Who's Who in the DCU

Tim, I’m blown. Human Target has been canceled. Sure, I knew about it months ago, but the official announcement still stings. I feel bad, like I should have done more to try to save the title. What more could I have done? WHAT MORE COULD I HAVE DONE?

Sadly, there was nothing more any of us could have done. Sometimes, Mathan, the world is a place without justice. It just happens that this is one of those times.

I’ll try to pull myself together and get through this column. But I can’t guarantee anything. Y’know it was cool to see a quote from a review of mine used as part of one of the niftiest campaigns in a long while. Of course I speak of Jason Hall’s Trigger. Finally, after a year and a half of three reviews a week and I finally get a quoted used”¦ not that I’m bitter. Pretty soon I’ll be like Chris D. Thanks for pointing it out in your column.

Always more than happy to pimp my colleagues”¦in both senses of the word. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge. Get it? Get it?

Yeah”¦I guess it’s not that funny.

Let me try some links.

Sknil IP Sections, based on what I encountered this past week.

I was reading Wizard and I saw those DC Direct Crisis Figures.

I’m excited about the new Foo Fighters due this year.

I’m still “all fanboy over Sin City and Batman Begins.

Technically they aren’t video, but the New DC Heroclix look sick! I just ordered a case of Unleashed, and I don’t even have anyone to play with. How fanboy is that?

I was watching Unforgivable Blackness. Great documentary.

The NFL Playoffs are heating up.

DOL’s in trouble.

Tim, what are you linking this time around?

I am both humbled and intimidated by your copious links this week. Thus, I think I’ll sit this dance out.

Oh, except to say, “Check out our Year End Awards!”

Books That I Read Last Week

Hard Time #12 – Read my review.

100 Bullets #57 – I love this book! I have to admit to giggling like a kid at the end of this book.

Angeltown #3 – This is one of those mini’s that you wish were ongoing books. Tis muy fun.

Aquaman #26 – I liked the issue. Acrudi is really doing a great job on this title. Everyone should be reading this book now.

Green Arrow #46 – As the only guy who actually read Caper I was familiar with Fowler’s art. It kind of worked this issue, since it was mildly lighthearted, but I worry about future books. The dialogue was good, the story was decent.

JLA #110 – Finally this book is clicking with me. This was a fun issue to read. Ultra Man really lost it at the end. And it had a nice link to this month’s issue of The Flash too.

Nightwing #101 – I also enjoyed this issue. It has a cool twist on the “Year One” theme. And the Earth 2 Robin costume was a fun gag.

I’m glad it worked for you. The whole issue left me underwhelmed. Not Richard Dragon underwhelmed, but not impressed.

JSA #69 – A really solid issue. But despite how powerful the scene with Mr. Terrific and the “whites only” train in Pittsburgh, it’s completely undermined by the fact that Jakeem Thunder, a Black teenager with dreds and a hoodie gets no flack on the streets of Gotham.

Yeah, I get what you’re saying there. Still, I think that scene with he and Johnny is worth that little bit of anachronism.

Bloodhound #7 – Another axed book. I enjoyed this title. I’m going to miss it. That said, I was finding it hard to justify buying all my regular books as well as Grant Morrison’s Seven Soldiers project. Without The Monolith, Human Target and now Bloodhound frees my conscience up.

Such an excellent issue. Can’t say enough great things about it. Check out Tim Sheridan’s review today on the main page to read someone who has a few nice things of his own to say about it.

Action Comics #823 – Read my review. But let me reiterate; this book sucks! Tim, remember when the rumor was that Judd was going to fill in for Azz and Lee? Folks called that one wrong. I do kind of wish that Austen had finished the story he was trying to tell. Sort of.

Sadly no one placed the lyric at the end of the last column, which means this is a free-for-all!

Come on people, get it together! Keep missing those lyrics and Mathan is so gonna weep. Like your Aunt did when she saw My Life for the first time. Remember how ugly that was? Don’t make it happen again, okay?

Mark Poa, you got a question to start things off?

The Eclipso comic book came out because of the Eclipso, Darkness within crossover, what exactly was that book about and was it any good?

Dude, that book rocked! This wasn’t one of those mamby pamby books, where the villain starts to do “good” things, like Deathstroke. Eclipso was about Eclipso. He took over a South American country, for goodness sakes!

Yeah, the book also featured Bruce Gordon and various other “D” list characters who were trying to stop Eclipso. They even got a group of “C” list heroes together to storm the country and take out Eclipso once and for all. The heroes were slaughtered.

