Currently Reading and Enjoying….Damage!

So DC Comcs launched a new set of comics following their last big crossover event called Dark Metal. Well it was Batman driven and I’m not a big fan of the Dark Knight, but a new initiative introducing new characters and their various series spun out of it. My favorite of these is Damage.

The story and gimmick of Damage is a super soldier turned monster. I know it’s borrowed heavy from Captain America and the Incredible Hulk. The series throws a gimmick that Ethan Avery, the soldier that became Damage, can only become him for one hour every 24 hours. As the action unfolds through the comic we get a counter in panel.

Avery and Damage are portrayed as two separate consciousnesses that can communicate with each other. The dynamic has unfolded since issue one and develops more each issue. The action in the series really sets it apart from everything else. The action and pacing is fantastic and a big drawl. In just 7 issues Damage has taken down the Suicide Squad, fought Wonder Woman and had a huge fight in New Orleans with Poison Ivy and Swamp Thing.

The hero initiative began by DC Comics back in the early Spring of this year hasn’t fared particularly well sales numbers wise. The Immortal Men has already been marked for cancellation. I don’t feel DC has particularly advertised the line very well and has lacked overall support. Damage sold 17,000 plus copies in June, not setting the world on fire but the ax hasn’t swung yet. Hopefully positive word of mouth will get more people to give the series a try, I really like it. It’s the only series I’m up to date on at this point.

Well have a great weekend and stick with Mid American Culture for fresh content daily.

Farewell Steve Ditko

Hello everyone, it was discovered by the world at large yesterday that comic icon Steve Ditko has passed away. Ditko left his mark on the world as the co-creator of Marvel Comics Spider-Man and Doctor Strange. He designed both characters and came up with the rogues gallery for much of Spidey’s main villians including Green Goblin, the Lizard, and Doctor Strange’s Dormammu.

He drew the Amazing Spider-Man for 6 years and left over a falling out with Stan Lee.

He went to Carlton Comics where his main contribution was the Blue Beetle and the Question who would be a major influence on Alan Moore when he created Rorschach of the Watchman.

Ditko would work a bit for DC Comics in the 1980s before comic back to Marvel in the 90’s and creating Squirrel-Girl.

Ditko was a famous recluse compared to author JD Salinger. He continued working and self publishing up until his death. He was also an avid blogger. He will be greatly missed, but his creations will live on forever. Thanks for the work and effort Mr. Ditko

A Bat-Alternate to God Level Batman.

Hello friends! I’m back with more geeky goodness and today I want to make the case for Batgirl, the Barbara Gordon one being a more enjoyable character the Batman, the Bruce Wayne one. DC Comics, a subsidy of Warner Bros., which I guess is also a subsidy of AT&T now loves Batman. Loves him! Lives for him! He’s in like 113 fucking books a month. He’s getting married, he’s in space, he’s fighting the joker, I think he might also be the Joker. His comic activity is padded with some feature films and dozens of cartoons. Plus he sells lots of t-shirts and bookbags, and what about car stickers? Tons of car stickers because everyone with a black mustang assumes it’s the Batmobile.

However to me Batman is boring. People complain that Superman is overpowered. They aren’t even talking about Golden Age Superman who could move planets. They just mean the modern one that can catch a plane or stop a tank is overpowered. Everyone loves Batman because he’s “just a human” or “he’s like us.” How do you figure? He may have started out as a guy who was Sherlock Holmes with bat ears, but now he has the ability to take down gods. He has defeated Darkseid, Superman, and even the freaking Predator.

It’s ridiculous but DC has made Batman their icon. I mean he should be an icon and obviously is, but I’m in the minority when I tell you the character is boring and totally unrelatable. People complain about Superman? An all powerful alien? Well yeah raised by working stiffs Jon and Martha Kent. Plus Superman earns a living working for a major newspaper, which is kinda hard to believe in 2018, but you get the point. Batman is a know it all billionaire that has the most bad ass weapons of all time and can’t be stopped by anything. At least Supes had kryptonite.

You know a Bat character that rocks? It’s Barbara Gordon Batgirl.

She’s a icon in her own right. She was a mainstay of the DC Universe before a bullet shattered her backbone in the 1980’s. Barbara would for years work behind the scenes from her wheel chair as the Oracle guiding Gotham’s heroes. Best I can figure Barbara was confined to a wheelchair for 3 years in her time but in our world a generation grew up with the Oracle not Batgirl as their hero.

Batman famously had his back broken in the 1993 story Knightfall. Steroidal villian Bane just snapped his back over his knee.

Both Bruce Wayne and Barbara Gordon would eventually regain the use of their legs Bruce took about 4 months and was healed by a extra energy fallout from his kinda girlfriend/traveling doctor Shonda Kinsolving. Extra telekinetic energy. WTF ever.

As I already mentioned Barbara would be wheelchair bound for around 3 years and would have nanobot surgery in South Africa after volunteering for the risky procedure.

Barbara just seemed to earn hers more than Bruce, which is essentially my whole point. Batman can do anything, have anything, and take down anyone.

Batgirl is written like a Silver Age Marvel character mainly in the sense that they could exist in the real world.

While Batman is hanging in his giant underground layer or on the fucking moon, Barbara is attending college and actually shown to be learning things, at her apartment with a roommate, or maybe just a coffee shop like real folks do. She even has to deal with gentrification when her favorite coffee shop is bought out.

Im just saying Batman is probably the most popular comic book character on the planet and I think Batgirl is better. Maybe I’m wrong and feel free to let me know on the comments below or on Twitter @M_American_ or @mikeburns77.

I know Bruce.

TMNT to be playable characters in Injustice 2.

Somehow the DC Universe fighting game has grown to encompass a magnitude of characters outside the traditional comic book realm of Batman and Superman.   The game has already released DLC featuring Raiden from Mortal Kombat and Mike Mignola’s Hellboy.  It was a true surprise however to see this morning that Paramount has let their Ninja Turtles be used.  The game has just moved up to a must buy in my mind. I thoroughly enjoyed the first one but Hellboy and Donatello with Nightwing and Superman sets the bar to the moon. Check out the cool fighter pack reveals and thanks for reading and watch out for our weekly play list tomorrow.