Forever Evil And Age Of Ultron – Keeping The Battle Off The Page (SPOILERS)

We've often been intrigued by the seeming synchronicity of Marvel and DC's big storytelling plans, often completely independently of each other. The recent history of Captain America and Batman was one example, both developed without regard to the other.

One of the major criticisms, though I considered it a poor one, of Age Of Ultron was that the battle in which Ultron subdued the Earth was never shown, it was all off panel. We began the story with a fait accompli. It was done. Which meant everyone have their own version of what happened in their head, it made us a storytelling accomplice. I rather liked that.

And now the same thing has happened in Forever Evil. We left the Trinity War ending with the Criminal Syndicate arriving to attack the Justice League. And now? This.

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And there we go. Maybe we'll learn more about said battle, maybe we never will. But what does it say, when films like The Avengers and Man Of Steel go out of their way to show the big, big battles, while the comic books decide that's better played out in our imaginations than any comic book page?

Comics courtesy of Orbital Comics, London. This weekend, launching their gallery by photographer Steve Cook of Sophie Allred, in the Doctor Who years.

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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