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Saturday, May 16, 2020 

Wired magazine recommends the worst possible mainstream comics in digital for the time of Covid19

Wired magazine has some propaganda by Graeme McMillan, who's also written similar puff pieces for the Hollywood Reporter, recommending some of Marvel and DC's worst political propaganda being offered for free on the Big Two's digital sites, for as long as they still have such online libraries, to read during Corona quarantines. For example, none other than the Muslim Ms. Marvel:
One of the undisputed high points of the last decade of Marvel’s comic book output, G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona’s Ms. Marvel updates the classic Spider-Man formula with the invention of Kamala Khan, a superhero fan who finds out that her own destiny is far from the humdrum future she imagined for herself. Charming, understated, and entirely aware of how ridiculous (and genuinely wonderful) it really is, it’s everything that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man movies are and then some, featuring a character who’s far more in tune with today’s world than Peter Parker ever managed to be.
My my, sounds like somebody is touting this as superior in nearly every way to Spider-Man as we once knew him. I wouldn't be shocked if next, he'll be telling us all that Spidey as seen in the past decade is more in tune with today's world than pre-2000 Spidey ever was. No mention of the pro-Islamic propaganda this whole book is built on either, predictably. What's so charming and understated about that, let alone undisputable?

Then, there's DC's event comic called DCeased:
On paper, the idea of combining DC’s superheroes and a zombie plague story feels like something that really shouldn’t work—couldn’t the Justice League just take care of it immediately?—but DCeased, one of the biggest hits from DC in the last few years, doesn’t just manage to sell the premise, it also pushes you to the edge of your seat as the world’s greatest superheroes are revealed to be left defenseless as the world starts to end around them. Credit writer Tom Taylor, who’s had experience bringing the DC heroes to their knees in the Injustice comic book series, and artists including Trevor Hairsine, with making the seemingly impossible seem logical, plausible, and terrifying to boot.
Anybody who can declare Marvel's political propaganda as the best possible tale ever cannot be taken at face value on something that sounds almost similar to what Marvel's done, like the aforementioned Secret Wars. Or DC's own Blackest Night, which was also about zombies risen from the dead. So there's no use in instantly believing the claim this is built on logic or plausibility. What is clear is that DC has long lost its mind trying to out-Marvel the MCU's own efforts.

And it doesn't matter whether these items are being offered for free. The pretensions they're built on practically explain why they've been made free of charge. 'Cause truly, who wants 'em? Nobody who wants to remain sane should keep these around in isolation during the pandemic.

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