Val Semeiks

Ask Chris #326: Solaris The Tyrant Sun
Ask Chris #326: Solaris The Tyrant Sun
Q: I’m going to fall for it: Why would Solaris make a much better movie villain than Darkseid? — @robotfrom1984 A: In case anyone out there missed it, I made an off-hand reference in last week's column to my feeling that Solaris the Tyrant Sun would be a better villain for a Justice League movie than Darkseid, and as is usually the case, readers picked up on the fact that I'm obviously fishing --- er, seeding future columns, I mean --- and decided to follow up. Honestly, though, it's not really that complicated. It basically just comes down to the fact that Solaris is a giant evil bad guy from space that you can beat by punching.
Electric Bluegaloo, Act 15: Superman Forever
Electric Bluegaloo, Act 15: Superman Forever
Of all the strange transformations Superman has undergone in his 78-year history, none has been quite so derided as the year where his familiar costume and powers were replaced with a blue and white "containment suit" and a tenuous relationship with electricity. But that raises the question, was it really all that bad? Two decades later, we want to find out, so ComicsAlliance is taking a look back at the Electric Blue Era of Superman to find out not just what worked, but if anything worked. This is... Electric Bluegaloo. This week, the Electric Blue era officially comes to a close in Superman Forever, but we're never actually sure why.
Electric Bluegaloo, Act 13: Millennium Giants
Electric Bluegaloo, Act 13: Millennium Giants
Of all the strange transformations Superman has undergone in his 78-year history, none has been quite so derided as the year where his familiar costume and powers were replaced with a blue and white "containment suit" and a tenuous relationship with electricity. But that raises the question, was it really all that bad? Two decades later, we want to find out, so ComicsAlliance is taking a look back at the Electric Blue Era of Superman to find out not just what worked, but if anything worked. This is... Electric Bluegaloo. This week, the Millennium Giants finally attack after months of buildup, and Lois has had it up to here.
Ask Chris #281: The 'All Star' / 'DC One Million' Connection
Ask Chris #281: The 'All Star' / 'DC One Million' Connection
A: I'm glad you asked! As a writer, long-term plotting has never really been one of my strong points --- I'm more a student of that Larry Hama "never more than three pages ahead" sort of school --- but as a reader, there's nothing I love more than seeing threads tie together after years of groundwork being laid. It's that Chris Claremont, Walt Simonson style of plotting where seemingly insignificant elements and offhand remarks can suddenly gain importance, and where the same imagery can weave itself in and out of the story to give everything a new meaning. And what Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely and Val Semeiks did in DC One Million and All-Star Superman is one of the best and most subtle examples of long-term plotting ever. Well. Subtle by superhero comic standards, anyway. It still involves a time-traveling Superman who lives inside the sun.
The Bottle City Travel Guide: 853rd Century Metropolis
The Bottle City Travel Guide: 853rd Century Metropolis
DC's Convergence crossover is built around pitting cities pulled from different eras against each other in an ultimate battle to determine which continuity reigns supreme, and as you may already know just from reading that sentence, that can get a little confusing. With all the Gothams and Metropolises (Metropoli?) throwing their heroes against each other, we thought it might be useful to offer our readers a handy guide to telling Pre-Flashpoint from Post-Crisis with a series of Bottle City Travel Guides! Today, we're heading to the distant future of 1998 for a look at the world that gave DC its greatest crossover event ever: DC One Million's 853rd Century!
Ask Chris #198: DC's Greatest Crossover
Ask Chris #198: DC's Greatest Crossover
Q: Why is DC One Million the best crossover ever? -- @SerialWordsmith A: Whenever I'm asked about my favorite DC crossover, the one that I always go with is Invasion!, and I think there's a pretty good argument you can make. It's done in three oversized issues, so it's quick but still feels like an epic story since they're all 80-page giants, it has a great use of some often-neglected parts of DC's cosmic side, and there are pretty fantastic tie-ins from creators doing career-best work on books like Suicide Squad and Animal Man, and it really did add something interesting to the DC Universe. Then someone mentions DC One Million and I realize that yeah, I'm wr-- I'm mista-- I'm misremembering things, because it's definitely the best. I mean, it's not just the best DC crossover, but it's probably the single best crossover in all of superhero comics.