Stupidest Reason to Buy a Comic

I can’t be the only one to notice this, and surprisingly, it’s working on me. I don’t care about another superhero team comic, but I love this allusion:

Loners #1 cover
The Loners #1
The Breakfast Club
The Breakfast Club
Loners #2 cover
The Loners #2
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Loners #3 cover
The Loners #3
Pretty in Pink
Pretty in Pink

21 Responses to “Stupidest Reason to Buy a Comic”

  1. David Oakes Says:

    There was something nagging me about the book, enough to pick it up and flip through it, but I have to say that I didn;t twig to it at all. (And since TBC is my Second Favorite Movie of All Time, I really should have. I would like to think I would have gotten it ny number three though.)

    Too bad the book, in addition to being a direct reult of Civil War, is smarmy and self serving, and completyely lacking in the hesitent whimsy of those films. I now know how my parents felt watching John Wayne sell beer.

    (I also have to wonder exactly what the point is, since outide of Lightspeed, all of the characters are quintessential “90” ideas. Or lack of ideas, in the case of the three attempted Spider-Man spin-offs. It seems less about a playful nod and more of the industry’s pathological obsession with 1986…)

  2. allaboutduncan Says:

    Great catch on the covers / movie poster match ups. I wonder what will serve as the inspiration for #’s 4-6?

  3. Augie De Blieck Jr. Says:

    I just read the book last night, and quite liked it. It’s great to see Karl Moline back on a monthly book. C.B. Cebluski’s script is smart post-Civil War material, showing us a completely different angle on the aftermath of the war. It’s not just another punch-and-run book. It’s a bunch of younger snotty superheroes doing their thing and learning as they go.

  4. Marc Mason Says:

    I’m more than a bit wary of Cebulski after the repulsively awful WONDERLOST, but these covers are genius. :-)

  5. Michael May Says:

    Whew! I just dodged a bullet there.

    Johanna’s observation about the covers had me wanting to check this out. Fortunately, David Oakes to the rescue.

  6. Johanna Says:

    I flipped through it as well, and I wasn’t given any reason to care about most of the characters. Heck, with a couple of exceptions, they were just bad 90s character names and costumes. I didn’t even know what half their powers were.

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    […] A couple of days ago, Johanna Draper Carlson pointed out the ’80s teen-movie theme running through Jason Pearson’s covers for Marvel’s The Loners miniseries: Issue 1-The Breakfast Club; Issue 2-Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; Issue 3-Pretty in Pink. Today, with the release of Marvel’s July solicitations, that thread continues with Issue 4 and 1985’s Weird Science. […]

  8. Augie De Blieck Jr. Says:

    Actually, I think the book is a great example of what Mark Gruenwald once wrote about in MARVEL AGE magazine about how no character is worthless. You shouldn’t kill one because someone might come around months or years later with a new way to write the character to make him or her interesting. Yes, LONERS contains characters from the 90s that many would write off just based on their date of creation. Cebulski is looking at them a new way and giving them a second chance. I think it’s worth a shot.

  9. David Oakes Says:

    I agree with you 100%, Augie. Most of my favorite characters are ones that people ignored long enough for obscure writers to actually do something with them, instead of being sacrificed to the terrible god of Sales. Cebluski should be given all props for using them.

    But I also agree with Johanna, he doesn’t use them well. The only character I cared about at the end of the issue was the character I cared about going in, Lightspeed. We named checked Mattie, as she yelled at the reader. Someone I realized after the fact was Turbo yelled at someone else for not yelling at Julie enough. And they sat around and yelled some more, so we would all know Civil War Is Very Important. Not only are they uninteresting characters, they are all *an* uninteresting character, The Angry Young Man.

    I would love for this to be the next Thunderbolts. Or Heroes for Hire. Or even Craptacular B-Sides. But it seems to be shooting for nothing higher than a pale CW spin-off where both sides yell at each other, and then Hulk kicks their ass. Nothing new, not even as interesting a take on the status quo as Slott’s “Initiative”. (And that only rises to “cheap theatrics”.)

  10. Alan Coil Says:

    No outrage over the fact that the covers are plagarized?

    Must be okay if Marvel does it.

  11. Johanna Says:

    Augie, he hasn’t made the characters interesting yet, at least to me. He’s just brought them back. (Well, he didn’t, but you know what I mean.)

    Alan, something so obvious is generally considered an homage, not a ripoff. I didn’t notice if they included an “after ___” line (although I wouldn’t know who to credit, given that we’re talking about commercial promotion, not traditional fine art).

  12. Matthew Says:

    Interesting, though I’d heard that the vast majority of the Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane covers do the same thing?

  13. Michael May Says:

    Just noticed that the July issue continues the theme.

  14. Bill D. Says:

    Apparently issue 4 parodies the Weird Science poster.

  15. Johanna Says:

    Matthew, that they’re based on movie posters? I hadn’t heard that. Could you elaborate?

  16. david brothers Says:

    I don’t think they are based on movie posters, but a lot of them have that movie poster, particularly teen movie poster, feel.

    Cover gallery for the current series:

  17. Matthew Says:

    Not all of them, no, though for example number 8 is fairly similar to Almost Famous’ poster, whilst number 9 is definitely based on The Breakfast Club.

  18. Flaming Dork Says:


    Tell me you don’t really by them because they look like a movie poster? Eh, I guess it’s not the stupidest reason as you put it! “Becuase the writer used to work on [Cancelled Sleeper Sci-Fi TV Show]” THAT’S the stupidest reason.

    Thanks for pointing out the covers. It put a smile on my bitter, ugly face.

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