Monday, January 28, 2013

HATING COMICS FOR THE SAKE OF HATING


Chickity-check yo self before you wreck yo self
~ Ice Cube

Words of wisdom from Ice Cube.
So wise, that I can even apply it to comic books.

Over the last few months everybody has been talking about the story-line in Amazing Spider-Man 700, and Superior Spider-Man.
The king of comic book negativity.

I’m not here to review the books, nor to break them down page by page.
Instead, I want to talk about the reaction of what’s going on with Spider-Man.

So here’s my old man cranky rant…

People need to calm the fuck down with their comic books, and here’s why.

It seems that sooooooo many people out there are looking to bash a comic story line, than actually try to enjoy it. (More so with bigger comic titles like Spider-Man and Superman)

Take out the fact that Marvel is calling this, “the death of Spider-Man, Doc Ock will be the new Peter Parker & the ‘Superior Spider-Man’ title will be the new main title for the character”.  We all know that’s not the case.  This is only a sales ploy, and should NEVER be taken seriously. (silly is probably a better consideration)

That being said…Marvel is doing something that the fans have wanted for quite awhile.    

NO!  It’s definitely not MORE alternate covers of the same issue.

The many covers of Amazing Spider-Man #700

They are giving fans an original story line, with a unique problem and even has continuity.  Isn’t this what we want all story lines to be like?

Take a step back and think about the ‘One More Day’ / ‘Brand New Day’ storyline.  I heard about the plot behind the story lines months earlier from friends who were interning at Marvel at the time.  We all agreed that this was an horrendous move, and that Spider-Man was going down hill in the months to follow, and this was before we knew about the bad idea of 3 issues a month.

Good lord I fucking hated this
stupid story-line

I mention all this because this was a story line that came out of left field, and was forced down our throats.  Furthermore, it goes against the characteristics of the characters, and just never felt natural. I can be extremely merciless with the story-line, but I’ll leave it at that.

Back to the ‘Dying Wish’ storyline that resulted in Spidey & Ock switching places.

This was a work in progress story-line for almost 100 issues.  Dan Slott really put a lot of thought into this, while dropping breadcrumbs going into 700.  Meanwhile, Humberto Ramos and the crew who put the visual aspects of the comic together, put together a fantastic, beautiful and extremely compelling 52-page comic book.

I don’t know about you, but isn’t this what we want out of a comic book?

When it comes to some type of entertainment, or even a tangible object, people seem to get more pleasure out of bashing the subject, than trying to enjoy it.

I say this as one of the few people who enjoyed the Daredevil movie.  Particularly the director’s cut.

Perhaps it’s the fact that people fear falling into the minority on an opinion.

This is comic readers at their best!
Perhaps it’s the fact that people just get more pleasure out of seeing the negative, than the positive of something.

Whatever the case may be, comic books are supposed to be fun and an enjoyable read.

It’s a wild idea, but maybe people should consider dialing down the pessimism with their comic books.  People have a lot to criticize about, but if they can’t write a better plot, they need to put up or shut up. 

Here’s a wild idea.  Perhaps people should consider try enjoying these books like when we were kids.  We didn’t have a desire to bash something, and tell our friends right away.  Instead, we just wanted to have fun. 

After all, adults can learn a lot from kids.

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