Bottom of the Pile - Oct. 1st, 2014

Shut up, this is exactly when I planned to have this done.



....Or something.

Aquaman and the Others
I can't decide what's more hilarious--that Aquaman's bed has his emblem emblazoned at the headpost like it's a friggin' Justice League chair, or the infomercial type way he introduces the features of the room.  


 Batman Eternal
I could say that it's bad writing or some such nonsense that Julia has so quickly acclimated to becoming Batman's new Alfred when just a couple issues ago she was all "fuck Bruce"...but I find the idea of a Pennyworth cleaning up after Bruce's repeated bouts with idiocy that is wearing the Batman costume hilarious.

"Ohhhh, you're Batman?  Well, I'll just get to work then..."

Plus I like Julia too much and want to see her around more. 


Death of Wolverine
 A new application for Kitty Pryde's powers.   Well, new in practice.  In theory I'm pretty sure we've always known she could do something like this.  Now I'm just wondering when she'll develop full on density control and become like the Vision.

Grayson

 Okay.  Here's something I need you to understand.  This is not fridging.  If this is fridging, then we have come to the point where any death of a female character ever is fridging, and I know that we're better than that.

This woman wasn't "dragged into" the hero's conflicts.  This isn't going to "motivate" the hero.   Her death came from the consequences of her own actions--Dick had managed to complete the mission objective without a single drop of blood being shed, and she decided that for the mission to be "clean" the target had to be killed.  She was an equal in the story (not "someone to be protected"), she made her own choices, and those choices led to her being killed by a target who wasn't quite dead yet.    That's how life, or at least spy life, works.   Your actions.  Your consequences.

More importantly, this issue points out just how unfit Dick is for this world, and I hope to have him back in the blue costume as soon as possible. 


Green Arrow

So Green Arrow recently got a new creative team--and they're the guys who help write CW's Arrow week in and week out.   I was hoping that this book wouldn't become too much like Arrow since there's already a comic book for that, and also wondering what they could do to differentiate themselves from the show.

Fortunately, they remembered that unlike on Arrow, they have access to the entire DC Universe at any time, so we got the above page and the actually compelling scene that followed about Oliver taking responsibility as one of the 1% to do more than just open charities and shoot arrows at criminals.   Great work.

Guardians 3000

 To be honest, this book had sort of lost me until I saw this panel.  Guardians 3000 focuses on the original Guardians from the late 60's/early 70's, and sees 2008 Guardians' creator return to wrap a story up that he started almost seven years ago.  

I wonder if all this time shattering stuff comes from the X-Men...

Legendary Star Lord

Okay, okay....what?   Star Lord smacking Thanos around?  Cool.  Peter Quill wearing the same outfit as the one in the film?  Eh, sure why not.   But where the fuck did this crystal come from?   How many different cosmic level powers can you have just floating about in the universe for some schmuck to pick up whenever they want?   Phoenix Force.  Nova Force. Quasar bands.  Power Cosmic.  Whatever Annihilus uses.  Now this random crystal that looks like it belongs in some high school geology class.   

Spider-Man 2099

Yup, this sounds right for the Hero Life: being smited by the universe even for some random thoughts.


 New 52: Futures End

The villain for Futures End finally shows himself.

....Meh.  Fuck 'em.  

Thor

Nah, I doubt it All-Mother, since the Enchanter is Jason Aaron.

No seriously though, seeing this panel I bet a large part of Thor's redemption arc is going to be him figuring out how to forgive himself for whatever it is the guy whispered in his ear during Original Sin.  Until then though, we've got Lady Thor!   Though we still don't know anything about her.   Ah well, maybe next month.

Author's Note: Bottom of the Pile is a weekly column (or at least, my attempt at said) in which I cover the comics that found their way to the bottom of my pile, thus being the best as I've always been a proponent of "saving the best for last".   Since bog standard reviews can be found literally anywhere, coverage can range from mini-reviews to funny comments to commentary on a creator's run or comics as a whole, depending on a wide range of factors including the comic itself, the amount of time I have, and my general mood.

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