Dark Days: The Forge came out this week, and considering it's the Next Big DC Thing, I assume some of us are reading it. It brings a lot of older DC concepts back, an starts exploring some new ones, as well. And it seems wholly differentiated from the whole Button/Watchmen/Mr. Oz brouhaha, which is refreshing.

Spoilers below, BTW.

So did you read it? What did you like about it? I'm pretty jazzed about it, although less so at the just-announced variant Batmen who will apparently be showing up in the DCU from September through November. (I'd heard from my retailer that the Metal miniseries itself would be pushed back to December,so these seem like a bit of a stopgap measure to me -- although maybe I'm getting the cart and the horse mixed up, and DC is pushing Metal back to give them time to publish these one-shots.)

But regardless! The issue at hand gives us Misters Terrific and Miracle, the Immortal Men, Lady Blackhawk, and the Carter Hall Hawkman! We see the original Outsiders, and Plastic Man! Hal Jordan and Duke Thomas working together! We get a hidden connection between all the new elements in the DCU! And one of those giant Crisis tuning forks! We get hints that there's something buried beneath Atantis!

It's fun stuff, and I want to see more. Including, I'm sure, some of those one-shots that'll come out -- as details emerge, I'm sure a few of them will sound like fun to me,

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I hadn't heard anything about this title in advance. I flipped through the first issue on wednesday trying to get a feel for what it was, exactly. I put it back, but your enthusiastic remarks have caused me to re-think that decision.

Strangely enough, I have a preview:

It's a blast. The Hawkman pages read like mostly setup, but it starts out with a nice action scene (an escape through a volcano) and promises a lot of cool mysteries and teamups. I liked it a lot.

And this was one that I was coming to not particularly enthusiastically. Reading it won me over.

This is off topic, but I wanted to follow up on something I posted HERE about how good Nicola Scott is, and used as an example what looks like effortless, perfect foreshortening. Look at her Supergirl illustration on the Black Magick thread, and then compare it to Hawkman in this illustration:

I admire the Kuberts and generally like their work, but that foreshortened Hawkman couldn't look any more wrong. HIs waist looks unnaturally elongated, and is at an awkward angle to the rest of his body. His left foot looks comically small. And because at this angle we shouldn't even see it, his crotch bulge looks unnaturally large.

Foreshortening is hard! I have no doubt that as Kubert drew each part of Hawkman, it looked right to him. But taken as a whole, the figure is laughably out of proportion. Foreshortening is an art as much as a science; you sometimes have to draw a discrete part "wrong" for it to look right as part of the whole.

Nicola Scott is really good at it. Mr. Kubert, alas, is not.

I liked it too. They did a nice job of setting up a mystery and making me curious about the answers. Hopefully those answers are a little more satisfying than the ones we got with The Button.

It definitely seems to be a lead-in to what appears to be a Crisis in everything but name.  I felt like it struck the right tone in terms of communicating an epic scale and tapping in to the mythology of the DCU. 

Wasn't too crazy about the jam approach to the art. Especially Romita Jr. I don't really like his stuff and his style stuck out like a sore thumb next to the other two.  I'm also a little surprised at the whole Dark Days, Dark Multiverse angle. DC keeps saying they want to get away from the whole dark/grim vibe but they don't seem to be able to actually do it.

I just read this. I thought it was pretty good. It looks like it's going to be a big popcorn story, and that should be neat. I liked the appearances by Duke, Mr. Miracle, and Mr. Terrific. I also like the way it ties in with Scott Snyder's other stuff involving the Joker. I can't stand the Joker as a rule, but who knows, maybe if I just embrace it this time. It looks like this time might be at least a different take on him.

Good or not it's 5.00.  I'll wait.

I read it. While, I've read a bit of DC i'm not totally up on all of the history. Especially, the Hawkman stuff. However, I enjoyed it and will look for the rest.

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