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Back after many, many years and finally producing something that wasn't a scrawl in pencil or pen, i'm now drawing directly digital, which i'm still getting to grips with.

I tend to draw a fair bit of fanart depending on my mood. At the moment my gallery has been somewhat dominated by Powergirl. I also draw other DC/Marvel/2000AD comic related images, anime or computer game fanart, my own original fantasy and sci-fi characters, and the occasional Transformer and Warhammer 40'000 image.

Favourite genre of music: Rock, Metal, Pop, J-Pop, Classical, pretty much anything that sounds good to me
Favourite cartoon character: Optimus Prime, Invader Zimm, Brock Samson,
Well, since the 'Convergence Superman' comic handled the title character so well, my hopes of writer Ron Marz actually putting in some effort and sorting out his story were raised, yet the second and final issue of 'Convergence Justice League International' disappoints almost entirely, with the title team being beaten with seemingly no other result ever being possible, and made to look quite ineffectual :facepalm:...

The good thing about the comic is that no one dies in the JLI, since the Kingdom Come squad spare them. The bad thing is that the writer really went out of his way to make it seem the JLI had no chance, with the Kingdom Come Wonder Woman pretty much stating from the start of the comic that the result was a forgone conclusion. Worse, the JLI don't even get a chance to look good in their own comic, with the actual battle occurring off panel, with only the opening fight scene and then later a scene of all 5 of the unconscious/beaten JLI members and no members of the Kingdom Come group looking even scratched.

This is kind of peculiar given the the JLI team while -barely- outnumbered, had Captain Atom and J'onn J'onzz, both of whom are Superman class beings who could arguably face off the featured Kingdom Come team between them, even taking into account that while some of the the older Kingdom Come team members might have more experience, the JLI were actually no less accustomed in combat or working out another way to resolve a problem.

Instead of giving the JLI team a decent look at for new readers, the comic decided to instead focus on Blue Beetle running around with the aged Kingdom Come Blue Beetle, having a conversation while avoiding deathbots until they return to find the JLI have been beaten. You would almost think the writer didn't really know much about the group that he was writing and decided to focus completely on the character he liked rather than bother to read up on the period or the other characters.

If he had, he would have known that the roster of the JLI in Metropolis during the Zero Hour story was heaving, with Wonder Woman pretty much leader of the group at that period ( yet who was curiously missing ) along with a lot of other characters. The funny thing is Air Elemental Red Tornado wasn't among the Superhero gathering in Metropolis during Zero Hour. Also and i didn't want to mention this previously but Ice was dead by Zero Hour.  I presume Ron Marz couldn't be bothered to have a glance through Zero Hour... or do some basic research... lord only knows J'onn never seems to use his telepathy to find out what the other side is up to, or use any of his other martian abilities, or behave in character ( why the level headed, philosophical Martian father figure of the JLI keeps talking about fighting in his dialogue is still never explained, even a throwaway line about the lack of Oreos making him behave that way would have sufficed ). It's almost as though Ron Marz never read the Justice League comics of the late 1980's and 1990's ( odd given he was writing Green Lantern for DC in the 1990's )

Then again i'm not sure Ron Marz has read 'Kingdom Come', given the appearance of a seemingly completely sane Captain Marvel, and Marz seems to think ALL of the heroes of Kingdom come are super powerful compared to the mainstream versions, which was not the case. Barring Superman ( who being in his 50's had absorbed so much solar radiation that even Kryptonite was on longer a true vulnerability ) and Captain Marvel ( made Supermans equal in spite of Supermans enhanced power level, purely for sake of the plot ), other than being older most of the DC characters were as they were in power.

But back to Convergence Justice League International. Yes, it was nice to see a nod to Blue Beetle and Booster's friendship at the conclusion of this Convergence comic, but the title of the comic was Justice League International, not Blue Beetle ( there is already one of those in the Convergence event ), and this comic is an absolute waste of a mine of potential, displaying the writers weaknesses with the material at hand.

And there is a lot that could have been tapped into or mentioned ( such as Power Girl and her child ), and i would have loved to see the sadly absent Maxima ( who was a JLI member at the time, and pushing a relationship with Captain Atom in the 1990's ) hammer the Kingdom Come Wonder Woman into the ground. But alas the comic features little of anything to do with the period this JLI branch comes from, and instead of displaying what made the characters cool, likeable, formidable, or heroic, winds up doing very little with any of them, choosing as i mentioned before to have the team beaten off panel, in their own comic. It is hard to imagine a new reader really wanting to read anything that features in this comic, but Ron Marz certainly focuses on Blue Beetle at the expense of his teammates ( which as far as i can work out, is the only reason Ted is leader in defiance of logic and the periods continuity ).

