DC Forever Evil

July 17, 2013 § Leave a comment

With all the enthusiasm for the San Diego Comic Con (which I am sadly not attending) publishers are teasing a lot of the products they’ll “reveal” at the con.  Forever Evil is the Big Event that DC Comics is starting to tease… and I don’t care.

Yes, I’m one of those comic book readers who really hates big cross-over event things; unfortunately for me, cross-over events have become the bread and butter for the Big Two (ie, DC and Marvel, the two companies whose movie adaptations you’ve probably seen). X-Cutioner’s Song, an X-Men cross-over event, is why I quit comics back when puberty hit. Big Events ask you to drop a whole lot of coin to read about characters you don’t really care about.  (If you did care about those characters, you’d already be reading their books.)

DC Comics’ current Big Event, Trinity War, is already enough to make me quit the New 52.  Actually, other than Batman, I’ve already quit the New 52.  Looks like I’ll be reading those new Vertigo titles instead.

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Comic Book Feminism

June 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

I’ve been hearing a lot of comic book fans calling themselves “feminists” lately, notable since comic books are historically viewed as one of the most sexist of mediums.  A lot of this talk has to do with how much people love the new Captain Marvel, a book with a clear feminist intent, the talk about Scarlett Witch being in Joss Whedon’s Avengers 2, and the characterization of Lois Lane in the new Superman film.  After years of women rejecting the feminist label (mainly due, I suspect, to the lack of femininity in the image of Second Wave feminists) it’s a relief to see women reclaiming the name. « Read the rest of this entry »

Your Imagination is Banned!

May 21, 2013 § 1 Comment

Bleeding Cool posted this link regarding a school (pre-school?) where make-believe has effectively been banned.

I find this really depressing.  As a parent of two small boys, I think people need to remember that though “safety and well being” should be a concern, it’s not the only concern.  It probably shouldn’t even be the primary concern.  Hell, not swimming is the safest way to learn to swim, but you bet your ass my kids are getting into that pool.

The kids at this school are getting an early lesson on censorship.  At least by the time they get to the public school system they’ll be ready for an institution that stymies any hope of personal development.

WTF, New 52?

April 29, 2013 § 3 Comments

April’s almost over, which (I believe) means we’ve see the last of the DC Comic’s New 52 WTF gatefold covers. And they were pretty lame. This kind of gimmicky crap reminds me of the silver foil covers that Marvel and Image used to put out in the 90’s, about the time I stopped buying monthly comics. (I started again eventually, but only after the lame-ass Spider Island storyline ended.)

There must be people at DC who know better than to try to push comic book sales with this crap. Story is king. Great art is great to look at, but if you want me to buy your title next month, give the pictures a story to hang on.

And the cover folds open to reveal…

… Beowulf?

I guess that one is a WTF? moment, but that doesn’t make it a comic worth reading.

 

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The Women Who Were Wonder Woman

April 16, 2013 § Leave a comment

Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines is a well-thought and well-crafted examination of the female action heroine in American popular culture, but, at least in the broadcast version, the film completely neglects to mention the women who inspired the Amazonian Princess herself.

William Moulton Marston, creator of Wonder Woman, based based her on a combination of two women.  According to Jodi Picoult (who wrote a Wonder Woman story arc a few years ago):

 [Marston] and his wife Elizabeth lived with another woman, Olive Byrne, in a polyamorous relationship. His Wonder Woman was an amalgamation of the women in his life – free-spirited, unconventional, and strong.

A career woman and psychologist, Elizabeth has been described by her daughter Olive as “a small package of dynamite.”  Among other accomplishments, Olive Byrne had a Master’s degree from Columbia University.  (How many women had one of those in the 1920s?)

Why didn’t these muses make it into the film?  Do the filmmakers find polyamory fundamentally at odds with feminism?  Or is the arrangement simply too distracting from the point the film is trying to make?

Or maybe they just don’t want fans to know that the Superman-Wonder Woman-Lois Lane love triangle is a total non-issue.

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