Friday, June 29, 2012

O-Bane-ma-care and the Individual Bat-Mandate

Please come to order.  Comical-Musings is now in session.  The honorable blogger Hal presiding.

Here at Comical-Musings we strive to keep you up to date in the comics world as well as in the real-world.  The Dark Knight Rises is one of the most anticipated movies of the summer, and it looks like the themes of social justice and the distribution of wealth will influence the plot.

"There's a storm coming Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches. Because when it hits, you'll wonder how you ever lived so large and left so little for the rest of us."
So, with the Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act, we wondered what would Batman think of universal healthcare? 
The answer to that question may not be as obvious as it seems.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Batman Minus Batman

Batman: Streets of Gotham #1
    I recently finished the Batman: Streets of Gotham series. Scott invited me to check them out while I was researching my pick for villain week, Victor Zsasz. Written by Paul Dini (of Batman: The Animated Series fame, as well as many other notable shows), the series ran for 21 issues from 2009 to 2011. It tells the story of Gotham not from the perspective of Batman, but instead narrated by auxiliary characters, and this is what makes things interesting.

     Batman is everywhere in Batman: Streets of Gotham (it is his town, after all), however you see him flit in and out of stories much in the same way the Streets of Gotham prominent characters typically appear and disappear in other Batman series. Everyone reacts to his presence, and it makes the Bat feel larger than life. Criminals get chills, heroes are a little in awe, but then Batman continues on out of frame while the story continues.

    I was told that Batman: Streets of Gotham was not received well and this is what led to its eventual cancellation. Comic Book Resources apparently pronounced with issue #3: “At this point, I think it's safe to say that “Batman: Streets of Gotham” isn't going to be that different of an approach to a Bat-title than any of the others.” I found that prediction to be a bit inaccurate (probably because it was made too soon into the series). Storylines like The Broker and The Carpenter paint an interesting picture of the structure supporting the chaos created by Gotham’s villains (who knew there was so much to the economy of evil hideouts). The “Leviathan” 2-part storyline involving Huntress and Man-Bat was very creative and has a nice twist at the end (Spoiler alert: you’ll be surprised!). And I especially liked the Two-Face story arc, where Batman is almost completely absent (isn’t two faces enough?).

Most... uncomfortable... train ride... ever.

    Whatever the reason for its demise, Batman: Streets of Gotham takes an interesting approach to looking at the world of Batman. In a way it reminds me of “Garfield Minus Garfield,” wherein the absence of Batman makes the world and the stories seem that much darker (and there’s no Garfield). Gotham feels gritty, calloused, and at times numb. A surreal moment occurs in #13 when one of Two-Face’s henchmen assaults a police officer on a subway train full of people. The passengers, unflinching, are admonished by the henchman for their lack of response: “Place is dark, man. Half of these people don’t even turn their heads at a cop getting’ choked out. Ain’t no hope for this place.” To this Two-face remarks, “These men and women have seen worse… this is Gotham.” (There's a "This is Sparta!" joke in there somewhere.) And herein lies the value of the Batman: Streets of Gotham series, you are experiencing Gotham, and Gotham is an interesting place.

    This isn’t a perfect series. Because it is interacting with events occurring in the Batman universe, sometimes a person is captured, unmasked, or reappears without explanation, leaving the reader confused (unless you are reading other series as well). I also felt, at times, that the writing became a bit of an anchor for certain story arcs, being too wordy for what it was trying to communicate. In the end, however, Batman: Streets of Gotham is a novel foray into the street life of Gotham and shows fun and interesting perspectives of the Batman universe.

~ Jim Tenkins ~


Letter from The Editor:  If you want to jump in and check out Batman: Streets of Gotham, you can purchase the 
first couple of trade paperbacks at Instocktrades.com for under $15.00 a piece.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

I'm Ready to Move to Earth 2

It was a bold move for DC Comics to name one of their new comic titles after a cancelled NBC sci-fi series, but they clearly believe this alternate reality is worth the risk.  And despite a complete lack of alien reptile-monkeys, I believe their gambit has paid off so far.

