Posts Tagged ‘marvel comics’

So, here we are. Avengers vs. X-Men has been released and its safe to say fans are excited about the possibilities.  Now trust me, there will be no spoilers here. No no no…this is not a spoiler. This is wishful thinking. When Schism was released not to long ago, I’m sure there were more than a few fans that hoped or figured that that would’ve been a great time for Logan to finally end Cyclops with a glorious and bloody SNIKT.  But nay…Scott Summers still graces the pages of multiple Marvel books and for some inexplicable reason he continues to carry on with the same condescending douchebaggery that has kept him around for so long. Far too long. Well folks.  This is it.  Now is the perfect time for Cyclops to die. No, not ‘die’…but DIE.  As in, “cease to exist”.  Too often are superhero deaths an easy answer for a revamp but this should be the final curtain for the X-Men’s annoying leader.

What are you shooting at??? Jackass...

So, some of you may be looking for examples as to why such vitriol is pointed towards Slim.  I would love nothing more than to put every little nuance of Summers up here, but there are far too many.  Feel free to disagree, but if you’ve read any X-book since the 90s, you understand exactly what I’m talking about.

If only his claws were out...

Let’s just take a minute and think about the deaths in comics over the years.  The biggest and the most popular have “died” at some point.  Superman, Batman, Captain America, Spider-Man (Ultimate, I know I would’ve caught hell if I let that slide), Green Lantern, Thor…can I stop now???  Anyway, my point is that these heroes have “died” and resurrected to (for the most part) better and fresher storylines.  Its safe to say that Cyclops can just go away.  He has had his time in the spotlight, and he won’t be missed by many.  I do find it hard to believe that he has fans, but to each his/her own.

Now…for the fun part.  How should he kick the bucket?  Who should end his reign?

Actually, Scott Summers is a clone of my real father...who is much cooler. I swear.

My first choice is Cable.  This whole thing started because of his return, and his goals are never fully fleshed out.  I don’t think there’s any better way to see Scott go down other than with a cybernetic fist through the chest.  I know, some of you will say, “but, if Nathan kills Scott then Nathan won’t exist”.  To that I say…seriously??? We all know there are loopholes that some of the most creative writers can finagle, and as long as Scott’s death occurs “after” Nathan’s birth in the timeline, everything will be hunky-dory.

SNIKT

Second pick would be Wolverine.  Come on now…how long has this been coming?  Time after time, Logan has thought about how or when to end Cyke’s life and found some repressed sense of honor that keeps him from finishing the job.  Out of all the asshats Wolverine has murdered you would think he wouldn’t have a second thought about six adamantium blades through the sternum.

Third is, in my opinion, the most hilarious.  Just pretend Steve Rogers and Cyclops are in a heated battle, going blow for blow, sweating and bleeding for their respective causes.  Now, picture Cyclops in some magical way gets the upper hand on Captain and is about to end the war.  Cyclops says something stupid like, “You lose, Captain.” and then DEADPOOL comes from off panel and separates Cyclops from the rest of Scott Summers.  Dear God…I would enjoy it.  The least likely option…but I wanted everyone to enjoy that.

Another interesting option would be Jean Grey.  I believe there is talk of the Phoenix Force making a comeback.  If that is the case, maybe Jean snaps, or the Phoenix “tells” her to rid the world of the menace that is her former husband.  Possible…keep your fingers crossed.

Lastly, lets just see Thor obliterate that ruby visor with Mjolnir.  One swing, and the eye blasts come to an end.

As far as I can tell, the death of Cyclops would come “accidentally”.  We all know that murder is frowned upon with the heavy hitters that’s why I’ve given my opinions above.  Clearly, Wolverine has blood dripping of his claws, and Cable is always willing to do what is necessary for everyone involved and obviously this is for all of us.  As for a death coming at the hands of any Avenger, I really can’t see it.  Does Stark have it in him?  Captain wouldn’t take out someone he respects.  Storm?  Perhaps Hawkeye puts an arrow between the eye?  Then again Red Hulk could definitely handle the job.

It's like Marvel read my mind.

What we do know is that death in comics is also a business move.  Look at the roster involved and you have to realize that someone MUST die.  Its a very poor move to kill Wolverine, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Cap…they’ve either all been done or would affect so many titles, Marvel would go broke.  But guess who wouldn’t affect anything and still resonate as a meaningful???  How did you guess?  Yes.  Scott Summers must die, and he must die now.

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Alright, so it’s pretty obvious that women & comics are becoming quite the hot topic lately.  Maybe, it’s from the DC relaunch and the Didio outburst that started the fire, but it has definitely come to a head.  It’s kind of like Fox News bashing the president (Sorry Republican’s, it’s not a dig at you, ok it is, but moving on).  Nevertheless, I’ve been dying to say some things about women in and around comics for quite some time now and love having a place to do so.  Ready???

Yes, this might be you...

First on the docket is women who are fans.  Until I joined Twitter about four or five months ago (albeit I had an account for over a year) I never knew just how avid women were about comics.  And to be honest, it’s awesome.  It’s just not common knowledge that women are interested in, let alone passionate, about comics.  I found that the first few people I started to follow were hardcore comic fans in dcwomenkicknass, girlsreadcomics, ladiesmakecomix, thenerdybird, and so many more.  It’s fair to say that Gail Simone has quite the following of rabid female followers (I mean rabid in a good way, just relax).  So, yes, I was awestruck to see this many females interested in what was believed to be a primarily male pastime.  However, this revelation is great.  I personally haven’t seen many women in my local comic shop (besides the occasional significant other brought along for the ride), but at the same time, I would be thrilled if women fans came in.  Now it is funny that I’ve heard about how women get treated in these establishments, not all but some, as if they have cooties or don’t know anything about comics.

