Last week I wrote this piece for Comic Book Resources about the new Teen Titans #1 cover. The point of the piece was hey, there’s a broad demographic DC *could* be hitting with this book but the cover is certainly not made for that potential demographic. Instead, it’s more of the same-old,…


Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali


Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali

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As I type this its about 10 minutes away from the final episode of How I Met Your Mother. I didn’t watch this film from the beginning, I only started a few years ago when it began airing in syndication. A local station started playing it Mon-Fri at 7pm, and I began watching it and quickly became hooked. It’s an interesting premise. But it’s definitely gone on too long. This is a show that should…

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Created by: Alyssa Milano
Writers: Jackson Lanzing & Collin Kelly
Artist: Marcus To
Publisher: Archaia Black Label

Previously: HACKTIVIST #2

We open in Tunisia, were Ed has escaped to. He’s gone there to join the revolution that he and Nate helped start (as we saw back in issue #1. He meets with a local woman named Sirine, who takes him to meet with the leader of the local rebels, a professor…

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This is a false debate. If I pay my employee and she then buys groceries, I am not buying her groceries for her. I don’t get to go through her groceries and decide whether or not I approve of what she’s buying. I am paying the salary that she has earned. The same applies to…





The whole world has been against her. She’s become more of a punch line than a celebrity. Instead of celebrating with Lindsay about the small victories as you should with any type of addict (my step father was an alcoholic for 10 years) people have joked about how she can’t do it. I would cry too if someone finally told me to celebrate after spending so long being a joke.

We should never joke at the expense of an someone’s addiction, mental illness, or struggle. 


I have said over and over and over that people welcomed back Robert Downy Junior with open arms. People think Charlie Sheen is insane but he can be an addict and beat women and people give him a TV show. Lindsay Lohan was a kid whose parents put their own needs before hers, and yet she’s a convenient punchline over and over and over.

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Joel Osteen’s church theft opens can of worms: Jaws drop as folks do the math

Joel Osteen recently reported the theft of $600,000 from the safe in his church, but the theft wasn’t the only information of interest revealed. After finding out that this large chunk of money was from just one weekend of Osteen’s collected church donations, jaws dropped around the nation. According to News Max on…

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WRITER: Geoffrey Thorne
ARTIST: Jason Johnson
COLORIST: Milen Parvanov & Sai Studios
LETTERER: Deron Bennett
EDITOR: Shannon Eric Denton

Previously: Knight Rider #5

Sometimes I can’t believe I’m actually buying (& enjoying) a comic-book based on Knight Rider. I don’t think anyone other than Geoffrey Thorne could have gotten me to do that (well, maybe Alan Moore). Things pick up a bit this issue,…

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This is a topic that I’ve meant to write about many times, but always put it off because I wasn’t sure I could write it without offending people. But you know what, to heck with it. If you get offended by anything that I’m about to say then you (yes, YOU) are part of the problem.

I really, and I mean REALLY hate this particular “fashion trend”. Walking around with your pants hanging down,…

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"You’e weak! And I’ve outgrown you."

My brother called me yesterday with a stunning revelation he’d had about this scene: intentional or not, this is a perfect commentary on the superhero genre of today, and about one of its greatest weaknesses.

He’s calling Mr. Incredible weak here because the man refused to do one thing—and that was to kill someone. And because he sees him as being unable to kill, he sees him as weak—and childish. “I’ve outgrown you.” Now he is in the realm of “mature” superheroes, where Superman has to snap a man’s neck and Catwoman has to shoot Bane, where the purity of a woman forged by clay is unrelatable and marriage is nonconducive to an interesting story. His is a world where superheroes die to make villains seem impressive, a world where a dark and gritty realism is more important than a fun and adventurous fantasy. 

In the end of this movie, though, the Omnidroid isn’t beaten by Mr. Incredible finding Syndrome and beating an explanation out of him to stop the robot; they solve it through brainwork, audacity, and a fun and creative action sequence. Syndrome dies in the end, yes, but that’s primarily because he keeps trying to push his view, and ends up destroying himself.

But this is Syndrome being Zack Snyder or Frank Miller, and believing that the fun adventures of yesteryear are childish fantasies that need to be left behind: ours is a world where to relate to a superhero, we have to see that superhero be unable to accomplish his task completely, where he has to settle and accept a compromise in order to preserve the greater good. We can’t admire them for being able to do what we cannot—we have to grow up and see that they’re just like us, they’re nothing special. Not really. And that is what true maturity is. A truly mature Avatar would kill the Firelord, a truly mature Superman would have no choice but to fight in the middle of a city, and video games need to be about cover-based shooting and military combat in the real world. With quick-time-events!

And of course, that’s all complete bullcrap, and the sooner that mentality gets sucked into a jet engine, the happier I’ll be. 

Yes, YES, absolutely. I love the philosophy behind this movie in celebrating the light, warm, wholesome side of superheroism.

And I love how well Syndrome represents basically ‘toxic nerd culture’. When he can’t see superheroes as people he relates to any more, he regresses and sees them as playthings instead. He acts like these real people are action figures for him to do with as he pleases, as visually demonstrated by the scenes where he holds people in zero-point stasis and moves them about, frozen in stationary action poses.

