Saturday, June 11, 2011

Action Comics #1 = RIP Power Girl?!

Here is the FINAL DC reboot solicit for Action Comics #1.

A new era of DC Comics begins as the longest-running monthly comic of all time releases its first issue #1 since 1938.

This September, New York Times bestselling writer Grant Morrison (ALL-STAR SUPERMAN) joins with sensational artist Rags Morales to bring you tales of The Man of Tomorrow unlike any you’ve ever read before in ACTION COMICS #1. This momentous first issue will set in motion the history of the DC Universe as Superman defends a world that doesn’t trust their first Super Hero.

The first Action Comics #1 is now the most sought-after comic book of all time. This September, one of comics’ most imaginative storytellers will make history again in Grant Morrison and Rags Morales’ ACTION COMICS #1.

One sentence jumps out at me: Superman defends a world that doesn’t trust their first Super Hero.

So what we're looking at, is a world where the Justice Society of America and the entire Golden Age never happened! Thinking about it... the ONLY JSA-related characters that appeared anywhere were Black Canary and Mr. Terrific and HE isn't in any way actually connected to the original.
Power Girl, you may have reason to be concerned! I know her book had dropped in sales, but she's still a popular character and I'm surprised not to see her, although it would make sense, because her identity has so much to do with parallel universes and timelines, I can see DC taking her off the table and going with just one Supergirl.

Also, no sign of Obsidian, Jade, Jessie Quick... all kids of Golden Age characters. Like I said, Black Canary is there, but I'm assuming at this point they will simply make her the first and not the daughter of the original. What about The Spoectre and Dr. Fate, both huge magic characters? No sign of them, either.

Also, The Huntress wasn't shown as part of any book. The original Huntress was the daughter of the Golden Age Batman and Catwoman, but after Crisis, a new Huntress was introduced who had no ties to Batman. That's the character that's been running around for almost 20 years, so why was she excluded?

With Power Girl, even though she's a tad confusing for some people, she's a popular character! It's surprising that she was taken off the table. So what does that mean for others who may be hard to explain, like... oh, Donna Troy for instance?

No sign of her either and if we're dealing with Superman JUST debuting as the world's first hero, then there's no way that the original Teen Titans could have even had time to serve as sidekicks and grown into their own characters. Somehow Nightwing and Roy Harper are there, but no sign of Wally West, the original Aqualad or Donna.

Also, it seems like the new Wonder Girl is not even affiliated with Wonder Woman, which if that's the case, is dumb!

Ugh, y'know what? I was kinda slowly getting on board with some of these books. I'll still give Batgirl and Aquaman a shot for sure and OF COURSE Batwoman. I'm going to try Justice League and Wonder Woman out of habit more than anything else. I'm not really that pumped for either, but the thought of NOT buying Wonder Woman just doesn't feel right! Everyone online is speculating that this is just a stunt and that everything will return to normal in a year or so. But... will that be too late? Will all the lifers have moved on? And seriously, do they really expect that kids and new readers are just suddenly going to jump onboard? Guess we'll all see in a few months!

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