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Astonisher #10

Friday, September 14th, 2018

Priest has been behind the scenes on the Catalyst universe from the beginning, but he’s finally picked up the reins on one of the regular books, Astonisher.  #10, his first issue, is now on shelves.  I haven’t read any previous issues, but someone who has confirms my feeling that this is basically, “What if Elon Musk were Nightmask?”  (New Universe reference for you fellow older readers.)

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Deathstroke vs. Batman “postgame” discussion

Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

Came back from class to see a bunch of posts on the Neal Adams v. Priest post about Deathstroke #35, so I’m just gonna open up a thread for that.  Keep in mind, Priest is still busy as far as I know, and as of posting this (noon my time on September 5) I’m still several hours away from picking up my comics, so I can’t even speculate about the issue yet.

Priest has been busy….

Monday, September 3rd, 2018

Priest meets Neal Adams at Terrificon

Priest has been hitting the convention circuit this summer, including Terrificon where a gruff police captain told him he’d crossed the line once too often, but he knew he was a week from retirement and didn’t have to put up with that any…wait, no, that’s Neal Adams.

(Photo taken by Kupperberg.)

Slade And Terra

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

Sorry (Again) to have been gone so long and thank you Dave for checking in.

I’m a little puzzled by the many “Slade is a pedophile” comments. Mostly because they feel accusatory toward me, as if Slade and Terra’s relationship was my idea or my doing.

Terra 1

I’m sure (or at least hoping) you are aware that Slade and Terra’s relationship was established 30 years before I got here. The relationship was the centerpiece and gut punch of the Teen Titans’ most famous and revered story arc, The Judas Contract. But I’m sure most visitors to this blog already know that, so maybe I’m missing the point.

Ignoring or rounding the edges off of that seminal story felt disingenuous. I wasn’t happy about it at all. If anything, I’d have made a much tougher statement. All Rebirth Deathstroke did was kiss her, and he wasn’t happy about doing that. SHE came on to HIM and he threw her out of his hotel room (#27, magnificently rendered by Diogenes Neves and Jason Paz– wow, maybe my favorite issue of Dio’s run, he gave tremendous emotional depth and complexity to Terra in a story designed to make us understand why she is the little witch that she is).

I’m a little lost about all of the pedophile comments and accusations. Slade is certainly _not_a pedophile or a child sexual predator. He IS, however, a villain. I’m constantly having to remind people, some of whom work at DC, that Slade is a *villain.* He’s a bad, bad man who does terrible things. But few fans seem all that concerned when Slade slaughters a dozen black soldiers (#6) but the sheer volume of protest over his killing a dog continues to resonate.

Terra 2Accusing me of something, even obliquely, because we revisited Deathstroke and Terra’s history, which was important to do in terms of defining her character and why she hates him so much, just seems oddly unfair. Slade is not a pedophile or even a (more diagnostically accurate) Ephebophile. He had no sexual interest whatsoever in Terra or any other youth.

He is, however, an incredible bastard who does shocking and heinous things, like killing a dog right in front of its master. Faulting me for Slade being an evil jerk is wrong and inaccurate as well, but I’ll take it.

Or am I missing the point?

Panther: First Look (No Spoilers)

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

Well, my date and I got stuck in LA traffic and almost missed it. But that story is for another time.

For African American audiences, Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther will be a transformative experience. We have simply never seen anything at all like this: a huge blockbuster featuring a mostly-black cast with effects rivaling Avatar and where every dime of that budget is up there on the screen along with a powerful story that transcends the usual hype to actually achieve the impossible– entertain audiences of all ages.

Yes, in the name of God, bring the kids. I saw no moments in Black Panther that embarrassed me either as a grandpa or a minister. A little rough language here and there, but an efficient, crisp plot that just dances along a disciplined two-hour running length and a cast overflowing with brightly realized individual characters. You don’t sit there struggling to remember who is who, and there is no generic Central Casting dialogue to be found, here. The movie neither insults our intelligence by over-explaining or dumbing-down, nor does it lord it over us with technobabble. It is exhilarating fun. It feels like a block party and, hey, you’re invited. Parts of it are almost as much fun as Thor: Ragnarok, and, special bonus, this film has an actual plot.

There are at least four audiences for this film: Black Panther comic book fans, general comic book fans, African American general audiences and general audiences. This film offers high octane entertainment to all of these groups, but it will be the African American general audiences–who neither know nor care who I am–who will struggle the hardest to make it through the first act of this film without tearing up. The film’s glorious fairy tale of a highly advanced African civilization is enough to drop even the most cynical among us to our knees. A love letter to African Americans, the first half hour of this film had me wiping away tears at the sheer beauty of a people–my people–brought to glorious and amazing life in ways I never could on a static comic book page. Here, Black Panther finally had a soundtrack, and it is the soundtrack of my ancestors, my homeland. It was emotionally overwhelming and something I’d not quite prepared myself for. (more…)