Welcome back to Comical-Musings, unless you're new.  In which case, I'm Hal, and I've been closely following DC's new series Earth 2.  This blog initially became interested when DC caused a stir by changing the sexual orientation of the original Green Lantern.  Upon reading the first two issues I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the series is actually interesting, and Alan Scott's orientation is a non-issue.  The more I hear about what might be in store for DC's favorite parallel world, the more excited I am for the next issue.  CAUTION: This post contains spoilers.  Our aim here at Comical-Musings is to inspire interest in printed comics, not to ruin the surprise.  So far only two issues of Earth 2 have been published, so there's not that much reading to catch-up on.


Reader Romance From Ben

    Big congrats to Ben, who won our Thor Contest.  We were serious with prize support and so Ben now owns some HULK HANDS!  We hope that he uses them to punch everyone that he knows who did not enter the contest.  He gave us some love on Facebook:


Stay tuned for more contests as our blog continues...also, when you see them, enter them.  You might win something cool like HULK HANDS.  Or maybe the right to pick our next Top 5?  Who knows.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Azzarello Puts The Waynes on Ice

    Good day and welcome to Comical-Musings.  We are glad to have your readership and hope that you share our regularly updated content with all of those who'd care about it and some that might not.  We just finished The Week of Villainy and all of our Writer's Blok writers are just a little tired from churning out many great articles.  Thus, it falls to me to crank something out for you before the month concludes and I was lucky to have found something to read that I would be compelled to write up.  Today's offering is  Flashpoint: Batman - Knight of Vengeance.  This series takes shocking twists and turns and if you have not read it and wish to participate by taking in the story, DO NOT READ THIS REVIEW.  If you only have casual interest and wish to be a spectator, GO FOR IT.


Saturday, June 23, 2012

Made of Wood

I agree with Jim, the scariest villains are often the ones you don’t see coming.  Audacious, bombastic miscreants might occasionally commit super-crimes which cause widespread suffering and mass destruction.  But their grandiose plans are often foiled, and their shtick serves as a constant reminder that they are fiction.  Furthermore, supervillains often focus their attacks on superheroes, and the primary threat they pose to the average person is from collateral damage.  Supervillains rarely mingle with the common folk.  The Penguin is a terrible man, but as a crime boss he is separated from the general populace by his network of henchmen and underlings.  The Red Skull is Hitler-level evil, but like Hitler, his depravity influences and controls society more often than it interacts directly with it. 

Ouch! Is that spruce?!
The truly terrifying villains are the ones that could actually exist, the ones you might otherwise overlook.  That’s what is unsettling about Jean Loring; she’s just a normal woman until she murders her friend.  This is the type of villain that really makes you nervous, the one you could meet on any given day without even realizing it.  They could be the person behind you in the grocery line, the person in the elevator with you, or the owner of a little shop you pass by on your way to work.  This brings me to the subject of today’s post.

Welcome (back) to Comical-Musings Week of Villainy.  Recently I have been reading-up on some of the back story of Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern, who is now being re-introduced in DC’s current Earth 2 series.  As I was perusing his rogues’ gallery, I came across a particularly disturbing villain known as the “Made of Wood” Killer.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Enemy Of The State

    I tend to prefer comics that read like a book (perhaps because… I love books), so when I was
unexpectedly presented with this comic about Wolverine, I was a bit taken aback. The only things I knew about Wolverine were from the X-Men movies, and therefore somewhat debatable. But, having been reassured that this was excellent, I sat down to read it…. and didn’t move for the next 90 minutes.



Thursday, June 21, 2012

An Intimate Portrait of Mr. Zsasz

Ah, villains.

    When it comes to villains, the ones that I love most are the villains that really horrify me. I find guys with gimmicks silly. Really, you’re committing crimes as a venue for sharing riddles? Come on, Pinterest already. A good villain is someone whose only agenda is to cause suffering. Those villains both intrigue and unsettle me. The Joker (from the Batman series) is sometimes portrayed in this way. Carnage (from the Spider-Man series), that symbiote suit wearing spin-off, is another great example.

