Thursday, 27 December 2007 03:12

The Weekly Comics Wrap-up: Dec. 27, 2007

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Image The world of comics is complicated, with multiple companies (and universes) to keep track of. Luckily, CC2K has Joey Esposito, our resident expert on all things pulpy and good. Each week, Joey will break down what's happening in the world of comics, so you can pick up right where he left off. Today, he discusses the ramifications of Ra's al Ghul's resurrection in the world of Batman.

Wednesday, 09 December 2009 19:00

No Love for Super Heroes

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When a woman reveals she's willing to sleep with super...let the battle begin!
Why is it that if you find yourself bestowed with superhuman abilities and a strong urge to dress in spandex or a cape to fight crime, you’re essentially doomed to a loveless life alone?  Such seems the fate of many of today’s superheroes being brought to life on the big screen.  Superman and Spider-Man have both spent much of their films either pining with unrequited love (Lois Lane & Mary Jane Watson, respectively) or starting a romance with the object of their affections, only to repeatedly encounter problems that strain or outright end their relationships (consider basically every one of their films, but especially Superman II, and Spider-Man 3).  If you look at the X-Men, there’s that torrid love triangle of Wolverine, Jean Grey, and Cyclops, which they’ve been struggling with throughout their entire franchise (and which ends really badly in X-Men: The Last Stand).  Bruce Wayne has had relationships end time and again in the Batman franchise, most recently in Batman Begins when Rachel Dawes decides she can’t date a guy who dresses in a cape and cowl and goes out late at night to kick some criminal ass.  And those are just some of the bigger names in the world of super heroes.  Consider Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Frank Castle/The Punisher, and Matt Murdock/Daredevil for additional examples of crusaders with troubled love lives.  For any hopeless romantics in the audience, the situation looks pretty bleak.

Image Now that Civil War is nearly drawing to a close, we can look back and examine what a total and abysmal failure it is. Of course, I'm not referring to book sales. I'm referring to taste and story. “Quality,” a word that is strangely absent from many of my favorite mediums as of late. Popular comics and movies have chosen to prefer bullshit popcorn entertainment over substantial popcorn entertainment. When Spider-Man defeats the Vulture, and then muses about "great power" and its relation to "great responsibility," at least we were given an opportunity to see a character's morals stack up against the ramifications of punching a man more than twice your own age in the face (gay looking flight suit, notwithstanding). In something as asinine as Marvel's "internet splitting" Civil War, we're treated to another bumper-sticker, dime-store quote. "Whose Side Are You On?" The more important question, in retrospect is: "Who Gives a Flying Fuck?"

With the Civil War over (yes, the final issue isn't due for another two weeks, with tie-in books like Frontline and Amazing Spider-Man intertwined in the same temporal fate; it truly "ended" a long time ago), I've taken my opportunity to look back and highlight exactly where Civil War went horribly awry, and take it further by highlighting the top five dumbest things that came out of this trite piece of over-the-top, incomprehensible trash they pawn off on general culture as "contemporary political allegory." Please. I've seen more accurate depictions of current US political climate in episodes of The Real Ghostbusters.