The New Teen Titans by George Perez, in honor of Marv Wolfman’s birthday today.
Marv and George’s New Teen Titans 16 was the comic that brought me to DC after only being a Marvel kid. Marv also inspired me to write my first fan letter when I was a little kid, for his work on Fantastic Four, which netted me an actual No-Prize (the reward for a kid sending in a hand-written fan-letter, not for anything like pointing out an error in the comic).
Gene Simmons likes to mention how he and Marv once created a fanzine together back before he formed KISS, but their paths obviously diverged from there. Which turned out good for comics… but had Marv only played the sax or some other instrument back then, his world might be very different now…
Anyway, happy birthday to the Wolfman!
1933 - Siegel & Schuster Create Superman
When two Jewish schoolboys teamed-up on a simple illustrated sci-fi story called The Reign of The Superman, they didn’t just make history, they changed it forever.
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Jen Keith recommends Booster Gold: Futures End #1
With the Futures End event thrusting the DC New 52 universe five years into the future, it’s about time they bring the megalomaniac hero from the future, Booster Gold, back into the fray. We saw our favorite glory hound fade into nothingness in JLI Annual #1 after his future self suddenly appeared and said that he had to stop…what? Superman and Wonder Woman from becoming the new power couple (maybe he’s more of a Batman and Wonder Woman fan)? The mystery of this strange message and Booster’s sudden disappearance still stands, but it seems we’re finally getting some answers.
Booster Gold: Futures End #1 is a smorgasbord of cameos sure to delight long-time DC fans (hint: yes, pre-New 52 fans, this means you). We get to see what’s going on with Booster since he disappeared, including a visit to the Gotham By Gaslight Elseworld, Earth 4, and more! Going by the hints and nods to previous histories, I keep wondering what impact this will have and just what his current torturous captors are plotting. I’ve been psyched about what plans DC has for Booster since the announcement of Blue Beetle and Booster Gold in December’s Justice League 3000 written by the original Justice League Internationalwriters, so this new book was an instant must-read that did not disappoint my needing a Booster Gold fix.
Hopping between multiple universes in one story could get confusing, but the large creative team eases this by swapping every time Booster changes locations. There’s a lot of talent packed in this issue, including Moritat, Brett Booth, Will Conrad, and many more; Dan Jurgens, creator of Booster Gold and veteran creative team member on Booster’s solo books, wrote this one-shot and even drew a portion.
Can one comic truly contain the massive ego of multiple Booster Golds? Will he tell his captors what they’re willing to go as far as murder to find out? No time traveling needed – find out in Booster Gold: Futures End #1.
Jen Keith is a Digital Editor at comiXology, comic artist, music addict, and needs to watch that Justice League Unlimited Booster Gold episode “The Greatest Story Never Told” again because it’s so good.
Gotham Central, “Half a Life”
Written by Greg Rucka, art by Michael Mark, co-created with Ed Brubaker
Quite possibly my favourite two pages in comics. One of the most successful portrayals of the complex intersection between race and queerness.
We’ve got the entire run of ruckawriter & Michael Lark’s incredible Gotham Central plus some other Gotham-Centric comics on sale for the next week!