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A big thanks to Paul Di Filippo for plugging the Savage Critics as Site of the Week at SciFi Weekly (link no longer available).

Which reminds me, I’m overdue for posting again. I just haven’t wanted to talk about comics much lately.

But wait! This may change my mind! Roger Ash interviews Alan Davis about the return of ClanDestine in a five-issue miniseries in February. I love this series! Family superheroes rock. And Davis’ distinctively amazing art does too.

In a more fannish vein, Steve Bennett at ICv2 hits on the problem with erasing Spider-Man’s marriage:

Quesada’s reasoning (besides the obvious “I’m the boss, applesauce”) being Peter can only connect to his adolescent audience by being young, single, and ready to mingle. Now I understand how magically finding yourself unmarried and on the dating scene again would be the fantasy of a lot of middle aged men, but I think Quesada is really overestimating the desirability of part-time teacher, part-time photographer with money troubles.

It’s not what the audience wants, it’s what some guys who were the audience twenty years ago wants. The adolescents they want to attract haven’t known anything but the hero being married, just like with Superman and Lois Lane.

Maybe those middle-aged men are the same kind of people picking Diamond’s suggested gifts for Valentine’s Day — when they aren’t selecting kids’ comics (because, you know, women, girls, no difference, really), they’re recommending a Jim Balent Tarot “art” portfolio. That means mostly naked chicks with spread legs and basketball-sized breasts, for those of you unfamiliar with his oeuvre. I’m sure there are customers who will enjoy that for a holiday dedicated to love (self-, in this case), but ick.

9 Responses to “Quick Hit LinkBlogging”

  1. Dwight Williams Says:

    I still don’t get the need for this particular change. I still don’t see the need as real. And I’ve been a Spidey fan since I was five or six. Probably at least as long as Joe Quesada.

  2. jamesmith3 Says:

    I don’t see the need either. Especially since they’ve got Ultimate Spider-Man if they really think they can get the interest of kids.

    But if I were King for a Day, I’d ret-con the Clark/Lois thing. Because I always saw their relationship as a Romantic Comedy (tell me you can’t see Gable and Hepburn in those roles) and the minute he gets the girl, the story’s over.

    Clearly this isn’t how superhero comics work, and I will obviously never be King.

  3. James Schee Says:

    I see numerous problems ahead if this story does play out as it seems like it will.

    For one the characters may forget and the writers may act like none of the marriage stuff happened. Yet for readers it did, and it is going to be hard to get them to forget that, whether they liked the initial marriage move or not.

    Another is that for a while Marvel/Quesada have been touting how their Universe has never had a Crisis or problems like DC’s has always gone through.

    This could change that though. Because once you delete stories you have to figure out how past events happened, whether they happened at all etc. In effect you start getting stories about continuity rather than characters. Which leads to stories like the Crisis and the like.

    Of course I haven’t read a Spider-Man comic (other thanrandom Ultimate issues) since the Clone Saga though, so I don’t care either way.

  4. Kelson Says:

    This could change that though. Because once you delete stories you have to figure out how past events happened, whether they happened at all etc. In effect you start getting stories about continuity rather than characters. Which leads to stories like the Crisis and the like.

    Oh, the irony! They can avoid it, though, if they take the approach that they aren’t changing what actually happened, just changing everyone’s memories and records. That would be closer to what Geoff Johns did to erase public knowledge of Wally’s identity as the Flash a few years ago.

  5. Johanna Says:

    What about Loy and Powell when it comes to romantic comedy? The fun doesn’t stop when you get married, you know.

    This is the kind of thing that makes it difficult to be a long-time fan… not knowing which stories should be taken into account when evaluating the character.

  6. Dwight Williams Says:

    Kelson: I’ve never been happy with what happened with Wally and Linda at the end of “Blitz” either, to be honest. That public knowledge erasure should be seen, in my view, as a crime committed by the characters responsible, and one to be answered for in court.

    Johanna: Good argument. Why should anyone, old or new fan, have to waste energy wondering about this sort of detail, when simply not retconning makes it unnecessary.

  7. jamesmith3 Says:

    Johanna: Certainly no offense to you married folks! But that setup always made me think of Bringing Up Baby, and all the tension created around whether they’d ever get together. Resolving that tension resolves the story?

    I’m not complaining, though. At the rate it’s published, I should be able to get my fix from All-Star Superman for another 2 years.

  8. Bill D. Says:

    I suspect there are at least a few women out there who’d enjoy a Jim Balent portfolio (I mean, statistically speaking, there’d have to be some, right?), but I bet that even they would have to deal with their boyfriends constantly “borrowing” it.

  9. Johanna Says:

    If the story you’re telling is about getting a couple together, then yeah, the end of the story is coupledom. But that’s not nearly the only story you can tell about couples and relationships. It’s just the most obvious.

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