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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Wizard World LA 

Even when they hold the damn things on my doorstep, I can't manage to make it to comic book conventions. Of course, I had a good excuse this time.

Not that it really would have made much difference. DC gave vague comments about upcoming comics, Marvel made vague comments about upcoming comics. Marvel announced a licensed comic which will appeal primarily to video-game nerds. Which is, apparently, their idea of mainstream outreach. They also announced a cross-over between Supreme Power and the Ultimate universe, and if that isn't a sign of creative bankruptcy I don't know what is.

Creepiest news, of course, was Marvel finding yet another way to profit off Jack Kirby's corpse.

In news I actually found interesting, Gail Simone has a creator-owned series from Wildstorm about retired super-heroes. And they're not thinly veiled analogues for DC/Marvel characters! That's a frighteningly rare change of pace.

Garth Ennis and Darick Roberston also have The Boys at Wildstorm. I always get the impression that Garth Ennis really doesn't like super-heroes, and between that and Robertson's skill with humor, I'm expecting all kinds of black comedy at the expense of the capes and tights crowd. Which will be a beautiful thing.

Garth Ennis will also be working on a Midnighter ongoing series with Chris Sprouse. This is the first ongoing American comic with a gay lead (Northstar had a mini-series which came out after his "outing" in Alpha Flight, in which no words meaning "homosexual" were used whatsoever), so expect this to start percolating through the mainstream media. You can probably also expect a fair amount of panicked, culture-warriors weighing in on the corruption of the children. Especially if it's a slow news week.

Here's what some message-board posters think of Ennis on a Midnighter book:

So what are Midnighter's redeeming qualities? He likes beating the crap out of men and humping them? And somehow Ennis sees this as fighting to change the status quo for the better? Has he studied criminal psychology at all?
Can we get past the one trick pony of Midnighter being a practicing homosexual and actually explore the character?
Batman is definitely not gay (the first hint would be he sleeps exclusively with chicks) and he could clean the floor with this criminal.

I'm not picking this up just cause Midnighter is Gay
If they were ridiculing a Gay character i might bye it
just for the laughs

Anyway, I'd be interested in this EXCEPT it's written by Ennis. Aside from the fact I find him to be a bad writer and not particularly funny, I also find he writes a lot of homophobic, gay bashing characters into his scripts. I REALLY wanted to get through his ghost rider, but one of the previews online convinced me yet again he's a one trick pony!

I tried to look for more, but really, it was too depressing. That's when I was able to decipher the spelling and grammar. I don't know how Mike does it.


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