Discussion in 'Comic Books and Graphic Novels' started by Predakwon, May 20, 2006.
Ok, what the hell is going on in this issue?
Turns out Joker had some left-over power from when he had Mr. Mxyzptlk's 5th Dimensional abilities. He just didn't know it until Mxyzptlk decided he wanted em back.
So they had a contest, basically, to f*** with Batman and Superman. If the Joker won, he got all of Mxy's powers back. If Mxy won, he got back the bit the Joker still maintained.
So they screwed with reality like crazy, creating The Maximums, dredging up all the various Supermen and Batman of various continuities, etc.
In the end, Batman and Superman won and the Joker had to give up that last bit of power he had left.
That power just so happened to be...
Batman's biggest fan fromthe 5th Dimension, and contrary to popular belief, STILL in-continuity post-Crisis. He'd just been missing for a real long time and now we finally know why.
Other creations from the Joker that got to stay is the new, Post-Crisis Kryptonite Man (the original Kryptonite Man died in Alan Moore's "Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow" and was erased from continuity by the Crisis on Infinite Earths) and, everybody's favorite, Batzarro.
So...did any of that answer your question?
I think Jeph Loeb might be on crack.
I think he wanted to end his run on Superman/Batman with a bang; and what better bang then to work in dozens of Batmen and Supermen from various continuities?
It was a whacky story, definately. Probably the only one in the entire run I really liked.
The rips at Marvel were funny, though they got a bit tasteless in #25 (claiming every high-profile Marvel character was rip-off of Batman and Superman was stretching it a bit).
Cool, thanks Dr Spengler. I was like wtf when I first read it.
Okay now I wish I snagged this, cause I know I would want to get #26 when it hits.
I don't think it was intended to imply that the Marvel characters were rip-offs of Batman and Superman; it was more that all superheroes owe their existance to Superman and Batman but yeah, it does come off like what you said.
Very weird story, but great art. So is this book going to jump "one year later " now?
I think 26 takes place durijng Crisis.
It definitely doesn't take place after it.
this issue was comedy gold in some aspects
Basically, the point of the issue was to say that the complete nonsense from the previous 24 issues was just a practical joke contest being played out by the Joker & Mxy.
Ironically, stating that S/B #1-25 was the result of the Joker's warped imagination is probably the only thing close to a rational explaination for the series being as mindnumbingly insane as it was.
Eh, no worse than All-Star Batman and Robin. Besides, we have a kick ass Supergirl now because Loeb.
I actually agree with Dan Didio's reasoning to cancel PAD's Angel-protoplasm-Matrix Supergirl in favor of a revival of a Supergirl who was Clark's cousin. But Loeb did the revival no favors with his barely literate body of work with the character.
My only real irk with Loeb's Supergirl was the first arc of her on-going. Loeb's idea of "characterization" was "make her stronger than every other established character in the DCU". Every issue was basically "Who can I have her embarass next?"
I lost interest after she revealed she had more will-power than Green Lantern.
There's a likely chance #26 will be out on May 31st, but we'll have to wait until May 29th for the confirmed shipping list.
Well be fair, it was just John Stewart.
Ja, and I didn't think it so much she had more will power, just enough to fuel the ring.
Graham Crackers has it listed for June 1st.
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