Name: Mike Haseloff
Bio: Regularly musing, reviewing, and talking all things comics at Secret Wars on Infinite Earths, while also working slowly on several projects as Nite Lite Theatre, including the already released first issue of The Kirby Martin Inquest currently on sale.An all round life long comics enthusiast with a great passion for the medium!
These annoyances and stunts once came from an interesting growth in a serialized medium, but evolved into [often] pointless cyclical interruptions to creativity.
Comics have a long and storied history -- that's cool! That should be a selling point! The corporate owned characters that drive the biggest machines are always going to be around, destined to a bare minimum of change, and saddled with this long history. Why fight it? That's kinda cool! That's potential consumer reassurance rarely seen in these uncertain times!
When's the last time a major stunt pulled something positive off that couldn't have just been done by doing it? Where's the savvy? Most parties seem to agree the merits for these stunts aren't often creatively motivated -- but does the attention grab last? Are occasional spikes a business model that's keeping the industry bouyant, or just teaching a new generation bad habits? Grinning acceptance of stupid stunts and a pattern disregard for good serialized storytelling seems to be the legacy of Gen Y's readers.
Maybe if everyone stopped desperately pretending to be well adjusted we could finally accept the nature of the medium and end the cycle of pointless stunts. Comics should be the home of an enlightened mastery of the on-going form that has almost no equivalent! Not an industry that thrives on burning the fossil fuel of its lush past!
Maybe some bitching and moaning is exactly what we need!
Love the 'Spirits of Venom' vibe this thing has with the motley crew of street bound characters, and the fact that there's a bit of life on the Marvel Universe streets again, but execution is lacking. Bit disappointing.
I'm pretty sure Bruce Wayne action figures sell okay.
That's right. Soak it up.
Just to clarify -- are the Showcase shorts exclusive to the two-disc version?
I'm sure it'll outrage Americans to know their Region 4 counterparts are yet to receive a two-disc version of any DC animated film. Along with Vol.2 of the Batman TV set and beyond. Crikey!
@stuclach Sad to say you're not alone. I liked the notion of the first appearances, that Lex Luthor is dialed up to eleven by the orange ring. Love pursuing those Blackest Night threads, but the script gave Luthor the voice of a very, very mediocre genius stuck in a clunky series of exchanges.