This is the animated adaptation of the last DC Comics story before they rebooted to the New 52 -- and since it's an alternate timeline story, it should be right up my alley.

But good lord are some the character designs ugly. And the story is beyond violent -- seriously, Netflix says this is PG-13, and it's entirely for the death and destruction.

On the other hand, it's a pretty good Barry Allen story, with a good bit of character growth and lots of inventive use of his power.

The voice cast is uniformly good, and it was fun to hear some of the actors from the DC Animated Universe back -- Dana Delany as Lois Lane was a wonderful treat, for one.

Spoilers Ahead )
BARRY: There's a morgue for the League's enemies three stories below the meeting room? ) -- Blackest Night #1

Except now I want Piper to be responsible for publishing an expose series on this and other abuses by the Justice League -- Rathaway Publish might own newspapers, and it'd be fun for the heroes to deal with a PR disaster of such epic proportion. Especially since at least a few of the people they dug up for their little 'morgue' have families that would have objected -- and maybe a few were never proved to be supervillains legally?

Especially because I have this idea about Barry going to try to 'reason' with the chief editors at the paper breaking this story, and being told it was the publisher who okayed/pushed for the story. When he goes to confront 'Mr. Rathaway', Barry thinks he looks familiar, but can't place him until Wally runs in and has a fit at Piper, who stands there and takes it, mulishly and with bad grace.

Piper is *pissed* about the grave-robbing, possibly because the heroes tried to exhume James Jesse from where he was eventually buried (Chicago, by his fellow FBI agents? Central City, by Piper?) and Piper decided to finally use all the useless, filthy money he inheritated and run the news arm of his family's publishing company to watchdog the heroes. He's figured out he can do a lot of good with good old-fashioned muckraking journalism, and is thinking about trying to hire Lois Lane away from the Planet...

Wally has yet another "oh for god sake, PIPER!" moment, and then a "Oh, fuck, what stupidity did the League come up with *now* that I wasn't told about because they knew I'd argue with them?"

After that, I don't know... maybe Piper has really managed to retire from brawling with super-types because he doesn't win fistfights, and has finally figured out that you can do a LOT more damage if you can grasp the levers of power -- and what else is he going to do with his parents' money, after all? He's already gotten foundations and endowments running for most of his pet charities -- now it's a matter of 'prodding buttock' on a politcal level, to steal from the great Pterry...
neotoma: Lego Vader facepalms (Vader Facepalm)
( Aug. 17th, 2009 11:30 pm)
[personal profile] isilweth pointed out that Dick and Clark came up spoiler for Blackest Night )

WTF?! That is just plain *wrong*. WRONG!

Batman is the one who does the expedient and morally shitty thing. Superman does the Right Thing, even when it hurts him.
neotoma: Roadrunner fetish goes "beep beep!' (roadrunner)
( Aug. 16th, 2009 07:43 pm)
I'm still worried that Willingham and Sturges are going to wreck my love for the series -- especially with the JSA splitting into two books.

Currently, though I'm trying to figure out some things )

I've also been Judd Winick GREEN ARROW comics from the library. Wow, people weren't kidding about Connor being white-washed by the artists... Also, Ollie and Roy fail in various annoying ways when it comes to their individual interactions with women.
neotoma: Piper and his rat -- DC Comics has gay superheros! (Piper-and-rat)
( Aug. 2nd, 2009 10:13 pm)
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen -- Black Dossier )

Secret Six

Gail Simone is brilliant )

Her Welcome to Tranquility is an amazingly sweet little homage to superhero comics and the troubles they'd be in the real world. I especially like the friendship between the Captain Marvel analogue and his archenemy Henry Hate; it's werid but it works


I think I'm going to give the Willingham run three issues before I pitch it -- and if I do pitch it, I'm going to write a letter to DC explaining why I've dumped a series that I've liked enough to pick up in trades as well as monthlies...
My brain goes strange places -- there are a distinct lack of Slytherins in Keystone/Central, mainly because the Rogues are amazingly unambitious for what they can do

There is also a lot of Chaos on the Rogues' side, but a suprisingly low amount of Evil considering most of the characters are costumed supervillains.

The Good )
The Bad )
The Evil )

Interestingly, while the heroic characters are mostly Hufflepuffs and Gryffindors (pretty typical for hero types), the villains are mostly *Ravenclaws*, with the occasional Hufflepuff or Gryffindor. I could only tag two of the characters as Slytherins, both of the Tricksters, and they hate each other...


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