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Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Other Brief Thoughts on Comics
Pete: "So, in that JLA Classified story, the only version of [villain of the piece] Red King that survived was the absolutely evil one, right?" Me: "Yes." Pete: "Did that not make a lot of sense?" Me: "It didn't really, no." Pete: "Plus, if all the other versions of the Red King knew about the back-up plan, why didn't he?" Me: "Like you said, the story didn't really make a lot of sense." Pete: "Does it seem like they're just putting people on Classified who don't know a lot about DC or care about continuity?" Me: "Well, since JLA: Classified seems to be the dumping ground for inventory stories cluttering up the JLA editor's desk drawers, I think it's safe to say that the stories in the title aren't in continuity."
As for me, I was more put out by an odd...well, I'm tempted to call it an art error, but that's mostly for lack of any other good explanation.
So, that's the JLA versus the Royal Flush Gang. So, why are there seven of them, when there are only five cards in a poker hand? And, I read all five issues of that "4th Parallel" story, and I don't recall seeing those two highlighted characters anywhere other than in that spread above...which was repeated exactly as is, with only dialogue changes, in the middle three issues of the story.
And why are there only five members of the Royal Flush Gang anyway? There are four suits in a deck, after all. Shouldn't there be about twenty of them?
Actually, the comic oddity I want to see exploited someday is this: If Thanos is just Jim Starlin riffing off of Darkseid, and Mongul is just Jim Starlin finishing off Thanos stories with Superman instead of Captain Marvel (the bad one)...why hasn't anyone done a story with Darkseid and Mongul?
(I have to apologise for that last paragraph, it was possibly too geeky even for me.)
1. Sexless Ice Queen: It seems that every writer is afraid to address Wonder Woman's sexuality. As far as I can tell, she has never had ANY serious relationships at all, since post-Crisis. You could argue that neather has Batman, but at least his relationship problems stem from his mission statement. ("I am a creature of the night. I can't let anyone get too close, because they will hamper my mission to fight crime, and that's all that matters.") Superman is married to Lois. It seems like they don't want to give Wonder Woman any sexuality because if a man is sexual, he's a stud. If a woman is sexual, she's a *****. Come on D.C., grow up and let Diana grow up, too. At least Batman had time to have a son, which brings me to my other point...
2.The Blessed Virgin Dianna: I'm almost positive (correct me if I'm wrong)that Wonder Woman is still a virgin. Why? It's fine if that's her choice, but I don't believe that's why. I think writers are afraid to let Dianna have sex, because then she becomes "unclean". Women are sexual beings, and having sex is a natural part of being a woman. If Dianna is waiting until she's married, please let her state that view. Leaving it ambigious is just annoying.
Now, I'm always a bit...concerned over people fretting about whether or not Wonder Woman is a virgin, but the bit I love is that later on in that same post:
4.Bathing Beauty: Finally, I will end with a simple statement about Wonder Womans wardrobe. SHE WEARS A BATHING SUITE TO FIGHT CRIME! Come on, D.C. It's the year 2007, give the woman a pair of pants! How can any woman look up to a hero who runs around in hooker boots and a tiara? I know purists say, "her costume is iconic, you can't change it!" Yes, you can, if it is better for the character. Instead, it just gets smaller and smaller, until all you can see is cleveage, and her a$$ hanging out.
So...you want a Wonder Woman that's more of a sexual being, but you want her to wear a more frumpy costume?