Does DC = NO FUN?!
Need Coffee columnist Widge suggests that DC might not be producing the world's funnest comics anymore -- and a way to remedy the situation:
"...a thought struck me: how about Booster goes and snags--from the time stream, or from alternate realities, or whatever--the old Giffen/DeMatteis Justice League and they run around and have adventures, like a DC version of the Exiles. Get G & D back to write the thing...wouldn't you read the hell out of that book? Of course you would. And so would I."
In a word, Widge is suggesting...EARTH-FUN!
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Are geeks and girls with guns redefining the action hero?
John Rambo and other cinematic action icons like him face a far larger problem than scornful critics: They’re being swept into irrelevance by a tide of new American heroes, like the retail drone turned reluctant spy of NBC’s “Chuck,” admired more for their technical skills and a general lack of testosterone. And two new television series based on popular properties—“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles” and “Bionic Woman”—are spearheading a resurrection of the strong, hard-hitting and sexy action heroine—action figures who are tougher, less cartoonish, more relatable and just more believable than their beefed-up male counterparts.
Of course, Spider-Man's Brand New Day is not playing into this at all, with a Chuck-ified Peter Parker and Mary Jane as an ass-kicking superheroine.
You know who they should turn into a slacker next? Dick Grayson. He could be in his mid-twenties and have to move back in with Aunt Harriet.
School Bans Superhero Shirts
Several pre-school principals have banned superhero and wrestling icon clothes after a couple tragic incidents:
The ban comes shortly after three-year-old Jared Sadiq of Kensington, Johannesburg, miraculously survived a three- storey fall from his grandmother's flat in KwaZulu-Natal. It also follows the tragic death of an English child, who dived down a flight of stairs wearing a Batman outfit last year.
Of course, this brings to mind how they switched Human Torch for Herbie the Robot on the old Fantastic Four because they were afraid kids would set themselves on fire...
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