Marvel Misses

I read a couple of recent articles in which Marvel exec David Gabriel stated that issues of Marvel titles featuring women and ethnically diverse characters just weren’t selling well. He was quoted as saying, “people didn’t want any more diversity. They didn’t want female characters out there.” In effect, titles starring or featuring female characters front and center weren’t selling, and by extension, dragging down overall sales figures for the entire line. Well, it’s starting to emerge that this is pretty much a big pile of horseshit. Marvel has always had a…

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Circle The Hard-Ons

Let’s get one thing straight, right up front, media critics are, for the most part, cunts.  The professionals are mostly just frustrated wannabe screenwriters or, even worse, directors.  They want to be in the business so bad they can taste it.  The other half, the fanboys (hello, that’s me) spend their time bitching about how “Blah-Blah-Blah is not the movie I would have made.”  So, understand, they have all been sharpening their pens and buffing their hard-ons, waiting for Marvel to stumble.  At long last, the Marvel Netflix series, Iron…

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True Grit

In 1986 industry giant John Byrne wrote and penciled a six issue series for DC Comics titled The Man of Steel.  DC had just wrapped up the Crisis on Infinite Earths and had entrusted Byrne with the task of rebooting Superman.  Byrne responded by producing an instant classic; at once groundbreaking and timely yet reverential of the character’s deep roots and history.  It was a great time to be reading DC Comics. In Byrne’s saga, Clark Kent/Superman comes to Metropolis and very soon finds himself embroiled in a tense hostage…

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Send In The Capes.

I haven’t written anything since Orlando.  Comic books just didn’t seem that important for the last week.  Brightly colored escapism seemed vapid in the face of all this hate and vitriol.  With the whole country pointing fingers and scapegoating, reading about heroes in tights seemed almost in bad taste.  But now, I’ve had a weekend to think and drink and reflect and I’ve come to the conclusion…fuck all that noise.  This is exactly when I need, some uplifting escapism.  You probably do to. I was in Chicago when the coward…

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Diversity is Good Business.

Some people can’t take “Yes” for an answer.   In an article for Fusion, author Charles Pulliam-Moore tried to throw a wet blanket on the excitement surrounding Marvel’s upcoming Black Panther solo film.  Pulliam-Moore quoted DC Comics editor Joseph P Illidge on the subject.  Illidge had this to say: “Marvel does not have that many black characters, [but they] are naturally more diverse than DC.  Black Panther may not open the gates to a Falcon solo film, but I’m hopeful to see Monica Rambeau in Captain Marvel.” My first reaction is to wonder…

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