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Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Civil War #5 and other thoughts.

Re: The ending of Civil War #5.

What a joke. Obvious, contrived and an attempt at gravitas that jumped straight past pathos into bathos. Rather than being appalled, I laughed out loud at Daredevil's idiotic attempt to allude to the New Testament.

Just when I thought Civil War couldn't get anymore obvious, Marvel decides to smack us upside the head with even more heady, pretentious moralizing.

Supergirl #11 was a joke. The writer (Joe Kelly) aims for art by following a stream of consciousness approach to time, what with the abandonment of linear storytelling. Too bad he doesn't have the skill to pull it off. Plus, this is the second Supergirl issue by Kelly to contain an incest joke. What's up with that?

52 chugs along at its slow, marketing gimmick pace.

Moon Knight continues to kick several shades of ass, though. I generally like Batman, but Batman wishes he was this cool.


  • I find CW one idiotic moment heaped upon another idiotic moment, one bad characterization after another. Marvel has given Millar carte blanc to do what he wants when he wants. I stopped buying anything Marvel after issue #4 but am innundated by their products. Its hard not to see or hear something about it. CW, Marvel, and to a lesser degree Millar, have probably cut my reading by 1/2 or more.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:41 AM  

  • 1. I'm just riding the snake on CW, and buying the main books.

    2. Supergirl is about a DC Buffy. Powerful, confused, sexaully charged, but with less of a reason to care. It's T&A and teen angst in spandex. Frankly, I read it as a guilty pleasure, probably, because I had no investment in the character and they go into the obvious low-brow reactions to a busty, teenage krytonian charcter brings out harmone fueled readers. It is so OC that the dialogue seems credible as what a stupid blonde teen might say. The incest thing is just another example of going there with the book, because that's going to sell comics to the 15 yearold boys and, I guess, me. The shame.

    3. Stopped buying moonknight after the 2 book's last panel had what I assume was a taskmaster breakdown of some evil G-Man. "Bush was right" was stuck in there with "date raped first girlfriend" or soemthing to that effect. Basically, made some evil, weak, rat of a man and big Bush supporter. It broke the red state filter.

    By Blogger genie junkie, at 7:51 AM  

  • Well, the first few issues of Moon Kight bugged me (a lot - especially with the "men can't be truly devoted friends unless at least one of them is gay" subtext), but I have a policy of giving comics I might be interested in at least five issues before giving up on them.

    The last two issues of Moon Knight have been plain kick butt, so for now, I'm hooked.

    By Blogger John Phelan, at 10:37 AM  

  • Thanks to Civil War, Brian Michael Bendis and numerous other idiocies, Marvel comics are things I will likely never expend money on again (well, except maybe those featuring Deadpool), but nevertheless I'd been simmering over Daredevil's lunk-headed Judas jab all the same. Thus, may I congratulate you for perfectly expressing the irritation in terms far more succint than anything I managed.

    As for your analysis of Moon Knight, I would agree, though I just wish Taskmaster would get his Udon garb back and stop looking like a dessicated corpse.

    By Blogger Plastic Yank, at 1:06 PM  

  • At the very least, "Civil War" was based on a good idea that would have been better handled by the crews that were then working on Marvel's comics, back in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It was a logical outcome from the Mutant Registration Act and Avengers membership regulation. What it ended up becoming under the direction of Joe Quesada and his Hollywood punk friends is a barely disguised swipe at the current President and some of the measures of the Patriot Act he signed, though the premise of the story doesn't involve Islamofacist terrorists at all. In fact, the Marvel universe had all but ignored the radical muslims in favor of painting a broad brush to white Americans as a horde of racist fanatics. "Fair and balanced", it is not.

    As with the respondent above, I will not be picking up any Marvel titles published under the direction of Quesada or his cohorts (though I may make an exception for some Essential collections and whatever back issues have yet to be included in them). Whether or not I do resume regular Marvel readership depends upon whether the current regimes are replaced by sane individuals who do not give assignments over to Hollywood producer buddies and shove their Left Coast perceptions down peoples' throats. I'm not holding out hope that it'll happen.

    By Anonymous Yusaku Jon III, at 2:55 PM  

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