Blerd History Month: Static Shock

Static Shock was one of first black heroes I was aware of. Back when I was in primary school Static Shock was one of many after school cartoons to choose from. I never chose it though. In my defense this was the era of Animanics and Freakazoid. A bit about Static Shock: Static Shock is a DC Comics character created by Dwayne McDuffie, Robert L. Washington III, and John Paul Leon in 1993. Static’s alter ego, or real name, is Virgil Ovid Hawkins and he’s usually a good guy on a team of youths. He recently made his debut as a powered up character on

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52 Pick-Up Week #1 | Animal Man (DC Comics)

Animal Man never really intrigued me as a character so much as a strange thing I heard people talk about but didn’t get. I, like many of the NPCs in Animal Man comics, thought he could turn into random animals at will. He can’t. He can just absorb their “abilities.” The original run of Animal Man was 1988 to 1995 and written by THE Grant Morrison. That should sell the thing all by itself. It kind of did for me. Specifically, Jamilla over on Girl Gone Geek Blog going on about Grant Morrison had me intrigued. The second run of

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I Read It: Action Comics #1 [DC Comics]

I’ve heard wonderful things about the Action Comics reboot as part of DC Comics’ The New 52. So many wonderful things that even I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. If maybe Grant Morrison could give Superman the dimensionality I’ve felt he lacks.

I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a huge (or even minor really) Superman fan. I get the super-ness and the heroics but he’s still a condescending smug bastard (no offence on the orphan front) to me.

He’s an alien questing to save the pathetic humans from their pathetic cycle of being pathetic and human. His motivation is just to be better than everyone else because he can.

It’s not even a competitive “better” like Green Arrow or Hawkeye who have to train and, gasp, try.

No fight with Superman is a fair fight unless you play against his hubris.

Yes, Superman has two weaknesses: kryptonite and hubris.

That, to me, is the real draw of Superman stories: He can’t be bested by the technology or the danger, but the man behind the schemes. Superman isn’t super clever or super intelligent –he can’t be beaten physically but he can simply be outwitted.

In Action Comics #1, Superman is still just a vigilante Robin Hood-type. He’s a bit more malicious than I remember as he threatens to throw a man from a building unless he confesses to his crimes. But he’s still super confident and smug as can be.

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