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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,
Picture the scene...

A battle rages between two titans, the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel, former friends driven into conflict, a conflict halted by the arrival of the Amazon Princess bringing the combatants to their senses. Putting aside their differences they head with so many others to face the true threat, Darkseid, ruler of Apokalips.

Colossal and terrifying the New God battles Earth's heroes in a final conflict, It is Supermans blow that staggers the now gigantic foe, followed by J'onn J'onzz,Troia and Power Girl all hitting Darkseid in conjunction with Captain Atoms quantum blasts. As the League, the Teen Titans, the Doom Patrol and so many others bring the despot down and Darkseid is beaten, a cloud of dust rises from the impact on the day that they all died.

In the confusion, one hero amongst the others turns against his fellows, in an act of insanity or calculation he attacks. Cyborg and Blue Beetle are the first to die as the energies unleashed annihilate them, and then everyone else. As the dust settles a shadowy figure stands alone amongst charred skeletons. The only thing left is part of the familiar 'S' on a tattered piece of cloth adorning a corpse that is then crushed beneath the heel of the being who betrayed them all.

The heel of Monarch...

That is basically the opening scene to Armageddon 2001, a DC event story written back in 1991 that has at times been unfairly painted as one of DC's worst event stories, which it isn't by a good margin. The story revolves around a man, Matthew Ryder, who has grown up in a totalitarian world ruled by the only surviving Superhuman, who clad in an identity concealing armoured suit watches over a comparatively peaceful, but soul crushed Earth, his peacekeepers keeping the populace in line. 

Gaining the chance to take part in a time traveling experiment that Monarch has become driven to master, Ryder is transformed into a golden metal skinned being within the timestream, becoming Waverider. At last he sees a chance to change things for the better, and travels through the time stream to the point before Monarch rose, to find and end the Superhero who would become a tyrant.

The story was covered in the annuals of that year, rather than the regular titles, with Waverider looking into the possible futures of those he encountered and provided some excellent Elseworld stories ( my personal favourite was one of the the Superman stories involving Maxima, written by Louise Simonson with art by Bryan Hitch ) eventually leading him to the apparently most likely possibility.

Originally it was intended that a future version Captain Atom was in fact Monarch, manipulating Waverider and intent on ensuring his own existence, but in a last moment change ( apparently due to a leak ), the identity was altered to a far less formidable character, Hawk. To be honest they need not have bothered since i suspect the end result was still the same anyway but with altered dialogue, with Captain Atom facing off against Monarch, and being the only hero immune to Monarchs energies, he was able to cancel out the Monarch timeline from ever happening. The only real difference was Hawk and Dove being sacrificed when it wasn't required.

The story as it is, isn't actually bad ( a variation of it could make a decent animated movie ), and it deserves to be published in a collected volume. Most of the annuals that make up the bulk in particular deserve to be read and ideally they could even include the original concluding script/pages as a bonus section, presuming they still have them.
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I was having a think about why, even 3 years on, i have such a distaste for the New 52 rendition of DC. Nostalgia is a possibility, i have grown up with the previous DC universe and characters, but i was still pretty much keeping up with DC right up to the reboot point so i was still interested in seeing where things where going for the characters.

In fact the funny thing is the New 52 has caused me to become nostalgic where i previously hadn't been. Until the New 52 i was kind of looking forward to the possibility of better, brighter DC stories being built over the viciously bleak output of DC as the first ten years of the 2000's was drawing to a close, with Power Girls bright and breezy solo series in particular seeming so promising... until it was canceled in the wake of the New 52.

Of course for newer readers there isn't much of a problem by and large, they won't have the same level of attachment to the characters or to how they developed over the years since 1987, and as such can approach the current stories more even handed. Yet the current Universe is no less convoluted than the old one, and the mixing of random/key events from the old DC Universe with the new stories just make things worse, particularly for prospective writers for future DC comics.

Perhaps the worst thing though has been the initial treatment of the characters. I have considerable attachment to a fair few of the characters of DC and affection for the quirks they developed from consecutive writers. I like to think i have a good idea on what makes a lot of them tick. The New 52 ditched that, and needlessly ditched or inverted a lot of the core aspects of several characters with it, which still makes it hard to read some of the current comics without getting slightly irritated.

But with time comes the possibility of DC improving itself, and that they will have worked out what made the characters popular in the first place. Sadly this will probably require multiple minor reboots now, that will further muddle the muddied continuity but perhaps the result will hopefully be a better DC.
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Kaizer617 Featured By Owner 56 minutes ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks 4 the fave, Buddy! Glad to see you liked that picture in particular. I'm very proud of it!:D
Selecthumor Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderfully-twisted Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks for the fave
adamantis Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist
You're welcome :nod:
ComicStumps Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014
Thanks for the fave
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