    In fact, I almost wrote this article about Cletus Kassidy, aka Carnage. The Maximum Carnage storyline is a personal favorite of mine, and not only does the story possess a murderous supervillain so vile that its progenitor (Venom) sets aside long held hatred to team up with Spidey, but Carnage’s endgame (other than, you know, just killing people) is to turn a city on itself through the magic of sonic superpowers (still not sure how that works) and have people kill people while he kills people (Yo dawg, I heard you like murdering, so I put murdering in your murdering, so you could murder while you murder). Note From The Editor: Nicely Done.


Batman: Knightfall

    I think that what appeals to me about these kinds of villains (and now I’m really starting to sound creepy) is that my horror is often shared by the heroes in the story as well. This brings us to Victor Zsasz. I first stumbled across Victor Zsasz in the Knightfall storyline (Batman #493). There, Zsasz has taken over an all-girls boarding school in a classic horror movie scenario, and holds the girls at knife point. The story had some truly wonderful, dark artwork, especially the cover by Kelley Jones, and it left such an impression that I remember it vividly 10 years later. In the Knightfall story arc, Zsasz serves as part of a lead up to the mental and physical breakdown that Batman will eventually experience (if you don’t remember, the 90’s were all about DC superheroes dying). I didn’t know it at the time, but Zsasz’s backstory was explained in Batman Chronicles #3. When I read Knightfall he seemed to just come out of nowhere as darkness made into flesh, and that worked for him. Even though I now know he lost a fortune, had an existential crisis, and decided to “free” people from the meaninglessness of life, I still like to think of him as a context-less, murderous psychopath.

Batman: Cacophony

    I’ve not loved every choice that writers and artists have made involving Zsasz. In Detective Comics #816 artist Cliff Chiang gives him a bit of a skinhead look, and in the Streets of Gotham series he is dressed in Armani (come on now). Those looks detract from the beautiful simplicity of Victor Zsasz, living horror. On the flip-side, not every later contribution has been to my dislike; some have really rounded out the character nicely. I would specifically mention Kevin Smith’s Batman: Cacophony, where all of Zsasz’s words run together to reflect how quickly his thoughts move. In Paul Dini’s Streets of Gotham of series, it shows the world briefly through Zsasz’s eyes, juxtaposing a deadpan face against frames of people strewn about with knives sticking out of them (really, really unsettling stuff).
    If we’re to believe Batman: Cacophony, Zsasz is the villain Batman hates fighting the most. In the Streets of Gotham series, Robin is so disgusted by Zsasz’s murdering of kids that he almost decides to kill Zsasz himself. See, it’s not just me that’s horrified, it’s the heroes too. So, that’s my submission for villain week. Some people like funny. Some people like gimmicky. I like the guy that makes my skin crawl and causes me to pray that there is no real life equivalent. Maybe something is wrong with me.

~ Jim Tenkins ~

Note From The Editor:  If you would like to purchase the Knightfall story in trade paperback, you can start with part 1 for only $11.99 at Instocktrades.com.  If you are more interested in Silent Bob's take on Zsasz, grab Cacophony for in hardcover edition for only $11.99 as well.  If you prefer your Zsasz to wear Armani coats, Streets Of Gotham: Leviathan can be yours for only $11.99 at Instocktrades.com too.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Is Anyone Irredeemable?

    Welcome to Comical-Musings! In my first post, I chose to review the theme of redemption as it applies to one of the central figures in mystery writer Brad Meltzer’s Identity Crisis. This miniseries was a critical AND commercial favorite, and it’s easy to see why. If you haven’t yet read the comics, go do that. Fair warning-this review contains major spoilers!

The cover to Issue #1
 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Red Skull: Incarnate

     Whenever somebody asked me what my favorite color was, I would, at first, scoff at the question because I never quite understood how anyone could prefer a color over another color. Then, I would answer with black because I, even as a wee lad, understood the psychological implications of answering that particular question. Black is mysterious, and like most teenage boys, I wanted to appear mysterious so that girls would find me endearing. I start with this anecdote partly because I the psychological implications of the color red at play in Greg Pak's Red Skull mini-series and partly because I'm still trying to convince the ladies of my mysterious, brooding nature.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Penguin: Pain and Prejudice

    Welcome to the Week of Villainy at Comical-Musings!  This week we will highlight stories with villains both sympathetic and vile.  It's all in for the Writer's Blok and you may see reviews from some writers that you haven't seen material from in awhile.  It should be a good time.  I am a Napoleonic leader and am happy to be the first to jump into the fray with my review of "Penguin: Pain and Prejudice."