Eventually some larger guns were brought in, including the Phantom Stranger, and Eclipso was defeated.

The book was one of my personal favorites. It is one of DC’s darkest books to date. It’s shockingly graphic, but a good read. Ever wonder how the Black Diamond that held Eclipso was cut up into a thousand smaller diamonds? This title tells explains that in a very ironic way. Eclipso and Darkseid playing chess? This book’s got that too. I’m sure you can find the issues for pretty cheap if you look hard enough. And they’ll be well worth the investment.

Tim, any thoughts on Eclipso, either the book or the character?

I thought he was used to great effect in the Princes of Darkness storyline and then, later, in the Black Reign story. Beyond that, I am rather unexposed to his evil, but I have heard so much great stuff about his series (including your mention above) that I think that might be the next short lived DC series that I try and collect all of. With Aztek (AZTEK!!!), Chase, Bloodhound, Human Target, Hourman, Richard Dragon, and a few others, it is kind of becoming a feature of my collection. Why oh why must I always back the wrong horse?

Ryan Marpman, you’re new here, right? Got a question?
I’m well aware of the battles between these two in Kingdom Come and the recent Batman/Superman comic, but I’m at a loss to remember other conflicts between them. As I am told they have happened, I was wondering if you could tell me about them. Much respect and thanks.
From the 4/4/03 column.
Captain Marvel Vs Superman? It’s not going to happen. The upstanding moral character of these two heroes prevents any really good fights from breaking out. Now if they were still owned by separate companies then when they met they could have had the obligatory introductory slugfest. But these guys exist in the same universe and know each other. How on earth could you make these two fight? One would have to be under some sort of villain’s control, and that would give the other the advantage. Since these heroes have counterpart villains your best bet is a Captain Marvel/Bizarro or Superman/Black Adam brawl. If you really want to see some Captain Marvel Superman action, pick up the “Darkness Within” annuals from about a decade ago where Superman got ‘eclipsed.” For an out of continuity story pick up “Kingdom Come” (or for a brief Supes-Cap slugfest, checkout the “Crisis Times Five” story from JLA a few years back, collected in the JLA: Justice For All TPB -Ben)).

Five months later the topic was revisited by way of a Reader’s Feedback Column.

From the 9/17/03 column
Well for my answer in 4/4/03’s column about who would win in a battle between Captain Marvel and Superman I got quite a few responses.

First was from Cliff Rold

Actually, DC did this story well in the late seventies. Along with the giant edition Muhammad Ali vs. Superman and Superman vs. Spider Man, they did a giant edition Superman vs. Shazam. It was very well done, and Captain Marvel won if I remember. I have the book, but it can be hard to find. On the inside cover (front and back) is a detailed retelling of the DC-Fawcett lawsuit and how DC came to acquire Captain Marvel and also why he was re-titled Shazam. Great stuff.

Mkick had this to say;

Actually they have locked horns in the DCU somewhat recently… in superman 102 in 1995 they fought each other. Superman saw Marvel as the Cyborg… and Marvel saw Supes as Black Adam. So they fought for a while until Clarks dad saw Marvel as Marvel and told him… turns out an evil presence was seeing over the whole thing… blah blah… etc etc…

Tim anything to add on the topic of Billy vs Clark?

Superman may be the shining pinnacle of heroism in the DCU, but Captain Marvel should win this fight every damn time. They are essentially the same (hence that lawsuit mentioned above), but the Big Red Cheese is a magic based hero. Supes has a soft spot for magic. Advantage to Cheese, victory to Cheese. For those who doubt me, check out Winick’s upcoming stint on Action with Churchill to see the results yourself. Also, coincidentally, that arc includes the other star of this column, Eclipso.

Who’s Who in the DCU: We wield undue influence over all things DC.

Robmeister, got a good follow up?

I have a Captain Marvel related question. Cap knocked out Superman in Crisis Times Five, and fried his ass in Kingdom Come. Since Black Adam has the same magically derived strength as Captain Marvel, plus far more experience, wouldn’t Black Adam make Superman his b#$%h? I think so, but I’m curious what other DC fans think.

C’mon, hands down Black Adam is going to win. The guy’s got years of experience on Kal. Plus did you see how ruthless he was during the Black Reign storyline? Black Adam would win because he fights to win. Superman just fights to subdue.

