Saturday, December 30, 2006
2006: The Top Ten in BAD
Without further ado, I want to address the BAD. This includes comics, events, and disasters. Let’s get ugly, shall we?
10. Bruce Jones on Nightwing and Deadman: Of all the One Year Later titles, Nightwing disappointed me the most. The only thing I didn’t hate is the art. Making Dick a mindless stud and aping the bad in Jason Todd to the point he was more hated then a Seahawks fan at a New England game just further diluted my enjoyment. Yikes. Deadman was another disaster for me- a Vertigo book that showed no cohesiveness and imagination. I hated every minute of both books and dropped Deadman like a bad habit. If not for Marv Wolfman taking over Nightwing, that book would have gone the way of the do-do for me as well.
9. Extreme Lateness on All Star Batman and Robin: Not only was this book hard to follow, but it also seemed to disappear before the readers could make sense of it. In an interview over at Newsarama, artist Jim Lee came clean about his lack of follow through, proving that those involved in the business side should stay out of the artistic portion of the program. Cough. Quesada. Cough.
8. Strangers in Paradise Ending: Not only am I disappointed that Strangers in Paradise is ending; I am also saddened at how rushed and non-emotional the issues leading up to the end have been. My idol Terry Moore’s heart isn’t in it anymore. At least I have the memories.
7. Only ONE issue of Liberty Meadows this year: Paging the marvelous Frank Cho! I know you are busy working at Marvel, but I miss Brandy and Frank. I cry at the thought of no Oscar or Dean. It shatters me that one of my favorite titles isn’t there anymore. Please Frank, bring it back!
6. Deaths of Noted Creators: This has been a tough year in that we lost great creators that were so seminal and original. Without a doubt, they are irreplaceable. Rest in Peace Dave Cockrum, Frank Burnley, and Mart Nodell. Our thoughts and prayers are with your families.
5. Wizard Magazine: Between the horrible nightmare of the year-end awards and the slobbering fanboy mentality of said creation, I can’t stand reading Wizard. It used to be the bible of the industry for news and entertainment. Now it is a parody of it’s former self. Maybe some of the personnel changes will put it back on track, but for now it is just plain sad.
4. Bad vibes about harassment and feminism on the internet: I have never seen fans so divided as I have witnessed this year on the internet. The women in blogging are pissed as hell and they aren’t going to take it anymore. The men in blogging are a bit frightened and confused. It doesn’t make for much cohesiveness. Women in the industry have come forward with sad tales that have garnered both sympathy and ridicule. That age old battle of the sexes is alive and well here in the computer age and doesn’t appear to be leaving anytime soon.
3. Civil War: You knew I wasn’t going to leave this off, didn’t you? The nightmare that is Marvel’s hyped event of the year is still going strong into 2007. From changing characters into murky shells of their former selves to chronic lateness and random excuses, Civil War is the most talked about event other then sexism. I am sure Marvel loves the publicity, but for me it is just painful. Tripe dressed up in a pretty package is still tripe.
2. Chronic Lateness of Wonder Woman: Between trying to start a letter writing campaign to guessing when the books will finally come out, I have just about given up on seeing another issue of a book that I should be thrilled about. Wonder Woman has been my favorite female character since I was 6, and I still love her dearly. She is a role model of strength and beauty to me, and that will never change. Not being able to read about her and enjoy a book has really been a suckfest of major proportions.
1. Diamond Comics screwing my local retailer over: Over the last few months, I have been at my wits end trying to make just one stop a week to my local comic book retailer. Unfortunately it hasn’t been easy. Diamond is a monopoly that doesn’t care about the “end user” or their customers. It has been a hard lesson to learn, and one that has left me cold. If not for the support and comments made by my friends here on the blogosphere, I probably would have given up on comics all together. I am praying for a turnaround of service and quality, but I am not holding my breath.