What would you really say to a badass, green chick???

This is very funny to me.  I mean let’s think about it.  There are some male fanboys that are a little sheltered and confused when it comes to women.  Thus, when a woman comes in and starts to talk passionately about her comics a (how should I put this?) living-in-the-basement-with-his-parents geek has no clue how to interact.  It’s sad and I can’t think of a way to fix these conversationally-challenged individuals but they exist and they give other fanboys a bad name.  That’s not fair ladies.  We don’t all believe you have no place in comics, you are just intimidating.  We assume it’s our place to hang out and be dorks without women putting us in our place, but we’re men and that’s how we think.  Personally, I’ve had great discussions (notice I didn’t say debates or arguments) with women via Twitter and the like.  Most of the time, those discussions stay calm and mature, while some conversations with guys just go all wrong.  It just blows my mind that it looks as if men don’t want women around.  That’s ridiculous and we need to embrace females in and around comics.

I understand your thinking fellas...but still just a drawing.

Hmm...does this make sense?

On to issue number two: female costumes.  Dear lord, PUT SOME CLOTHES ON THOSE WOMEN!!!  I can hear the nuns and the feminist movements cringe when they see the ridiculousness that is women’s costumes in comics.  They are hilarious aren’t they?  I mean come on…have any of you actually looked at Witchblade?  If it wasn’t for that little trinket, Sara Pezzini would be fighting crime in her birthday suit.  Which, as a male I don’t mind, but it’s just not practical (Oh, no the male just said he likes naked women.  I’m terribly sorry).  Which brings me to my next point; practicality.  Emma Frost, Wonder Woman (non-pants), the new-and-improved Harley Quinn, Power Girl, well basically every female has been drawn absurdly at some point in time.  And why?  For male fans to drool over?  Look, I like the ladies as much as the next guy, but really?  Drawn pictures of women?  I don’t get it, with the abundance of, um, other forms of entertainment; no grown man is looking at comics to get his jollies.  And if you’re reading this and thinking, “This guy is an idiot, these ladies are hot!”  Well you’re also the same guy that thinks he’d have a chance with Ariel sans the tail.  Went off on a tangent there but only to show that this doesn’t make any sense.

Scandal doesn't take kindly to people starin' at her goodies.

See??? I'm not entirely crazy...

Scandal Savage of the Secret Six, seen her?  Yeah, she’s a badass but wears attire that makes sense.  Her boobs aren’t flailing about as if the wrong move will poke out her eye, nor can I see her heiny when she jumps around.  Ms. Marvel is another example.  Sure she’s been drawn over-qualified for a job at Hooter’s, but otherwise its boots and a leotard.  She-Hulk even makes some sense.  And Catwoman, she is all about being feminine without showing off the goods.  I’m just saying it should make SENSE!  Emma Frost wouldn’t have to move a muscle to get a man to do her bidding wearing her usual getup.  We drool, we listen, and Emma wins.  I know guys are foaming at the mouth that I’m an idiot or have no idea what I’m talking about, but that’s ok.  I just wanted women to see how I see this situation and I’m sure some other men feel the same way.

I don't think anyone is learning when you're dressed like...well...you get it.

What the? Daredevil, why is he? Oh...I get it now.

In the end, not many costumes make sense.  Even male costumes are confusing.  Why the hell is Daredevil flying around in the tightest red leather he could find?  What kind of gangster is going to be terrified of that?  I know its fantasy and I get that, but I like it when things are at least explained.  You know what else this does?  It creates negative reinforcement for impressionable girls.  My good Twitter-friend Michelle Lloyd said as much in a blog she did on women in comics.  “Women drawn with tight abs, perky breasts and even perkier nipples – provocative, stimulating, stunning.”  If that doesn’t say it all I don’t know what will.  We’ve all seen them.  And if you haven’t I don’t know what comics you’re reading.

Oh God, now the pants debate.  This is insane.  I am fully aware that Wonder Woman has spent most of her professional career in what can only be described as old lady swim trunks, but seriously?  This is not practical.  Personally, I thought the pants looked good.  The jacket may be a little much, but what is the big deal with the pants?  She’s a warrior princess in modern times, how can she fight evil half-nekkid?  I just couldn’t believe the outcry after DC announced the changes in uniforms.  This could be another topic, but basically I’m putting it in the practical costume category.

Pants or no Pants??? That is, well...the debate apparently.

For now, this is where I believe women in comics are at.  They are looked upon as frightening and opinionated and no man likes to battle with a woman about his hobbies.  We (men) have to get past this or we’re doomed to enjoy comics in our “all-male” bubbles we’ve created to keep the cooties out.  Screw that, cooties are treatable so let’s move on.  Nevertheless, talk to a woman that has the same interests as you and you might find out they know a lot more than you think.  And a final note.  If you are looking at comics for adult entertainment, it might be time to get out of the basement.

This is not ok...NOT OK