Kurt Busiek

Podicus Wrecks #35 – Marveling at Marvels

In this week’s episode of Podicus Wrecks, we’re discussing Marvels, by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross.  Why would we discuss a 23 year-old mini-series, you ask?  Well, because Anthony has never read it, and we felt strongly that this was a must-read series.  It is just a fantastic look at the beginnings of the Marvel Universe through the eyes of a photographer.  Also included in this episode, Jacob attempts to convince us to play Persona 5 and Changeling is featured in this week’s “Better Know an X-Man.”


Downloading scanned comics is stealing – get over it

Occasionally, when perusing the comicdom world, I get small glimmers of faith that perhaps a chunk fandom is actually made up of decent people that I could actually learn to appreciate.  Then I found this site.  The website is a forum for people ‘questioning copyright’, which if you read what they actually are saying, it boggles down to ‘I want to get a copy of something and not pay for it, but I don’t want to think of it as stealing.’

That’s right.  It’s THAT argument again.  Personally, I didn’t even think it was that big of an issue in comics until I found a posting by X-Factor writer Peter David over on his website about his role in getting the LiveJournal account of Scans Daily closed (it has since popped up again here and there).  Scans Daily was a group of people who would scan in pages of comics they had bought, allowing members of the community to read completely free of charge.  When David was informed that some of his X-Factor pages were present, he passed word on to Marvel who took a bit of legal action and had the thing shut down.  And then the debate started.



Over the weekend, DC officially announced that Kurt Busiek and Mark Bagley would be working on a new weekly title called “Trinity,” and this book would feature the big 3 of DC: Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. The first 12 pages of each issue would be done by Busiek and Bagley, and the last 10 pages done by other creative teams, and will somehow tie into the story. Here are some of my opinions on questions that might be coming to mind.

Why put Superman and Batman in another book? This brings up the complaint of over-saturization. Superman is currently an active member in 4 books, and Batman is regularly active in 4-7 books. Add that Wonder Woman is in 2 books, and that does bring up the question, ‘why do we need these characters in another book.?’ The answer to that is, ‘why not?’ Why not put characters in another book if someone has what is believed to be a good story to tell? Someone with a good story to tell should not be told no, based on how many books are already out. Would you have told Jeph Loeb not to do The Long Halloween because there were already enough books with Batman in them?

Where does this fit in continuity? Right now, who cares? People care way too much about continuity. The more important thing is the quality of the story. I would rather read a good story that I have no idea how it fits into the rest of the universe, than a bad story that I know where it fits in. Just enjoy the story.

Why another weekly title? This, I do not really have an answer for. It all depends on the quality and purpose of the backup stories. If the backup stories are poor, and pointless, then the case can be made that this book could really be a bi-weekly book, with just Busiek and Bagley’s work. However, that is a judgment that cannot, and should not be made until after the book launches in June.

I am sure there are more questions running through people’s minds, but those are the one’s that I can think of at the moment. In summary, everything depends on the quality of the book. If it is a good book, people will enjoy it, and not question the frivilous details about it. If it is a bad book, then questions and doubts will flow forth. People will pay for a good story, regardless if it comes out every week, or every couple of months. Sure, they may complain, but the book will still be bought.