To be honest, my initial reaction to the news that Joss Whedon is taking over Runaways is “Oh, good, an excuse to drop the title.” My hats are off to those who can actually enjoy his work, but the bright spots are fewer and farther between. And I just don’t have the patience for fan-fic and forced pop culture references anymore.
In fact, although I hate to promote the stereotype of the comics blogger with the irrational hatred of all things Marvel, nothing announced by Marvel in this too-cute for it’s own damn good piece interests me in the slightest. A new Nova series? A Runaways spin-off by someone other than Brian K. Vaughn? Mighty Avengers crossing over with Guiding Light? Marvel doing more Classics Illustrated knock-offs? Straczynski on Thor? To be perfectly honest, most of those things are disincentives towards purchase for me.
And it’s not quite a DC vs. Marvel thing, because very little in DC’s announcement thrills me either. Okay, sure a Showcase Presents edition of Who’s Who is an easy bet, and I’ll probably buy the books, again, making it my second edition of that comic (third if you count the set I’m sure Pete has). And re-releasing Gon is such a stupidly obvious decision I’m honestly embarrassed for DC that they haven’t done it before now. But still, much needed reprints are still better than yet another relaunch of Thor or Nova.
Oh, and before anyone asks, no, I’m not terribly surprised that the queer got killed in Marvel Team-Up
. Nor am I surprised that it was presented in such a way as to imply that it was his “punishment” for being inept, particularly after he was crippled for pretty much the same reason.
I guess it was just too comforting a cliche for Kirkman to resist…
Wait, wait, wait…people are surprised at the presence of “inappropriate” cheese-cake pictures in a comic written by Paul Dini? That features Poison Ivy? They’re surprised that when Ivy is the villain in a Batman comic written by Dini there’s over the top sexually suggestive situations?
I’m having difficulty wrapping my head around such willful naivete.