Quick catchup with comics

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Neither is a masterpiece, but this week's Pax Americana is an almost perfect example of Grant Morrison's style (taking existing characters and plots and reworking them with Baroque levels of multi-layered symmetry and meta-narrative meaning) (although perhaps Morrison has gone past the line of diminishing returns on this), while Brian Wood's Moon Knight #9 is kind of brilliant, looking at first like it's just staging a more nuanced version of the old "should vigilantes kill?" argument, but then going somewhere with the story that it's just *fantastic*, and could only happen in comics (no, seriously, the more I think about it, the more I like it, and wish I had written something like that).Neither is a masterpiece, but this week's Pax Americana is an almost perfect example of Grant Morrison's style (taking existing characters and plots and reworking them with Baroque levels of multi-layered symmetry and meta-narrative meaning) (although perhaps Morrison has gone past the line of diminishing returns on this), while Brian Wood's Moon Knight #9 is kind of brilliant, looking at first like it's just staging a more nuanced version of the old "should vigilantes kill?" argument, but then going somewhere with the story that it's just *fantastic*, and could only happen in comics (no, seriously, the more I think about it, the more I like it, and wish I had written something like that).

Today in comics`

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I only read Superior Iron Man #1, and that was one comic too many. If you're going to have an amoral/out of control Tony Stark, have him do something interesting, dammit.

Everything Dies

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I'm following Hickman's New Avengers arc, Everything Dies. On one hand, the actual premise is quite interesting: what if everything is, indeed, dying, and the only way to get a few more hours or days for your world involves each time doing something soul-crushing, something that denies you the opportunity of seeing yourself as a hero? What does that to people who have come to need to see themselves in that light? [*] The Wheel grinds, as the Black Swan says. And I like some of the elements Hickman has added to the Marvel cosmology. Not so much Builders and so on, but the Mapmakers are cool, and also make sense.

Problem is, nothing's going to change, and we know it. There will be a way out. (Unless there isn't, and this is the end of 616, but no way Marvel will do that --- they haven't even destroyed the Ultimate universe so far, although hope is eternal --- and I think Reed would love the Mapmakers, but I digress).

Everything Dies is precisely the kind of story that would work best in an universe where things can happen. Hickman did something interesting with Red Mass for Mars (and I loved Pax Romana and sort-of liked the other time travel one), and a self-contained arc about the moral choices involved would have been interesting, if handled with more curiosity than grim-and-grit.

Heck, you can play it with Earth's death being the beginning of the larger human civilization, not its end. You *should* play it that way.

[*] I'm ignoring the eight way to avoid doom, Shadowing the Apocalypse; it's too easy a way out for them, and the fact that they aren't using it is, on itself, disappointing.

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Deadpool Annual 2013: It had nice scenes (and will spawn a thousand gifsets), but what it does with and to the character --- a thousand levels of no thanks. Are comic companies unable to grasp psychological phenomena as such, on its own terms? I'm reminded of the cosmic piece of crap that was the Parallax retcon.

Black Science #1: It's not Lost in Space, it's a FF AU with the serial numbers filed off, and potentially an interesting one.

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Thinking of Tim and Cass today

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Not sure why.

(Although I am gradually switching off my antidepressants as part of an experiment with my therapist(s), and the last time I was fully off-meds, Robin was a short overenthusiastic nerd who stalked Dick Grayson, and Batgirl was this slight wisp of a girl who hadn't been taught to read and could beat the crap out of Batman hand to hand. It feels too simplistic to say "cause and effect", but in any case I don't mind. I still love those two lethally overcompetent dorks to death.)

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PSA

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Just in case you thought comics in 2013 were all about Scott Summers being an outlaw mutant renegade, Otto Octavius swinging around in Peter's body, Dick Grayson dying from a random escrima stick, and Batman satellite-videotaping Superman and Wonder Woman making out, don't forget that there is Atomic Robo and the Savage Sword of Dr. Dinosaur #1. Continuity! Characterization! Talking dinosaurs! Jenkins! (Not a lot of Jenkins, but any amount of Jenkins is good).

Phrases I never thought I'd write

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Transformers: More than Meets the Eye might be one of the most entertaining comics currently being published.
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Civil War again, more secret and more true.
Again, as it ever was: techne versus mores.

Scott is in a future of ashes, a failed Messiah.
Basically, the standard Summers youth camp!

Hickman wanted to write a Green Lantern comic
and the Avengers in the title did not stop him.

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Comics! (Gnomic Pronouncements Edition)

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All New X-Men #6: Has anybody thought that *this* might be what seeded Cyclops to become who he is?

Batman #16: This Joker is crazy enough, but waaay too organized. He's terrifyingly random, and this is an opera.

Batman and Robin #16: After Battle for the Cowl, I doubt Damian would've walked into it like this.

Indestructible Hulk #3: An in-house supergenius with a scary "combat mode." Maria Hill has gotten herself a pet Tony Stark... Run, Maria, run!

New Avengers #2: For the record, I'd feel much safer with Sue Richards in that room.

Superboy #16: Bruce sure is chatty with the boy, isn't he? Run, Superboy, run!

Extermination #8: Like all arguments, it'd have been a stronger one if it hadn't demonized its opponents first.

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