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Superbluerockman

Subj: Batman was handled better - Final Crisis spoilers
Posted: Sat Jul 04, 2009 at 03:10:03 pm EDT (Viewed 348 times)
Reply Subj: DC and Marvel are why comics will never get any respect!
Posted: Fri Jul 03, 2009 at 09:18:17 am EDT (Viewed 434 times)

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Originally posted on the Cap America board and reposted here to stimulate some discussion.

I don't know how to put it any other way. Comics are on the same cultural rung(if not lower) than TV soap operas. You know what you think when you think of a TV soap-opera fan. Addicted fans (usually women) who swoon at mindless, inane, cliched plots. In fact, you could probably substitute any comic book plot (minus the sci-fi aspect) and you would be hard pressed to find a difference. A long lost brother turns up. Someone we all thought dead, was hiding out "somewhere else". Someone we thought was a good guy, was actually a bad guy. And on and on. The bottom line is soap operas are not given much artistic credibility. Neither are comics.

Only several months ago, Joe Q went on TV to pimp how Cap was killed. Now we know, it was all a lie. Of course we knew back then too. We knew they wouldn't kill a "cash cow"....not that Cap was much of a cash cow...til he got relieved of his position. Now we have a new Cap and he's proving to be a popular chap...but he'll be relieved of his status so we can bring back "the one and only". This is one step forward, two steps back. DC is doing the same thing...and therefore contributing to the problem. (Hal Jordan, Barry Allen, Carter Hall, etc. etc.)

The bottom line for me is, I feel like I have outgrown this medium. It's designed for children. Who else but kids can say "do over" and get away with it? Please forgive me. I am not trying to insult the fans...I am taking aim at the "creators" who fashion themselves quite brilliant creatively yet can't seem to create anything new. They can only repackage and redress and redesign...and then pimp it like its the greatest idea since Spiderman.

What's the answer? I don't know. But I do know that until we leave the mindset of "anything is possible" (even returning from death)which means, there are no real stakes, then there will be no credibility given to this artform. It will simply be seen as a male version (sorry ladies) of the TV soap opera.

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At least Bruce Wayne isn't really dead. His friends think he is, but the readers know for a fact he isn't. That's a good way to handle the situation, since even if Bruce Wayne's body was eaten by piranhas and we saw the skeleton, we readers would believe he somehow would return. The way it's being handled in the current story line, our intelligence isn't being insulted.



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