Ink returns with a two-parter, taking on the New 52 with the infamous Red Hood and the Outlaws vol. 1.
Ink talks about his favorite characters from DC.
Before I begin to venture into fan rage, I feel I should note the following:
“Dark & Gritty”, “Edgy”, “Did What No One Else Dared To Do”, “Modern”, “Realistic”…these are the traits that present-day media and entertainment seem hard-pressed to sell us and the traits that the general public are quite obviously obsessed with. From that I feel I should warn you that if you are close-minded and one of those people, I suggest you leave this article…ASAP. I am a Traditionalist and a Surrealist. As for “Dark & Gritty”, “Edgy”, and “Doing What No One Else Dares To Do”, I don’t give a crap as long as what I am reading/watching is good. With that said, you’ve been warned.
Let’s start with DC. Why? Because that section is bound to be shorter. DC went and rebooted their entire mainstream universe…not that they have more than one universe anymore. New 52 sells like hotcakes and many of the titles under it are well written, blah blah blah. Am I angry at this reboot? Frankly, yes but, at the same time, I’m more angry at the execution than the decision. Rebooting everything so that superheroes are just turning up, wiping clean DECADES of RICH continuity…yes…yes I am quite miffed.
Okay…now Marvel. Or should I say Marvel NOW. Oh yes, I’m going there. But before we talk about Marvel NOW let’s talk about Marvel’s Ultimate Universe. I, for one, can honestly say that I don’t like the Ultimate Universe. In fact, I absolutely LOATHE it. Why? It’s not because it tries to be more modern or more realistic…it’s because the writing in it has just come across as STUPID or LAZY more times than I can count. Here I will provide two prime examples. the first Example, the one I am LEAST angry at, is Ultimatum. My god…this was terrible. It’s almost as if the entire purpose of the event was to kill off a crap ton of characters. Oh yeah. IT WAS. But not only that. After it was released, guess what? THEY COMPLETELY IGNORE IT. All that’s ever brought up about it again (On the surface, anyway) is the city being flooded. None of the deaths served any purpose other than killing the characters to make room for replacement later. Most of the deaths didn’t even have a story purpose. This, my friends, is STUPID writing. Now let’s jump to LAZY writing. Enter Ultimate Spider-Man. Yeah. I’m going there too. Miles Morales. The “New” Spider-Man of the Ultimate Uni- screw it, he’s a generic carbon copy of the first one. There’s very little about him that’s innovative and he’s only getting a free pass because he’s black. I will remind the black demographic of comic readers that anyone who says “There aren’t enough black characters in comics” is just being an idiot. You want to see the mass majority of the heroes be black. A bit of knowledge for you. The majority of the North American Population happens to NOT be Black. Further more: Luke Cage, Black Panther, Storm, Falcon, Green Lantern (John Stewart), Vixen, Firestorm, Cyborg, Bumblebee, Black Goliath, Static Shock, Black Lightning, Patriot, this is a list of Black Characters and comics and it only goes on from there. So, in other words, zip it about “There aren’t any black characters in comics!”
So let’s head back to Marvel NOW. Specifically the “Superior Spider-Man”. Yep. They most definitely had the balls. Not only are they replacing Pete, but they also have the AUDACITY to call the new one “Superior”. I CALL BULL CRAP. When this one endures for 50+ years, THEN you get to make that claim. Until then, he doesn’t even DESERVE an adjective.
So many of you may be saying “But Inkritic, it’s really time to move on. Marvel wants to do something new. Maybe you should just give it a chance.” The only thing keeping me from flat out calling you an idiot is my belief that everyone is entitled to their opinion. So just as you THINK it is time to move on, I THINK that “Moving On” is probably the dumbest thing in the world. But there’s another reason beyond my love for the classic characters that I think this obsession with doing “New” things is idiotic. THEY AREN’T DOING ANYTHING NEW. Miles Morales, for all the phenomenal writing in the world, is the EXACT same character as Peter Parker. He’s shy, intelligent, unsuccessfully witty, and has Peter’s Guilt Complex. He’s more of a clone than Scarlet Spider was!
I’ll give you a little tip on replacing a character. When you replace a character, you do it by replacing them with someone DIFFERENT who has had an actual HISTORY with said character. Example? How about that brief time that Dick Grayson took over as Batman? Sure, the writing of the situation wasn’t the best. Sure, he started acting like Bruce…BUT THAT MADE SENSE. Miles Morales did not know Peter Parker in the least. He DECIDED it was his fault that Peter died because “He could have done something”. Allow me to remind you all that Captain America could have done something too. Peter jumped in the path of the bullet that Cap could have saved him from. They BOTH could have survived the incident. But lazy writing triumphed and now all of the blame for Pete’s death in the world of the fans continues to fall on Cap instead of, I don’t know, THE LAZY WRITER. I have friends who SPECIFICALLY say that they hate Cap JUST because in the stupid ultimate Universe, he failed to save Peter from a bullet that they could have BOTH been saved from. Why is that stupid? You can’t blame the CHARACTER for Lazy writing. You blame the character when the writing makes sense and the INTENT is for them to catch the blame.