For Blue Beetle fans it is probably worth a look, for anyone else, less so, it neither harks back to the period it was meant to be using ( unless poor 1990's storytelling methods count ), nor provides a proper look at the characters and what makes them tic. It is a waste and not a particularly satisfying farewell for the group, which is a pity.
  • Mood: Not Impressed
Moving away from looking at DC's Convergence ( and i'll be giving my opinion on the second Justice League International issue of that event story soon enough ), i finally had the chance to read ( thanks to :icondmofosho: ) what has to be the best title to emerge within the last 4 years of DC's New 52, Harley Quinn, written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti.

In many respects this series feels more of a continuation from the old DC universe with only a mild nod to the New 52 ( things like Harley being bleached skinned now ) with Harley parting ways from her old life in Gotham and moving to Brooklyn. Getting away from Gotham and the shadow of Batman and Joker is the best thing to have been done with the character, resulting with a series that has the bouncy fun of the writers work on 'Terra' and 'Power Girl' and the quirky violent wit of the Garth Ennis series Hitman ( not being a Superhero allows for a wave of kills, mostly of killers, assassins, aliens or elderly Russian spies ).

Speaking of Power Girl, the reader is finally treated to the return of the actual Power Girl, ok it's actually meant to be the New 52 one with amnesia, but they happily write the character closer to the old DC Power Girl. Notably Power Girl is even drawn like her old version, and it would be very hard to confuse her with Supergirl, particularly with the size difference ( not just chest size ) between Harley and Karen being quite considerable. The story is a gleeful comedy as Harley convinces Karen that they are a pair of Superheroes, that her secret identity is a strongwoman for a burlesque club and they wind up on a variety of misadventures. Until Karen regains her memory.

It made me miss Power Girls solo series that was canned when the New 52 kicked off, but also left me looking forward to the Harley Quinn/Power Girl miniseries that is currently in the works. So a big thank you to the Conner/Palmiotti writing team, and while it is a pity Conner is not working on the interior artwork ( although the interior artists do a fine job ), her cover art sums up the daft, breezy ( if at times violent ) fun currently invested in the series.
  • Mood: Content
Believe it or not, this is a positive opinion about DC. Looking at some of the recent Convergence titles, I felt the Convergence has been a bit of a missed opportunity. But then i had a look at the Convergence 'Superman' by Dan Jurgens. This Superman is the classic costume version who was married to Lois Lane and was replaced by the armoured New 52 version.

I have to admit that i enjoyed this story. Admittedly this isn't a stretch, given that Dan Jurgens drew and wrote a considerable amount of Superman stories largely in the 1990's ( including Supermans stint as leader of the JLI team until Doomsday started punching everyone ) and really has a bead on how Superman tics.

While i wasn't too sure about Clark becoming a regular vigilante while his powers were neutralised, it wasn't impossible for him. Still it was pleasing to see Lois point out to her husband that he wasn't Batman and hadn't had the extensive training for it, which very nearly killed him were it not for the classic timely arrival of his powers again ( i could hear the Superman theme playing in my head at that point ).

Finally back to being Superman he tries to find out whats going on when he finds himself in combat with the Flashpoint versions of Cyborg, Captain Marvel ( Shazam, Captain Thunder, whatever ) and Green Lantern Abin Sur. And by the end of the first issue things are looking bad as a heavily pregnant Lois is about to be kidnapped by the Flashpoint version of Superman and 'proper' Superman looks in difficulty.

Quite correctly, by the second issue we see the difficulty is more due to Superman not wanting to hurt anyone as he tries to reason with his assailants rather than fighting them outright. The issue ends with Lois giving birth with Superman being given guidence by the Flashpoint Thomas Wayne/Batman, and with no corpses. Basically it felt a joy to read, even if nothing to do with the main plot of Convergence was resolved.

The second issue of this story in particular benefits from Jurgens also taking up the penciling/art duties, since he always drew a great looking Superman. And the final scene between Lois and Clark is one that at the very least feels like a satisfying way to draw the curtain over the Man of Steel as he was.
  • Mood: Content

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