Dann covers the week in geek.
An episode where Sabretooths
are discussed during Messi goals.
Unless you’ve been living on the blue side of the moon you already know that Marvel is planning to kill off their most notorious character starting in September. Originally spoiled by Entertainment Weekly right before this year’s C2E2, Marvel will release a four issue mini-series that promises a bloody end to everyone’s favorite regenerating mutant. Written by Charles Soule and all-star veteran Steve McNiven, ‘Death of Wolverine’ will mark the end of the world famous character throughout Marvel’s current continuity. For how long, only Marvel knows. Personally, I hope they bring back Professor X before attempting ‘Wolverine: Rebirth’. In the meantime we will have ‘The Logan Legacy’ to look forward to. A five issue series, ‘The Logan Legacy’ will follow the after affect of Wolverine’s death through the eyes of X-23, Mystique, Sabertooth, Lady Deathstrike and Daken. If the death of Captain America taught us anything, it’s that this series will more than likely mimic the Fallen Solider mini-series that explored the five stages of grief via much more interesting characters than the ones featured in ‘The Logan Legacy’ (with the exception of Sabertooth).
For now all we can do is keep our fingers crossed for a brutal killfest before it all ends. We’ll keep you updated as the hype surrounding this book escalates across every comic related news feed on the internet.
An episode where gnarly comic moments are discussed.
Where Rob gives it straight.
Alan Scott: the original Green Lantern. For decades, he has fought alongside the JSA, ridding the world of evil. He’s on a first name basis with Hawkman, Dr. Fate, Wildcat and the original Flash. Despite having a vulnerability to wood, he has gone above and beyond the call of duty protecting the universe. Wait, I feel like I’m forgetting something… Oh yeah, HE’S GAY!?!
The phrase “what the fuck” could be heard around the world Friday as DC comics announced that long time character Alan Scott has been in the closet ever since he took his green spandex out of the closet. We can only assume that this is a copycat move on DC’s part since Marvel announced that their character, Northstar, will be marrying his boyfriend in an upcoming issue of Alpha Flight. Before I go any further, I feel that I should stress that I am a gay rights supporter. Period. From healthcare to marriage, I don’t care what the gay populous does so long as it stays the hell out of my established comic books. I’m sure you’re thinking “But Dann, Alan Scott is only gay on Earth 2. It’s not like he’ll be gay in any other part of the multiverse. Furthermore, Northstar’s sexual preference was originally revealed back in the 90’s, so what’s wrong with him getting married?” That all may be true, but the fact still remains that both DC and Marvel are guilty of pandering to the lowest common denominator. When Marvel made Ultimate Colossus gay, they didn’t hold a press conference or put on a parade… they just did it. We didn’t get Colossus sucking face with his boyfriend on the home screen of TMZ’s webpage (side note: it sickens me to my core to reference TMZ in any iteration). Grant it, Alan Scott and Northstar might not be the top heroes of their respective publishers, so maybe they do need a little bit of publicity. I’m certain if they turned a well-known team like the X-Men into the crime fighting squad Rainbow Brigade, fanboys across the globe would storm the Marvel offices; but still, why suddenly change things now? Yes, I’m aware that both DC and Marvel have changed, reshaped, and restarted their universes countless times. But this isn’t so much a crisis as it is a confrontational convergence. Again, I’m a gay supporter, so color me hilarious when I learned from my gay friends that they too were surprised at the amount of attention the culture had been getting lately. Do the people holding the pens & pencils honestly think that this will make for more interesting stories? Maybe the added bleak world outlook might spice up that next major event book?
Like usual, all the Big Two wants is more money. However, instead of achieving this by telling great stories coupled with amazing art, DC and Marvel would rather follow MTV’s business model of cranking out pure garbage based on whatever trend the teenagers were following this quarter. They may say that they want more readers but you must remember that this is just code. More readers mean more books being bought. What happened to the days where the diehard ongoing fan was the most valued customer instead of the demographic that’s hot right now? I’ve definitely enjoyed the recent lot of story arcs currently on shelves, so why can’t we just focus all our efforts on keeping those books great while the trends and fads float on past us? Maybe then DC won’t have to scramble to replace their cancelled books with other less appealing books. I’m not saying gay people shouldn’t enjoy comics either. All I’m asking is do they really need to identify with a fictional character in order to pick up a book? Personally, I’m waiting for DC to mimic Marvel’s recent creation ‘Blue Ear: The Hearing Impaired Super Hero’. This idea came about after a desperate mother emailed Marvel explaining that her four year old wouldn’t wear his hearing aid because, and I’m quoting here, “super heroes don’t wear them.” Marvel claims they have no plans to give this bastardized parenting solution an on-going series, but trust, when the chips are down odds are they’ll revisit this idea long before they even think to bring back Uncle Ben. And yes, you know damn well ‘Uncle Ben: Reborn’ would be an epic story if given the proper TLC by the right people!
PS: My predictions for the coming year’s worth of books go like this… Jean Grey returns from the dead only to elope to Vermont with Emma Frost; The Black Lanterns return claiming they are the true 99%; The Incredible Hulk finally admits he has deep physiological issues involving his mother; Damian steps down as Robin, making way for a new Robin with manageable Down syndrome; Johnny Storm takes on the mantle of MonoMetro, the world’s first colorblind openly metrosexual super hero
- DC Comics Confirms Alan Scott of Earth 2 is Gay; Interview with James Robinson (ifanboy.com)
- Green Lantern revealed as DC Comics’ new gay character (arts.nationalpost.com)
- Original Green Lantern comes out as gay in DC Comics’ ‘Earth Two’ (cnn.com)
- ALAN SCOTT is Gay; Other Gender, Race Changes Coming to DC (newsarama.com)
Rob and Torin discuss comics and comic movies such as Marvel’s The Avengers.
- Oneshot: Aligator Fuckhouse X Drinking A Big Cup Of Torin… (mtrthenetwork.com)
- Oneshot: Yer No Vigilante… (mtrthenetwork.com)
- Oneshot:There’s No Loyalty In This Shit Business, Because They Run Like Dog (mtrthenetwork.com)
- 76: We Must Go Taint-deep (mtrthenetwork.com)
- Superhero Film Alphabet: Name each movie and earn my respect. (mtrthenetwork.com)
- Comics A.M. | Hero Initiative, Kirby Museum report Avengers donations (robot6.comicbookresources.com)
Can you name each movie?
- THE AVENGERS Star Tom Hiddleston Writes Eloquent Editorial in Defense of Superhero Movies (collider.com)
- Superhero Art Made from Movie Quotes (geektyrant.com)
- Superheroes movies like Avengers Assemble should not be scorned (guardian.co.uk)
- Editorial: Contemporary Superhero Films Should Take a Lesson from BATMAN: THE MOVIE (collider.com)