Thursday, July 01, 2004

More Piss & Vinegar

Yesterday on his Bad Signal list, the busy Ellis talked about the free comics he received this week from DC. Some gems:

The DC Big Box O'Shite turned up last night, and I read some of it. Robin is now a girl and Batman is looking at her arse. Really. He is. The paedophilication of American
culture proceeds apace.

I also read something called IDENTITY CRISIS, written by the American novelist Brad Meltzer. Possible spelling error there, sorry. I can't decide if it's almost obsessively generic or as richly writerly as Alan Moore's first takes on mainstream DC superheroics. He works hard to humanise these characters, and you admire his determination to give them literary weight, but at the end of the day it's The Revenge Of The Elongated Man. And I can't help but wonder if it's the same misguided brilliance that leads people to fashion a perfect 3-D representation of the Last Supper out of butter.

I think CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN was in the box, but after reading MIGHTY LOVE, I think I've been touched by Uncle Howard in my bad place one time too often.

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