Friday, April 20, 2007

That spread in JLofA #8:

Three things -Courtney's met Wonder Woman before. Several times. In fact, they've had Thanksgiving dinner together. More than once. There're a couple of possible explanations here: Meltzer sees "teenaged girl hero" and writes her according to some kind of weird mental template; the script called for Cyclone, for whom the overly annoying dialogue would be entirely fitting, but Shane Davis screwed up; Stargirl's an idiot who repeats herself. I don't know how much time's gone by between the end of 52 and the beginning of JLofA (or JSofA, for that matter), but we haven't yet seen why Sand went from his GI Joe getup to this creepshow, aside from the obvious "Alex Ross freaking felt like it" explanation. Also, Christ, you think Brad Meltzer likes Geo-Force? God. Granted, the rate this series is going, it'll be another three issues before we see him use his powers again, so I guess the occasionally reminder that Geo-Force is even more powerful than ten Gokus isn't wholly without merit. Hey, I'd almost forgotten that these two were drug addicts at some point! Roy should totally toss in the fact that he had a kid with Chesire so we could cover the entirety of his character traits in one speech bubble. How come nobody ever calls Batman on that time he was hooked on Venom? It's always that one issue where Roy was on smack and beat the crap out of his addiction the old fashioned way - by sweating a lot in a room with Black Canary. Green Arrow could kick cocaine every freaking night, by that rationale.

Also, somebody explain to me how Miraclo is no longer a drug solely because it's not in pill form. Johns pulled the same thing roundabouts All-Stars - Hourman was all "it's homeopathic! It's transdermal!" which strikes me as about as logical as hooking myself up to a vodka IV and then claiming I'm not drinking because the booze ain't in my mouth.

12 comments:

kalinara said...

When I read Sand's line, I thought he was hitting on him.

"No one's made the earth move like that for me since Swamp Thing."

kelvingreen said...

My gosh, that art is awful. This is on a flagship book? Cripes.

And maybe WW and Star-Girl (or whatever she's called) have never met since Superboy punched a wall?

Siskoid said...

I felt like it was the 90s again.

Scipio said...

Riddle me this:

If Geo-Force isn't in the JLA ...

why is he in JLA?

Jon said...

Not a clue - if it's because he's picked up Terra's powers, he should be hitting up, say, Nightwing or Cyborg for a hand, not a team he has almost no connection to save the tenuous link to Batman and Black Lightning by way of the Outsiders.

Remember back in Countdown to Infinite Crisis when Blue Beetle was in the Batcave and he was saying Batman didn't have any stuff from the Bwah hah hah League handy? You think he's got any Outsiders crap laying around? Statues of the Masters of Disaster in his Rogue's Gallery? Windfall's clone's costume in a tube?

Crowded House said...

I doubt it, but the idea that he does is very amusing. So is the idea that he gives a guided tour of his cave to every new superhero who's just found it.

"And over here you will see the Duke of Oil's hat, and on the right is my utter contempt for Keith Giffen."

Tom Foss said...

I like to think that Bruce has several different Batcaves, each specifically designed to piss off a specific person or group of people. When Blue Beetle drops by, he ends up in the "Giffen contempt" cave. When Wonder Woman comes, she notices that Bruce has pictures up of all his other ex-girlfriends. When Superman drops by, he sees that Bruce has pictures of all his current girlfriends, that sort of thing.

kelvingreen said...

Don't forget the Sci Fi Closet Cave, or the Hush Bat Garage, with all those Batmobiles up on stands where Batman couldn't get to them. Um.

Jon said...

Batman must have SO MANY GIANT PENNIES with which to decorate.

John Foley said...

And do you really think people sit around namedropping Swamp Thing all that often, and know his real name?
Really?
The "first name basis" thing has metastasized completely out of control.

Anonymous said...

Huh. Good point, John. No reason why Geo-Force should even know who Swmap Thing is, let alone know his real name....




~Q

Hank said...

Alec Holland's story arc and past is tied with Poison Ivy and Gotham, so the nod of the head from Geo-Force is plausible. I like the parallelism between the two characters, their connections to the Earth. I think Batman sees a lot in Geo-Force similar to how he sees the Flash, both their powers are rooted in Potentialities. I am happy to see him around Superman and Batman and the JLA.