Posts Tagged ‘Marvel Comics’

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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