Monthly archives: September, 2011

The Doomino Effect
for Week 2 of The New 52

So funny thing happened — I was doing this weekly comic review called “The Doomino Effect” and then I stopped doing it for like two years.

Speaking of looking back at the past, that leads me to Action Comics #1 by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales. Like Justice League #1, this story seems to be taking place in the past of The New 52. Unlike Justice League, this seems to be taking place more than 5 years in the past, because Superman has a silly cuffed-jeans costume. They’re also big loose rolls and not tight rolls, so I’m thinking that makes it late 90s. I might need some backup on that one though.

I like this Superman. He seems to have a little more of a social justice angle to his “I am a Real American” schtick, which makes for something with a tinge of menace and therefore more fun than Super Boy Scout. Super Boy Scouts are lame. but as much as I do like this new version of Superman, I just feel like I’m reading another All-Star Superman or Superman: Birthright or some other reimagining of the Superman myth that really has no bearing on continuity.

I realize this is Action Comics #1, so it obviously is new continuity, but it just doesn’t feel like it. Maybe it’s just too nuanced and well-written, and I’m aware of the fact that Tony Daniel is writing several books in The New 52, so obviously “well-written” and “nuanced” are not going to be universal themes throughout the relaunch. But more than that, it’s just a gut feeling. Like “Yeah, I enjoy this, but what does it matter?”


Podcast of Doom (transcript):
The New 52! Ha! (part 2)

continued from part 1.

JIM DOOM: I will go through this 52 preview book, say the books that are coming out, and we say if we think we’ll give them a try or not.

DOOM DeLUISE: Ok, I’ll play that game.

JIM DOOM: And I should mention, for anyone listening in the Omaha area, that Legend Comics is doing a deal where you get one free 52 #1 issue for every three that you buy.

DOOM DeLUISE: That’s a great deal.

JIM DOOM: So for example, you walk to the counter with Action #1, Batman #1, Detective #1, and Aquaman #1, you get one of those for free. And yeah, it’s a cool deal, but I was too dumb to understand it.


[audience laughter]

JIM DOOM: The guy at the counter was like “Are you going to be buying multiple #1s?” and I was like “Of this book?” and then he tried to explain, like “For every three #1s you buy, you get one free.” And I was like “Well screw that, I don’t want four copies of this book.”

So then he picked up the list and had to explain it to me slowly so I would understand.

I’m kind of dense sometimes.

Podcast of Doom (transcript):
The New 52! Ha! (part 1)

JIM DOOM: Well, Doom DeLuise, welcome back. It’s been a while since our last podcast.


I actually didn’t even test out these microphones to see if they still work.

Is mine working?

I said is mine working?

Is mine working?

Doom DeLuise?

Is my microphone working?



Is my microphone working?

It’s been in a box.

DOOM DeLUISE: Oh hey, sorry, I was spacing off.

[audience laughter]

JIM DOOM: Hello?

Is it working?


DOOM DeLUISE: Yes, it’s working.

JIM DOOM: Is my microphone working?

DOOM DeLUISE: [BLEEP], is mine?

[audience laughter]

JIM DOOM: Oh oops, my headphones were unplugged.

DOOM DeLUISE: Is my microphone working?

JIM DOOM: Yours is working.

Is mine?


JIM DOOM: Are your headphones plugged in?