Monday, December 31, 2012

2 Blue Devil in 2013?

Since the sales numbers for DC Universe Presents haven't exactly been encouraging -- slowly dropping, unless these Blue Devil & Black Lightning issues boost the hell out of December's and January's -- let's have a moment to just imagine. Instead of facing the real possibility that we might not get Blue Devil stuff after DCU Presents ends, let's look at the things we'd like to see in the upcoming year.

Blue Devil getting a solo series
Ever browse around DeviantArt for Blue Devil art? I've got a LOT of bookmarks with some great stuff that I've found, and one of my favorites is this pre-New 52 cover. In part, I love it because of the potential storyline that the artist put with it. Since he's given me permission to use it, here it is:
BLUE DEVIL: The demon with a soul, Danny Cassidy, aka the Blue Devil, heads down to New Orleans looking for a new life. But when stories of a “man in rags, devouring the souls of his innocent victims” surface, all signs point toward his former Shadowpact teammate, Rory Regan the Ragman, having lost control. Matters get more complicated when the members of the Justice League Dark arrive to take Ragman down for good. It seems Dan Cassidy’s old life isn’t ready to release him just yet…
Doesn't that sound like it would be an awesome story? The artist has given me permission to play around with the story, so I think I'll have some fun with an "if I wrote Blue Devil" segment. My favorite touch with that mock-cover is the stained-glass recreation of the cover for Blue Devil #1! All in all, I feel safe saying that DC's sales on this book could be pretty great, if they had put it out and marketed it right.

Blue Devil joining Justice League Dark

This one could actually happen, I think! JLD has kind of become the refuge for characters who don't have a solo series, and it would be cool to see him join his fellow DC Universe Presents alum, Deadman -- another favorite character of mine!

More importantly, if Blue Devil joined the Justice League Dark title, it would cross another item off of my Blue Devil wishlist -- having Jeff Lemire write our favorite dark-hued demon! My ideal writer for the character would be someone like Lemire, Gail Simone, Peter Allen David (who will hopefully recover soon), or even having a triumphant return from Dan Mishkin and Gary Cohn!

A Shadowpact TV series

Sure, this one's entering the Never Going To Happen territory, but I'm not even suggesting that it would have to be live-action, like DC's other (mostly-successful) TV presence, Arrow. Considering how well-received and well-made some of the DC Universe animated material has been, I'd be thrilled to see a Shadowpact cartoon. Make it part of a double feature with Young Justice!

Do any of you have a Blue Devil wishlist for 2013? It can be out there and unlikely like mine, or just small things that you hope to see happen. Let me know in the comments!

2011 saw the end of the old DCU, and 2012 saw Blue Devil's introduction into the New 52. I'm hoping for great things in 2013! Happy New Year, readers and friends!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

2 Merry Christmas, from Sympathy for the Devil!

I'm dreaming of a whiiiiiite Christmas,
With super hero snow ball fiiiights
Where The Flash misses,
And Superman wishes
To hit with a snow ball tonight....

Okay, so it's not the best attempt at parodying a Christmas carol, but hey, we work with what we've got. Unfortunately, I didn't think about photoshopping any Blue Devil Christmas card in time to do so. Instead, here's something from a few years ago, to remind you how badass Wonder Woman can be -- sure, the JLA is giving her all they've got with snow balls, but all she's gotta do is the whole "bullets and bracelets" thing.

So, enjoy your holidays, everyone! If you celebrate Christmas, celebrated Hannukah, or are about to celebrate anything else -- enjoy it the best you can!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

2 Devil's Quest, Volume III

It's a bit later than I'd planned -- psh, not like two or three weeks is a big deal... -- but here it is! Devil's Quest, Volume III: the Danger Room is Awesome edition. In the last Quest post, I mentioned some good deals, and this is one of them: I got 16 issues in great condition, for $1 a piece from Danger Room Comics.

When I first started to think about this blog, DRC was the first place I thought to call, looking for back-issues. At the time, they didn't have any, but they kept in touch on Twitter and reached out when they got some in. Through them, and a separate $5 eBay purchase, I ended up with a much larger collection!

I have duplicates of issues #3, #4, #6, #7, #10, #11, and #12 -- but that's going to be the least of my worries. After I bought them, a relative who knows of this blog started hinting that it wasn't a good idea. Maybe I'll end up with more of the series, once the holidays are over?

Additionally, I picked up a copy of DC Universe Presents #13 while I was visiting Danger Room, because it was about time to show some love to the New 52 Blue Devil. Lastly, for this entry, a Blue Devil Heroclix that I picked up from the "FREE" bin at a local yard sale. Who cares that I only stopped at the sale to browse for records, I got some BD merch!

Hopefully the holidays are kind, and I'll have another Devil's Quest post for you soon! Be merry, everyone, regardless of what (or if) you celebrate!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

2 Sympathy for the Devil around the web!

If you didn't know it already, Sympathy for the Devil has a Facebook page now! Go check it out, and if you're on Facebook, click that "Like" button and spread the word!

There is also a Twitter profile for everyone's favorite dark-hued demon, over at @Blue_Devil_Blog, and I'm working on getting a Google+ page up soon!

You can always email me, too, with any Blue Devil things you want to see on here!

0 DC Universe Presents #15


Writer - Marc Andreyko
Pencils - Robson Rocha and Eduardo Pansica
Inks - Oclair Albert, Julio Ferreira, and JP Mayer
Cover - Ryan Sook
Letters - Wes Abbott

After showing a panicked Dan Cassidy looking at a newly blue-skinned Nebiros, the story flashes back to three days prior. A group of teens or young adults have just bought drugs, and one of them starts using them after his friends refuse. He begins to foam blood at the mouth, and his friends take him in to a nearby church, where he explodes after shouting. The next day, Dan and Jeff are chatting, with Dan saying that they have to suit up and do something about this new drug that Tobias Whale is pushing. Dan leaves and Jeff's dad informs him that he will be meeting his source tonight, alone. The meet-up is a trap, for Nebiros to steal his soul, as he has been with the users of Whale's new drug. As Blue Devil and Black Lightning are fighting off the soulless husks that have been left by the drug's effects, Whale calls Black Lightning and reveals that he's got his dad trapped. The two heroes track them down, and Nebiros attempts to reclaim his skin from Blue Devil -- and Whale shoots Black Lightning!

This was definitely more of a Black Lightning issue, but it was still interesting. I liked the reveal about the Blue Devil costume having been Nebiros' skin, and since I'm a sucker for DC's Demons, it was cool to see that Etrigan was the cause. Anyone out there been reading Demon Knights, to know if this was featured over there? Either way, it should be cool to see how this progresses next issue, since that will be the last issue with Blue Devil and Black Lightning headlining DC Universe Presents. Hopefully it doesn't feel too rushed, like the first issue, because there is a lot to resolve next issue.

I'm still not sure about Andreyko's writing, but I think that if he was given an extended run with Blue Devil, I'd give him a chance. The series would almost definitely be darker than the original series' run, but who knows? Maybe it would still be fun! He's given us a somewhat interesting character to explore, with the New 52 Blue Devil, and I want to see more beyond these four issues. My favorite part of this issue was the rejection of Nebiros by the skin. I'd imagine that it was caused by the repurposing of the skin as a costume for a tacky horror movie by the Cassidy family, lessening it's power and it's connection to the demon.

When I saw two pencillers and three inkers in the credits at the start of the issue, I was worried. For the most part, though, the art is pretty consistent. A few panels stand out as more extraordinary than others, and I can only hope that next issue keeps up the trend.

Keep an eye out here, folks! More articles will be coming soon!

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