Vibe (DC Comics)
By Sterling Gates and Derliz Santacruz
(*The Junkman is on the floor, breakdancing.*) Oh, okay. We’re not reviewing the pre-New 52 Vibe, but the post-New 52 Vibe. Well, I say, why ruin a good thing? Everybody likes breakdancing. But not George Perez. Did you know George Perez hates the character of Vibe? I mean, the whole breakdancing, gang member thing is kind of stereotypical, but it was the 80’s, you know? And hey, Vibe’s debut issue was co-written by Geoff Johns! How can you go wrong with that? Anyway… here’s Mikey…
One of the most unlikely members of the Justice League of America ever (okay, the most unlikely) will soon discover he’s one of the most powerful individuals on Earth. But how did Vibe get his abilities? What is the cost to them? And why does the JLA want him on the team so desperately? Unfortunately, Sterling Gates and company only had 10 issues to answer all of the questions.
About a year ago it was announced that Vibe was coming from the New 52 and was going to get his own book. At the time it seemed like an insane decision: Vibe? Wouldn’t there be a bigger market for someone else? Anyone else? Flash forward to around April of this year and me lamenting the cancellation of Vibe. Vibe was a great book and a rare bright spot of optimism in this darker DC. Sterling Gates captured the classic “young hero working hard to be a hero” style book that used to so rampant in comic books. Here was a kid, inspired by his brother, with a strong sense of ethics, working in a cynical world, and reminding more jaded people that goodness exists.
In a universe where almost everything is dark and where evil is relative, couldn’t there be a little sunlight? Unfortunately, sales were never great… maybe a reflection of preconceived notions of Vibe as a character?… and the plug was pulled.
Wow, Mikey. Getting a little passionate there, huh? Still, I kind of miss the old Vibe. I wonder which Vibe they are going to use on the upcoming Flash TV show.