I do not know anything about the Superior Spider-Man and will remain as far away from that title as I can after I review the origin story issues. I promise you, though, that I won’t care if the comic is written well or not. Marvel’s already dead to me.
Here’s where it gets better. They aren’t replacing characters for story purposes like they should be. They’re doing it because they’re too lazy to TRY and think of anything new for him. Replacing a character, without it being for story purposes, is a LAZY enterprise. It’s completely and totally pointless. Why? BECAUSE YOU CAN USE THE TIME AND RESOURCES TO JUST MAKE A NEW ORIGINAL CHARACTER. Allow me to ask you this, Marvel. Why do you think replacing Peter Parker is the way to dispel your hate of him? Better question. WHY do you hate Peter Parker? The Clone Saga, Sins Past, One More Day…you’ve been determined to tear down Peter Parker for years. Why? The crowning achievement was #692, where you made a comic that was supposed to be about Spider-Man…AND MADE IT ABOUT SOMEONE ELSE. Points for making a new character…NEGATIVE points for using someone else’s comic to do it! ESPECIALLY as a means to end Peter Parker. AND, just to remind us how determined you are to erase Peter Parker for good, you ACTUALLY had the balls to throw in THE JACKAL. That’s…that’s something else.
It’s funny. Marvel and DC keep talking about how they’re trying to do something “New” and yet they aren’t. They’re still busy cranking out the same old routine they have been for decades. They’re not doing anything new. They’re doing something quite old. Promoting Shock titles in order to make money. Marvel HATES Peter Parker. But they know that Spider-Man is a money maker. So what’s next, Marvel? Killing off your entire mainstream Universe and replacing THEM with carbon copies that mean nothing?
And now my rage can turn to the fans who actively just happen to support all of this. If you support it because you are genuinely interested in this direction, then that’s all well and good. BUT, if you’re just supporting it because you’re a Marvel fan or a DC fan and you support anything they do, you’re an idiot. A good fan is like a good parent. We’re not Yes-Men. We love our fandom like it’s our child. But we HAVE to get on their case when they start doing questionable/undesirable things. Otherwise idiocy will, in fact, continue. I love Marvel and I love DC. But I’m not going to let the lazy writing and dumb choices go on and make them force me to live with them.
Thus we come to the end of this article and a fair proposition. I honestly do not believe anyone from Marvel or DC will see this…or care about it if they do happen to see it. But here’s a thought. You made a Universe to a appeal to a newer audience, Marvel. DC, that’s what you’re CURRENTLY doing and have been TRYING to do for decades. These Universes made money like no tomorrow. So why don’t you just make ANOTHER Universe for us traditionalists. Classic Characters told with classic stories, all written by people who care more about the content they’re feeding people than they do their next pay check. Writers and Artists and so-on that will actually treat these characters and properties like their children and write them like they care. In fact, in a play on of words from your past, you can even call it the Marvel Age Universe. DC, you can call yours The Golden Age Universe or something. Yes, I know there are old comics we can buy. Who says you can’t just tell stories in a classic way and just bring in new stories? Why does it have to be the same old stories told to fit new times? Personally, that idea doesn’t appeal to me. If you happen to disagree with me, that’s all well and good, but at least understand where I’m coming from here. The Ultimate Universe fans don’t have to quit with their precious Ultimate Universe and the 616 (It’s becoming inappropriate to call it the Mainstream continuity considering the Ultimate U’s popularity) fans can keep their theirs. But Marvel and DC, this is my idea. Make individual universes for us traditionalists. Same characters. Same properties. New stories. Not working about money or “Modern Day Marketability”.
(A Disclaimer: I love The Amazing Spider-Man movie and The Avengers not because of their accuracy to the stories and their environments. I love them because of their accuracy to the CHARACTERS.)
Now that I’m calm, I have a few Ghost Rider comics to re-read. Ta.
Samantha Maybe discusses why she remembers the 5th of November. Thanks to AlanahC for my super awesome theme song!!!
V for Vendetta belongs to DC Comics and Warner Bros. Pictures
The Saga of the Swamp Thing belongs to DC comics
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen belongs to DC comics & Top Shelf/Knockabout comics
Watchmen & Before Watchmen belong to DC Comics
Music used in this episode includes:
Sound of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel
Only Two Names Remain – Tyler Bates
All Along The Watchtower – Jimi Hendrix
Unforgettable – Nat King Cole
The Times Are A-Changin’ – Bob Dylan
Pruit Igoe & Prophecies – Philip Glass Ensemble
Doctor Who Theme (Ten) – Doctor Who: Series 5
TARDIS – Doctor Who: Series 5
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