Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Just Sayin'--No Room For Panic

Well, 3 days into the new year and we finally talk about comics.

Once upon a time, there was this movie, and everyone went to see it. A lot of people loved it and it was really influential. There was a time that everything that came out in that movie's genre took its cues from that movie. That movie got two sequels and everyone like the two sequels to that movie, and they liked those movies (collectively) so much they were still chattering on about how they wanted more nearly 25 years after that movie came out.

"More," they said. "Give us MORE!"

And then came the news that there was going to be more movies. Even better, they were going to be set before that movie so now, finally fans of that movie would be able to see how it all began. All the questions would be answered, and the long wait would soon be over and there's be more.
And more is always better, isn't it?

Oh, I'm getting off-point. Anyways, the day finally came when the prequel to that movie came out. And what, pray tell, was this movie, this surely worthy successor to the movie that had been so widely seen, widely loved, and so influential?

I think it was called The Phantom Menace.

"What the hell is THIS shit?" they said.

Think about that as you follow those Bleeding Cool leaks, won't you?


Diana Kingston-Gabai said...

Wow, who knew an April's Fools joke specifically chosen for its utter ridiculousness could actually happen?

Kazekage said...

I think, if nothing else, Watchmen 2 has managed to roll reality itself in ways that even the mtetxtuality in the original could never attempt.

I also like that after Alan Moore scathes DC Comics for going through his garbage and farming for idea and DC thumping it's chest about how the New 52 is a BOLD! NEW! THING!

. . .well, naturally it's time to follow up on something 25 years old. I mean, it's not as if this makes everyone look stupid for actually existing or anything.

C. Elam said...

Oh man.

I really could just leave it at that, but I feel like expanding a little bit. My respect for Amanda Conner is huge, and that is admittedly a nice piece of art. But the very idea that Laurie should wear earrings inspired by the Comedian is a bad omen right from the start.

This feels like the sort of thing you would think people would avoid like it was radioactive. And yet? I can see the logic of wanting to work on them. Sink or swim, they will likely do bigger numbers than almost every other books on the stands.

Really, that in itself is all the explanation we need for why it's apparently going to happen.

Word verification: "fratar"

Kazekage said...

I think it says something about the economics of being a comics pro at this time that you'll willingly work on the Titanic just because the money's good.

I'm not saying that the talent is necessarily to blame--they're all good names so far. I just wish they were doing something with a bit more purpose behind it other than "The first one made so much money we decided to do another one."

You know--that Silk Specture pic really made me wish Aamanda Conner was working on a 1960s spy comic more than anything.