Friday, July 24, 2009

So I hear people read Marvel Comics. Why?


Nah, just kidding. I get it. There's some cool stuff there. Their movies are definitely better (sigh).

Anyway, I have exactly three titles in Marvel that I'm interested in: Exiles, New Mutants, and Captain America. We already know my thoughts on the resurrection of Steve Rogers, which has made my interest in Cap sort of waiver a bit (or a lot).

And then Marvel canceled Exiles. Blah! Yeah yeah, low ratings. I get it. I'm a Pushing Daisies fan, too.

I really liked the first run of Exiles, up until they killed Sunfire. 'Cause, you know. Lesbians generally have to die, go crazy, get pregnant, or some combination of those three. After that, I was out. What a wasted chance to write interesting stories about an Asian lesbian. How many Asian lesbians have you seen, um, anywhere? Unless you watch the Lesbian Required Movies and have seen Saving Face, I'm guess the answer is "Sandra Oh in Under the Tuscan Sun, but that was an accident because I just went to see a romantic comedy and there was a lesbian in it and she was Asian." No, really, think about it. There's going to be one on Stargate: Universe, but I haven't really been into that fandom since James Spader was involved. Also she'll probably just wander around and be asexual. At least Sunfire totally got it on with Mary Jane. Where was I? Lesbians always make me digress. Anyway, I liked the idea of a motley crew of mutants "sliding" around the multiverse and putting things right that once went wrong, hoping each leap would be their final leap home.

Ahem. I think I got my sci-fi tangled up.

And the new Exiles (not to be confused with the New Exiles, I guess, which I didn't read) seemed to have promise. Scarlet Witch and Polaris on a team together! A more bad ass and subtextually gay Beast! The token-black comic relief (not to be confused with the token morphing comic relief)! The mystery around why Blink is still there and what she's not telling us. Hopefully that'll get wrapped up in the double issue we're promised for 9/6, because I'm curious.

So now I'm down to New Mutants and a passing sort of interest in Cap, mostly because I care about what happens to Bucky. I guess one less Marvel book I'm buying is money for one more DC book I've been waffling on (probably Wonder Woman or Secret Six, though I really need to catch up on the latter and was thinking about just waiting for the trade and, oh Adventure Comics starts soon, doesn't it?).

Or maybe I should get into Spider-Woman. Haha.

Edit: I just found out that Paul Cornell, one of my favorite writers from Doctor Who and someone I've chatted with/heard speak at the Gallifrey One convention, is writing the Black Widow miniseries due in November. Fine, Marvel. You win this round!

5 comments:

  1. Why read Marvel? For me one (sad) reason is nostalgia, but the other (happy) reason is Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction. They both do stuff that bugs me (Lady Bullseye - agh!), but there is also lots there that is pretty great I think. Iron Fist was one of my favourite comics in ages.

    Back at DC though, you should definitely check out Secret Six sooner than later. Super awesome stuff.

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  2. @ken Actually, I do like Brubaker. And I've loved all of Bucky's stuff. I know he's writing Cap, which is what keeps me mildly interested. What really turns me off of Marvel are all the X-Titles and Dark Reign and stuff. For some reason I can handle a Crisis over at DC, but something like Dark Reign (or M Day, or Civil War) just leaves me cold. I'm not sure what it is. Also, I feel like Marvel is much worse about keeping dead characters dead (hey, Boom Boom's alive again! and was never dead! because of time travel!) than DC is.

    Seriously, as soon as my move is over I'm going to get all the back issues of Secret Six so I can catch up.

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  3. men about the first one you mentioned I never heard before, the second is the most easy comic to find and buy in the world, actually I got one or two in my house, by the way was to hard get it, first one my mother give to me for a birthday, and the other was viagra online to my anniversary.

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  4. men about the first one you mentioned I never heard before, the second is the most easy comic to find and buy in the world, actually I got one or two in my house, by the way was to hard get it, first one my mother give to me for a birthday, and the other was viagra online to my anniversary.

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  5. @ken Actually, I do like Brubaker. And I've loved all of Bucky's stuff. I know he's writing Cap, which is what keeps me mildly interested. What really turns me off of Marvel are all the X-Titles and Dark Reign and stuff. For some reason I can handle a Crisis over at DC, but something like Dark Reign (or M Day, or Civil War) just leaves me cold. I'm not sure what it is. Also, I feel like Marvel is much worse about keeping dead characters dead (hey, Boom Boom's alive again! and was never dead! because of time travel!) than DC is.

    Seriously, as soon as my move is over I'm going to get all the back issues of Secret Six so I can catch up.

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