Kal doesn’t fight to win. He pulls punches. He cares. Black Adam on the other hand is brutal. He’s a strategist. He’s not one to tolerate nonsense, as witnessed by his time in JSA. And did I mention that whole “magic” thing. He can do magic. He can have anything that he desires. Magic! And y’know he’s the one who can put out the fire. I’m sorry, I’m rambling.

Tim, are you going to stick up for Superman or finally admit that Teth Adam is the man?

Well, since I gave the nod to Marvel above, I can hardly take it back for Adam, can I? There is only one reason Supes wins in this fight and it’s this. He’s the hero. In the real world that wouldn’t mean jack (and Black Adam would embarrass the farmboy and parade Mr. Kent up and down Main Street in a tutu if he so desired”¦not that he would desire that), but in comic land”¦that could make all the difference in the world. In conclusion, “realistically” Adam wins everyday and twice on Sundays. In keeping with the rule of the DCU though, Supes eventually finds a way.

Vortex, do you have a theoretical question?

In theory, Supergirl should be exactly as powerful as Superman since they’re both mortals who are super-charged by our sun. Has this ever been put to the test or did DC decide that boys are simply better than girls? If so, who can blame them?

I guess that Superman is stronger. He’s older. He’s worked out more, and been pressed farther. He’s been pushed to his limits, which just makes them that much further. Supergirl on the other hand is fresh and new to the DCU. Kal is like steak, while Kara is like veal. So I’ll let DC off the hook of they give Kal the edge.

But what is “strong” really? Is strength the ability to lift, or the resistance to pain? It’s been said that men couldn’t handle the strain of childbirth, yet women suffer through it. So in that regard I’d say that Kara has the potential to become stronger than Kal.

Tim, any idea on who’s stronger?

Clark is for two reasons. A.)Structure wise, the man simply has more place to put all the muscle. Kara, with the physique she has now, is incredible shape, but not incredibly muscular shape. B.)Clark’s absorbed more yellow sun rays. According to DC physics, the longer he’s on earth under that sun the more strength (and powers) he’s developed. Same thing should apply to Kara. Thus, more time on earth= stronger superhero. Supes has got her very much beat in that category.

All of this is not to say that women cannot be strong. They can. I have little doubt that Janelle could kick me up and down the street if she needed to. It’s just in this case, Kara is not strong enough. Cool?

Jamie do you have something that you want to vent on?

What happens when Batman faces off against Wolverine? It’d be like watching The Undertaker fighting Triple H; both booked as invincible even though they’re both old and predictable, yet for some reason the powers that be won’t let them lose. I smell a screw job ending”¦

Honestly the two are pretty evenly matched. Both have extensive martial arts training. Neither has super speed. Both have points atop their head.

I’m not too familiar with the limitations of Logan’s much-vaulted healing factor, and to me that’s really the deciding factor.

See, Logan likes to pop his claws early, it’s part of his “cool” factor. But that takes away the element of surprise from Logan. I have faith that Batman can evade Logan’s lunges, so that nullifies the claws.

Now if Logan’s healing factor has domain over pressure points, then Batman is toast. However if Logan is vulnerable to blows on pressure points, then Bats can pull out a win. He’s nice with the pressure blows.

Other than that, I hope Bruce has enough sense to run away, because as Wolverine’s written right now, he’s unbeatable.

Unless, Batman manages to catch Wolverine at the end of the month, when Logan will be tuckered out from appearing in two different team books, his own solo title and various guest spots in the Marvel U.

Tim, who are you putting your money on?

Sadly, it would have to be Wolvie. I like Batman a lot more and yes, in his current state, he is uber-prepared/uber-competent, but I’m just not convinced that even Batman could prepare for Logan. Even if his healing factor does not prevent Batman from hurting him via pressure points, it does mean that he’ll recover much quicker than any villain Batman may be used to. Essentially, the fight would come down to a battle of attrition and that healing factor means Wolvie is constantly getting re-energized while even Batman’s near perfect body and mind will eventually grow weary. It may take hours and several locations, but Logan is eventually triumphant.

Now, if Batman can swallow his pride long enough to give the JLA a ring”¦you’d probably be looking at a much different story then.

Neil, did you like last week’s column?

Great job with the Bloodlines characters.

Hey, thanks.

In fact, such a good job, I’ll ask about the Planet DC Characters from those annuals a few years ago. The ones supposed to introduce heroes from other countries. The only one I know about was Nemesis, who did appear in JSA again.

Any of the other ones ever show up again?

Ugh. Y’know it’s questions like these that make it hard to do this column “out of love.”

