Name: Becka Cunningham
Somebody asked why I/we hate Jeph Loeb. This is a question I love to answer.
Do I hate Jeph Loeb?
Hate is a strong word, but yes of course I do hate Jeph Loeb. I wouldn't be here talking to you right now if I didn't hate Jeph Loeb at least a little. If not a lot. The reason is Jeph Loeb is somewhat like the big brother I never had. He walks around and thoughtlessly smashes all the things that I love. But unlike the big brother I never had, he offers me absolutely nothing in return.
Here are the worlds wrecked so far.
DC comics: Batman/Superman. (And not so much Batman/Superman that he wrecked, but the other things he wrecked through it.
1. His Batman/Superman run trashed and weakened Lady Shiva, and therefore Batgirl, who had been the first to defeat her. It had been established in the Batgirl run that Batgirl was a better martial artist than Batman. She wasn't better at other things or most things but she was better at fighting. Loeb re-established that this was not the case, and perhaps that women can't fight at all, by having Batman easily KO Lady Shiva in barely a panel. This contributes to a general trend of Loeb's to show women heroes one might think to be as strong as a man, being outshined by men. It's sexist, pure and simple. And women and girls who read these comics will be made to feel worse, whether the sexism is intentional or not.
2. More Batman/Superman. DC comics had Lex Luthor steal the election at the same time that George W. Bush had done so. A terrifying commentary on what our new president has become. What did Loeb do? He had Lex Luthor go crazy put on power armor and charge Batman and Superman, fighting them and being beaten, so that he was no longer president, and the DC universe became that much less interesting and relevant. After that I stopped reading Batman/Superman, but I'm sure there's more to complain about.
3. The Black Panther has never been portrayed as more powerful than we see today. There has actually been a lot of backlash from white readers against how awesome the character has become by comparison to many of the white heroes they love. Jeph Loeb saw fit to join there cause, by creating a much smaller weaker side-kick-ish Black Panther for the Ultimates Universe. So this white dude decides he needs to write up stories on the ultimate black character and make him smaller. This is in itself racist, inarguably. I ain't saying he's Hitler, but there is covert perhaps even subconcious racism going on here, and this comic takes a black symbol, and a black hero, and belittles him. It hurts my spiritual world.
4. I started reading comics again in the first place mainly thanks to the Ultimate-verse. Ultimate Spiderman, Ultimate X-men, and than the Ultimates when it came out. Ultimates 3 and Ultimatum I knew were a mistake to hand to a less talented dude like Loeb (by comparison to the other authors,) but I never imagined he would think to do anything this over the top stupid. The Ultimate-verse was my favorite comic book set, and now I have to give up on it entirely. Characters are eating each other. The world seems to be being drowned in a metaphor for Jeph Loeb's piss. The female characters are falling apart particularly easy, and dying more horribly and pathetically than the male characters. It's too much. I loved that place, and now it is just trash.
And that's actually it. The four main reasons I hate Jeph Loeb. From here on out, you will see me trash/crush every element of all that Jeph Loeb does. But please know that I am not mad about all of it. Jeph Loeb can feel free to be a simple fellow full of wisecracks and no wisdom, and he can feel free to draw up action oriented over the top plots, that are basically stupid disguised as intellectual. I don't mind all that stuff. I find it kind of adorable, but he has pushed me too far on THESE fronts, and so I must pick him to bits, and it begins today. And it will be easy.