Brightest Day - Aborted story arcs?

Kinda slowpoke here, I finished Brightest Day and every related tie-in just a few hours ago. Overall I'm satisfied with the story, the ending seem kinda rushed and disjointed though. And of course there is the problem of seemingly aborted story arcs. Maybe you guys know what actually happened.

-Does Alec Holland's return examined further anywhere else than the 3 issues aftermath? If not, does this mean the new Swamp Thing series is actually in continuity with the pre-new 52 stuff?

-Did Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch stopped the cataclysm supposedly caused by the instability of the Firestorm matrix less then 90 days?

-What the hell happed to Hawkgirl? Did Hawkman find her in the end? If not, is this arc still in continuity with the new 52's Savage Hawkman?

-Was the nature of the relation between Dove and White Light finally revealed anywhere?

-The White Lantern said that Hawk failed his mission. Were there any consequences of this?

-Mars remains a dead planet forever because J'onzz has chosen Earth in the end?

-Aquaman realizes that the Xebelian outcast used Atlantean technology during their invasion on the surface world. Does this conclude anywhere later or has been aborted by the new 52?


On the DC cancellations

Well, the news is out, DC cancels 6 titles from the original 52 and introducing 6 new ones instead.

I always loved Mister Terrific's character, loved the concept of the current book even more. A clever AND competent hero using science for getting through obstacles - with a subtle Doctor Who-ish undertone. The problem was it seemed obvious that the writer didn't do much research to present the scientific aspect authenticly, so it was very far from being called a sci-fi which happens to feature a superhero. Hopefully, the new Earth-Two titles announced, namely Earth 2 and World's Finest will keep Mister T - maybe he was better as a side character anyway. Why not introducing him to the new Firestorm title too? It could work.

I almost cried hearing O.M.A.C. getting cancelled. It was engaging, exciting, pure FUN. How can Didio allow his own book getting the boot is beyond me. The saddest part is I don't see DC being able to feature Kevin Kho in another DC title anytime soon. What a waste...

Hawk and Dove is divisive because of Liefeld was finally able to present an at least passable artwork, still, his style do not favor him very well in many readers' eyes. And there is the case of Sterling Gates who on the contrary has many fans out there, yet the writing of this book could be called okay at best. It's not a surprise it didn't sell well, but I'm not worried: Hawk and Dove will always be a part of the overall DC roster.

Blackhawks being cancelled was a sad news to me as well. It barely established a great action-scifi plotline/setting and suddenly it gets the boot... Cannot say the same about Static Shock - it started out okay... I guess, but the plotline only got more stale as it progressed. And that's coming from a guy who loves Static's character.

Men of War was good. Could have been better if they leave out the backups, concentrate more on Sergeant Rock for at least the first arc. Maybe he gets a spot in G.I.Combat if it does well some day.


Authentic superhero satires

I finished every issues of Mark Waid’s Irredeemable and Incorruptible published so far and suddenly found myself in a pickle, because I’ve been reading Ennis’ The Boys as well (similar subject matter) and I cannot decide which should be called more authentic in regard of certain aspects of storytelling.

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Irredemeemable centers around the heroes with metahuman abilites and it’s unbelievably well done, BUT, because it shows a continous crisis situation caused by a literal demigod, the characters rarely act the way they could be called likeable with the exception of Qubit, if you can symphatize with his strict morality.

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Incorruptible on the other hand is not that good characterization-wise. The comic basically admits at several points, that the protagonist, Max Damage was a cardboard cutout villain without any goals to begin with and when he reformed, he basically took his lack of morality and turned it around - being a hero for him means doing the exact opposite what he was doing before the Plutonian went apeshit. But here comes the twist: the presentation of the society and the town’s community is exceptional, the minor characters are very well-written, and so on, I could praise the book for minor things where it really shines.

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The Boys has a very thought out world, but there is no reason for denying how Ennis’ immature tendencies would alienate certain readers - that’s all I will say here, because if anyone was interested about the book, should be already knowing it’s the ultimate satire of the superhero concept, without devolving into a nonsensical farce (it dances on the fence, that for sure).

So there you have it, three different books with similar high concepts (superheroes can be evil), but very different approaches. Even though I cannot decide which is more authentic, I would recommend them all, for at least the first arcs to decide if you are interested for reading more.

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Reynolds' head/body ratio and other failures

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Just saw Green Lantern the Extended Cut.

There are two options:

a) As I've got older, I slowly stopped enjoying simple yet entertaining things, which would be contradictory to my latest tendencies of getting more into comic books, pulp fiction and cheap exploitation movies.

b) This was just an overpoduced, yet somehow boring flick filled with amateurish filmmaking mistakes, like the flashback to a scene which happened like 15 minutes ago, pointless cutaways and jump-cuts and of course the giant headed Reynolds when he confronts the Guardians (the quality of CGI is like a rollercoaster throughout the whole movie).

What a waste...


Color-design fail

How to draw the Teen Titans rule #666: Don't make the main roster look like if they were another branch of the Red Lanterns.
How to draw the Teen Titans rule #666: Don't make the main roster look like if they were another branch of the Red Lanterns.