JLA Annual #4 gave us The Janissary, a woman from Turkey. She had a nifty flaming sword. Ooh, and a spellbook, like Gargamel.

(who had a cat named Azrael, thus deepening the Smurfs/DCU connection)

Batgirl Annual #1 introduced us to Aruna, a shape changer from India.

Superman Annual #12 featured three Mexican heroes. Iman, El Muerto and Acarta. Iman was kind of like Steel (bright guy in a suit), El Muerto was dead (duh!) and Acarta had a sleek high tech suit.

Titans Annual #1 Bushido was a Japanese hero introduced here. Oddly enough he was kind of Samurai like. But the cool thing was that he gained his weapon skills by communicating with his ancestors who were in the weapons, kind of.

Flash Annual #13 This annual had Salamanca and the Super Malon. Salamanca was like a god(dess) and the Super Malon were just some random heroes from Argentina.

Green Lantern Annual #9 Sala is from Tunisa. She’s an archeologist. She can power up when she handles her weapon.

JSA Annual #1 Nemesis was a product of genetic manipulation in Greece. Her pop and her own twin became a big evil, so she killed them. But what else would you expect from a warrior/killing machine?

Batman Annual #24 So, in England some kids were being manipulated, genetically, so they could not only access their Id, but also give it a manifestation. One little girl was really good at this, thus The Boggart.

It’s funny because I have the JSA, Titans, Flash and Green Lantern annuals, and I still had to look this up. That’s how memorable those books were. As much as I miss annuals, I don’t miss boring, tired and gimmicky stories like these.

Bushido appeared in Titans Secret Files and Origins #2. Sala popped up in JLA:Gatekeeper. Janissary did show up in Wonder Woman #175. I’m pretty sure the rest just faded into obscurity.

Tim, what do you miss more; annuals or those new characters?

Both and neither? I dug annuals for the same reason I dig Secret Files: the backup stories and character profiles. The main stories were always basically eh, but the other stuff”¦that appealed to me. And I love new characters: the new Manhunter, Chase, Aztek (AZTEK!!!!), and Bloodhound are all very excellent.

However, whenever either of the big 2 decides that they are going to introduce a whole lot of characters at once, it is always a mistake. DC did it with the Planet DC annuals and the Bloodline issues, Marvel did it with all their annuals in ’92 or ’93, I think (they were all polybagged with a trading card of the new character. The only ones I can recall were an armored fellow named Annex, who ended up with a miniseries, and a super villain team called the Cadre that was quickly swept under the rug). It is the throw everything up and see what sticks mentality which tends to a.) breed pretty awful, underdeveloped characters and b.) suffocate any unique, interesting characters that might have otherwise succeeded, had they not been introduced alongside about a billion other flat, boring heroes/villains and thus became guilty by association.

John Maclachlan, do you have a question about nationality?

I have a question concerning Canadian heroes in comics. There have been the classics like Captain Canuck, Alpha Flight and Wolverine but have there ever been any in the DC universe?

I’ve faced this question before. Which is good, because as I recall it was kind of difficult to research.

From the 12/18/04 column
Ouch. I looked this up and I was surprised. I’m ashamed to say this but DC is lacking in the Canadian heroes department. This is whom I came up with;

Centrix of the Global Guardians who appeared in JLQ #16

Corona, Aquaman’s baby’s mother. She became a fire elemental Aquaman (the good series) #5.

Koryak, Aquaman’s first son is also from Canada. But the last time I saw him was in international waters.

Flying Fox the dude from the Young All Stars.

Remember that book “Young Heroes In Love?” Well Frostbite, a guy in the book was from Canada.

And that’s it. Five heroes from the DCU are Canadian. I bet there are more homosexual heroes in the DCU than Canadian heroes. Villains aren’t much better.

Plastique, Firestorm’s foe is Canadian. While she also hooked up with Captain Atom I’m still going to call her a criminal.

I implore you, our neighbors from the north, do not boycott DC Comics because of your gross under representation in the DCU.

Tim, didn’t you think that NAFTA would have made it easier for Canadian heroes to gain prominence?

Hmm”¦don’t know. I just thank God that it hasn’t. Canadians have infiltrated our way of life enough, thank you very much.

(Ahh, I kid my Canuck brothers and sisters. Viva Quebec! Viva Jay Sherman!)

Dardis what’s your question about?

