Sat, 10 March 2007
Alert: rant to follow. I mean to offend no one. I didn't want to waste my podcast time going on about this... but I had to write this somewhere. ...In fact, you know what, don't even read this. Go walk in the sun. Go read a novel. Go watch a black and white movie.
Okay. Apparently, you'd rather not walk in the sun... I warned you. I have gone on about Civil War many times... I have tried to leave it alone. But it has occurred to me that I could dream that Marvel is trying to make a statement about the tyrannical nonsense of the Bush administration. Except they don't have the guts to admit anything definite, and they leave it ambiguous. They let us watch the happy fascist Iron Man (defense contractor businessman buddy of the doofy fascist president) win the Civil War, and they let Captain America die. If this was indeed a shot at (and a symbolic comment on) the current political conservative bullfeces, then I could live with it. But is Marvel too afraid to tick off the rightwingers? Or worse: do they actually believe in the Iron Man era of "heroism?" I can't conceive of such a mindset. Captain America and his crew were the only folks fighting for freedom here. To me, the civilians who tackled Cap in Civil War #7 were no heroes, despite being portrayed as firefighters and policemen(well, I don't usually consider popos heroes anyway...). If I were a costumed fellow in the Marvel Universe, I would be standing proudly beside Cap, eager to kick Iron Man's teeth in...assuming, of course, I had adamantium feet or something... Look, I am no patriotic man. I do not blindly follow any ideal. I'd be the first to tell Cap that being draped in the flag is a little much. However, he was the only one advocating the freedoms of those with powers and/or costumes. Iron Man and most of the hero population were willing to give up freedoms and answer to the government. Hello?! BAD THING THERE!!! And we watched Iron Man pull all sorts of rotten politician moves, even cashing in on the situation. The end of Civil War was a lame, disappointing, anticlimactic mess. Cap wimps out, looks around, cries, and drops his shield. The reasons he gives are oblique in intention and motivation, and noble in all the wrong places. Even if there's some message to be had here, it left me angry. If I ever wanted to rip a comic in half, I felt like it here.
Bottom line, Cap's death was just a dumb idea. Brubaker wrote a good story, but it was completely unneccesary. Of course, Cap will come back in some form... what worries me is WHAT form that will be. I'm waiting for someone to fix the MU, beat down Iron Hitler, and wake up the population of the MU America. Meanwhile, I've given up on Marvel. They make me tired.
Category:blog -- posted at: 4:11 AM