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Subj: Re: Dark Days - The Forge #1: Hmm...?
Posted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 at 01:45:19 pm EDT (Viewed 204 times)
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Posted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 at 11:26:57 pm EDT (Viewed 244 times)

    Dark Days - The Forge 001 (2017)

    Everyone on this board is FAR more fluent with DC history (past and present canon) so it will be very interesting to see other dissect this issue. Please enlighten me. This is all latest Event in the mainstream Earth, post-Rebirth, right? The preview hype about this title completely passed me by. Also, the ending was so jarringly abrupt, IMO, the whole point of the issue long mystery (only Batman knew minimally/most about) got such an unfulfilling tease as to why the next issue was so important to get. Mainly for those 3 reasons, this LOOKED like it was a very important story but for the life of me that importance escapes me. That's not to say it's didn't generate intrigue. Is the series connected to making this REBIRTH canon merge and reset more coherent canon or just a new storyline? Credit to the art team for the pleasing images that made all the baffling matter-of-facts and presumptious status quos more... bearable/readable.

I'm grateful you decided to write about this Emrick, I skimmed through it quickly over the weekend but need to read it properly and really get to grips with it. Like you the pre-publicity either passed me by or has been rather subdued as I really had no idea at all what it was about fully but took a chance. My Initial impressions are of a book that is trying awfully hard to be seen as 'important'; certainly despite its over-earnestness I did find myself appreciating DC for finally letting someone other than Geoff Johns devise the big summer event series, but it is telling that this book hasn't had quite the same push and marketing as a Geoff Johns extravaganza... I'm really not sure how I feel about this book and it might be unfair to make instant broad assumptions when I have yet to read it proper and digest it. And yet while it comes too soon after the big Batman/Flash investigation concerning the Smiley Button etc I did like the choice here in exploring some of the lesser used corners of the DCU. A possible new Hawkman is being teased for example. Mister Terrific returns to the mainstream and his Earth-2 exploits are made record. Mister Miracle too is brought into the spotlight and more...
On this basis I appreciate the efforts of this series, the nice side meal is that some of DCs continuity is clarified and straightened out and we are given an intriguingly different take on The Joker that suggests a more intelligent and well rounded characterisation on the Mad clown might be awaiting.

As an opener this is all tease. A book purposely designed to hook the readers and generate maximum discussion and guesswork and therefore hype. And in that at least it works rather efficiently. \(coffee\)

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