I'd hoped, our interview with J. Michael Straczynski this
week struck a chord and got a response.
and Gwen Stacey
love the site and I'm a die hard fanboy. So, is it just
me or don't you hate it when writers come on to an established
title and in all the press interviews it's always the usual,
"We're gonna shake some things up" kinda thing.
Well, lately, it's been real baffling to me, being that
I've been a long time comic reader, because I just feel
like it's the same old thing and most importantly just plain
three most recent comic events that come to mind are the
recent Gwen Stacy revelation in Spider Man, The rape and
Death of Sue Dibny in Identity Crisis, and the recent "Death"
of Hawkeye in Avengers. In my opinion, all these writers
are defending their positions with similiar speaking points.
It's usually, "I wanted to reflect the real world"
or "Death is a part of life and I wanted to represent
that" or whatever excuse they come up with next. Sure
sure, those are all great, but what about the other side
of the coin? Where life is good, where things stay pretty
much status quo, where NEW things and experiences affect
humble opinion, I think it's easy for these NEW writers
to jump on a title and "shake things up" because
I feel like any body can be controversial. I could take
a character like Elongated Man and make him "more human"
or grim and gritty. It's easy in story telling. You just
put your character up a tree and throw rocks at him. And
hey, that sells books. But it's just too easy.
satisfying is taking a character like that and making him
interesting the way he is. I think J.M. DeMatteis did a
great job of that in the "Justice League" books.
That's story telling. That's making something interesting
out of something already there. That's art.
going on here, I feel is just sensationalism, and I understand,
that's the nature of the biz. Hey, you gotta sell books
or you don't keep your job. But unfortunately what your
doing is annoying your core fanbase who will still be with
you when you sell your "Hawkeye Lives Issue" or
your "Gwen Stacy Clone Wars" series. As for kowtowing
to a younger audience, how bout ringing them in like you
did in the old days. With true hero comics and solid stories.
how they got me.
Thanks for the time to let me rant.
welcome. We're always glad to hear from readers, either
via e-mail or on the forums, which is where I got the spark
(combined with reading Scott Tipton) of the idea to contact
JMS on the topic.
problem with catering to the core fanbase, I think, is that
we do age out and die off. So how do you please and/or appease
both new readers and those of us old enough to remember
Gwen? The jury is still out.
on JMS and Gwen
I can recognize myself in some of the statements from JMS.
While I understand his arguments, I frankly think that they
are well-rehearsed and somewhat hollow.
I am a 30-something who has stayed loyal to Marvel Comics
for nearly 25 years, through all of its various phases.
To date, I have had nothing but praise for JMS. I loved
his inspiring work on the B5 universe. I enjoyed the Ezekiel
thread in the previous ASM issues. I even enjoyed the Sins
Past storyline until ASM 512. That's where I have drawn
my line. My reasons are as follows:
1) It seems every creator likes to go back through the entire
history and redefine, and plug non-existent holes, PP's
past. Instead of breaking new ground, let's just go back
and revisit all the ancient history just to get a different
spin on things. Let's create Spiderman in our own image
instead of "creating."
2) Instead of taking a character whose story had been written,
traumatically and shockingly, why not make something new?
Why not address the social issues brought up in this interview
with new characters that could continue to be a part of
the Spiderman legend for years to come?
3) Did anyone at Marvel go back and ask the original creators,
who actually created the Gwen character and storyline, what
they thought of the resounding implications of Norman Osborne
and Gwen Stacy having consensual sex, becoming pregnant,
and then giving birth and raising twins who were programmed
to hunt down the alleged father? Hell, it's bad enough that
Osborne resurfaced after being pronounced dead (Translation:
not creative but poor storytelling) but then having consentual
sex with PP's lover ?!?!?!
4) The only reason that some of us have said that it would
be better for Gwen to have been forcibly violated is that
the existing story and the characterizations would be more
true instead of being hollow and weak. Most of us realized
then and still do now that Gwen Stacy wasn't perfect, but
this is ridiculous! I could have even accepted it better
if MJ would have had the affair with Osborne (at the time
of this alleged incident) because of her character at the
time but not Gwen.
5) The reason that not "one woman poster" had
said what this "small group" had is that there
are very few women who read comics in general and Spiderman
in specific. That point doesn't "speak volumes"
toward anything except the demographics are vastly more
male that female and that men are typically more vocal in
their protests. It's just a logical fallacy wrapped in an
I, being one of the "small group", are not alleging
that Gwen was damaged goods because of consensual sex, even
with a charasmatic older man. We are shocked that Peter's
spider sense didn't warn him of the danger with Gwen's womb,
or that MJ has been able to keep her vow of silence for
so long (betrayal of P's trust), or that PP's able to handle
this so well (hollow mockery of how much Gwen's death affected
him)! The PP that's been in the other +500 issues I've read
would have immediately started hunting Osborne down with
blood in his eyes and could not have been stopped until
he killed him. Anything else, regardless of the nature of
Gwen's pregnancy, is completely untrue to the essence of
Thank you for hearing my thoughts.
-- Judson Miers
to say yet that Peter won't hunt Norman down with blood
in his eyes?
This Why She Left?
believe Sarah still watches Smallville......it's pure crap.
agrees. But I disagree. Which is why we now have Honda.
To be fair to Sarah, she continued reviewing past the point
where she wanted to, out of loyalty to Fanboy Planet. We
wish her well, and hope that she'll write for us again on
something that makes her at least noncommital.
Saw your site and was wondering, do you know Booster Gold's
bio? And is there a site dedicated to giving the background
on all these new jacks like the Question, Vigilante etc.?
Thanks in advance a huge fan of JLU
-- Derrick Bonner
each episode, I contribute to Goodson's JLU reviews by writing
in Continuity Corner, where I cover the comic book origins
of major guest-stars. And I don't want to do that twice,
so you'll just have to wait until The Vigilante plays a
major role to find out that he's country singer Greg Sanders
under that red kerchief.
Intellectual Average Just Raised 100 Points...
Thank you for your review (of Yu-Gi-Oh!).
I am a mom who had to sit through that film with my little
boy (no friends with us that day, and that was just too
bad because he's now dying to have me take him AND A FRIEND
BBBBBAAAAACCCCCKKKK to see it again). I think he just wants
more of the free cards.
Why oh why couldn't I be the commercial genius who is coming
up with these collector's cards & TV shows & merchandise
& movies & whatever other thing can be sold?
Your review was such a delight to read that I read twice
and laughed again in all the same emplaces. I just can't
find an appropriate way (or even where to start) to say
all that to any one else I know. Frankly since my mid wandered
throughout the film, I had many moments of thinking, if
little boys can actually understand how this whole "game"
works, they better all be super global scientist geniuses
by the time they're 16!
Oh, my goodness. You nailed it! OK, I was a little girl
so I didn't relate to the chess game fighting-pieces thing
like you, but since I am the anthropologist-mother of a
young boy in America I can still dig what you mean.
By the way - I accidentally ended up on the Fanboy website
looking for something about a short film that someone asked
me to find for them. Think I'll look around based on your
Take it easy.
felt really good about this letter until she got to the
part where she said she'd look around based on my film review.
I'm pretty sure we drove away our intellectual cache the
second she left that page.
case you haven't got the message -- write! And talk about
burning issues and sensations (if you really must) on THE