Thursday, June 4, 2009


Read this in the voice of The Simpsons "Comic Book Guy." June 4, 2009 Posted by Mookie
In the last two weeks a lot of comic books came out, and since I wasn't in town to pick up Wednesday's new arrivals last week I had quite a stack of books waiting for me yesterday. There were some great titles that came out, including Green Lantern, Deadpool, Nova, Batman & Robin, but I don't want to talk about any of those today. There are two things that struck me as I read two weeks worth of comics, and they're probably things I've mentioned before, but I feel like talking about them again.

First of all, I feel like Marvel should just name their next big event "You Have No Choice But To Read This." I have no interest whatsoever in Dark Reign and I've never liked Norman Osborn, not even in that "I love to hate him" sort of way. I've just never liked him. I cannot, repeat, I cannot pick up a Marvel comic book without his face in any given issue. I feel like I'm being bashed over the head. I know I'm guilty of that more often than not in my own comic, but I'm not presiding over an entire comic book universe populated by a team of writers and parallel dimensions and an enormous cast of superheroes where, with all these possibilities, one story is told. Would I feel differently if this was all centered around a villain I actually loved to hate? I don't know.

Second of all, I was irritated by the preview for the upcoming Cry For Justice, where Green Lantern (whom I normally adore) makes a speech before the Justice League and calls for a change. It's not that I'm opposed to change in my comic books, it's the argument that was presented. It was something along the lines of "being 'good' and 'true' doesn't scare the villains back any more. These aren't the villains of yesterday, and we have to be meaner, too," etc. Call me old fashioned, call me a hopeless idealist and escapist, but I'm just so sick and tired of that kind of argument being presented before colorfully costumed superheroes. The world is bleak and dark and wearing a cape and costume isn't a realistic way of dealing with bad guys. I get that. I do. I read the news every day. I guess whenever the real world starts leaking its way into the ideals of my colorfully costumed superheroes I turn into a grumpy old nerd.

If I ever publish a superhero comic book you can rest assured the heroes will be irritatingly idealistic and you'll have a choice as to what stories you'll want to read about.

That's all from me for now.
Rock on and geek out.