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November 2018



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'Fanboy entitlement' II

I think the problem is that American comics are mostly about superheroes. Some fans, seeing all of these wonderful or at least different kinds of comics out there from the rest of the world, want to see them here. But our comics are superhero comics. So they urge writers and editors to shoehorn all of this stuff into superhero comics. This tends not to work, and it tends to muck up the superheroes.

Suppose a writer tried to do an Azzarello job on Cherry Poptart. Turn it into a horror title, why not? Kill most of the cast. Disfigure most of the rest. Reveal their sordid pasts of rape, incest, and drug abuse. I don't think Cherry Poptart would be turned into something profound by this kind of writing. I don't think the comic book would be made more entertaining, either; though that may be my own eccentricity of tastes.

I don't think that's what the book is supposed to be like. (Yes, "fan entitlement", but the claim that fans aren't entitled is more elitist crap.) It's supposed to be a sex-comedy parody after the manner of Archie. It grew into something a bit different, with politics and characterization added. But an Azzarello job on Cherry Poptart would simply ruin the book, even as Wonder Woman has been ruined.

(Always seemed to me there's an awful lot of Archie in the Hernandez brothers as well.)

I don't want comic books to be free from genre diversity or even profound or intellectual themes. But I don't agree that darkness, death, or disfigurement mean depth. Most importantly, I don't want superhero comics to be constantly expected to pretend to be something they aren't.