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The latest run of Young Justice is called “Invasion,” and while it is not in any way the same, it draws certain elements off a late 80’s comics crossover called “Invasion,” in particular focusing on the discovery and exploitation of the Metagene and ways to eliminate powers, control metahumanity and the like, as well as the use of shapeshiftes (Durlans in the original).

"Invasion," the comics crossover was plotted largely by Keith Giffen, working with scripter Bill Mantlo. Mantlo, known more for his Marvel work, where he created and developed long runs on the Micronauts and Rom, as well as creating properties like Cloak and Dagger, was involved in an automobile hit and run in 1992, which gave him irreparable brain damage. He had some progress getting better, after institutionalization, but his insurance ran out and he ended up in the only care facility his family could afford (and that just barely). The story is heart-rending for anyone to read. For someone who grew up with his comics, it is agony to think about.

DC? Warner? You don’t owe Bill Mantlo anything, legally. He did a job for you, did it well, was paid and you both move on. I don’t mean or want to claim otherwise. (I might have choice words for Marvel in this regard, but not DC). But here you are, drawing elements off work Mantlo did for you for a storyline in a popular cartoon. This is an opportunity. An opportunity for great press. An opportunity to have a public statement — to say “we recognize that we have no financial obligation to Bill Mantlo, but we and all the modern comics industry owes a lot to this man, and as the “Invasion” storyline develops, we want to demonstrate the kind of heroism we have always stood for.”

Please. Subsidize Mantlo’s care. It might be too late to give him the kind of recovery he once could have had, but at the least you can greatly improve his quality of life. At the least what progress could be made could be made.

I don’t have much I can offer as inducement, but here’s what I can offer. I’ve been critical of the New 52. I don’t apologize for that. But if you do this… I’ll buy every issue of every comic in the New 52 produced in its first year. It will take some time — I’m not particularly flush — but as long as they remain available via Comixology I’ll do it. I’ll buy all the good ones I couldn’t get to. I’ll buy all the ones I don’t care for. Hell, I’ll buy all the ones I actively dislike. Red Hood and the Outlaws? I’ll buy every. Stinking. Issue.

Like I said, it’s not much, but it’s what I can offer. It absolutely pales in comparison to what you can offer Bill Mantlo, his family and his legacy.


Shoot the Metal Men, Doc!We have spoken about what we know so far about the DC Universe slight shift in occasional continuity around the stuff that Dan DiDio misses from when he was ten years old, the bits Geoff Johns and Jim Lee have found the perfect people to remake ever so much better than anyone has done before in the past seventy years — namely, Geoff Johns and Jim Lee — and the bits Grant Morrison has said he wants to completely remake from scratch under threat of holding his breath until he turns the various colors of the Emotional Spectrum.

I’m sorry, we’re supposed to call it a ‘reboot.’ Or “The New 52.” Which I can’t say without hearing the theme song of The New Zoo Revue playing in my head, which makes me consider the possibility that this is Dan DiDio’s attempt to drive us all completely insane.

However, this particular essay isn’t about all of that. You’ve seen my broad stroke thoughts on the subject, and anything else I elect to write on it would devolve down to the usual fannish arm waving and declarative sentences. You can substitute in any basic fan theories and “what they should dos” and you’ll get the gist, if not the substance. No, this essay is on the thing that actually has changed — and which signals the first big salvo in the end of comic books as we have always known them. Namely, same-day digital publishing. A thing I am entirely in favor of it.

Naturally, of course, the way they’re doing it could be absolutely disastrous, but you’ve come to expect that from me, haven’t you? A little bit? Maybe?

More after the obligatory break. As a bonus, somewhere down there is a picture of 80’s Hair Iron Man.

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