Welcome To The Week Of Villainy!

    It's going to get a little darker around Comical-Musings this week as we attempt to review and learn about what makes villains tick.  We will be rolling out a group of reviews on various series that prominently feature villains in our "Week of Villainy," launching today!  These dastardly characters get their day as we celebrate what makes someone truly evil or possibly misunderstood.  Check back around noon every day this week for content from one of our Writer's Blok writers.  You will see content about villains who's evil takes wings.  You will see the true leader of everyone's favorite bad guys to hate.  You will see a post that attempts to dive into the conscience of someone that you may not have thought had one.  You will see a man who's depravity forces him to kill with indifference.  So, join in the fun and post it to your Facebook or Twitter and keep the conversations going and the community growing.  Ya'll be good.  Or...you know, don't.


~ Scott Deaux ~

Friday, June 15, 2012

Contest Results: The Viking has Landed

Well, we’ve crossed the rainbow bridge into the realm of 100 views on our contest, and a champion has emerged into the sweet Valhalla of winning a trivia contest on a blog about comic books.  The task was to identify which one of the following statements is false:

Thor’s helmet, “Lufthelmen”, grants the power of flight to anyone wearing it.  The wings on the sides don’t actually flap, but it is only capable of flying in an atmosphere: “Where ever winged creature doth fly…”
Thor is able to fly using a combination of his hammer, “Mjölnir”, and a poor understanding of physics.  Basically he uses his super-strength to throw Mjölnir, then he holds on to its strap and it pulls him to his destination.
Thor has at his disposal a chariot pulled by two flying goats capable of interplanetary travel.  Doesn’t everybody?

The Not-So Secret Avengers

    When Scott first contacted the Blok about a comic so bad that it gave him pause, his statements gave me pause. For those of you who read the blog regularly, you know that our fearless leader, Deaux, does not often hate comics. He is someone who manages to find good in most everything he reads, so I knew right away that I was in for a deliciously awful treat with Secret Avengers 13. As someone who has seen The Room more times than I care to admit publically, I consider myself somewhat of a connoisseur of bad media, which is why I feel qualified to address you today, gentle reader.
Note: Actual Cover, not a Playstation One game

    Secret Avengers takes place after Norman Osborne’s  “Dark Reign” is brought to an end and follows Captain America as he now leads a black ops incarnation of the Avengers known as the Secret Avengers because creativity is obviously not his strong suit (no word yet on when Call of Duty: Black Ops III: Secret Avengers will be released but with Whedon’s recent success, it should be any day now). Of course, Cap assembles the best Avengers he can find for this crack team. That’s right this team features … Iron Man! Not quite, but we do get War Machine.  Okay, okay, how about the Hulk? Seeing as how he doesn’t function very well in a stealthy environment, Banner does not make an appearance, but we do have The Beast … so win? How about Thor? Surely, he can calm the lightning a bit and be a Secret Avenger, right? Nope, but Valkyrie is present! Moon Knight, Sharon Carter, Prince of Orphans, Black Widow, and Ant-Man round out the team. You’ll remember Moon Knight as being crazy, Black Widow as being the hot one, and the Ant-Man persona as not being interesting when he’s not involved in spousal abuse.  Note from editor: It's a different person in the Ant-Man costume, but that sentence was too funny to remove.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Interviews With The Industry: Brian Delaney

    Hello, and welcome to our second installment of the monthly "Interviews With The Industry" series.   This monthly post seeks to get you a different look at the people who make comic books work through interviewing some of it's most interesting people.  This month's offering is our very first creator.  He has created two web based comic series at silversparrowcomics.com and is one of the nicest presenters on the con floor.  Today, we are talking craft and passion with Brian Delaney.

Brian's daughter's rendition of  him
Brian is a Web Comic Writer/Artist.

