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Comic Critics #156!

Here is the latest installment of the Comic Critics strip, courtesy of Sean Whitmore (writer) and Brandon Hanvey (artist)! You can check out the first hundred and fifty-five strips at the archive here and you can read more about Sean and Brandon at the Comic Critics blog.


Let us know what you think, either here or at the ComicCritics blog!


Silly dinosaurs. You can’t analyze comics. You’re extinct.

Extra primo good, sirs!

The real problem with Superman comics is that Superman is a horrible underachiever and the real inspirational figure of the Superman mythos is Lex Luthor. Yet the book keeps trying to tell us otherwise.

I mean, it’s incredibly easy to be Superman. Your adversaries are either dumb as dirt like Bizarro or Doomsday or are smart, but arguably not as smart as you, and totally powerless. People say Superman doesn’t relate to modern audiences because he’s either too powerful or too pure in heart, but in the 90s Dragonball Z came to US shores and it had an alien who rocketed to earth as a child, could fly and was super-strong and incredibly pure-hearted and it KILLED. A whole generation of kids who thought Superman was boring totally ate it all up.

The difference is that Goku didn’t get powerful enough to destroy a planet simply to use all that power to fight a middle-aged businessman without powers. He used that power to fight people strong enough to destroy GALAXIES. It’s Superman’s crappy villains that obviously shouldn’t be a challenge to him that keep modern audiences from connecting to him. If he beats his villains, it’s not impressive because they’re so weak, and if his villains give him a run for his money, it just makes him look that much lamer to be having so much trouble with a clearly inferior opponent.

This is dead-on. Bravo, sirs.

wtf is Dragonball Z?

Nothing of consequence, John.

Liked it.

T raises a great point with his Dragon Ball Z comparison, because that show was both mega-popular, and also managed to capture the same formula that professional wrestling used at the time to sell their product: long build-up to huge fights. Basically decompressed storytelling for weeks on end until an enormous battle.

John G –

Dragonball Z is Superman done right so that people other than nostalgic old folk will actually buy it.

Should have ended one panel earlier.

I disagree it seems like they finally got their pacing down.

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