Month: January 2013

Young Avengers #1

Young Avengers 1Having enjoyed Alan Heinberg’s Young Avengers back in the day (well, a little before back in the day having read the trades), and decided to check out Kieron Gillen’s take on the team.  I did have some reservations about trying this out.  After Iron Man #1, also written by Gillen, I was worried that it wouldn’t be a good jumping on point.  Would it, like Iron Man, require previous knowledge to have a clue of what was going on?  The short answer to both of those questions questions is “kind of.”

Having read the initial run of Young Avengers, I am somewhat familiar with who some of these characters (Wiccan, Hulkling, Kate Bishop) are.  And I know that Wiccan was searching for his mom, Scarlet Witch, in the Children’s Crusade mini-series.  But other than that, I’m not sure what they have been doing.  I’m also not sure why Loki is a kid.  I think it may have happened in the Exiled crossover between Journey Into Mystery and New Mutants, but I’m not sure.  So, we I am reading this with some holes in my knowledge.

But the good news is that it didn’t really matter.  The book doesn’t assume that we already know everything that has happened previously.  (more…)

Secret Sundays

Superman buying glasses

I’m not sure what issue this panel comes from, as I found it perusing the wonderful series of tubes that compose the Internet.  But what I really want to know is, ‘who are these people that Superman buys his very specific glasses from?’  I always thought that he just went to the store, in disguise, and just bought some glasses.  I mean, he couldn’t go to an eye doctor, because then he’d have to take off his glasses, and *poof* the doctor knows he’s Superman.  Also, I might be less inclined to mock the whole secret identity thing know that there’s “science” involved.  If Superman had his glasses built to such exact specifications that it takes a day to make them, then me must have spent a long time researching this.  But back to the “who are these people” issue.  Can they be trusted?  Are they a secret society of glasses makers?  Do they keep Superman’s identity a secret because there was glasses maker/patient confidentiality laws?  Might these people live far away from Metropolis, and have never seen a picture of star reporter Clark Kent?

These are all very important questions.  Grant Morrison should start answering these in a new story right away.

On influence and responsibility

Let’s say that in our own little made up land of Hypotheticville, two new comics hit the shelves from a major publisher, both becoming hot sellers.  One is called Wonder Squad, in which brightly colored super-heroes band together to fight injustice and save life, liberty, and all that.  The other is called Demon Blayze in which a tortured soul is wrongly sent to hell, only to be given a second chance of life, only to find his family has been killed and thus he uses his new hell spawned abilities to punish wrongdoers in a horrible manner.  Heavy metal may be involved.

Some time after Wonder Squad and Demon Blayze become accepted norms on the comic scene of Hypoville, two separate incidents occur.  One happens in which a small hypothetical child does a string of good deeds and a feelgood story makes major media wires that the kid’s heroes are the Wonder Squad, and the kid was just doing his (or her) hypothetical best, just like his heroes.  The media hits it and all those hypothetical fans of the comic, as well as the entire medium, use the story as an example of the importance of their medium and how it has a good effect on its fanbase.

The second story is which a kid violently attacks someone else for something he believed they were doing wrong and the victim may or may not survive the attack.  When the story hits the same major media wires, the story tells that the kid idolized the main character of Demon Blayze, and the media notes that his acts mirrored those of the comic character and question whether such stories should be allowed.  This, in turn, outrages the hypothetical fans of the comic, as well as the entire medium, as the mean press is simply jumping to conclusions and vilifying the work which is just a story and shouldn’t be taken too seriously.

You may notice that while both those stories’ details were hypothetical works of fiction, the reactions displayed certainly were not.

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Bringing out the seXy

Adjectiveless X-Men is getting a proverbial kick in the pants here soon with not only a creative shuffle, but a theme shuffle as well.  And what’s that theme, you ask?

Ladies…

That’s right – Brian Wood is taking Chris Claremont’s ladies section out for a spin because…well, just because.

I recall a time when a spin-off to a series needed some kind of purpose or theme to go.  While Uncanny X-Men was going on, X-Factor existed because the original X-Men weren’t members of the team any more and they had adventures of their own to go on.  New Mutants also existed because the the students were running around the school and they had adventures of their own to go on, which needed to be followed.  Hence the titles.

But those days are gone now, and they will never return.  Now we get a splash image tossed in with whatever handful of characters get tossed out to grab a bit of attention this go-around.  Was anyone clamoring for a book featuring an all-female cast of X-Men?  Not even a little – Wolverine’s not a girl, after all.  Will this book do anything to promote a healthy example for women in today’s world or make a bold statement about the comic industry’s repeated half-assed attempt to understand the “female character”?

Absolutely not.  They’re six characters that can be drawn in sexy poses and will have adventures with as little characterization as is allowed in the current “GET IT ON THE SILVER SCREEN” comics world.  Rogue will say Sugah, Kitty will solve a brainy problem, Psylocke will do a sexy kick, Rachel will get in a huff, Jubilee will LOL, and Storm’s back to the mohawk because WOMEN ISSUES.

And we, the faithful X-Readers, will once again shill out $4 an issue to see how this one matters, ignoring that the last time they launched this adjectiveless X-Men book, they didn’t even bother to get around to using all the characters used on their promo images.

Apologies on Chuck Austen’s X-Men

Guys, I have to say I’m really sorry.  It’s once again been a very long time since I last posted a Chuck Austen’s X-Men, and I know that it’s one of the more popular things at Comicdom Wrecks!.  I could give a number of excuses, give a day-by-day account of what I’ve been doing with my real life outside of blogging about comics, but the real issue is that I simply dropped the ball.  Again.

I’ve begun work on She Lies With Angels, and with any luck I’ll have it done before February begins.  And then it’s a wrenching jaunt through the end of the Morrisson era, but at least the art gets pretty with Salvador Larroca, who’s amongst my top-tier favorite X-Men artists.