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Posted by Matt on May 11, 2010

An interview with Joe Casey on CBR. Apparently, a story he did for DC was altered after the fact, and he gets some pretty good analysis of the industry out in the open. Read it, dammit.

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Posted by Matt on February 5, 2010

Who the hell is this kind of thing trying to surprise? “Oh my God, these characters who have hardly ever NOT been Avengers are going to be members of the Avengers!” Next big reveal: Vision, Black Widow, and Wonder Man are going to be Avengers!

You know, this ‘Heroic Age’ thing really doesn’t convince me at all. Aside from the fact that this is simple pandering and another attempt at getting mainstream attention, what exactly does turning this into a ‘direction’ really do for the comics? Are they going to force the notorious peddlers of morose to lighten up? I don’t see the point. And what exactly is their idea of going back to the good ol’ days?

You know what I think would produce the same effects without the same issues? Stop putting forward so many fucking editorial mandates and BIG EVENTS and just let the creative teams do what they want. Sure, there would likely still be knuckleheads putting out GRIM N GRITTY comics, but I’m sure the freedom given to the more talented ones, who are also more likely to make lighter stories, would easily balance it out.

But that’s just too much to ask, I guess.

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Posted by Matt on January 9, 2010

So, let me get this straight:

The storyline for the newest Marvel crossover is that, in a last-ditch effort to stay in power, the police state superheroes (who are really supervillains) manufacture a war…against the Norse gods. And they manipulate the media to get people on their side of the war…with the Norse gods.

This idea would be brilliant if I didn’t already know it will be free of irony and fun.

I really, really hope the bizarre murmurings that they are using this to integrate Marvelman into their universe are true, just so this will be the biggest clusterfuck it can be.

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so there! Guilt-Free.

Posted by Matt on September 23, 2009

Sorry, I won’t be writing a review for either new game I’ve been playing. That seems to happen a lot with me. Reviews just aren’t my thing, you know? Plus, it’s not even my job to do these things, so there! Guilt-Free.

Pointless comic book thought: The Green Goblin is the goofiest archvillain in comics. Although the armor in the movie also looked goofy (why does it have a face on the helmet?), they were obviously pretty much stuck when it came to the character’s visual. There’s no way a man in a D&D costume could be taken seriously as a threat, even in a silly supherhero way.
You can really tell that the Goblin’s status as a major villain in Spider-Man lore was added on a rather random basis (which it really was). In his first appearance, he really wasn’t anything more than another one of the ‘themed’ villains that Spidey had been facing up to that point. But then they decided to make him Norman Osborn, and then later decided to make him kill Gwen Stacy, thus turning a supremely silly character into a ‘memorable villain’. Really, they could have used any of the other major figures in the Spider-Man lore and turn them into the ‘archenemy’ as well…Electro, Rhino, Scorpion…or maybe even Mendel Stromm.
Someone once told me that Doctor Octopus makes a lot more sense as Spider-Man’s opposite number, and now I really do agree with that. The thematic logic just makes sense (not only that both are scientists using a scientific accident for different purposes, but also because both are named after animals with eight arms), and Doc Ock is more believable as a manipulator and major schemer (which I’m pretty sure he has been in the past) than Osborn/Green Goblin.
So, all in all, fuck the Green Goblin.

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