Can I ask a Superman question, or more importantly a Zod one? I know there was a Zod in the comics before. Parallel dimension mass-murderer. Superman killed him, went crazy, got better. But I heard somewhere there was a new Zod, might have had some connection to Luthor. What was his deal and what happened to him in the end?

I’ve faced Zod before too.

from the 12/10/03 column
Years ago the Soviets had an orbiting space platform. Aboard were a couple of cosmonauts (emphasis on couple.) It turned out the female half was pregnant. But before her water broke some meteors hit the station, and of course the resulting radiation affected everyone. The survivors of the meteors managed to crash on Earth. Well our lucky couple survives both. But unfortunately the third time was the charm for the woman, as she died during childbirth. The Soviet Government of course took the kid.

The boy was observed and it was discovered that sunlight actually made him weak. Already sickly the doctors looked of a way to restore his health. It turns out red sunlight makes him stronger. He trains to be Russia’s champion. But when Supes debuts he knows that they are destined to be enemies. Some of the higher ups disagree, so he kills them. Why wouldn’t they be enemies? Russia, the United States. Sunlight weakens, sunlight strengthens. They are like total opposites.

Well he gets tossed in prison for the killing. Fortunately in prison he finds a friend. His friend is a dark entity that also hates Superman. The darkness’ name? Zod. And so our Russian adopts the name as well.

Later the Russian takes over Polkistan. He sets up a scheme to make the sun red, so he gets powers and Superman loses his. They battle. They charge each other. As they are charging the yellow sunlight returns, Superman becomes invulnerable, while Zod becomes super vulnerable. Zod crashes into Superman and dies. The end.

Wait a minute. Zod? Ben Tim? Three letter names? Ben Tim, are you from a pocket universe set up by the Time Trapper from an alternate future in an effort to affect a future that no longer exists?

I won’t lie to you”¦

Right, so”¦moving on.

JohnBritton what’s on your mind?

Most characters have had subtle revamps over the years, and many have had full-blown overhauls. Jason Todd stands out: he was a well-raised former circus kid for a while, then he was reimagined as a former thief. Ollie Queen was a happy-go-lucky playboy who turned into a hotheaded warrior for the little guy, who again turned into an urban hunter. People flip between good and bad all the time: Hal Jordan, Carol Ferris, Snapper Carr, Pied Piper, Sinestro, Harvey Dent (ha!). Those basically make sense to me, but Identity Crisis has me thinking of the strangest revamp I could put my finger on: The Sword of the Atom. Ray Palmer is a nuclear physicist professor who stumbles upon a crazy rock that lets him shrink stuff. He becomes a science-hero for about twenty years. Then I look up, and he’s a barbarian in half-spandex, swinging swords at little yellow barbarians like he’s in Crimea. Fortunately, he’s back to being the professor-hero of the DCU, but what was up with all that Mini-Conan stuff? Who else got turned into something that was so bizarrely inappropriate in a revamp? Who got changed from one kind of hero to another and it worked? Swamp thing comes to mind. He went from being a horror/science-gone-bad “hero” to a magical/elemental hero, and it worked brilliantly.

Well to answer the second part of your question, clearly most the DCU characters who went to Vertigo could be viewed as success stories. Animal Man went from being part of the JLE to being a character who hung out with Shamen and got way in tough with his powers. The Doom Patrol went from being a rag tag hero team, to being a straight up weird hero team that fought weird menaces.

Of course the current Aquaman title springs to mind, but for all the wrong reasons. Aquaman went from being a monarch to being a very “New Age-y” hero, complete with a “healing hand.” That didn’t succeed quite as well. Wally West even underwent a revamp of sorts, although it was so subtle it was more like an evolution.

In the early years of The Flash, Wally was a womanizing, irresponsible kid who had to be paid to do heroic things and later won the lottery. He eventually became a responsible hero, but his initial solo appearance was less than flattering.

As far as Atom it’s a very easy explanation. Y’see when Ray separated from Jean Loring (loonyloring@arkham.com), he went to investigate a White Dwarf fragment in the Amazon. As is usually the case, Ray caught a flight with some drug smugglers. There was a fight. When lightning hit the plane Ray fell out.

Unfortunately the lightning damaged Ray’s shrinking device, causing him to be stuck as a six inch guy, complete with his six inch weight. He then found the small race of Katarthans, yellow aliens whose race was primitive, in a medieval sense.

Their ship was powered by the White Dwarf piece that he was tracking. Thus Ray, stuck at that size, decided to hang out with his peers for a minute. Later, the activation of the ship bathed Ray in the radiation that returned him to size, but also destroyed the city.

