- Posted by Johanna on February 12, 2007 at 7:21 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
Graeme is stunned by Mary Jane’s cause of death in his review of Spider-Man: Reign #3, and I don’t blame him. It’s funny but horrific.
At what point did Spider-Man having radioactive sperm ever seem like a good idea? … I can’t believe this ever saw print, I cannot believe that no-one at Marvel thought that having a comic where Spider-Man tells the corpse of his wife – because, yeah, I meant to say that, he’s talking to the corpse of his dead wife – that he killed her with his special radioactive spider-spunk was ANYTHING that should ever be allowed to appear in a comic. … To get an idea of the context of this scene, as he’s saying this, the corpse of his wife is trying to kiss him with some kind of demon tongue. I was so numbed by the idea that Marvel somehow thinks that this is a perfectly publishable idea — that showing Marvel’s #1 licensing jackpot, the same character that they put on all manner of kid products, the same character who’s probably going to have the highest-grossing movie of the year this year coming out at the same time as the collection of this series, as being responsible for the death of his wife (potentially strong story idea, possibility for tragedy, etc.) specifically because of his radioactive jism (somewhere between WTF and TMI, and reducing potentially strong story idea to cheap dirty joke and/or bad idea, and something that I feel is kind of offensive in ways that I can’t really explain) …
A friend’s reaction, after I told him about this review: “Obviously, there are no responsible adults left at Marvel to read this stuff before it goes out the door.”
Ben Towle announces that his Midnight Sun miniseries will end serialized publication with issue #3 in favor of an upcoming book collection, due December 2007. He goes on to discuss the issues surrounding independent comic formats, necessary sales levels, and the changes Slave Labor is facing.
Loren makes an eloquent case for why superhero team diversity matters (link no longer available). Isn’t it interesting that in the team-rushing-towards-the-viewer shot, all of the non-white, non-straight characters are omitted? As Loren says,
Honestly, I don’t think that Geoff Johns and Dale Eaglesham sat around thinking about how they could ignore these characters. And, those of you who know me or read me long enough know that I honestly do believe that people have, for the most part, good intentions. But, as I said in the comments in my entry on DC’s teaser trailer, not being intentional doesn’t always cut it. You have to BE INTENTIONAL if you’re going to show a commitment to diversity.
I think I’ll bring out Lisa Jonte’s ultimate list of what women want (link no longer available) next time someone tries to have any one woman speak for all of us or trots out the tired chestnut “what comic can I buy my girlfriend to make her love them as much as I do?”
-I want “Empowered” to mean something other than “Tits, ass and guns”.
-I want “Actualized” and “Motivation” to mean something other than “Rape, rape and a side order of rape”.
-I want “Owning Her Sexuality” to mean something other than “Hooker”.