With the new job training and everything else that goes with it, I’ll be a bit sparse on posts here and at Sourcerer for a short time. My apologies to my readers for this. I shall return. I swear it.
Who else is excited about Guardians of the Galaxy this weekend? I think I’m going to see it tonight. When are all of you going?
If you haven’t already, check out a post I did at Sourcerer awhile back that contains suggestions for further reading to acquaint you with the characters.
Writing about the DC Comics multiverse for Sourcerer really has me thinking about all the possibilities that might be out there. I know I’m guilty of thinking of endless what-ifs, of separate realities where my and my family’s major decisions were different and therefore provided different outcomes. I wonder who I am in those other worlds, if they do indeed exist. Who else thinks about these things a lot? I know I can’t be alone. Let’s converse.
And here’s the second half of my Joker essay from the Batman column over at Sourcerer. Give it a look!
by Jeremy DeFatta
Happy new book day, everyone! Building off last last week’s post, I want to lay down a few more of my thoughts on, and interpretations of, the Joker. These may seem a bit more convoluted than the last batch, but dedicating critical thought to the Joker is a deep, dark rabbit hole indeed. Let’s jump right in!
The white-skinned Joker can be seen as a ghost of his opposite number—Bruce Wayne. Though the connection is tenuous, I see it as a source of the animosity between the Joker and Batman. The Joker is the walking death of young Bruce Wayne grown to adulthood and spreading its pain across Gotham. After all, it is a fairly common idea that whatever was Bruce Wayne effectively died in that alleyway with his parents, leaving behind only a shell that wandered the world in search of answers until it finally…
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And here’s the second post I did at Sourcerer on Dick Grayson, the original Robin. Give it a look!
by Jeremy DeFatta
Good day, everyone! I want to give you a brief rundown of the character of Dick Grayson in the years since he stopped being Robin. For most comics readers under the age of 40, Grayson has always been Nightwing, a moniker (oddly enough) originally associated with Superman in the form of a Kryptonian street vigilante in the Bottled City of Kandor (pre-Crisis). Again, weirdness thrived in the Silver Age.
Originally drawing on interactions with Superman (it gets convoluted), Dick Grayson served as Nightwing pretty much continuously from 1984 (pre-Crisis)/1985 (post-Crisis) until 2009 during the Death of Bruce Wayne storyline. (Please check the links if you’d like a rundown of the original Crisis on Infinite Earths story that sought to collapse many of DC’s various eras and parallel earths into a single, cohesive continuity; it is far too complicated not to give it its own series of blog…
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