Author: Matt Baum

Small Man, Big Mouth: Welcome to the DCU, Wildstorm…Hope you survive the experience

I’ve read comics as long as I can remember and during that time have only ever written to one. And, to my older self’s chagrin, it was printed. Printed in the pages of WildC.A.T.S. #14. I grew up loving Spider-Man, the X-Men, Captain America, and Batman, but the only comic I ever wrote to as a youngster was WildC.A.T.S. Why? Because I loved Wildstorm comics. The early 90’s were an amazing time for comic artists. Rob Liefeld, Marc Sylvestri, and Jim Lee we’re all X-artists whose titles were shipping millions of issues a month and they were literally the kings of the comic world. And then, all at the same time, they left Marvel. Two of the artists that had drawn the most amazing X-comics I had ever read, and, I admit it, I loved Liefeld’s New Mutants too, suddenly packed up and left Marvel for the newly formed artist collective, Image Comics. I call it an artist collective because there was a serious shortage of writers at the time. Revisit any of the first Image offerings, WildCATS, Youngblood, Cyberforce etc and you’ll see what I mean. I was a fan of Todd McFarlane’s Spawn and Silvesri’s Cyberforce but it was Jim Lee’s WildCATS and later his Wildstorm imprint that really pulled me in. Keep in mind this was well before Warren Ellis, Alan Moore, or even Joe Casey...

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Small Man, Big Mouth: DC’s New 52

It’s been about year since DC relaunched it’s entire superhero line. If you’re reading this, chances are you listen to the show that I co-host with one of my closet friends and the only other person that’s read DC comics for maybe a little longer than I have. OK, to be fair, Joe (the aforementioned co-host) has probably read more and loves DC comics more than I do and, like me, has said a lot of positive things about the DC relaunch on our show. When all the Internet trolls were screaming about their continuity being trampled, and my angry-hater friend Joel was saying “F this relaunch business,” I put on my rose-colored glasses and went as far as to award DC “Best Publisher” as part of our 1st Golden Beppo award show last year (our yearly comic-themed best-of show) for having the stones to relaunch their universe. Well here we are, one year later, and I find myself…angry. It finally hit me. Like a slow moving tsunami. I sat in my office (the place I read comics and record my podcast and sometimes smoke weed and listen to death metal) and read two of the latest DC zero issues and just got mad. Batman #0 and Batgril #0 specifically. And to be clear, it wasn’t the story in Batman #0. Scott Snyder is doing an amazing job on...

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