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Saturday, January 04, 2014 

MTV takes their turn to gush

MTV's published their own list of best books from last year, and, as expected, they're all for the most pretentious of books too. First, they gush over Young Avengers:
Writer Kieron Gillen and artist Jamie McKelvie have been crafting one of the most offbeat superhero books on the market for the past year with “Young Avengers.” Banding together a group of teens including a tween Loki, a gay witch and his shape-shifting lover, and a super-strong, super pissed off dimension traveler named Miss America Chavez, they’ve been battling the evil forces of their parents for thirteen issues now. And they won! So naturally, it’s time for the after-party.

If you’re looking for punching and fighting, look elsewhere, but what this issue does so well is channel teen angst and the pain of joining adulthood with the over-the-top emotions of also being a superhero. Plus, this issue is joined by a roster of all-star artists. It reads like a really good soap opera, and looks like a great piece of art.
I think the New Statesman offered a better description of this tale than they do, their own sugarcoating notwithstanding. As I've said before, The New Mutants told this kind of story far better and less cynically than Gillen does. The only part that might make some sense is the highlighted line: it sounds more like a collection of pretty pictures (up to a point), but, like many early Image titles, that's about it.

Then, they say the following about Forever Evil:
The premise of this DC Comics event is that the Justice League (Superman, Wonder Woman, etc) is dead, killed by an evil Justice League from an alternate universe. With the Earth nearly destroyed, only one man can save everyone: Lex Luthor, who they forgot to ask to come along to the party.

Big events don’t often deliver in comics, and we’re only halfway through this one so it may still fizzle. But the focus on Luthor’s twisted sense of justice, as well as his slowly developing team of all-star villains have made this, so far, the most satisfying event comic in recent history. Mainly that’s because it doesn’t forget the cardinal rule of events: they’re supposed to be fun. Bonus points for a surprisingly touching scene between Luthor and Superman’s evil clone Bizarro mid-way through the issue, which will bring a tear to the eye of any self respecting fan.
LOL. I'm sure they would've said something very much like that back when Zero Hour was published. They pretend from a retrospective viewpoint that they realize these are otherwise terrible ideas in execution, but when the present product comes out, they go in lockstep with just what the publishers would want to hear. And what's so fun and touching about villains working together that isn't so with heroes doing the same? I'm not fooled by their cutesy fawning.

MTV's writers may not think so, but they've ignored a cardinal rule of events: heroes deserve our respect, not villains.

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