He refuses to accept any perspective but his own. He talks about the superheroes like they’re comic book characters to him - like when he finds out Mr Incredible and Elastigirl got married, or in the interrogation scenes where he seems to be critiquing the ‘new’ Mr Incredible and berating him for having let him down. He talks about it like it’s a character reboot he doesn’t agree with. Plus his whole mantra of providing (selling) superpowers to everybody, so nobody will be ‘special’ any more, entirely designed to take away the specialness of what he coveted and couldn’t have, just as many guys entrenched in nerd culture refuse to let anyone else share it and act like it’s a secret club only for them.

Syndrome represents arrested fanboy development in which he refused to grow up. He carries this resentment from childhood all because his favourite hero actually had other things to do with his life than to cater to him. Mature people have responsibilities, actual jobs, they age and have families of their own, that’s what mature means and it’s what Mr and Mrs Incredible stand for, and everything that Syndrome echews in favour of being somebody’s ‘arch-nemesis’. He still thinks that maturity is dark, brooding, sexy (I mean the person he picked as the front for his scheme, not him), and about how much collateral damage you can cause. But he’s just a manchild living out a comic book dream, creating his own fictional life story (his robot is designed to be impervious to superpowers and stage a disaster that only he can defuse, thus saving the day - the whole thing is playing pretend and endangering thousands of people’s lives). Kids like to play at being heroes and stopping disasters, but because he refused to grow out of any of this, he acquired the means to do it for real and became a murderer in the process. All because he couldn’t accept that he was, essentially, wrong. By refusing to believe that his childlike hero-worship was over the top, he buckled down into it and continued to play pretend as a child would. Another aspect of maturity is natural change and Syndrome rejects it just as Mr Incredible and all the other supers accepted their reprimand (by having to go undercover and live as normal people) and adapted to it even though they didn’t want to.

My favourite line in the whole film is when Bob threatens him and Syndrome shrugs it off saying, “Nah, that’s a little dark for you,” because he’s all at once criticising Mr Incredible’s ‘character’, evaluating a real person in front of him as though he has him pegged on a morality chart, and you know he could back it up with some creepy nerd facts like “In 1964 you said the same thing to Lord Heatwave and you were totally bluffing”, as though Bob is predictable, unchanging, completely fictional to him, AND he’s being dismissive of Bob’s personal life, he thinks Mr Incredible’s gone soft, weak, become a family man, because he thinks his former hero needs to be cool and gritty and running away from explosions, not an actual person with depth and goals and feelings - which is, of course, why we as an audience like Mr Incredible and his whole family, thereby proving Syndrome and the Dark Gritty Reboot culture wrong simply by having watched and enjoyed the movie they were in.


Greg Rucka offered similar insight when asked what DC higher ups have against Lois Lane and his reply is just perfect.

"There are too many traits to list, but I’ll toss the immediate ones that come to mind - her courage, her integrity, her smarts, her ethics (when she’s written with them, which seems to happen less and less), her heart, and the fact that she can take a punch as well as deliver one. 

As to the second part, I think they don’t get her, because I think they don’t get Superman. There’s a need to “gritty” everything, to wash out the idealism of iconic characters and replace it with what I’ve heard some writers call “realism” or “making them relatable.” This, in turn, comes from the belief that Superman cannot possibly be Superman - the argument that no one who had his power, his ability, would ever be so noble, nor so idealistic, nor so altruistic. It’s a fundamentally cynical approach to the character, and I believe one that absolutely and unequivocally misses the point. It’s an approach that ignores Clark.

Thus, if you believe in a Superman who sees no connection to humanity, who views himself as an eternal outsider and instead of striving to BE human, instead isolates himself further, then you end up with a Superman who has no interest in Lois Lane.”

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with making superheroes relatable or compelling. They idea behind them is already compelling, at least to me and I think there are great superhero comics that strike a very nice balance between fantasy and reality. I like to think that if a writer is talented enough, they can make any superhero compelling and worth reading without having to compromise the core of the character and still able to maintain the fantasy surrounding them, but by making superheros all about "grit" and "realism", it completely misses the point of what the superhero genre is all about and why it was created in the first place.

If you can’t make a superhero like Superman compelling while he’s still able to save the day and without him having killing someone and without having to make it "dark" and "gritty" and "real" because you think readers will be turned off by how heroic and noble he is, then that’s your fault as a writer, not the character’s. You don’t need to compromise your characters just because some people don’t find them "believable".

THIS THIS THIS SO MUCH! I was just ranting about this on twitter earlier (praising Steven Universe’s upbeat, sweet and optimistic characters) i guess this is why movies like Thor feel like such a breath of fresh air. Reclaim the noble, good natured, fun superhero, this brooding shit is getting tiring. 

Ah, but first, we need our dark and brooding Zorro reboot! Not to mention our Man of Steel sequel (with BATMAN now), and the Wonder Woman films set in the exact same universe—not to mention the inevitable srs bsns of the Justice League movies. *inhales deeply* Ah , the delicious scent of stale themes. YUM.

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I was just flipping channels and came across an old episode of the sitcom GIRLFRIENDS. In this episode, the male character meets a woman somewhere and becomes infatuated with her. So he follows her. He hangs out a bus stop that he knows she uses and tries to talk to her, even though she clearly and unequivocally rejects him. But of course that doesn’t stop him. He gets one of his female friends…

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