Monday, July 09, 2007

In Memoriam

7 comments:

rob! said...

i loved the idea that the Flash's villains, for the most part, were sad when Flash died, since they were just crooks and not psychos like Batman's villains.

Dixon said...

Ah! And therein lies the reason that I'm rather restless regarding Bart Allen's death in The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #13. Underneath it all, the Rogues were always rather cheerful comrades in crime. A lot has changed in the last few years.

Now, instead of mourning the death of the scarlet speester, the Rogues were responsible for his death--they practically beat him to death! The events of The Flash #13 are more than a little disturbing. I'm still not sure how I should feel about it. I need to see how the aftermath will play out in the weeks ahead.

I'm sure to be writing more about this soon...

rob! said...

>>Now, instead of mourning the death of the scarlet speester, the Rogues were responsible for his death--they practically beat him to death!<<

really? ick.

Dixon said...

Ick indeed.

steve said...

Ever since DC followed Marvel by leaving the Comic Code Authority realm, violence has gone up like James Garner's cholesterol count. Bart's beating is nothing compared to the deaths in the mega-crossovers like Infinite Crisis and Identity Crisis.

*goes and reads early Barry stories*

Kelson said...

You know, I hadn't even noticed that they'd dropped the Comics Code from Flash. Or Countdown, 52, or even Infinite Crisis, for that matter.

I guess they were pushing the envelope for so long, I didn't even think to check. Even today's Code books are about the same as the non-Code books I remember reading in the late 80s/early 90s.

Interesting spot-checking: Teen Titans is still a Code book. Justice League and JLA Classified are Code, but Justice Society and JSA Classified are not. Flash was before the relaunch as The Fastest Man Alive, but I don't see a Code logo on the All-Flash cover. I wonder if it'll be back with the relaunch or not?

Kelson said...

And by "non-Code books" I mean the ones that just didn't have the logo on them, like the second volume of New Teen Titans or the 5-years-later Legion of Super-Heroes, not the "mature readers" books that later became the foundation of Vertigo (which I didn't read until much later).