Tim, how do you like your Ray Palmer; miniature Conan or bereaved colleague?

Neither. I like Professor Palmer, like he was post deagement and Titans membership (ugh) and pre-ex-wife goes all murdery. That’s the fella who worked best for me.

JohnBritton got another one?

As far as writers are concerned, where are comics on the job food chain? Worse than TV, better than advertising? How about artists?

There are different job food chains. For instance, my dream job would be to write comics, but I’d enjoy the financial benefits of writing for television a bit more.

(As a writer, I’m basically projecting my thoughts on the subject, thus I don’t pretend that this is anyway accurate. This is just what I think the public thinks.)

In terms of “creating art” I’d go like this;

Book Author – This is for the most part “art.” This is what is taught in schools. This reaches a wide audience. This is also the least collaborative of the writing.

Screenwriter – This also reaches a wide audience. It’s more collaborative, and also has to pass though more hands to get approved. But screenwriters win Oscars.

Television Writer – Again, wide audience, but even more stringent guidelines and more scrutiny over the work. It’s even more collaborative. But sometimes it can achieve art.

Comic Writer – Comics get no respect. They aren’t “art” they’re for kids. They are used more for inspiration. But comics are looked down on, at least in this country.

In terms of “respect” I’d go this way;

Book Author – These guys have actual names. Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Thomas Wolfe. Everyone knows those names.

Screenwriter – What they lack in name recognition they make up for in terms of money. We respect wealth in this country, thus screenwriters come next.

Television Writer – Ditto.

Magazine Journalist – These writers make good money and can possibly become TV personalities, especially if you work for a music magazine. You can also score book deals, which could place you atop the list. This is considered a career.

Newspaper Journalist – More hard work, not as much money. Thought of as “old fashioned.” But still get respect. They only get fame when they mess up or break a huge story. They can become magazine or book authors. And in some rare cases (David Simon) even become television writers. This is considered a career.

Advertising – This is a career. The pay is also good. It’s respectable, but not your work isn’t too well known.

Comic Strip Writer – A successful strip can be huge. Comic Strips can be described as; cutting edge, political, adult minded, topical or even serious. People will look forward to your work, and even seek your strip to make their day better. Plus some strips make it to the small or large screen. And collections are often published.

Greeting Card Author – I’m just saying, more people have a point of reference with Greeting Cards than with Comic Books.

Comic Book Writer – People think comic books are for kids. This isn’t a “respectable” career. If “outsiders” mock readers condescendingly when they profess their love for genre, imagine how much respect someone who actually writes it would get? Gerry Conway may have created Firestorm but I’m betting that when people meet him he volunteers his Law & Order: Criminal Intent writing as a point of reference. The same thing with James “Starman” Robinson and League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Now again, this isn’t really how I feel, this is how I think the general public feels. I know the looks I get when I mention that I’d like to write comic books, compared to all of the other things that I’ve listed.

Tim, agree or disagree?

Hmm”¦I think I’ll disagree. First, achieving “art” has nothing to do with othe’s opinion of your field of choice. Thus, even if people look down on comics as a whole, it is still possible for a writer to create art in that field (Watchmen, Maus, A Contract With God, Uncle Sam all spring to mind off the top of my head). Heck. Gaiman even won a Pulitzer at one point for his Sandman work.

As far as respect goes, I think it depends. To your average American, a writer is impressive regardless of their field of choice. In the abstract, they may turn up their nose at comics, but actually introduce yourself as comic writer (note: only do this if you are in fact a comic writer. No one likes a liar) and you’ll see that they really are impressed by it. In the field of writing, however, I suspect that you are correct Mathan. Comics are unlikely to get respect from the many other professional writers in different fields. There will be exceptions of course (Stephen King, Michael Chabon (obviously), Nick Hornby, many screen and TV writers, etc), but certainly a lot of writers, particular novel and non fiction, will probably harbor a bit of a snobbish attitude toward the medium of comics. But hey, whatever. If they wish to limit their view and thus miss out on quality writing, who are we to stop them.

I’m going to bed. I tried my best, but the loss of Human Target is weighing heavy on me. Who knows that next week will bring? Personally I’m betting that it’ll feature your question. But of course that can only happen if you email it to me or post it in the forums.

My question to you; Would Black Adam beat Superman?

Bottle and cans/just clap your hands/just clap your hands.

Oh man”¦if you people don’t get this then”¦well, let’s just not even consider that, okay?


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