- Posted by Johanna on September 21, 2006 at 7:26 pm
- Category: LinkBlogging
Or, at least, the blogs I pay attention to. Spoilers for crap follow.
Marvel’s greatest geniuses (working alongside Hank Pym, but sadly missing T’Challa, who is the best at everything) made a clone of Thor to fight with them and then they can’t even get THAT right? That’s so absurd. And the idea itself is “twisting a handlebar mustache” bad, really. Thor’s their friend, and yet they’re sitting aorund making a fake Mjolnir to go with the clone they’re making of their old friend?!? What is even the POINT of that plan?!? But what’s even worse than the plan is the fact that they couldn’t even DO it right! So not only are they fascists, they’re incompetent fascists!
I read [CW #4] quickly and saw why no one wanted to ruin the three big shocking moments. It was not because they were so shocking and would have me dropping my jaw at Millar’s finely crafted story, but because if they had told me, I never would have believed anything so stupid would be put in even a fringe, out-of-continuity story, much less “the” Marvel event of the year.
Lots more making fun of at that link, with pictures, too. But more importantly, Jake points out why it matters:
This “Marvel Event” got major media coverage. It’s supposed to draw in non-comic readers and pique the interest of readers who stick primarily with DC books or may have shyed away from mainstream Marvel in favor of Image or even Marvel’s Ultimate or MAX lines. Yet, all the iconic characters that are known to non-comic fans–meaning even my mother knows who Spider-Man and Hulk are–are completely out of character.
Chris M. at Howling Curmudgeons looks at the bigger picture:
these events are particularly harsh on second and, especially, third-tier characters — characters who are just big enough names to be recognizable to most current readers so that there’s some interest and shock value when the character gets radically altered or killed, but not such a big character that it’s really that big a deal.
He suggests a way to hit the companies where it hurts:
The only way this endless recycling event nonsense will end is if their sales drop low enough. So don’t buy the damn things. If you want to keep up with what’s going on, hit Wikipedia for the event itself and for any individual characters involved that you’re interested in. Trust me, you’ll know everything you need to know and can stay on top of things without actually having to either financially support this nonsense or subject yourself to its sheer awfulness or mediocrity (depending on how strongly you feel).
That’s my plan — and not because of any moral stand, but because I simply don’t care. It’s easy to find better things to spend my money on.