Posts Tagged ‘Comics’

(*POTENTIAL SPOILERS AHEAD…YOU’VE BEEN WARNED*)

IF you haven’t been locked in a room without windows and doors, then you may have noticed a definite increase in a certain aspect of comics lately that in the recent past has only been occasional, and further back was not only absent, but discouraged. I’m speaking of the appearance of homosexuality in comics. In the past few years, we’ve seen a gay male character be introduced to Archie Comics, and the introduction of several prominent lesbian characters in DC Comics (through Batwoman, Renee Montoya, Scandal Savage, Knockout, Grace Choi, and Thunder). These characters have not only been masterfully written and long overdue in our comics, but have been largely accepted by the comics community, with the exception of several anti-equal rights groups (many of whom have never read a comic book in their lives).

More recently, however, we’ve seen a jump in some major plots that will be showcasing these characters and some major plot lines. These include the biracial marriage of Kevin Keller (Archie Comics’ gay male character), the biracial marriage of Marvel’s Northstar (who has been open about his sexuality since the early 90’s), and the announcement that one of DC’s “iconic male characters” will be revealed as gay.

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Gangway for The Big Cheese, aka .... Shazam?

For those that have been following my thoughts and opinions, you already know how much I LOATHE the new DC Universe since its big revamp in September 2011, which I refer to as the DCnU. If you are not already aware of this, then I will tell you: I AM NOT A FAN OF THE DCnU! Getting the idea? Why, you may ask, do I show such disdain for it? It still has the characters more or less, right? It’s still DC, right? NO… It’s really not. I, and many other comic fans the world over, are continuity freaks. We don’t like change, even a little bit of change. Sure, it can be argued that a little change is good, so that things keep fresh and the stories never get stale. But if you take a fresh bag of ketchup chips, wipe off the ketchup powder, and add vinegar to it instead, are the chips still fresh? Sure, but do they taste good? Not if you like ketchup. Ketchup chips are no longer ketchup chips when you take away the things that make them ketchup, and add something else. DC is no longer DC when you strip it of some things that make it what it is, and add other things that it is not. It’s something else entirely.

Superman’s famous red underwear worn over his pants, the first members of the Justice League, the history of the Justice Society, Wonder Woman’s golden features. These are all things that matter (if only a little) to many fans, but have all been stripped away to make room for “new readers” and “boosted sales”. Today, another DC mainstay has fallen casualty to this senseless war on our treasured stories. Billy Batson, the keeper of the power of Shazam, will now OFFICIALLY be called Shazam, dropping the Captain Marvel name completely from here on out.

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He's the goddamn.. oh.. wait..

Revered by many, criticized by more, and read by all. This seems to be the fate of one man that’s been called everything from one of modern comics’ forefathers, to a fear-mongering mad man. Despite what many may think of Frank Miller, it must be recognized that his work has made a serious impact on the way we see comics today, many of his writings still reverberating consequences decades after being put to paper.

Not only does he write comics, but he also claims the title of artist for many of his works. How many people in the industry can say this? A handful, at best, and none with the same level of exposure as Miller. Two of his pieces have gone on to become major motion pictures (300 and Sin City), and one was made into an animated feature length movie (Batman: Year One). His work on such already developed characters as Batman and Daredevil have taken the characters to lengths never before seen in comics, for better or worst.

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For you comic-based tv program fans out there, there’s a lot of buzz in the air today. The CW, the network that has brought us such delights as Birds of Prey, Supernatural, and Smallville, has announced that they are in negotiations for a new DC-inspired tv series. This news has tickled my fancy, in particular, because it involves one of my favorite characters of all time. Can you guess who he is? Here’s some hints:

  • He is a VERY wealthy man
  • He is from a city that exists only in the DC Universe
  • He is 100% human, with no special powers
  • He is incredibly skilled, and a master fighter in most known fighting styles
  • He is a purported womanizer
  • He’s had multiple sidekicks, his first having been adopted as his ward
  • He’s been a member of both the Justice League and the Outsiders

Have you guessed? Of course you have! It is none other than…. (more…)