R.I.P.D. Looks Fun — But Does It Make Me a Bad Fan?
April 19, 2013

Here’s the trailer for the upcoming R.I.P.D., a buddy-cop action movie starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges as dead lawmen who work for the Rest in Peace Department hunting down bad escaped souls. The film, out this July, looks like a not-too-far-removed twist on the “saving the world from a alien invasion” idea. (And, once you consider “grizzled vet takes cute newcomer under his wing”, the Men in Black comparison becomes inevitable.)

It’s based on a miniseries from Dark Horse by Peter Lenkov, Lucas Marangon, and Randy Emberlin that’s over a decade old. (Note that the re-released collection has a much less cartoony cover, to better suit the feel of an action film.) Now, I didn’t care much for the last action movie I saw Ryan Reynolds in, but he looks good in this trailer, and I like Mary-Louise Parker’s deadpan functionary (and she was really good in her last action movie). Plus, the special effects are impressive.

But it got me wondering — Dark Horse has put out a tie-in miniseries, City of the Damned (with different creators), to attempt to capitalize on movie interest, as they should, yet I have no interest whatsoever in reading this in comic form. What interests me is the cast and their interactions. Honestly, when it comes to a four-issue miniseries way back when, I’m not sure the comic provides much to the movie beyond the concept, so I’m not sure it would have any appeal for me. Yet I’m old-school enough that that feels wrong, as though liking the movie without reading the comic makes me less than a “real fan” (loaded as that phrase and these discussions are).

Then again, I don’t know anyone who ever read the Men in Black comics, so never mind.

4 Responses  
Kelson writes:  

I’ve come to the conclusion that whether you’re a good or bad fan depends more on how you interact with people in fandom than whether your to-read list includes the same items and/or checkmarks as someone else’s.

Johanna writes:  

Now that’s an excellent reminder of what’s really important.

David Oakes writes:  

Good Fans recognize that a new media is a new artifact, just like a change in creators, and must be judged on it’s own merits.

Bad Fans uncritically consume everything with their favorite character/from their favorite creator/in their favorite universe. Which means no one involved has incentive to make good work.

Fanboys/girls not only consume uncritically, but they insist that the work is still “the best” simply by existing, and are offended if you don’t agree. (And in the end, the later is worse than the former.)


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