Every week (about) Sam and I go to the video rental. It’s part of a larger bookstore area and has a big ol’ comic book rack. So that’s how I get my comic fix. I’m a browser, I’ll admit. But considering the amount of story I get for the amount I would have to pay, I just don’t feel comfortable shelling out the cash for a comic these days. Especially with the amount of trash I could get. There aren’t really any I feel are worth it right now.
I’ve been trying to keep up with Hulk mostly. It is a fairly entertaining read, but they’ve been milking the same “Who is this guy?” question for far too long. It’s not done suspensefully either. It’s just the Red Hulk beating people up. I find the storyline crazy but fun, but I’m still pretty sick of it.
In the DC Universe, things continue very confusingly. They’re on something like their hundredth Crisis right now so I don’t even know what books apply to what. The bulk of the universe seems to be ignoring the whole thing, so that’s kind of weird. The standout from what I’ve read is Green Lantern, which is pretty cool to me since I’ve been a big fan for a long time. Apparently Batman is dead or MIA right now, so that’s stupid.
What really grinds my gears is that Barry Allen, silver age Flash, is being brought back to life. This is jackassery on a high level, right up there with the recent retconning of Spider-Man (don’t get me started!). I find the Flash to be pretty damn entertaining, especially from a sci-fi perspective. And when Barry Allen died in the Crisis on Infinite Earths, it was pretty sad to read. Even if it was pretty eighties to read. He’s been dead for over twenty years, so it’s really, really stupid. I actually grew up reading Flash with Flash being Wally West.
The main demographic right now? Wally West. Barry Allen has been dead for over twenty years. All the kiddies that comics needs to pull in to the books so they can keep replenishing a purchasing base? They don’t give a crap who Barry Allen is. I think it’s pretty obvious I don’t think we need to direct comics toward a younger set, but this isn’t about that. It’s about inclusion. It’s about setting up books that the average new reader can get into without having to know an entire fifty year history. It was confusing enough without people
“Who is this guy, Comic Reading Friend?”
“That’s the Flash.”
“Oh yeah? What’s his deal?”
(This should be where you can just say “fastest man alive.”) “The Fastest Man Alive.”
“That is also the Flash.”
“Yeah, but he’s the first Flash. He’s from the forties.”
“That’s the Flash.”
“There’s Three Flashes?”
“Well, there were two, but then one died over twenty years ago, it was pretty pathos filled. But then his sidekick became the Flash, but then DC had the original Flash’s great-grandson come back in time and he became the Flash but then he died and so there were two Flashes but now the original Flash, I mean the second one, is back to life.”
“That’s a yes, then.”
“Yeah, but there’s also a few other speedsters.”
“Yeah, that’s a…”
“Screw this man. I’m getting into indie rock.”
And that’s verbatim what will happen DC!
Personal Thought – I should outline these posts sometimes. Because I’m really not hitting all the points I want to. But I think you get my gist.
Anyway, I caught The Brave and the Bold on CN today and it’s trash. After an amazingly awesome big screen treatment and and excellent cartoon series in The Batman, they’ve brought back some sort of SuperFriends version. I can get behind that somewhat, because it’s obviously marketed at kids. Kind of like the Spectacular Spider-Man which was pretty sweet. Unfortunately I caught the episode with Wildcat, a hero no one who reads my blog has ever heard of.
Wildcat’s deal is that he dresses like a cat and used to be a boxer. That’s how he fights crime. But in a respectful sort of treatment in the comics. In the television program he’s this old, sad boxer. Still pretty cool, but they’ve given him an old man hump and geezer voice. Stop it, you guys. Just stop it.
Thank God for webcomics, or the genre would be gone in no time.