MSNBC has this story about what comic book characters to watch in the coming year.
Don't believe all that you read.
If you've seen the trailer for the Wolverine movie you may have gotten some serious deja vu
from seeing another superhero flick in the last few years... namely Elektra. Remember how that
one turned out?
As far as the stuff going on in Batman, once you have read comics for a few decades
you start to catch on to the gimmicks and the patterns that repeat themselves over and
over and over in comics. The Clone Saga in Spiderman,Wolverine getting his adamantium
ripped out by Magneto. Captain America getting killed. The Death of Superman
(killed by a big inhumanly strong monster) Batman getting his back broken (by a big inhumanly
strong monster) Robin getting killed by the Joker, Superman being transformed into an energy
being (yeah really! if you missed it count yourself lucky) Not to mention "Hal Jordan is The Spectre!".
Now Batman is gone and Superman is going out into space.These are not so much stories as they are choreographed media events. They arent "wriiten" for the fans. They are staged publicity stunts.
And as such...when one company is getting media attention from a certain kind of story like DC's
Final Crisis, their chief competitor Marvel moves swiftly to capitalize on that with their own
"apocalyptic" crossover "Dark Reign". Just as Marvel made headlines with killing Captain America
and having his former sidekick take over for him, so will DC now have one of Batman's former
sidekicks take over for him. It's just how the business works.
The media plays their role in this dance. The comic book companies give em a press release. The
media outlets like MSNBC, CNN, NEWSWEEK, TIME, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, etc...all report the
exact same information they were given in the press release. They all make it sound so bloody exciting.
But it's not...it's contrived and manipulative...and it has nothing to do with telling a story.
Crisis on Infinite Earths...that was a story. Sinestro War, that was a story. The Judas Contract, that was a story.The Watchmen, Joe Straczynski's current run on Thor. Kevin Smith's first run on Daredevil, Brad Meltzer on Green Arrow, Avengers Forever, these are stories.
The stuff you see the media reporting on...it's just crap. And right now, DC's primary dealer in crap is
Grant Morrison. His run on Batman has been the most incomprehensible mess I have ever attempted
to read. It's like something he dictated to a four year old over one of those old school transatlantic calls.
It's truly staggering to think that Dan Didio read this and thought to himself "That's gold baby! Print this immediately!"
DC and Marvel still have comics worth reading but you have to wade through miles and miles of crap
to find them.That's what happens when businessmen are put in charge of making art and telling stories.