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Watching the River Flow for WizardWorld Chicago

What’s the matter with me,
I don’t have much to say,
Daylight sneakin’ through the window
And I’m still in this all-night cafe.
Walkin’ to and fro beneath the moon
Out to where the trucks are rollin’ slow,
To sit down on this bank of sand
And watch the river flow.

This is for all the various rambling thoughts that I have about WizardWorld Chicago that I do not think deserve their own full entry to discuss. There will undoubtably be some spoilers ahead, so beware! Otherwise, enjoy!

For the record, I’m basing all my reactions off of the news articles I’ve read from Comic Book Resources. Check them out for more info!

  • Peter Gross is now going to be drawing Testament? That is a nice pickup.

  • Is there really not a good Swamp Thing pitch out there? Seems so hard to believe.
  • Having a future issue of Action Comics be in 3-D is a great idea.
  • So, the Spirit ongoing series is still a go? I trust Darwyn Cooke implicitly, so I assume it’ll be good…but man, I really sorta would like to see Cooke do something totally original (then again, presuming he has a lot of creative freedom, maybe his Spirit WILL be totally original!).
  • Put me down as one of those readers who is irked at the idea of killing off Pa Kent (who I think, along with Ma Kent, is one of the best ideas Byrne had for his revamp), especially in the sense that it really appears as though his death is an off-handed “snowball idea” by Brad Meltzer. LAME!
  • Oh, and the whole “tormenting Ralph Dibny” thing? How lame is THAT?
  • While not the most original joke in the world, Kevin Smith’s bit about what Brian Singer’s revelation of what happened after the scene in Superman II where Superman had no powers? Quite funny (and accurate).
  • Jason Aaron has a new series involving an Indian reservation cited, as a partial influence, Ian Frazier’s On the Rez. Therefore, Scalped needs to be taken a look at, as anyone who is influence by Ian Frazier can’t be wholly bad!
  • Joe Quesada on the Spidey marriage:
    “I’m not crazy about it,” Quesada admitted. “Everybody wants to write a single Peter Parker … but I will not divorce Peter Parker … if we do that, and it gets into the media that Peter Parker got divorced, first of all most people who hear it won’t know that he was married, and then they’ll say ‘How can Marvel do this? How can they let Peter Parker get divorced?’

    Fair enough. But then he specifically has a no comment on whether Mary Jane would be killed. Wouldn’t “Spider-Man’s a widower?!? How can Marvel do this? have the same likelihood as the divorce one?

  • Certainly not a big deal, but why are Marvel’s Young Guns basically all, well, not young? If your big comic book break came in a year beginning with 199, then you aren’t a Young Gun!
  • Isn’t it a bit late for an Emperor Joker TPB? And 2007 would just be insanely too late.
  • I really like Leinil Yu’s art. But I worry about him as a “regular” artist. I think he’s better used on finite projects.
  • Grant Morrison’s Marvel Boy will be returning? I bet it will be handled super well!
  • Okay, that was sarcasm, so sue me!
  • I am pleased that we’re actually going to see the Illuminati DOING things now.
  • Pablo Raimondi’s return to X-Factor is great news.
  • Marc Sumerak is a very good writer.
  • Hey, is Raimondi going to keep stupid big-wolf-head Rahne?
  • That’s all for now, folks!



    August 6, 2006 at 4:18 am

    I really wish people would stop wanting Mary Jane to die or divorce Peter.

    I think she’s a great character.

    Then again, so was Sue Dibny.

    It’s amazing how little is left of the post-Crisis Superman. Luthor is back to being a mad scientist recognized by everyone as a criminal, the endless parade of extra Krypton survivors keeps trickling in, the deliciously creepy Byrne Krypton has been re-retconned away, etc. They even upped Superman’s powers back to crazy territory with Busiek’s first arc.

    I think the only major reboot idea left is the notion that Clark Kent isn’t a loser, which is harder to undo because the guy’s married to Lois now. None of the post-Crisis ideas seem any worse to me than the pre-Crisis and Silver Age ideas that keep coming back from the dead to replace them, and a few of them definitely struck me as improvements. All of this seems more a function of nostalgia than a function of good storytelling per se. I suppose I don’t mind losing the Byrne stuff so much, since they got a few good years out of that setup, but I am pretty irritated at the thought of constantly recycling the past just to make aging fanboys feel nostalgic. For god’s sake, I’d like to see someone try something NEW here.

    Well, Marvel’s “Young Guns” are maybe about as “young” as the fans, koff! 25 to 40! wheeze! Anyway, haven’t you been watching the news? 40 is the new 18 or something, apparently.

    “# While not the most original joke in the world, Kevin Smith’s bit about what Brian Singer’s revelation of what happened after the scene in Superman II where Superman had no powers? Quite funny (and accurate).”

    Please do indulge us.

    Please do indulge us.

    SPOILERS for Superman Returns!

    Okay, so in Superman II, after he loses his powers so he can be with Lois, they have sex. But later in the movie, he is forced to go back to being Superman, and realizes he can’t just be with Lois, so he gives her a memory-erasing kiss.

    In Superman Returns, we learn the result of that night of sex – Lois became pregnant.

    The thing is, since Superman erased her memory, when she realizes that her child is most likely Superman’s kid, this, according to Smith, should likely dramatically freak her out. “Did I have sex with Superman? When did I have sex with Superman? Wouldn’t I remember having sex with Superman?”

    It’s fairly creepy when you think about it (Smith goes even further and says that Lois should rightfully consider whether she’d been raped).

    I was with Kevin Smith until the “rape” comment. That’s just dumb. She consented to the sex. He didn’t force the super-sperm on her or use false pretenses. There are ethical issues for sure with the “mindwipe” for sure, but rape isn’t one of them.

    Oops, sorry about the two “for sures” above.

    How many of Justice League of America #0’s storylines will come to pass?
    Giffen: “(sigh) I don’t care.”

    Keith Giffen is always right. (This could be a Delcarative Rabbit thing!)

    Ah, ok. Thank you o’ allknowing one. Fairly obvious, but I can imagine it would be funny in the hand of Kevin Smith.

    But his point, T, is that, since she doesn’t REMEMBER it, how does she know she DID consent?

    That’s why he said she would consider being raped.

    moose n squirrel

    August 6, 2006 at 9:57 am

    Yeah, from Lois’s perspective there’s this sort of fuzzy period she can’t quite remember, and then she ends up pregnant with a kid who turns out to have superpowers. So she has to wonder whether Supes slipped a Kryptonian roofie in her drink or something.

    Ah, gotcha. I didn’t see the movie, I thought Smith meant she found out the circumstances behind the sex. You’re saying she just found out it happened, but not the particulars.

    I really don’t get why a single Peter Parker is inherently better, or remotely different, from a married one. They’re only going to eventually put him back together with Mary Jane, anyway.

    Then again, they’ve done everything possible to completely destroy the character’s concept. So what the hell, eh?

    That I can recall, Peter Gross said he is, and has been since the book started, the breakdown artist on “Testament,” not the penciler.

    I loved Marvel Boy, but I have absolutely zero confidence that current Marvel will use him well. Any word on who’s working on the project?

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