Damage #1

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The New Age of DC Heroes has arrived with the publication of Damage #1.  A lot, and I mean a lot of comparisons to the Hulk are being brandished about and it’s not hard to understand why.  DC Comics have themselves to thank for that, considering this is what they wrote on their own website:

“Ethan “Elvis” Avery just wanted to serve his country. Instead, he’s been changed into a monster! Tasked as the government’s own living, breathing ticking time bomb, Ethan retains no control when the monster takes over. The beast is cheaper than a nuclear warhead and twice as  effective, and Ethan fights to rein in the damage he unleashes when it springs free for one hour a day. With everyone around him in danger, Ethan struggles to contain the DAMAGE he inflicts on the DC Universe.”

Because with minimal editing you end up with: Bruce Banner just wanted to work for his country. Instead, he’s been changed into a monster! Turned into the government’s own living, breathing ticking time bomb, Bruce retains no control when the monster takes over. The beast is cheaper than a nuclear warhead and twice as  effective, and Bruce fights to rein in the damage he unleashes when he gets angry. With everyone around him in danger, Bruce struggles to contain the Hulk…

I’m not sure if this was a deliberate move on DC’s part to try to entice disenchanted Marvel fans or a poorly thought out marketing decision that invited unwelcome comparisons.  Who knows?

The question then becomes, is he a rip off of the Hulk?  My answer at this point is there are quite a few superficial similarities; and quite a few dissimilarities.  If we boil it down we can say here are two guys that are involved with the military and gained super strength that they aren’t able to willfully control.  I think we’re going to need quite a few more issues before we can make the rip off call, one way or the other.

As for the content of the issue, the art is fabulous.  Really.  It’s probably want-able on that alone.  Unfortunately it’s very story light.  Basically we are given two scenes.  The primary one is a lengthy fight scene of Damage wreaking havoc somewhere in Atlanta.  The second is someone called Colonel Jonas leading a team looking for Damage after the fact.  That’s all we get.  It’s more like a promo for an upcoming series than a first issue.  I don’t feel that it delivered any satisfaction story wise.  If this is going to be the pacing of the story I would never stick with it as I would be too frustrated by the slowness of it.

Will I pick up the next issue?  Maybe.  How about you?

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DC Event – Dark Nights: Metal *Part 1

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So, Dark Nights Metal started months ago and is wrapping up in March of this year.  Are you guys reading?  I’m perpetually behind myself.  I thought it was a good enough place as any to start my blogging efforts again tho.  This event is ending with the launch of DC’s New Age of Heroes; the first book Damage #1 came out this week. [I plan on giving all of the new #1s a review so that’s comming soon.]

Anyway back to the subject of Dark Nights Metal.  The story started with two prologue one-shots, Dark Days: The Forge and Dark Days: The Casting.  These were billed as optional but in my opinion they are pretty core to understanding the set up of the story and you probably would want to have them both.  There’s all sorts of stuff in there like Mr. Terrific, Mr. Miracle, Hawkman, Hawkgirl, and the list goes on.  It’s a very intriguing introduction into into a twisted tale of the Dark Multiverse.

Oh, and it has Batman in it.  You know, Batman doing Batmanish things like knowing that there is a new “Crisis” on the horizon and just investigating it by himself.  And then you know the Justice League finds out about it and chases him around while trying to get a strait answer out of him.  In short it’s pretty fun.

The trade these two books will see their reprint in is already solicited for a May 2018 release date. It will be called DARK DAYS: THE ROAD TO METAL and will also contain material from quite a few other books.

What I’m wondering is what books did you go in for? Just the mini series?  Everything? Picky choosy?  I will probably end up with everything because I’m reading most of the books that the tie ins are in anyway…

Thanks for reading.  I’m going to try to get back into the habit of trying to write at least a little something everyday and hopefully I’ll have something more to talk about in my next post.