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Friday, December 07, 2007 

CBC almost confirms why the big two pull stunts, but not quite

The CBC network talks about the red-colored Hulk storyline, written by Jeph Loeb, whom I'm beginning to realize is fairly overrated, and they say that:
Comic publishers often introduce major storyline twists to attract mainstream media interest. DC Comics killed off Superman in 1993, only to have him make his eventual return.
Yes, but what they don't make clear here is that most of these things get in the way of anything really positive, and how it leads to a lot of watering down. And what they should make clearer is how many of these "twists" of recent involve pointless replacings of leading stars with minority group members, tarnishings of heroes, and deaths.
Death rarely permanent in comics

Earlier this year, Marvel killed off Captain America and has yet to resurrect him, but fans say death is rarely permanent in comic books. Both storylines received considerable media coverage, with Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada appearing on The Colbert Report in March to present host Stephen Colbert with Captain America's shield.
But what they don't mention here is that they consider death an alternative to more challenging storylines like combatting terrorism, or even the resurgence of communism, if Vladimir Putin's creeping tyranny is any indication. In fact, the CBC, like various other mainstream news sources, doesn't seem to give an opinion on these things, which is exactly the resulting problem: how do we know whether it's good or bad if nobody is willing to opine for starters when they bring this up?

It's these rather trivial "twists" that seem to come as interesting to the mainstream press, not when a challenging story like what I suggested above is published, if ever.

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