A New Addition To The Writer's Blok

    Good morning and thank you for reading Comical-Musings on this momentous Thursday.  Today, I am excited to announce a new writer to enter The Writer's Blok!  Jim Tenkins is a longtime reader of Comical-Musings and we are making all of his beautiful dreams come true by adding him into the collaborative mix.  Jim is a well spoken individual with deep roots in the DC Comics of 1990.  He is hungry to learn and devour new comic book experiences and we are glad to have him with us.  His first post will drop during our Week Of Villainy, next Monday.  Jim Tenkins, to you I say "WELCOME."

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

When One Earth Just Isn’t Enough

    It’s a beautiful day in the multiverse.  Welcome back to Comical-Musings, where we give you glimpses into the world of comics in hopes that you’ll investigate and grow to love them as much as we do.  This is Hal, the resident time-technician for the Writer’s Blok.  Today we’re looking at DC’s Earth 2.  Caution: this blog contains spoilers, but I’ll give you a proximity warning when spoiling is imminent.

    Back in September 2011 DC rebooted all of their story-lines.  This served multiple purposes, but one of the most important was that it allowed them to wipe out decades of convoluted, inter-dimensional comic history and inconsistent back stories.  A persistent problem for DC, and any major publishing house, has been maintaining a consistent universe in which the stories take place.  Comic writers have stretched themselves farther than Plastic Man, performing feats of allegorical gymnastics designed to explain details that seem to conflict with the flow of the generally accepted continuity.  One of DC’s favorite techniques is to declare, “Oh, that happened in another dimension.”  This implies the existence of multiple copies of the same comic universe, each containing familiar characters having their own adventures.  This can begin to get confusing for readers (and writers), and problems arise when these characters start to cross dimensions and meet each other.  If maintaining consistent continuity in one universe was difficult, creating more universes doesn’t really solve the problem.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Two Truths and a Lie: Thor Will Meet Us In The Air…

By Odin’s Beard!  We’re trying something new here at Comical-Musings.  It’s an actual reader contest where you can actually enter and actually win something.  You’ve probably heard of the game “Two Truths and a Lie.”  It works like this; we will make three statements (numbered below).  Two are factual and one is pure bologna.  It’s your job to determine which one is false.

To be honest, I (Hal) have never been that interested in the Marvel character Thor, but I do enjoy Norse mythology.  And Thor has experienced a surge in popularity recently, especially since rescuing Snow White from Æon Flux.  So, this initial reader-interaction experiment is dedicated to the Aryan Avenger.  It should be fairly easy for fans of the Thunder God.  We’re talking about mainstream Marvel Universe Thor; not Ultimate Thor, not movie Thor, not Frog-Thor etc.  If you’re well versed in comic lore, I challenge you to try to answer from memory rather than consulting any digital founts of knowledge. 
Of course I can fly; I wear a cape!

Thor can fly.  That makes sense; thunder comes out of the sky.  But how does he do so?  Two of the statements below describe mechanisms that allow Thor to fly.  One is not true.  You tell us which one.

  1. Thor’s helmet, “Lufthelmen”, grants the power of flight to anyone wearing it.  The wings on the sides don’t actually flap, but it is only capable of flying in an atmosphere: “Where ever winged creature doth fly…”
  2. Thor is able to fly using a combination of his hammer, “Mjölnir”, and a poor understanding of physics.  Basically he uses his super-strength to throw Mjölnir, then he holds on to its strap and it pulls him to his destination.
  3. Thor has at his disposal a chariot pulled by two flying goats capable of interplanetary travel.  Doesn’t everybody?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Tick Turns 100 And Meets Invincible

    Happy Tuesday to all.  I am happy to review something today that I feel is clever, well-done, and un-abashedly funny.  The Tick is a character that I have a long standing history with.  I watched the cartoon shows casually as a child then more devotedly as a teenager when they would air late at night on Comedy Central.  The complete immersion into The Tick came to me when I purchased a book at Barnes and Noble called "The Tick: Mighty Blue Justice."  This encyclopedia on all things Tick explained and re-introduced jokes that had gone over my head at a younger age.  As an older person, I was able to draw obvious parallels between mainstream characters and The Tick's offbeat cast.  It was eye-opening, but sadly would not last.  On my way to college, I lost a decent amount of my innocence and opted for the inane fart and wiener jokes that Kevin Smith had to offer.  The Tick fell by the wayside and when I dove into comics headfirst in college, the Tick was an afterthought.  I'm happy to tell you that I have found that same appreciation again thanks to a little magic.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Grim Leaper

