Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Meta-Textual

Have you noticed the emerging consensus on artificial meta-humans in the DCU? I know, that last sentence didn't make any sense. But hear me out anyway.

In 52 we have Lex Luthor releasing his "meta-therapy" to give anyone superpowers. The Chinese certainly took advantage of it in the form of The Great Ten. Even One Year Later the Chinese are still cooking up meta-humans (and it looks like Kobra might be getting in on the action as well). To top it off, the Brotherhood of Evil seems to be serving up superhuman clones to the highest bidder.

What's up with all of this? Is this some sort of commentary? If it is, I don't have any clue what it means. Or is it simply an excuse to come up with a bunch of cool new characters? Or is it all leading to somewhere? It's clear that DC and Marvel aren't about to step away from big crossovers. Are they laying the groundwork for some sort of... Additional Crisis?

Probably not. But I'll take the cool characters just the same.

2 Comments:

At 8:19 AM, Blogger CalvinPitt said...

A guy I know from the store pointed out that Luthor's whole "meta-therapy" seemed awfully similar to that JLA storyline with naggedon(spelling?), where for a brief time, everyone on Earth became superhuman. I think that was Morrison, so maybe he wants to revisit that idea, or expand on what you do when that happens, and anyone can have superpowers.

Which sounds kind of like the premise for Earth X, only not set in a typically cruddy Marvel future. Just a thought.

 
At 9:08 AM, Blogger Steven said...

World War III was Morrison, which ended with everyone getting super powers, but that was picking up the plot from Midsummer Nightmare, which was Waid...

who is also on 52.

Hrm.

The idea seems to be a super-powers arms race in a post-Cold War world, where rogue states and terrorist organizations are trying to match the former (political) superpowers. I think that's kind of neat.

It also represents a shift from Golden Age heroes, who were gifted by higher powers for a greater purpose, and Silver Age heroes who were the accidental by product of advances in science, to a new generation of "heroes" who actively pursue superpowers, and often end up destroying themselves.

Which I also think is neat.

 

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