Obscurity of DC Presents: Ultra-bscure Book Club, Week 9 (January 15-January 21) --- JUST IMAGINE!

Welcome, @ObscurityofDCClub and other members of the DC Community! Welcome to Obscurity of DC’s ninth Ultr-Obscure Book Club! This week, we’ll be starting a 2-week focus on…


Number of Books: 1 (We’ll only read the first one this week).

Not-so-brief description from dc.com: In 2001, the unthinkable happened-Stan Lee, the comics creator most synonymous with Marvel, reimagined DC’s greatest heroes with a lineup of comics’ greatest artists. Back in print following the legend’s passing in 2018, this collects the second half of Lee’s unique takes on DC’s greatest icons, reinventing them from the ground up. Collects Just Imagine Stan Lee with John Byrne Creating Robin #1, Just Imagine Stan Lee with Gary Frank Creating Shazam! #1, Just Imagine Stan Lee with Scott McDaniel Creating Aquaman #1, Just Imagine Stan Lee with Chris Bachalo Creating Catwoman #1, Just Imagine Stan Lee with Walter Simonson Creating the Sandman #1, and Just Imagine Stan Lee with John Cassaday Creating Crisis #1.

Now that that’s over with, here are some discussion questions:

  1. In the first issue, we meet Wayne Williams, Stan Lee’s reimagined Batman. At the end of the issue, he kills the killer of his father. Did you enjoy seeing Batman without his moral code? Or did it just feel wrong? Explain.
  2. As we know, some heroes were switched to villains. Did you enjoy this decision? Why or why not?
  3. Are there any characters you like more than the original? If so, who?
  4. What was your favorite issue? Why?
  5. Who was your favorite reimagined character? Why?

Do you have an interest in exploring the unknown? Do you like discussing comics? Do you like pineapple on pizza? If so, The Obscurity of DC Club is the club for you! Join HERE if you’re interested!

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I read these ages ago (2012?) because a marble-stan owned some of the floppies and I was visiting (and bored, plus his X-Men collection was frankly terrifying in the same way kids new to DC look at the Legion stuff. All I really remember about the Bat and WW stuff was that I found the takes confusing whereas the take on GL (which is the one I think worked best) and Supes far less so. I also think it was a mistake to try to make a JLA alternate or connect the universe; it wasn’t really necessary.

So the GL character was my ‘favorite’ reimagined character an issue but nothing I would (or have) praised when I am asked for elseworld or AU recommendations.