Why Mark Waid And Daredevil#11 Rock
Don't judge my madness by your sanity.
Mike Sterling at Progressive Ruin clued me in on the the reactions to this review by critic Amy Nicholson of the "Avengers" movie.
Ms. Nicholson gave the film a decent but not glowing review. While I have not seen the film yet, I could see she made a valid point about the settings of the climactic battles in most of the Marvel movies: Too many of them are centered in New York in particular and Earth in general. That's fine, and even necessary, in the case of an earthbound street-level hero like Spidey or Daredevil. But as for Avengers or the FF, those books have served as travel guides to all the different corners of the Marvel Universe. Look at all the realms explored: Latveria, the Negative Zone, the Great Refuge, the Microverse. The list is endless. Marvel should show us some of those realms onscreen in the future.
So she gave the film 3 out of 5, which essentially translates into "good, but not great". No big deal.
But that wasn't good enough for the comment trolls on the site. You see, in their eyes, she committed two unpardonable sins in addition to not giving the movie a perfect review:
1. Initially calling Nick Fury "Nick Frost" in the review. Once.
2. Speaking Out While Female (SOWF).
And so they unleashed their full, mean-spirited, dickheaded wrath upon her in the comments section.
“She asked her boyfriend what score she should give. Just stick to rom-coms, bitch.”
“Hope your site got the hits it so desperately craves, you sad pathetic excuse for a human being.”
“You actually wanted this movie to suck, didn’t you? I’ve seen your other reviews, and your bias opinions on pretty much everything. You spelled names wrong, you got names wrong, You somehow managed to think that explosions and aliens means Transformers. You have no business being a critic if you are going to act like this.”
“Bitch what the fuck is wrong with you, I knew there would be bad reviews from some people but not from spiteful assholes who bash shit for attention.”
“She didn’t bash it for attention, it’s starting to become clear she’s a DC fangirl, so she actually had an agenda.”
God, I HATE comments sections!
Guys, she didn't burn down your goddamn house or kill your mother. She just gave a lukewarm review of a movie. Idiots like this give comic fandom a horrible name.
Oh, but here's my personal favorite:
“This pathetic ***** will do anything to get some traffic for her shit little blog. Hope it paid off you stinking ****. Perhaps next time the guy who’s **** you sucked to get the job will send someone who’s actually capable of remembering a character’s name for longer than two minutes.”
Accusing a female professional of fellating her boss in order to get her job?
Late this week, I received some more bad news as a Superman fan:
Chris Roberson Quits DC Comics, Citing Ethical Concerns
I have mixed feelings on this.
On the one hand, we'll likely never see him write a Superman or Legion comic again. Which is sad.
My first experience reading Chris Roberson's work was a 2-parter in Superman/Batman#'s 79-80, which involved the Lord of Time fighting various incarnations of the Superman/Batman team throughout history. You can read Chris Sims' review here.
Then came "Grounded", into which Roberson stepped at the halfway mark and elevated JMS' misguided Superman arc to an interesting homage to Elliot S. Maggin. Throughout that arc, I was anxious to see what Roberson could do with the Man of Steel unencumbered by "Grounded". Alas, I never got to find out, thanks to the DC Reboot.
Luckily, I did get to see him on the Star Trek/Legion Of Super-Heroes crossover, which included the best double-page spread of 2012 (we'll get to it below). I've also been reading his Memorial mini for IDW, where the most recent issue features a team of Robin Hood, Hua Mulan, Sinbad and Scathach. This guy's got a wonderful imagination and a strong grasp of both comics and general literary history. And that's something that comics, particularly super-hero comics, desperately need more of right now. The DCnU Justice League comic is proof of what happens when those elements are missing.
Honestly, what would you rather see in a Superman or Justice League or Legion of Super-Heroes comic?
Something like this?
|From the Star Trek/Legion of Super-Heroes miniseries. And yes, that is the Hot Tub Time Machine. Click to enlarge.|
|From the DCnU Justice League comic. Yep, that's Superman stone cold dismembering his opponents. Click to (ugh!) enlarge.|
Hello, my name is "Dan". I'll be writing this blog post today for Mr. Notintheface while he is attending a special orientation. In fact, I'm actually HOSTING his orientation in my office even as I'm writing this. All of Mr. Face's own words will be in quotations for the duration of this post.
"Ok, what the hell am I doing here and who the hell are you?"
You can call me "Dan". The reason you're here is that we're going to reboot the entire comics blogosphere starting this month in order to appeal to a more diverse group of internet readers.
All the current comic blogs will be discontinued and replaced with new blog titles beginning this week. 52 of them, to be exact.
"And you're doing this why, exactly?"
You see, Mr. Face, many blog readers were overwhelmed by the decades of confusing excess history and continuity in the comics blogosphere, so we're simplifying all that and allowing them to start in from the ground up.
"Uh, 'decades'??? My blog isn't even five years ol--"
Never mind that, Mr. Face. Things were just too complicated. Now, here is a look at my solicits for the new comics blogs.
"Ok, I'll start with this one. Hey, it's for Chris Sims."
Meet Chris Sims. He’s addicted to the night. Addicted to shiny objects. Addicted to Batman. Most of all, Chris Sims is addicted to danger. He can’t help himself, and the truth is – he doesn’t want to. He’s good at being bad, and very bad at being good.
"So, in other words, he's staying exactly the same."
Yes, he's part of our "Batman" family of blogs, so he's only getting the "extra-soft" reboot. Some of the other blogs will be getting the "hard" reboots.
This one for Brian Snell's new blog:
Brian Snell is a James Bond enthusiast from Kalamazoo, Michigan. He's also the head of S.L.A.Y., a covert organization in charge of overseeing the activities of Sharktopuses on Earth.
"Wait, 'Sharktopuses'? Shouldn't that be 'Sharktopi'?"
Just go with it. Here's a revised history for Kalinara and Ragnell.
"Ah, Kalinara and Ragnell! That classic feminist comic blogging duo. WFA. Dispatches. All the classic comedic interplay between them over the years...."
Under the new comics blog continuity, they've never met until now.
Do I have to explain it again, Mr. Face? It's so new readers won't get bogged down in excess continuity.
"All right, all right. Here's one for Ami."
Ami Angelwings is the head of E.S.C.H.E.R., a covert govermnent operation in charge of overseeing superheroines with "unique" anatomy.
"Uh, I also notice under her character bio that her favorite artists are now Joe Benitez, Greg Land, and Rob Liefeld."
Well, we had to establish a few...mandates, Mr. Face. Some ground rules for our new blogs.
"Like this one which says we can't blog about Battle Of The Planets?"
Not iconic enough.
"Oh, Tronix is gonna hate that one. And this one: 'All Friday Night Fights posts must contain at least one dismemberment'???"
Comic blog audiences are more sophisticated now.
"And this one: 'Wonder Woman Wednesday and Super Silly Sunday can only feature art by Ed Benes, Mike Deodato, and/or Ian Churchill'?"
Those men are legendary artists.
We're almost done, Mr. Face. Here's the solicit for Sally P.
Sally P. is a housewife in Windsor Locks, Connecticut. She's also the head of B.U.T.T.S., a covert government organization in charge of overseeing the activities of the Green Lanterns of Sector 2817.
"Oh, she'll like that.."
Also, she'll now look like this...