Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Dumpster Diving: Elseworlds Annuals (1994)

What is with me and mid-90's comics? I think part of it is that I had them all mixed up in a box, and didn't read most of them. I did, however read these comics I am about to slap at ya. I loved them back then, and wanted to see if this was a B.J. and the Bear scenario.

In case I have not explained what a "B.J. and the Bear" scenario is, it is simply a case of liking something a long time ago, then after years of life experience has set in, you realize it couldn't be any more crappy.

In 1994, all the DC annuals were all Elseworlds stories. What is Elseworlds you may ask? Well, even if you aren't asking, it is the alternate reality banner DC uses when they are feeling wacky. To be fair, a lot of the Elseworlds stories were very well done.

Way back in '94, I thought this was the case with The Adventures of Superman annual #6, and Superboy annual #1. The Adventures of Superman is brough to us by writer Karl Kesel and artist Brock Hor. Superboy was also penned by Kesel, and drawn by Greg Luzniak.

What we have here, kids, is a two-part story set in a very bleak future. Earth has been invaded by aliens, who are occupying the planet. The big, mean, evil alien overlord guy is big, mean, and evil. He's also an alien, in case I didn't mention it.
Featured in the hero corner are Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash (Wally West version), Green Lantern (Hal Jordan), Superboy, and Lex Luthor. Lex, a hero? In this story, he helps the heroes, but is still fairly dick-ish.

In this story, earth's heroes are either killed off, or sent into hiding, after revolts by fellow humans. See, our evil, alien overlord informed the populace that any time a hero was even sighted, 1,000 innocents would die. If a hero lifted a finger, 5,000 would die. Green Lantern led a raid, and as a result, 7,000,000 people died in Coast City, including reporter Lois Lane. This was enough to turn mankind against the humans, and it was "bye bye" heroes. Green Arrow was literally crucified, for crying out loud!

Batman still was active, and was stealthy enough that the aliens couldn't even prove he existed. The others were in hiding.

Long story short, the heroes are brought together to make a last stand, and some interesting plot twists take place, and just as all hope seemed lost, the heroes save the day. Oh yeah, spoiler.

This was one of my favorite stories of the 90's, and it still stands up today. Amazing read, and this should be made into an animated movie NOW. 5 out of 5 stars.

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