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Meta-Messages – Chris Claremont Sticks Up for Ms. Marvel

In this feature I explore the context behind (using reader danjack’s term) “meta-messages.” A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator (or sometimes even themselves) in their comic. Each time around, I’ll give you the context behind one such “meta-message.” Here is an archive of the past installments!

Today we take a look at Chris Claremont’s resolution of the still-bizarre Ms. Marvel storyline from Avengers #200, where we see Claremont tear that story apart.

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What I bought – 17 March 2010

When we were driving out of town I said, “I hate the corpses of empires, they stink as nothing else. They stink so badly that I cannot believe that even in life they were healthy.” “I do not think you can convince mankind,” said my husband, “that there is not a certain magnificence about a great empire in being.” “Of course there is,” I admitted, “but the hideousness outweighs the beauty. You are not, I hope, going to tell me that they impose law on lawless people. Empires live by the violation of law.” (Rebecca West, from Black Lamb and Grey Falcon)

Who's angrier: Jimmy Woo or Captain America? Usually I like the covers of Fables, but this is kind of ugly Speaking of ugly ... I'm givin' her all she's got, Cap'n! This cover would have been better if Ruiz had done them, even though I don't have anything against Djurdjevic Remember when Bendis was good? I command you ... to dance!  Get funky, knaves! See, it's a pun, because that's an actual location and ... oh, screw it! This looks seriously freaky It needs to be gigantic to contain all the awesome! Only what? a year after the series ended?  Good timing, DC! Soon to be given away in a contest! Come on - sex and nudity!  Who doesn't love that?
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What I bought – 17 February 2010

“Beware of faking: people will believe you. People believe those who sell lotions that make lost hair grow back. They sense instinctively that the salesman is putting together truths that don’t go together, that he’s not being logical, that he’s not speaking in good faith. But they’ve been told that God is mysterious, unfathomable, so to them incoherence is the closest thing to God. The farfetched is the closest thing to a miracle.” (Umberto Eco, from Foucault’s Pendulum)

Remain Calm.  Trust in Science. You just lost the edge to Giant-Gorilla-Man!!!!! Talk about an incongruous cover! Gotta love the recap page! Come on, MarkAndrew ... bring the hatred! Nudity!  Animals with guns!  A woman with a really big hammer! Charming cameltoe there!
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What I bought – 20 January 2010

“They get a thrill here – that’s why they come. They take stupendous joy in the indignation and compassion they feel on account of these mangled stiffs; it’s their roller coaster. I know this,” he said, making a tragic incision across the abdomen of an adolescent girl, “and I’ll tell you why. Since I’m here all the time and take apart fifty of these things a day, I can’t feel for each and every one of them. I’m not God. I don’t have that much in me. The ladies’ aides and the social critics sense immediately that I couldn’t give a goddamn about all this inedible meat, and that’s just what they want. They know they’re better than the miserable bastards they try to help, but they really enjoy thinking that they’re better than the rest of us, who aren’t as ‘compassionate’ as they are.” He turned to Peter Lake again, and said, “You notice how often that very word escapes their lips. They use it like a cudgel. Beware.” (Mark Helprin, from Winter’s Tale)

It's Ramosian! I love this cover! Oh, John - are you thinking who you're going to screw over next? This is, unfortunately, worse than the Granov covers we've been getting recently! Well, I liked it! Those things should get their own zip codes, I swear! So they took out all the cannibals like that?  Really? Man, that's, well ... see below!
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What I bought – 23 December 2009

Ah, villains, hath that Mortimer escap’d?
With him is Edmund gone associate?
And will Sir John of Hainault lead the round?
Welcome, o’ God’s name, madam, and your son!
England shall welcome you and all your rout.
Gallop apace, bright Phoebus, through the sky;
And, dusky Night, in rusty iron car,
Between you both shorten the time, I pray,
That I may see that most desired day,
When we may meet these traitors in the field!
Ah, nothing grieves me, but my little boy
Is thus misled to countenance their ills!
Come, friends, to Bristow, there to make us strong:
And, winds, as equal be to bring them in,
As you injurious were to bear them forth!

Pugs is kind of a dick, isn't he? The Black Coat is quite the propagandist! All rats should wear monocles - it really classes them up! Well, now I'm going to have to track down some Korean noir, confound it! I wish Helena was always this cool. I'm really not sure how Sahara's breasts stay covered up ... Alan Davis: Best illustrator of smiles EVER! How will Amadeus resist Delphyne now???? I love the zombie fish on that cover This cover format really screws with some nice Cheung covers So instead, she makes new mistakes! Another cool cover by Johnson! Who's going to turn down tequila? I already own every issue, but this has new material, dang it! This is the first Sacco book I've ever bought - I hope it's good! Sterankoriffic! Pure.  Concentrated.  Awesome. Dixon and Zaffino wrote one of the few Punisher stories I like, so I'm keen to read this!
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What I bought – 18 November 2009

Since my dear soul was mistress of her choice
And could of men distinguish her election,
Sh’ hath seal’d thee for herself, for thou hast been
As one in suff’ring all that suffers nothing,
A man that Fortune’s buffets and rewards
Hast ta’en with equal thanks; and blest are those
Whose blood and judgment are so well co-meddled,
That they are not a pipe for Fortune’s finger
To sound what stop she please.

Whenever Kelley Jones makes Batman's ears even longer, T. loses a bit more of his soul! I didn't know you could get breast implants in the eighteenth century! Man, I bet he's popular with the ladies! There are more people not buying this comic than are buying it, which is a tragedy of epic - EPIC - proportions! Don't stare into Viper's dead eyes! I thought he was the Man of STEEL! Now that's a cool cover! Why doesn't Wagner draw anything anymore?  Dang, he's good!
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Girl Fights: Three Female Superhero Comics Reviewed

Hey, a theme! I’m not letting that get away! Especially since I have never before bought (and may never again buy) three superhero comics starring two women, a woman who calls herself a girl, and a faceless zen Latina in the same week. Have to take advantage of that sort of thing. Continue Reading »

What I bought – 23 September 2009

“And if I offended you, oh I’m sorry, but maybe you need to be offended, but here’s my apology and one more thing …”1
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