At some point I realized that I read the books not so much for enjoyment but to finish before the next month's batch arrived. So I went cold turkey, I stopped reading comics and never went back.
However I had gotten my apartment mate hooked and he decided to take over my subscription. Several years later, this would be the mid-90's, the two of us were walking around and entered a comic book store for old times sake. I saw a rack of new releases and we had a conversation that went something like this.
Me: There's Batman, I thought he was paralyzed.
AM: He got better.
Me: I heard Superman was dead.
AM: He got better too.
Me: And the Flash? I remember when he died.
AM: That's Kid Flash all grown up.
Me: At least Wonder Woman hasn't changed.
AM: Actually that's her mother.
The Chicago Tribune just ran an editorial on Spiderman revealing his identity to the world. No worries, in due time the world will forget.
Geeez, don't make me rembember that dark age!ReplyDelete
Here, the Brazilian Portuguese pulisher, Abril, decided to not publish the "Genesis" storyarc, cause they thought the quality was low and wouldn't sell weel. Ok.
The problem was... WW died in "Genesis" and was replaced by her mother. And THEY DECIDED TO HIDE IT FROM THE READERS!
They continued publishing the stories like Hypollita was Diana and changed dialogues according to that. I don't even like to remember that. I was not buying DC comics anymore, btw...
Here's a mildly interesting article detailing all of the very strange things in the Superman universe.ReplyDelete
1) YES, comic books are really bad atReplyDelete
consistency and continuity.
2) However, Comic Graphic Novels, which
are stand-alone pieces, can be quite good.
Two I recommend:
WATCHMEN which takes place NOT in the
Marvel or DC universe so it doesn't have
all of that baggage, and
THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS which is a gritty
look at BATMAN (It had a sequel
THE DARK KNIGH STRIKES AGAIN which DID have
the usual continuity problems.)
3) Worst Revisionism in comics in my
experience: when I was a kid The Green
Goblin killed Spidermans girlfriend
Gwen Stacy, and later was killed
(by accident) while fighting spiderman.
Later Gwen Comes BACK- but NO, she's
a CLONE. And much later The Green Goblin
Comes back (the original one). He
never died! The reason this one strikes
me is that (again, I was a kid) this
seemed to be very important- bad guy
kills your girlfriend and ends up dead.
But no, just press the giant RESET
button and all is back where it started.
4) The CIVIL LIBERTIES series (or whatever
its called) in the Marvel Universe
now MIGHT be interesting as a stand-alone
piece, but Lance is right- Spiderman will
go back to having a secret identidy
at some point. Mass hypnosis? Time Travel?
They'll find a way.