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Make Mine Marvel, Malapropist: Fewer Winks, More Man-Thing – pt. 2

September 27, 2010

In which my friend (and EPA co-writer) Nathan and I continue our discussion of Marvel comics in 2010.

The Red Hulk

Greg: Interesting that you mention both the Red Hulk and the DC-ification of Marvel. I’ll reserve judgment about Red Hulk joining the Avengers till I have a sense of how [Brian Michael] Bendis writes the character. The addition of a morally ambiguous element to the team could make for a more entertaining dynamic, provided Red Hulk doesn’t suddenly start speaking in the same tone as everyone else in that book. But let’s take a step back: do we need a Red Hulk at all? Or for that matter, Skaar, son of the Hulk, or the like three She-Hulks that occasionally appear in Hulk books?

Maybe this sort of brand dilution–the move from one Hulk, to two (the first She-Hulk), to the Hulk family of today–was inevitable. If not for the Hulk, then perhaps for the more popular Wolverine, who now also has a son, Daken, and a female clone, X-23. I don’t know if you read Mark Waid‘s run on The Flash growing up, but in the ’90s, Waid got a lot of mileage (pun intended) out of surrounding the main Flash, Wally West, with a variety of other characters who had speed-based powers, such as Jay Garrick, Flash of the 1940s. This worked because for one thing, it felt like a naturally function of one Flash or another having been around, in print, for more than fifty years. The extended Flash family of Waid’s run was also relatively unique for its time. Sure, DC also had a Superboy and Supergirl to complement Superman (and I’m sure you could think of plenty more examples), but never before had a writer put together a cross-generational supporting cast, most of them variations on a core concept, quite like Waid did. (more…)

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Make Mine Marvel, Malapropist: Marvel’s SIEGE and Beyond – pt. 3

May 16, 2010

I asked my friend (and EPA-co-writer) Nathan to join me for a discussion about Marvel’s latest event comic, Siege, and the state of Marveldom in 2010.

PART ONE
PART TWO

Greg: Even with my carefully-controlled expectations, I thought the final issue of Marvel’s Siege was a letdown. By the time Siege #4 starts, Captain America, Thor and company have effectively shut down Norman Osborn’s attack on the kingdom of Asgard and exposed Osborn as the villain he has always been. Events throughout Marvel’s line of comics have been building toward Osborn’s downfall for months now, and he has been oppressing the superhero community for the last year or so. By the end of Siege #3, he’s appropriately been reduced to a state of impotent rage. (Points for the scene in #4 where he hits Captain America on the head with a rock and tries to sneak off.) But because Osborn was the only thing keeping the all-powerful Sentry from going off the deep end, the Avengers now have the Sentry’s evil alter-ego the Void. And this is where [writer Brian Michael] Bendis and [artist Olivier] Copiel lost me. (more…)

Make Mine Marvel, Malapropist: Marvel’s SIEGE and Beyond

May 5, 2010

I asked my friend (and EPA-co-writer) Nathan to join me for a discussion about Marvel’s latest event comic, Siege, and the state of Marveldom in 2010. What follows is best read with at least a cursory knowledge of the terms Civil War, Superhuman Registration Act, Secret Invasion, Dark Reign, and the Heroic Age.

Nathan: Thanks for letting me in on this as-far-as-I-known-untitled ongoing dialogue regarding Siege and what it means for the future of Marvel Comics. I thought that before we get into the meat of the conversation, we could do a little bit of prognosticatin’. Siege #4 doesn’t hit the stands until a week from now, which by event book standards isn’t that unbearable of a wait, but it’s still long enough so that Marvel’s next tentpole project, “The Heroic Age,” is starting to overlap, scheduling-wise, with the Siege tie-ins.

I’ve made a habit of trying to predict what happens at the end of Marvel’s big crossovers, and with Siege it will be no different. Back in the days of Civil War, I boldly declared that Tony Stark would die destroying malfunctioning Thor clone, which would simultaneously redeem him as a character and facilitate a premature end to the Superhuman Registration Act. I was, of course, completely wrong about that. Before Secret Invasion ended, I made a series of further conjectures, including: that the Wasp would die; that Ms. Marvel would also die; that the Skrulls would be revealed to have been colluding with Norman Osborn, who they would set up as their puppet leader; and that all the remaining heroes would be replaced and jailed for a good year or so. I was a bit more accurate that time, but not quite. (more…)