them is the swirling vortex that has become as synonymous with a DC Crisis, all it needs is the hands of Alex Luthor or Krona or perhaps be made out of shadow demons.

I have a concern though. If you look at the teaser the image there is one of the characters that stands out, one of the characters that is not like the others. No, it's not Hawkman. He deserves to be there representing the JSA (thumbs up to Seven Hells). It's Batman. He's the only character that has not died and returned to life.

I got the worries that Batman is going to buy the farm and I'm not talking Bruce getting a vacation home.

Look at the tag, "Heroes Die." That's a pretty definitive statement and it seems to apply to everyone on the teaser. They could have used the "Fall" because the feeling would have been very similar. It would suggest that heroes are defeated but still carry on. By using the word "Die," there is a promise made and the only character has not filled that promise. Batman, I think your days are numbered.

O.k. so I have talked up Blue Beetle. I have explained why it is wonderful on some many levels using many different mediums. Yet, no matter how great I believe the comic is, people keep turning up their nose at me when I say, "Hey, you should grab the first two trades." What else can I do? Nothing. It was up to DC to somehow make it so that you non-Beetle fans had to read this issue.

Well HELLO OCTOBER!


Sinestro visits El Paso and takes on Blue Beetle. It just doesn't get any better than that.

6 Comments:

Blogger Christopher said...

Ben,
So..when did Wonder Woman die? Did I miss a crossover somewhere? She dies plenty in out of continuity stuff (e.g., Justice) but when in the DCU did she pass on and pass back? You don't mean just the occasional visit to Hades? :-)

Also..the Flash (Barry and/or Bart) is technically still dead, isn't he?

8:49 PM

 
Blogger Jon Hex said...

If Bruce Wayne dies, my contact with DC goes with it.

10:26 PM

 
Blogger Tom said...

I doubt Batman will die. The Dark Knight is scheduled for release in July of 2008. Countdown ends in May 2008 and Final Crisis starts immediately after (presumably). They're going to want to sell Batman comics, and they're going to want Batman in them. (That is, they aren't going to do what Marvel has done with Cap, and keep the book without the character.)

I suppose they could kill Bruce and replace him with Dick, but it still seems unlikely to me. While the comic doesn't need to line up perfectly with the film, it seems wise to have it line up generally (i.e. Bruce Wayne = Batman, and so forth).

12:42 AM

 
Blogger Benhatt said...

Christopher-

Diana died back in the fall of 1997 during John Byrne's run. She then ascended to a goddess and lived on Olympus or something like that. Then Hippolyta had to become Wonder Woman. This whole business only lasted a year.

6:29 AM

 
Blogger Gyuss Baaltar said...

I think they all die. This is it, the big goodbye.

7:56 AM

 
Blogger Siskoid said...

Though all but one of them were resurrected at some point, I don't think that's the "hidden meaning" of the poster. The thing they have in common is that they are DC's legendary characters, and the ones expected to carry titles during and after Crisis (so no Aquaman, for example).

It tells us that big name heroes will be driving Final Crisis (as opposed to the more obscure stars of 52). Maybe these characters are the ones that are the most replicated in the multiverse, and we'll see many duplicates die (making our Superman, Batman et al. more unique - though it snafus Elseworlds, which can still be stories from before they were killed, I suppose).

That's my take anyway.

8:41 AM

 

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