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Friday, 13 July 2018

Don't Let The Tail Wag The Dog...


Superheroes are my life, and thus superhero comics make up the majority of my reading material.

Of the Big Two - Marvel Comics and DC Comics - I have to say, at present, I much prefer DC's output to Marvel's.

Of course, there are exceptions, but speaking in the broadest of broad terms, I appreciate the fact that reading a DC superhero comic you would never know that Warner Brothers was churning out a faltering series of movies based on the DC properties.

The DC-based movies (for better or worse) are based on the comics, and the comics remain the source material - however liberally they are 'reimagined' or how ill-judged they may end up.

Marvel, on the other hand, has a major problem, for me, in that given the runaway success of their Cinematic Universe - and their movies are magnificent fare for a superhero fan such as I - the comics are now trying to ape the movies.

The tail is wagging the dog.

Shatterstar
This is why we end up with characters like Shatterstar (who had a comedically brief appearance in Deadpool 2) getting their own series at Marvel.

Who wants a Shatterstar series? Really?

Comics (the original source material for the movies) should be allowed to carve their own furrows, which, then, inspire the movies.

Don't let this industry turn into a hideous, tail-devouring ouroboros that eventually disappears up its own rectum, devoid of any new ideas and originality.

Just look at the pig's ear Brian Michael Bendis made of The Guardians Of The Galaxy (under the control of Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning one of the most unique comics anyone was publishing at the time).

Not only did Bendis reshape the team structure to mirror the movies as best as he was able, he also reduced the team to a very Earth-centric, Avengers-lite.

This, in turn, meant he could also shoehorn in random Avengers characters.

Which the title so didn't need.

And thus The Guardians in the comics lost the cosmic majesty that had inspired the original movies.

This is why I'm slightly anxious now that Bendis has leapt the great divide and is working for Marvel's Distinguished Competition.

I'm keeping everything crossed that he doesn't try and pull the same stunt at DC and turn his version of Superman into Zack Snyder's Zod-killing sulk monster.

3 comments:

  1. I don't know. This Shatterstar doesn't seem anything like the movie version (other Origin, which the movie version had). I liked Shatterstar's run in X-Factor. I'll admit his origin is super convoluted, but this new comic seems more serious than the throw away cameo in DP2.

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    1. I think I just share Calvin’s dislike of any character Rob Liefeld was involved in the creation of (I’m still not sold on Deadpool as a comic book character, but can successfully compartmentalise his cinematic persona!)

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    2. As far as Liefeld is concerned he absolutely hated the stories With Shatterstar that I enjoyed.

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