Superheroes Breakdown 28/05/2016

For quite some time, I’ve been publishing “Week of Marvels” – your breakdown on the latest MCU news!  Now, though, I’m taking this to the next level with what I’m calling “Superheroes Breakdown” – your weekly dose of news on DC, Marvel, and other highlights!

This week in Comics!

DC Rebith launches!

This week saw the end of DC’s controversial “New 52”.  The final issues – Justice League #50 and Superman #52 – are tremendously effective, and highly emotional.  There’s also essential reading before you get to DC Universe – Rebirth #1, an excellent comic that really performs well.

Rebirth is surprisingly bold in its criticism of the last 20 years of DC Comics, right down to a fascinating meta-narrative that shows just what Geoff Johns is aiming to achieve with this latest reboot.  I consider it required reading for any comic book fan; the future of DC Comics is looking good!

With Geoff Johns moving up to DC Film, it’s worth speculating on the impact he’s going to have.  As I write on Movie Pilot:

“For Geoff Johns, optimism should be at the core of everything DC Comics stands for. If this is the case, that logically extends to the film universe as well. I think we’ll see Johns exerting a similar influence on DC Film, ensuring hope and optimism become core to the film franchise. I don’t think that means an end to darker stories; but I dothink the overall tone of DC Film is about to dramatically change, andRebirth shows the way.”

A controversial new take on Captain America!

Captain America Hail Hydra

Marvel knew they were on to a winner with Steve Rogers: Captain America #1 – with the issue closing with a twist that’s wound up breaking on international news!  It’s a fairly strong first issue, but will be impossible to accurately review until we’ve seen the pay-off.  The Internet is currently ablaze with anger, equating Hydra with Nazis – and therefore with this move being anti-Semmitic (as Cap’s creators were Jewish).

Although Newsarama is trying to protest that Hydra shouldn’t be equated with Nazism, the boat’s sailed on that one – the association is too strong courtesy of the MCU.  Over on Movie Pilot, I explain the intriguing politics underlying this controversial decision, and speculate on just where this plot seems likely to go.

Mark Hughes of Forbes cautions not to get too carried away by all this.

“Certain segments of fandom have always been too quick with knee-jerk overreactions, grossly exaggerated claims, fauxtrage, and the sadly all too common resort to threats and vulgar accusations (which is NOT to say all negative reactions to this Captain America story or other stories are reactionary exaggerations, I’m talking specifically about the most overstated and melodramatic behavior dominating discourse about the comic this week). And of course Internet culture encourages the myopic resort to perceiving everything we dislike as “worst thing ever” versus “best thing ever,” and all choices as “love it or hate it” with no option in between. But this sort of extreme environment often found online is infantalizing, perpetuating a trend toward ever-worse intolerance and increased exaggerated reactions, because exaggerated reactions are what get attention. The Internet is so filled with such ever-increasing hyperbolic expression, the next instance of outrage requires even greater degrees of fury, accusation, and resort to “this is the worst thing ever” framing techniques.”

With Twitter in a state of outrage, some fans going so far as to burn copies of the comic in question (which sounds rather like the Nazis, frankly), and writer Nick Spencer receiving death threats, this one’s not going to go away.  Tom Brevoort has admitted the “anti-semmitic” argument never crossed their minds, and has compared this to similar controversies over Dan Slott’s (well-remembered) Superior Spider-Man.

Civil War II comes to the pages of Ms Marvel!

Miles Meets Kamala

With Marvel’s “Civil War II” now in progress, we’ve got both major publishers in ‘Event Mode’.  This week saw one of the most effective tie-in issues I’ve read in years, Ms Marvel #7, which features a rather fun encounter between Ms Marvel and Miles Morales’ Spider-Man.  The near-teen-romance relationship between those two characters is a highlight of the All-New All-Different Marvel range, and this issue’s an absolute gem.  It doesn’t help that G. Willow Wilson isn’t afraid to mock comic book tropes!

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