Sean Maher's Quality Control

Monday, August 14, 2006

Comics events and Event comics

Those who follow me around all the time will find themselves at the Isotope this coming Wednesday, hanging out with Darick Robertson and having a generally great time, I'm sure. Can't wait; and James' idea for promoting the in-store is brilliant one, among his very best, I think; press release should be up soon about that.


Just wanted to give Dan Slott the credit he deserves, for a minute.

See, so far, the promise that the "pro-registration" side of Marvel Civil War would be given just as fair a presentation and argument as the rebelious "anti-registration" side has been total bullshit. Everyone's on Cap's side and we all know it.

But - gasp! - Slott really threw a wrinkle in things with last week's issue of She-Hulk (#10, of course, and probably the best thing I read all week) when Shulkie herself stopped a super-hero and offered to help her register, explaining:

"...It's no longer enough to serve the public. We have to serve the public trust as well. They have to know we're properly trained. That we're accountable for our actions. It's what they expect from their police, firemen, and E.M.S. technicians. And as long as super heroes choose to be first responders, shouldn't they expect the same from us?"

--AAAAAAND that's the sound of inescapable logic and pretty much all the air out of Mark Millar's tires. Which is a shame, because I like his super-heroics quite a bit, but the political slant he's so often fond of including in his writing is... not for me.

Dan is the man. Best issue of She-Hulk in a while, too.


  • At 5:41 PM, Blogger Greg said…

    I haven't been reading the main title, but I was thinking the exact same thing when I read She-Hulk. I was going to post about it asking whether Millar and other writers are trying to be so reasonable. So far, Slott's brief statement about the pro-registration side and Peter David's brief statement (by Pietro) about the anti-registration side have been the two most reasonable summations of the two sides. But of course, if Marvel followed their leads it would be a political debate, and shit wouldn't blow up. Interesting that She-Hulk and X-Factor would give us the opposing sides so nicely.

  • At 6:16 PM, Blogger Sean Maher said…

    Which issue of X-Factor is it? I'd love to check that out, and I dropped that series a couple months ago.

  • At 8:01 AM, Blogger Greg said…

    The latest X-Factor issue is #9. Pietro talks about doing what he had to do to help Wanda, and then he says a couple of things about how easily it would be to herd super-people into concentration camps. A few pages later Aegis the New Warrior makes similar points. And both this and the argument in She-Hulk sound perfectly reasonable. Nicely done.


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