Orson Scott Card writing a Superman comic has become a pretty hot button issue.
Just recently, freelancer Glen Weldon wrote an honest explanation about why he is not going to be reading the upcoming Superman comic by Orson Scott Card.
For those who don’t know, Card has been public about his opposition of same-sex marriage to the distaste of many.
Peter Carey’s Unwritten is like candy for over-read English majors & pop-culture enthusiasts.
Well-drawn, amazingly written, it was the surprisingly good superhero cartoon I never knew I wanted. The show won a freaking Emmy for a reason damn it.
While not having excellent ratings because of its erratic scheduling probably played a part in this, it still reached cult status on Cartoon Network that should warrant keeping it. That makes this cancellation all the more baffling.
Remember Thanos, the big intergalactic baddy who is more than rumored to be the next villain for the Avengers movie sequel?
Well, do you also remember the comic where Thanos was chasing down the cosmic cube on his ridiculous-looking Thanos-Copter? This major baddy, who one-manned the entire Marvel U & literally courts Death, was brought down by The Cat & Spider-Man and then escorted by the cups… in handcuffs!
As I watch Superman speed through the air, cape a flutter amidst epic music, one thought sticks out in my mind more than my sense of excitement, more than my feeling of awe. I thought to myself, “Damn you, Dark Knight.”
What does my comic-book collection say about me? I always wondered about that so I thought it’d be a fun idea to data-viz my collection of comics like I did my collection of books a little while ago.
After doing this I realized there is a correlation to the amount of comics I have from a given period and key events in my life.
My family and I were in Atlantic City when I was about 14-years-old. Feeling too old for the carnival and legally too young to gamble, I found myself wandering a cloudy boardwalk until I hit the mall. I found a bookstore in it where a bookseller suggested one of Neil Gaiman’s books. Maybe it was American Gods, Coraline, or Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett). I can’t remember
Recently added Amazing Spider-Man to my pull-list and looking forward to seeing what Dan Slott has in store when he starts up the new Superior title. I came back into this run because of a storyline where Spider-Man became a mentor to a newly created teenage superhero, an angle I found personally fitting.
All superhero comic fans adopt a spandex-clad hero, declaring something like, “Wolverine is my character.” It’s not always because you respire or relate to the hero. Something about the character just speaks to you.
Green Arrow, for example, is one of my characters. Before the 52 relaunch he was a type of failed father figure I never saw before. He had abandoned his son, cheated on his girlfriend and was a terribly self-righteous loudmouth. He was pretty far from who I was as a teenager and I didn’t want to be like him in those respects.
A lot of people were drawn to Tim Drake, the third Robin, because he was the surrogate fanboy character. Just like you he paid close attention to adventures of Batman & Robin. And through deductive reasoning he was able to piece together their secret identities and become a superhero.
But that wasn’t his great appeal for me. It was more that he was a character bearing the burden and inheriting the strengths of an established legacy, the Robin mantle. I was drawn to those characters like Kyle Rayner, the last GL at the time and Jaime Reyes, the third Blue Beetle.