These days I am pretty sure that Image is my favorite comic book publisher. This month they gave me yet another new book that I really, really like! Grim Leaper is a twisted, dark, funny, and visceral love story (maybe) written by Kurtis J. Wiebe, who apparently has the best timing in the world when it comes to writing a book like this. There's really nothing to compare this one to as the concept is, as far as I can tell, pretty darn original. We are introduced to Lou Collins, though not by name yet, at a funeral which turns out to be his own. Wiebe gives us a little nod to Wedding Crashers and by having Lou try to pick up a chick at his own funeral, then walks him out of the funeral and decapitates him on page 7! What a way to start a comic.

Long story short Lou gets killed pretty much every day only to wake up in a new and different body belonging to someone else in his hometown. This poor slob has no idea why or how this is happening, he doesn't know what happens to the people he takes over. There's no rhyme or reason and to be honest it's pretty bleak but somehow Wiebe manages to insert a snarky humor in to the narrative that really makes this a choice book. I can't believe that I am going to say this but Wiebe manages to take a fairly gory and dark book and makes it fun! I was amused from the point I figured out what was going on until the end of the book. Oh yeah and for good measure Weibe tosses in a love interest in the final pages. What's not to love?

Aluisio Santos is the one responsible for the smirks and gouting blood and does a marvelous job of it. Choosing a style that isn't really all that dark and almost feels cartoon-ish, Santos carries this book in the quirky fun vibe that Wiebe creates in the dialogue. This pairing, Wiebe and Santos, really works well for this book. I wasn't aware you could make a grisly depressing story in to a whimsical read but somehow that's what these guys do. I almost felt like I was reading a John Hughes story if Hughes had written his quintessential films as a team effort with Quentin Tarantino. In short I loved it. If you like your love stories with a little bit of gore on the side then you should add this four issue mini-series to your pull list immediately!

~ Romeo sid Vicious ~

Sunday, June 3, 2012

America's Got Powers

When I first heard the concept for this book I immediately thought "This is going to be Battle Royale/Hunger Games with super heroes" and I wasn't thinking that in a complimentary manner. I have to admit that the first two issues have changed my mind. Don't get me wrong this is a comic about teenagers forced in to a bloodsport and fighting for their lives for the amusement of the audience. It is a theme that has been done before and likely will be again. The theme isn't new at all but that doesn't mean that this take isn't and therein lies the rub...

When I picked up this book I had no idea that Jonathon Ross was the same Jonathan Ross that I have enjoyed watching on various British TV shows, most notably Penn & Teller: Fool Us. It turns out that Ross has always been a huge comic book fan and this isn't his first effort. Ross cut his teeth on Turf, illustrated by Tommy Lee Edwards and produced by Image. I haven't read Turf yet but based on this book I think I am going to have to pick it up.

America's Got Powers, as I said, is the story of a group of teenagers who had superpowers manifest mysteriously and have been rounded up and are being forced to compete against one another in an arena. While the title suggests a reality show with eliminations that's not really what's happening. It's much more along the lines of the novels I mentioned earlier. All the elements are there: the public's appetite for violence, an evil corporation in cahoots with the government but what makes this story is the personalities involved. So far it has revolved around a character who is in the compound with the other teens but appears to have no powers at all. Strange things happen when his brother is killed during one of the events and the story takes off from there. I can't say a lot more without giving massive spoilers but suffice it to say that Ross took this theme, ran with, and has given us a very enjoyable book.

Now I haven't mentioned the art yet because I wanted to make sure I gave Bryan Hitch's efforts the attention they deserve. The art in this book is amazing! It is one of the best illustrated comics I have seen in a long time. His mastery of the comic format really brings Ross's story together. The action scenes jump off the page at you and the details are painstakingly drawn. Hitch is no minimalist and he really appears to put his heart in to this book. Even if Ross's story wasn't as strong as it is I would probably still be reading this just for the art. I honestly haven't read any of Hitch's other work, like The Ultimates, and I think I really should. Ross's story would have been great with a good artist but Hitch really takes it to another level. (If you have any Hitch reccomensations send them my way.)

