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Thursday, January 19, 2023 

Marvel no longer qualifies for producing Predator comics

Nor do they qualify for publishing comics based on Aliens, but that's another story. Yet Polygon thinks they do:
The repeatability of the Predator franchise is its true strength. Who needs an overarching canon when all a movie needs is some fun characters, good action, and the answer to a question like “How would a Roman legion react to a Predator attack?” From such humble questions come instant cult classics like Prey, which pitted an aspiring Comanche warrior against the alien hunter.

But this year, writer Ed Brisson and artist Kev Walker have shown that there’s no wrong time period for a Predator story, not even the future.
Oh, do tell us about it. In an era where too much of this grisliness has become the norm along with political correctness, there is, most unfortunately, a wrong time for writing these kind of stories.
Normally the last thing I want a Hollywood executive to do is remember that they own a company that publishes comic books, much less print media, lest they start trying to mess with it. But I’m making an exception for Predator (2022), the comic.

I really do hope somebody at the Walt Disney corporation knows that Marvel Comics creatives just handed them a rock solid Predator spinoff for pennies on the dollar: What if Prey took place in a Star Wars-style universe?
Then it'd make the SW franchise even bloodier than it was when George Lucas originally created it in the late 1970s. It's not hard to guess the puff piece writers would be fine with that, based on how enthusiastic they are about this new Predator-related comics material.

Also problematic about this would-be review list is that they wrote up yet another sugarcoated take on the Muslim Ms. Marvel books still being published gratuitously, and this latest one, conncted with Dark Reign, says:
I have to admit that Dark Reign is not grabbing me, except for one thing. And that’s the way that artists and writers are choosing to play with the really weird — and yet, storied Marvel Comics — concept of a New York City where all inanimate objects have been brought to cartoonish demonic life, like an evil version of the castle in Beauty and the Beast.

Like here, where Kamala Khan’s Jersey City mosque just grew some limbs and ran away because it was tired of listening to congregation infighting. This is very weird and very good.
So here's another example of emphasizing Islam and normalizing it, yet ironically, the premise spoken of here might actually alienate the same Islamists they presumably cater to. No wonder the Muslim Ms. Marvel stories have been such dismal sellers on the charts. In any case, what's really sad here is that Marvel's clearly determined to keep pushing this book, based on the political components it's built on, at all costs, no matter how much money it loses in the end.

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Come to think of it, why is everything so gory nowadays? What's the fascination with it? And the way corps think nothing of throwing money down the toilet. It's like they have bottomless reserves, but that's impossible. Wouldn't shareholders be angry at pouring money at a failing property?

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