- Posted by Johanna on February 19, 2007 at 1:54 pm
- Category: Superhero Reviews
- PUBLISHER: DC Comics
I’m reading this comic only for the backup story, starring Dr. Thirteen, the professional skeptic. Last issue, I was loving it just because it features Captain Fear (the accent-spouting ghost pirate), Andrew Bennett (I, Vampire), Genius Jones (the answer boy with the dime fetish), Primate Patrol (the Nazi apes), Anthro, JEB Stewart (from The Haunted Tank), and Infectious Lass.
I’d only ever heard of about half of those characters, but they all have something in common: they’re goofy and imaginative and they make fans of serious superheroes uncomfortable as a result. There are other, similar elements around the edges, like Flashman’s used car lot, with the Supermobile on the roof.
This issue, just before they team up, we get a hint of why they’re all together, courtesy of Genius Jones. It starts with Dr. Thirteen’s daughter (who’s the smartest and most together of all of them). Given a chance to query Genius, she asks “why are we here?” His response:
Because the architects don’t believe we need to exist. …
[They’re] the ones who decide who’s who and who isn’t. They are the official guides to the universe. When it was decided that one fashioned by the architects that preceded them didn’t make cents…
…they knocked the old one down and built a new one. This is the fourth time it’s happened– in this universe.
There’s another universe that these architects are at war with. One that reinvents itself every summer– so “things will never be the same again,” it claims.
The bolding’s in the comic. As soon as I saw the phrase “who’s who”, I knew that this was more than just a story, that writer Brian Azzarello was speaking on the meta-level.
Take that, Marvel, and your summer events. I like the use of “cents”, too, for a kid who’ll tell you anything in exchange for a dime, and only a dime.
I don’t get “four”, though… Crisis, sure, and Zero Hour after that. Infinite Crisis most recently. Is the fourth Hypertime?
I so hope this is collected. It’d be nice to enjoy the beautiful art by Cliff Chiang (the reason I began reading it), without having to put up with the Spectre stuff in the front of the comic. I can’t wait to find out what Dr. Thirteen and his gang discover next — while he’s snarking all the while.