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Saturday, August 31, 2019 

Fishy comic reviews from Nexus Hub

I found some reviews of 3 comics on Nexus Hub, containing more subtle propaganda, or sugarcoated views of specific writers who've done more than enough to alienate the audience. For example, they wrote up a sugarcoated review of Saladin Ahmed's take on Exiles:
About ten years ago Marvel started publishing eXiles a book featuring alternate reality versions of popular characters been sent around the multiverse to fix universe ending issues. The book was equal parts fun, funny and shocking as characters were betrayed, betrayed their team mates and died. The one constant throughout was fan favourite created for the Age of Apocalypse storyline, Blink.

Blink is the focal point of this revival as the Talus finds her once again and tasks her with assembling a team and saving the multiverse from the Time Eater who is crossing the dimensions and effectively destroying each timeline. To accomplish this task Blink criss-crosses the multiverse and recruits an older, battle weary Kamala Khan, beat down from a genocidal war with mutants, Nate Richards, Iron Lad and a future Kang the Conqueror, Lil Wolvie the kid friendliest of Wolverines and Valkyrie from Asgard, modelled after Tessa Thompson’s version. Together they encounter a Peggy Carter Captain America, Wild West versions of The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants and Black Panther and a sect of Watchers who do more than watch.

The book cleverly revives the original concept with just a hint at the old baggage while bringing in new concepts. The book also revives the What If? Concept within the structure of an ongoing book and using that concept to build a larger story. It is a fun way to play with preconceived characters and story ideas, I mean who would ever think of turning Wolverine into the innocent Lil Wolvie who doesn’t even know what “kill” means. Even the concept of Peggy Carter as Cap is inspired as it takes a character made popular by the films and gives her the top billing that many have wanted to see.

Unfortunately, Marvel cancelled the book at around the issue 9, giving Saldin Ahmed another three issues to close out the series and this led to a somewhat rushed ending. I really enjoyed the concept and the book and am sad that it ended.
First of all, the whole Exiles concept began at least 18 years ago, not ten, and I'm not sure Blink could be considered a fan favorite by any stretch when such books don't sell in millions. But, what a shame they're glossing over the pretensions of an awful writer like Ahmed, who, seriously, doesn't deserve praise for his work with the way he's injected politics into it. Nothing can be considered clever or fun when a character as politically structured as Khan is gets put into the book. And why do they say Peggy Carter was popularized by the Captain America films, and not the comics? I honestly don't see that as a good way to discuss the comics medium if everything must be judged by movies.

Then, there's their take on Danger Girl and the Army of Darkness:
Crossing these two comic book franchises over makes sense as besides being a super spy, Danger Girl’s Abbey Chase is also a thief similar to Uncharted’s Nathan Drake. So having her search for the Necronomicon is a clever way to bring the characters together. Unfortunately, the execution is more Danger Girl with the very 90s cheesecake art style and paper-thin plotting. Ash Williams is nothing more than a side character in the book, sadly, as he plays second fiddle to Abbey and the rest of the Danger Girl team.
Oh look, somebody thinks cheesecake is outdated! An inherently bad thing! And doesn't even consider that was the point of DG, if not the only one. You have a comic intentionally built on a particular element, and somebody can't even appreciate that. I don't agree with the assertion Abbey Chase is a thief either, and in the debut, she was trying to grab a treasure artifact away from a real crook. Somebody can't even admire what was called Good Girl Art, let alone the concept of adventure fare, so he even goes so far as to assert it's all wafer-thin to boot, on which I must disagree.

And then comes their review of The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle, which is illustrated by a certain artist who got booted from Marvel for injecting stealth antisemitism into his art backgrounds in X-Men:
Artwise [Ardian] Syaf’s pencils are clean and evoke the seedier side of Chicago effectively. The pencils are not super detailed, but the action scenes are dynamic and evoke a sense of danger when Dresden is facing off against monsters and pissed off lions. The inks and colours, too, are clean if unspectacular and they serve the story well.
My my, the artist who followed Islamic beliefs and injected them into his artwork is still getting jobs in the medium? Even if he's not doing it now, I just don't see the point of lavishing attention to something he's worked on, if only because it could give him an undeserved boost. And even if Syaf hadn't snuck that terrible stuff into X-Men: Gold, it still had some truly awful moments hurtful to conservatives.

In the end, it's a real shame when some would-be reviewers go about everything and anything the wrong way, and pay lip service to the wrong people while belittling the better ones.

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" Somebody can't even admire what was called Good Girl Art, let alone the concept of adventure fare, so he even goes so far as to assert it's all wafer-thin to boot, on which I must disagree."

Good girl art can be fun, although I don't think Danger Girl is a particularly good example of it. But it is shallow effervescent fun. When you say it is not wafer-thin, you are suggesting that it has depth. What kind of depth do you see in cheesecake?

That's because he's thinking with his lower head, not his upper one.

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