GORDON: Up there! In the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…! It’s…!
It’s a cheesy rehash of the same joke we closed out on last time!
EVAN: How dare you, sir.
GORDON: Citizens, today our topic of discussion is Superman, and to a lesser extent, superheroes in general- though you could hardly go wrong to kick off a discussion on the subject by starting with the Big Blue Boy Scout.
Who, for the record, I despise. Continue reading
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Tagged Batman, comic books, crime, Culture War Correspondence, DC, duty, Green Lantern, Last Son of Krypton, Marvel, might is right, morality, obligation, power, Reed Richards, Reed Richards Is Useless, responsibility, rights, Superman, with great power comes great responsibility
Look, let’s be clear, I’m not a fan of DC. To be a little more specific, I am not a fan of DC’s business practices and editorial decisions. All of that being said, yesterday the internet perpetuated one of my least favourite of its trends: snap judgement from journalists fishing for hits.
Late Wednesday night W. Haden Blackman and J.H. Williams III, the writer and artist of Batwoman, respectively, posted a message on the former’s blog that they would be leaving the title. Here’s the section of that post that has received the most attention [emphasis added]:
Unfortunately, in recent months, DC has asked us to alter or completely discard many long-standing storylines in ways that we feel compromise the character and the series. We were told to ditch plans for Killer Croc’s origins; forced to drastically alter the original ending of our current arc, which would have defined Batwoman’s heroic future in bold new ways; and, most crushingly, prohibited from ever showing Kate and Maggie actually getting married. All of these editorial decisions came at the last minute, and always after a year or more of planning and plotting on our end.
From what I can tell, the news was first broken by The Outhouse, and was soon followed by all the other major comic book news outlets. ComicsAlliance and Newsarama both likewise delivered the news straight, but elsewhere this wasn’t the case. Continue reading
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Tagged Batwoman, comics, DC, gay marriage, internet journalism, J.H. Williams III, Kate Kane, lesbian, Maggie Sawyer, Mary Jane, Mephisto, One More Day, sensationalism, Spider-Man, W. Haden Blackman
As an Asian-Canadian who spends far more time on comic book news sites than actual news sites, this week has been all sorts of crazy. There’s been . . . a lot to take in.
To begin with, next month heralds the first issue of Mighty Avengers. Take out the “gh” and add “nori” and you more or less have an understanding of what the book is all about.
I refuse to show any of the interior artwork, so this variant is all you’re going to get.
The fact that we have far too many titles featuring the word “Avengers” aside, this is a huge deal in that, of the nine heroes in the team, the majority are people of colour. Luke Cage, Falcon, Blue Marvel, and Monica Rambeau are African-American, White Tiger [Ava Alaya] is Hispanic, and Power Man [Victor Alvarez] is a mix of both. Rounding out the team are Spider-Man, She-Hulk, and a new Ronin whose identity is yet to be revealed.
With the very talented Al Ewing on writing, the only thing that would make this book perfect were if Ron Wimberly, who illustrated the variant cover on the left, were the actual artist on the book. Unfortunately, that job was given to Greg Land. I do not have anything civil to say about him. Just click the link. Continue reading
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Tagged Adam Strange, African-American, black, Blue Marvel, Canada, Canadian, comics, DC, James Bay, Jeff Lemire, Justice League of America, Justice League of Canada, Luke Cage, Marvel, Mighty Avengers, Monica Rambeau, Moosonee, Power Man, race, Scott Pilgrim, Toronto, White Tiger
It should be no mystery to us that a lot of movies aren’t made to be good. As a broad generalization, many of the films put out are intended to simply make money. To really hammer this point home I like to point towards Cars 2.
Cars 2 was a Pixar milestone, and the first of their films to beat its predecessor, Cars, in a particular category. It was the movie that garnered a 38% on Rotten Tomatoes, an abysmal score significantly lower than the first movie’s 74%.
As someone who’s seen every film the studio has ever done, I was disgusted by the fact that they would create a sequel to what was ultimately my least favourite of the bunch, but then I understood-
This really says it all. I’m not really going to explain this any further.
Money money money. $10 billion dollars of Cars toys, bed sheets, clothing, toothbrushes, the list goes on. So clearly sometimes ratings can be down, if profits are up. But what about when this isn’t the case? Continue reading
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Tagged box office, cars, Cars 2, comics, DC, fast track, film, Justice League, Man of Steel, Marvel, movies, Pixar, Rotten Tomatoes, sequels, Sony, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Wall Street Journal, Zack Snyder
The fact that I got home and remembered the title of this post, but not what exactly DC got wrong is not a good sign. Sorry, let me rephrase that. It was difficult for me to remember which PR catastrophe DC pulled off to warrant me finally dedicating a Shame Day to them.
Today [I am writing this on Monday night] is a dark day in comic book news because one of my all time favourite sites, ComicsAlliance, is no more. That doesn’t have anything to do with this post, but I needed to take the time to mention those writers and the years they dedicate to that site. It was nominated for an Eisner; come on, AOL.
That horrific news was followed up by the announcement by fellow comic book site The Outhouse that they had been blacklisted by DC. Continue reading
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Tagged Andy Diggle, Axel Alonso, Axel-In-Charge, B&B, Bob Harras, Bobbie Chase, CBR, colourists, Comic Book Resources, comics, ComicsAlliance, DC, DC Comics, editorial, Gail Simone, interview, Jerry Ordway, Joshua Fialkov, marketing rep, Marvel, PR, the A.V. Club, The Outhouse
Four days ago actor Morris Chestnut, who will appear in the upcoming Kick-Ass 2, posted the following on both his Twitter feed and Facebook page:
It’s time to get familiar with the Black Panther character.
This prompted the usual onslaught of internet speculation, and both have since been taken down. The next day he wrote a tweet to quell the masses who were clamouring to hear more about an upcoming Black Panther film.
I, for one, was personally grateful to hear this news.
“Why?” you might be asking, “Evan, I thought you were all about introducing the Wakandan super-king into the Marvel cinematic universe.” You would not be wrong in your assessment, and let me explain why, exactly, I felt this way. Continue reading
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