Doug: Big Alex Ross fan, here. Somehow this slipped by me in pre-release publicity, but I'm glad I know it's available now. I'm talking about the new Alex Ross hardcover, Rough Justice: The DC Comics Sketches of Alex Ross. You can see the description of it here. Chip Kidd is the book's editor, so you know it will be top shelf. I just love everything Ross does, and can't believe he has his detractors. I've met him on a number of occasions, and have always found him to be very cordial. I'd love in the future to see a similar volume dedicated to Marvel Comics' heroes and villains!
Oh, and one last thing (maybe the biggest of all) -- should we assume that there won't be an FF/Avengers crossover coming our way anytime soon?
NEAL ADAMS' BATMAN: ODYSSEY
DC Comics has announced that Neal Adams will be returning to Batman in Batman: Odyssey, a 12-part mini-series that launches in July.
Here's how DC describes the series:
"Odyssey finds Batman facing a series of seemingly unrelated challenges, villains and allies, old and new, that push him to his limits as never before. The battles get more intense and, in turn, more deadly, The Dark Knight Detective discovers that there might be an over-arching force behind his troubles. And if this is so, if there is a dark and mysterious matrix being super-imposed over Batman's life.... what sort of life-changing voyage must he go on to free himself from this powerful and insidious direction?
"Worse... where can he go that he has never gone before for his desperately needed Odyssey?"
"I have been collecting bits and pieces of Batman's life and time over the years since I was doing Batman regularly," Adams said. "With even this massive series, I haven't been able to shove them all in. but the juiciest and richest morsels are there. Have comic books always been this much fun?"
The feature also displayed the accompanying artwork. You might notice that Batman is carrying a gun, so this is perhaps from very early in his career. But at any rate, would you agree that Neal Adams still has it at 69 years of age? Wow. Just awesome. I no longer buy new comics, but this is one series that has me pretty excited.
Doug: However, another series that I am questioning is Marvel's soon-to-released Avengers: The Origin. If I'm not mistaken, Stan and Jack did a pretty good job with this 47 years ago. While I thought Joe Casey did a decent job with his two Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes mini-series, there were certainly places I could find faults. I'm just not a fan of all of the revisionism.
Updating for a modern audience? Perhaps. But I have to scratch my head (over the past two decades of comics, really) and ask: What is canon anymore?