This might be a wait-for-DC Ultra read, but I will likely skip it entirely. Dark Crisis has just ended and I am behind on that. I am interested with Amanda Waller is up to but I will wait for the new Suicide Squad book or whatever team she is in charge of.
Lazarus Planet looks like it is mostly 4 anthology stories per issue and probably only very loosely tied to the main event. Some anthology stories are leading to solo titles.
Alpha: batman, talia, blue devil, kara zor-el, damian wayne, monkey prince, black alice, power girl, mary bromfield, zatanna, cyborg, jaime reyes, poison ivy.
Assault on krypton: jon kent, power girl, dreamer, mercy graves. We once were gods: Nubia, Martian Manhunter, Aquaman, Billy Batson. Legends reborn: city boy, raven, renee montoya, firestorm. Batman legends of gotham: outsiders has jason todd, black lightning and katana. Next evolution: red canary, flatline, deadeye, vigil. Dark fate: helena bertinelli, doom patrol, xanthe (a vampire hunter), a new still force hero circuit breaker jules jourdain probably similar to turtle. Omega: zatanna, spectre, demon, klarion, blue devil, dr fate.
I don’t know. It sounds like an intriguing ensemble story. Reminds me of Endless Winter, if it wasn’t for the anthology format. Part of me wants to dig right in, but we just finished Dark Crisis. Couldn’t the individual books get some room to breath before affecting everyone again?
Anthology stories can be hard to sell which is probably why they were tied to an event. The main purpose of the anthology stories does not seem to be to bother the solo titles, but rather to help promote current and future solo titles. The anthology stories are sort of like ads for the solo titles and solo stories. Also hard to sell new characters as seen in the past New Age Of Heroes. Lazarus Planet is promoting about 5 new characters: city boy, deadeye, vigil, xanthe and circuit breaker.
I have to say, this particular event, spinning out of one of my least favorite current comics (Batman vs. Robin), has zero interest for me. Closest I get to interest is that Huntress is showing up in one or other of the tie-ins, and I will check that out for her.
If it turns out to suck than I’m sure it still will be better than Death metal or Dark Crisis. I’m sick and tired of them crisis and I’m just glad we are getting something more focused to a single earth that changes characters rather than reaffirm a infinite multiverse status quo.
I cordially dislike all events, so the fact that Dark Crisis featured Steph in nearly every issue made it pretty tolerable to me. Death Metal I’ll completely agree with you, and throw in Metal 1 as well. Lazarus Planet features stuff I absolutely don’t care about built up from a comic I actively dislike featuring characters I care about being written really badly by a writer I dislike. Sigh.
I like good events (which sounds silly, I know). I just like ones that are entertaining and tell a good, complete story in themselves. For a while it seemed like every DC and Marvel event would go on too long and not really have a conclusive ending, since they were obviously setting up the next event.
I enjoyed Shadow War more than I thought I would. I’m working through Batman vs. Robin. I’m kind of on the fence about it so far.
Please, don’t read my dislike of events as any kind of thing saying I’m better than people who do like events! My enjoyment of events is purely because of my interest in the vast scope of the cast - I just don’t care about the majority of the characters in these stories. That doesn’t make my taste better or worse than anyone - just what I personally enjoy.
I do have a concern about the never-ending event feeling that a lot of this stuff does seem to have. Williamson seems to have learned some of the wrong lessons from Scott Snyder in working on the Metal stuff with him. Snyder seemed to move from his Batman run to All Star Batman to Metal to Justice League to Death Metal, always promising that “this isn’t the end, it’s leading to the EVEN BIGGER STORY”, and I got so tired of that so quickly. Williamson went from Infinite Frontier to Justice League something to Death of the Justice League to Dark Crisis in the same way. But I didn’t read any of those other books, and just read Dark Crisis because Steph was in it, and had a good time (helps that the art was phenomenal).
I was pretty bummed by both Shadow War and Williamson’s Batman run in general, but I did love his Robin run.