- Posted by Johanna on March 6, 2010 at 8:00 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
Cool Things to Look At
Storming the Tower explores autobiographical comics by comparing how artists draw themselves with actual photos. I was impressed by how faithful many of them were. What a great use of the net! The one omission I noted: Paul Pope. I never fully understood his art style until I met him, and then suddenly, it all made sense — he’s drawing himself.
The funny folks at Comics Alliance explore a set of fan drawings of boy superheroes turned into sexy girls with less clothing.
Wow, DC Got Me Excited About One of Their Comics!
Just when I thought I was done with superheroes, I saw the news that Ted Naifeh (Courtney Crumrin, The Good Neighbors) will be drawing a Teen Titans backup. That’s not enough, by itself, to get me to buy — I like his art but I want more than pretty pictures — but I also love the concept, involving three mystical teens, two of whom are the most exciting new character ideas I’ve seen in superheroes in a while. Black Alice, who can turn herself into versions of other mystical heroes; Traci Thirteen, a magician I liked reading in Blue Beetle and Doctor 13: Architecture & Mortality; and Zachary Zatara, Zatanna’s cousin, become the Coven. Ok, the name’s cheesy, but the rest intrigues me. The story starts in Teen Titans #83.
Girl Comics Reviewed
I don’t get comics weekly any more, so I haven’t seen an issue yet. I love the creators involved, hate the title and what it says about the publisher, but I’m looking forward to reading it.
Unfortunately, the reviews I’ve seen so far have been mixed. Boys don’t like it: Christopher Allen called it “ghastly”, “slapdash”, and “phoned in”. Chris Sims says that although the art is “good-looking”, the stories are a “mixed bag”, singling out the Punisher piece as “aggressively, pointedly mediocre”.
But girls do: Caroline calls it “a treat” although she says she’s already the target market because of her love of comic book heroines. Are there other good reviews about the title I’ve missed?
I started reading Milestone at the origin, because they were just coming out when I was getting back into comics (the time that stuck), and I loved seeing stories and art more nuanced and real-world than the flat four-color heroes I remembered. I was excited to see the announcement for Milestone Forever, one last story with the characters, and I’m looking forward to reading it. Given all the history with DC, though, I don’t know why I believed this time the treatment would be different. It wasn’t.
I believe this line of comics makes the whitebread DC folks uncomfortable, and as a result, it’s been marginalized and neglected. The easiest way to see this? Ask yourself why DC didn’t bother to do much of anything to tie into the successful Static Shock! cartoon. And yeah, I know that the deal structure has an affect on their decisions. DC wants to own things, not share. Even though 50% (or whatever) of a lot of money would be better than 100% of none, they still fixate on the 100%.
Saddest of all is this comparison, using a parable from Hardware to show how optimism becomes resignation and an inability to keep fighting a system biased against you.
Cry for Justice Kills a Kid
The problem I have with killing off Lian Harper is that she and her father had such dramatic possibilities that were found nowhere else in the DCU. He was a single father superhero. She grew up around heroes but had no powers. Her mother was a super-villain (a wonderful metaphor for the ex you don’t want to interact with but have to). She was a kid with her own personality, not just a plot device. There is SO MUCH story potential there that’s been tossed away for … what? Yet another “oh, this story is meaningful because someone dies!” shortcut stretching for meaning? That’s already a cliché in the genre.
The creators have been seen saying “we got a reaction from you, so we got what we wanted”. I think they’re mistaking disgust, apathy, and resignation (“they did it again? I knew it”) for excitement and interest. They have once again demonstrated their lack of imagination publicly, which should show how ill-suited they are for working in a fantasy genre. Unless they’re revealing that they fantasize about killing kids and shooting bad guys in the head, in which case, back away slowly.