Chapter By Chapter: The Death And Life Of Superman ch. 18

Chapter by Chapter features me reading one chapter of the selected book at the time and reviewing it as if I were reviewing an episode of a TV show or an issue of a comic. There will be spoilers if you haven’t read to the point I have, and if you’ve read further I ask that you don’t spoil anything further into the book. Think of it as read-along book club.

There are three sections to this book covering the three story arcs of the comics. We are now on the final chapter of section two. This chapter has been showing how you handle the death of a character. We’ve seen the reactions, the mourning, the villains who will take advantage for their own gain, and the beginning of new heroes rising up to take over. We’ll see more of that next chapter but first we need to wrap up this storyline.

Chapter 18: Funeral For A Friend final chapter

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Steel #43

Here’s a blast from the past I’d like to see: the days when this was a superhero comic instead of an urban soap opera.

Steel #43

DC Comics (October, 1997)


WRITER: Priest

ROUGHS: Denys Cowan

FINISHER: Tom Palmer

COLORIST: John Kalisz

SEPARATIONS: Digital Chameleon

LETTERER: Pat Brosseau

EDITOR: Mike McAvennie

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BW’s Morning Article Link: New Blade Runner Comics

The only Blade Runner comics produced have been Marvel’s two-issue adaptation of the first movie, both issues of which I’ve reviewed on this site by the way. Do a search. The second movie didn’t get a comic adaptation, and neither did the video game, the only sequel fans thought they’d get until Blade Runner 2049. Now Titan Comics is continuing its pop culture adaptation empire by creating new stories set in the Blade Runner universe. I wonder if they decided Deckard is a replicant or not?

Personally I don’t care about the intent so much as I don’t want Deckard to be a replicant. I think it makes falling in love with one carry more weight, plus using a replicant to hunt replicant criminals but he doesn’t know he’s one…I think that can start getting confusing if you really think about it within the lore.

Jake & Leon #371: About The “Dear Bat” Letter

Counting the Bat FAMILY, he on like three different teams right now.

I usually save this for the archives and Patreon but I made a big commentary to go along with this one:

So they did this long story arc about Batman and Catwoman getting married. They explored many angles, made it look like they were the ideal couple, and got people excited to see how this would change the dynamic between the Bat Family. And then they not only tossed it aside but did so by letting the mainstream press spoil the entire thing to tell us we wasted our time getting hyped for this event. That’s a terrible way to do anything!

But it wasn’t the canceling of a Batmarriage that bothers me. It happened on Earth-2 so you know there’s story potential there, but Batman getting married to anyone doesn’t make as much sense to me as the Spider-Marriage or the Supermarriage. (They tried to eliminate the Clark Kent/Lois Lane marriage numerous times as well. They just kept it behind the scenes until the New 52.) But the reason Selina gives for not marrying Bruce, that he supposed needs his misery to properly function as Batman, is pure hogwash! Batman is driven by anger and maybe a bit of brooding. He wants to do what he can to get rid of the same criminal element that took his parents’ lives. But misery isn’t the same as that righteous fury. It’s depression, and depression is more of a stopping force than a driving one. I think he could be happy and still fight crime. Earth-2 proved that. Huntress is originally the daughter of the Earth-2 Bruce and Selina.

Now Selina not wanting to reform from cat burglary and become a crimefighter, for whatever reason, I can believe. But Batman doesn’t need his “misery”. Again, I’m more in favor of an unmarried Batman than I am ending Superman’s marriage, but the silly reason they gave, and the way they ruined (and spoiled) the story arc is something I had to comment on.

In other news I reviewed the Quick Change knockoffs of the G1 Aerialbots in this week’s Clutter Report.

Meanwhile we’re finishing Section 2, “Funeral For A Friend” in our Chapter By Chapter look at The Death & Life Of Superman. I hope to have some good articles since I didn’t get to go to ConnectiCon this weekend. (And Friday was my birthday, too. That would have been a fun birthday. I’m 45 by the way, and not much to show for it, but I’m a stubborn old buzzard.) I hope any of you who got to go had a good time and hopefully I can go next year. The next con is Terrificon, but I’m still unemployed and it’s at Mohegan Sun, a casino. The price is actually cheaper but I bet the rooms aren’t. The hard part there is BW Virtual Mentor Jerzy Drozd is going to be there selling his new comic, so say hi for me! But I do have some leftover con content that I hope to get done soon. And there’s good stuff coming this week here at the Spotlight so I hope you like it.

Saturday Night Showcase: ConnectiCon Cosplay Masquerade 2018

I couldn’t attend ConnectiCon again this year and that saddens me. Yesterday was my birthday and I spent it home working on other project. I love bringing you guys videos and images from the convention and I love all the stuff I’ve been able to do there, with or without a press pass. But there’s nothing I can do this year since I still have no money coming in.

However, the convention is doing a series of livestreams from the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT. But only two rooms, Main Events and the “Phoenix” room. The latter has terrible audio so you can barely hear the presenters and have to turn your volume up but then the audience is way too loud and Lord have mercy on anyone using headphones. The Main Events room is a bit better and the source of tonight’s Showcase so I can at least bring you something from ConnectiCon.

“Cosplay” is short for “costume play”, where you aren’t just wearing the costume but playing a character, from a generic robot to C-3PO. It’s all in good fun. Part of that comes from the “masquerade”, which I think other conventions do as well. It’s a sort of talent show, where the cosplayers can show off not only their costumes but stretch their comedic, dance, or other performing talents. So if UMG hasn’t put a copyright on this like they have a few other stream archives this weekend, I can bring you the 2018 Cosplay Masquerade. Enjoy!

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“Yesterday’s” Comic> Superman Adventures #34

“Stay back, Lois. Superman has Youngsblood Disease!”

Superman Adventures #34

DC Comics (August, 1999)


WRITER: Mark Millar

PENCILER: Mike Manley

INKER: Terry Austin

COLORIST: Marie Severin


LETTERER: Phil Felix


EDITOR: Mike McAvennie

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BW’s Best Friday Night Fights part 10

Part 1|Part 2|Part 3|Part 4|Part 5|Part 6|Part 7|Part 8|Part 9

The end is in sight, the final bouts now just a memory to be relived. Gone are the themes based around boxer names. Now we have themes based on situations again. I’ve always had trouble with themes. My collection is so big and at the time so mixed up that I could always find what I was looking for. So this was a real challenge for me.

In this section we have “Karate Kick”, which was a kick themed martial arts tournament (lucky for me I was reading Acclaim’s version of Ninjak at the time, but it was also around the time I was getting my insides reconnected), “Power Punch”, which was the same but themed around punches instead of kicks, and “Boom”, which required sound effects. Let’s go ringside!

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