“Every culture—and every religion —has its mythic heroes”: Here’s a long-ish story about some superhero thing ABC had on last night’s special edition of 20/20. There are a wide variety of folks quoted in the piece, from screenwriter David Koepp to writer-about-religion Elaine Pagels, but they manage to spell Spider-Man wrong in every single instance, which makes me question the seriousness of the piece, because I am a snob.
Before a Stingray movie, but after a Devil Dinosaur movie: “Will We Ever See A Captain Britain Movie?”
“The pants aren’t skin tight but they aren’t baggy either”: As David just posted, Mike Sampson at Joblo.com has apparently seen Captain America’s movie costume, and has described it at great detail, if you’re interested. I think they’re making a mistake by not making the pants skin tight. I think the tighter they make Chris Evans pants, the more tickets they’ll sell.
Is Gilmore Girls going to be Drawn and Quarterly’ s Buffy?: No, no it will not. But if I t were, it might look like this.
Do you find the Marvel Universe’s decades worth of complicated continuity a turn-off?: Don’t worry! Bully explains it all in one simple post.
Has no one ever made some version of this joke before?: Because this is the first time I can remember hearing it, and it made me laugh.
Coming next from the most-talked about comics writer of the day: Aghast reviews of Justice League: The Rise of Arsenal keep rolling in! Says Savage Critic Abhay Khosla, who touches on it in the midst of reviewing a bunch of comics and, um, whatever else Khosla felt like writing a few funny paragraphs about:
I “enjoyed” it quite a bit, even if only in quotation marks. Obviously, if I bought it, it “succeeded” — it created an accident on the side of the road so horrific that I craned my neck to look at it. And you know: well done. I will now remember JT Krul’s name, and if you believe that obscurity is an author’s true enemy, well done to him, too.
Comics Alliance’s Chris Sims, whom it should be noted, collects Tarot: The Witch of the Black Rose and Archie comics and annotates Marvel’s Anita Blake comics, had this to say in his lengthy takedown:
It’s tempting to just leave it at that, because really, there’s not much you can add to “Green Arrow’s sidekick does heroin because he can’t get a boner” that would make it sound worse than it already is. But there are problems in this story that run far deeper than what’s on the surface.
And at his 4thletter.net blog, David Brothers started working on a post to point out that heroin is not, in actually, the potent hallucinogenic that Rise of Arsenal #3 would have readers believe it is, but ultimately decided the comic was so pointless he couldn’t muster the interest in pointing out how wrong it got everything.
In other news, Rise of Arsenal writer J.T. Krul has just been named as the new regular writer for DC’s troubled Teen Titans title. Terrible move by DC…or brilliant move? After all, the blogosphere has been buzzing with Krul’s name for about a week now and there’s no such thing as bad publicity…is there?