Saturday, January 2, 2016
Top 5 Fr-aturdays: Top 5 Things I Want From DC Comics In 2016
Welcome to this weeks Top 5 Fr-aturday(Thats a new day deal with it!). The New Year has come in and the comics have already begun rolling out as we approach the end of current storylines and go back to some of the status quos in the case of Batman and Superman. Now I'm a dreamer so I actually have been thinking what I want to see in comics this coming year, so I thought, "Why not make that the list!" This list will be ranging on a variety of wishes, such as character development, plot points and setting. As per usual this is my list, and if you don't like something I apologize. Enough talk! Lets begin!
5: The New Shazam
We'll start things off with something small and big at the same time. When the Justice League upgraded to god status Shazam was granted a new array of powers through new gods. We were introduced to them and got hints of the powers that could come from them...I WANT TO SEE THEM MORE! Especially since we now see H'ronmeer and Zonuz, aka Yuga Khan in the mix. In the grand scheme of things, having the Source Manipulation of Yuga Khan could mean Shazam has access to at least the Anti-Life Equation as it was shown in Infinity Man(That's right I read that!). Also out of all the Justice Gods, Shazam is the one that could actually stay, all the others either deny their godhood or are dying because of it. I hope to see the adventures of the new SHAZAM!
4: Earthshaking Aftermath from Darkseid War
I have enjoyed Darkseid war so far, including the tie ins with the exception of Luthor and Superman. That being said there is one question that is stuck in the back of my head: What will be the aftermath of this event that the entire Justice League series has been building to? The first time Darkseid came to Earth was the official turn in the DC universe that made people realize Superheroes weren't menaces with the birth of the Justice League. When Atlantis attacked it made the world see them as a threat that had to be brought to the UN. Each Justice League arc leads into world changing events and with the size of Darkseid War I expect it to be larger than ever.
3: Lantern Corps Returns to Focus
I miss the crossovers with the Lantern Corps. They may have happened frequently, but that was kind of the point. Since godhead the Lantern corps have been scattered all across the universe(or past in the case of the Edge of Oblivion) and in one fell swoop it seems the only the Sinestro Corps and Hal Jordan remain in the present. What happened to the Star Sapphires? The Red Lanterns? Where are the White Lanterns Kyle created? Where is Saint Walker? We get Hal Jordan and Sinestro are important, but so are the others! The universe is a big place, but all the lanterns were intertwined and were meant to fight, team up, explore TOGETHER. Not as a emotions alone, but as a group that stands for all life.
2: Post Endgame Gotham
Endgame was an arc that can't be just swept under the rug like it was a filler arc. This arc had the balls to kill off Batman and the writers got to work creating a Gotham without Bruce Wayne as Batman. We got a cool robot Batman(yes, I enjoy him. SUE ME!), we have Bruce finally getting that happily ever after he wanted when his memory was intact, were getting newer and stranger villains like Mr.Bloom, but the most important facet of this post Endgame Gotham is We Are Robin. Jim Gordon Batman obviously doesn't agree with the Robin Movement, but Bruce's Batman? He would shut that down almost immediately when he learned. He lost 2 sons to crime and people honestly think that he would let a bunch of green(red and yellow) teenage soldiers go off to save the day? NO CHANCE! I'll take Bruce back, but lets keep the Post Endgame Gotham as the norm.
1: Earth 2 returned to normal
Lets rewind the clock three years ago to an Earth very much like Earth Prime. We watched the birth of new heroes from different walks of life to challenge an Avatar of Death. That was the first arc of Earth 2. As the series continued, and writers changed, the cast grew bigger with new versions of Batman and Superman and even Red Tornado. Just when the series hit the peak of popularity, DC decided to kick the battles up to 20, creating World's End...and what many considered the greatest thing to come from the New 52 died. Violence, poor characterization and just all out war filled the pages and no character was safe. The war hero World Army Commander Khan, the human that was stood alongside the Wonders? Died anti-climatically. The Larger than Life Atom that stood against an evil Superman to save lives? Killed off without a second thought. But of course the worst of it...Alan Scott, The Green Lantern, Protector of Earth and leader of this new team of heroes...reduced to a Dr.Manhattan clone...Dan Abnett, if your reading this...I ask you. Make Earth 2 good again. Have them fight the bad guys, not each other, not the clock towards the end of the world. Have them fight villains and save the day. I think we all just want a break from the destruction.
Thats it for this week's Top 5! What do you want to happen this year in comics? Leave a comment and I'll see you next time!