If I haven't convinced you to pick this one up yet then consider it's a double length book for the price of a single length. You get twice the amazing art, twice the story all for the same cost as a normal book. Trust me, you won't be disappointed. This is 6 issue run and we are two issues in. If aren't already reading this then it's time for you to catch up. I personally cannot wait for the third installment.

~ Romeo Sid Vicious ~

Friday, June 1, 2012

It Gets Better for Alan Scott

If I described a man who wears a red blouse, a flowing purple cape, and a mask; a man who found a lamp made from a meteor and promptly turned it into a fashion accessory; a man who is powerless against wood;  you might ask:  “What, is he some kind of gay superhero from the 40’s?”  You would be correct.

In a move designed to make casual comic book readers everywhere say “Uh…who?” DC announced on June 1st that Alan Scott will undergo sexual-orientation reassignment surgery in the name of progressive inclusiveness.  In late May DC Comics Co-Publisher Dan DiDio announced that one of the DC universe’s iconic characters would be reintroduced as gay in a comic to be released in June.  But after keeping his secret for 72 years, they apparently didn’t want to make Alan Scott wait one day more and identified him as the gay character almost a week before he will out himself in print in issue #2 of the New52 series Earth 2 set to be released on June 6.

The character Alan Scott was created in 1940 as the original hero to bear the name Green Lantern.  While the identity and back-story of the Green Lanterns has evolved over the years, Alan Scott has persisted and become an elder statesman of the DC universe, as well as a key member of the Justice Society of America.  But the New52 Alan Scott isn’t your grandfather’s original Green Lantern.  He has been re-imagined as a younger incarnation, so all of the character’s previous history, including his two kids, does not apply.  The Earth 2 series also takes place in an alternate dimension where Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman have all apparently been killed.  I’m a little disappointed that they re-introduced Alan Scott as a young character.  I think an elderly homosexual man would have really been ground-breaking, and I was looking forward to seeing him reminisce about his encounters with J. Edgar Hoover.

What's Cooking at Comical-Musings

    Hey guys, just checking in briefly to tell our regular readers what to expect this month.  We already have a good deal of content planned and in the works for you so make sure that you bookmark our page or subscribe to the RSS Feed.  The cobwebs from our four month break have been shaken off finally and The Writer's Blok is writing as a team again.


Hopefully you have seen Hal's newest post on Moon Knight, as it is insightful and does a masterful job of highlighting one of my favorite series in the last two years.  Hal will also be weighing in on the results of our DC Superhero Gay Witch Hunt shortly.  The outed character has a special place in his heart, so you won't want to miss his thoughts on the situation.

In case you missed it, we added Shiera Carter's writing talent to the Writer's Blok and I think you will be surprised by her take on the subject of her first post.

We will be rolling out a group of reviews on various series that prominently feature villains in our "Week of Villainy," launching mid-month.  These dastardly characters get their day as we celebrate what makes someone truly evil or possibly misunderstood.

The second post in the "Interviews With The Industry" series will no doubt provide with the unique perspective of the comic creator.  A lot of people liked our first post, so keep an eye out for this to drop at the end of the month.

As always, keep reading, sharing the link on your wall, and commenting as much as you feel inclined to and we will continue to serve.  Thank you for being a part of our group creative outlet.  We hope that you are as excited to read our posts this month as we are to make them.  Thanks and be blessed.

~ Scott Deaux ~

Top 5 Avengers That Could Have Ruined The Movie

    Welcome to Comical-Musings and this month's Top 5 list. The Avengers has taken in about $1,305,807,202 so far and has rocketed it's cast to even more fame than they possessed before the film came out (you're welcome Mark Ruffalo).  The film is destined to do well when it is no longer in theaters and The Avengers 2 will, no doubt, be a similar success.  One thing that I thought about after watching the film is that there are many, many Avengers that weren't featured.  Some of them would have been cool on screen, but some of them could have easily ruined the movie with how goofy or dated they were.  That leads me to the "Top 5 Avengers That Could Have Ruined The Movie."  I brought Hal along, since he is so chatty lately.