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Saturday, February 03, 2018

The convergence cometh

When he's not writing hit pieces on artists, Rich Johnston is observing the ongoing convergence of DC Comics.
Brian Bendis‘ arrival at DC Comics, taking over Superman and Action Comics as monthly titles after a Man Of Steel six-weekly series does seem to have changed existing plans considerably. I think it is unarguable that the work of Jurgens, Gleason and Tomasi has created for Superman a new comic book level of success for the character than it has enjoyed in comic books for a very long time. Restoring the marriage, giving Superman a son and exploring his own father/son relationship as well, all while doing very Supermanny things. Critically and commercially, the Superman books have been a success for DC Comics, and a marked improvement over what had come in the decades before.

And now the publisher is changing horses in mid-stream
You don't say... As expected, Brian Bendis is going to do for DC what he has done for Marvel.
Bendis is quoted as saying “The last runs on Superman by Dan Jurgens and Peter Tomasi and Pat Gleason have been phenomenal runs, and my run will be following their runs. We’re not throwing anything out, we’re not abandoning anything, we’re following what’s been going on and taking it to surprising new areas” but also “It’s some of the biggest status quo changes to Superman literally since Crisis.”
Translation: Superman is going to have an affair with Aquaman, and be revealed as a transgender Dreamer. Then he'll convert to Judaism and dedicate himself to imposing peace in the Middle East.

It occurs to me that I should be a little more careful about these satirical suggestions. Marvel might offer me a job.

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35 Comments:

Anonymous Man of the Atom February 03, 2018 6:34 AM  

"Translation: Superman is going to have an affair with Aquaman, and be revealed as a transgender Dreamer. Then he'll convert to Judaism and dedicate himself to imposing peace in the Middle East."

In the Future, this will be known as 'bendising a character'.

Blogger Resident Moron™ February 03, 2018 6:37 AM  

There’s kind of a dark humor to the SJW converged businesses following the fail trail of the Christian churches, trying to be all things to everyone and thereby losing everything that made them distinctive and successful in the first place.

It’s inevitable, seeing as it’s the exact same pattern for the exact same reasons, but it’s also funny because there’s 500 years of recent historical examples of what to not do - and they’re doing it anyway.

Blogger The Kurgan February 03, 2018 6:53 AM  

Bwahahahahhahahahahha thanks for that last paragraph Vox.

Anonymous Looking Glass February 03, 2018 7:31 AM  

The last line reminds me that maybe we'll end up calling this era "the time when Satire died", because, unfortunately, that sounds exactly like a storyline modern comics would do.

Blogger cavalier973 February 03, 2018 8:04 AM  

"Let satire die. Kill it, if you have to."

Blogger Koanic February 03, 2018 8:04 AM  

It's "Superperson".

Anonymous Causal Lurker February 03, 2018 8:06 AM  

OW! I was just swallowing coffee when I read the Aquaman line. Wrecking another screen, it seems. For some reason, a trip to Starbucks and steel harpoons come to mind.

If he wants to go in surprising new areas, why not retro? Use that old SNL skit and convert him to Uberman, dedicated to "Untruth, Injustice, und der Nazi Vay." On second thought, that's too much projection.

On third thought, do it as Super Hipster with the fake beard-scraggle and the passive-aggressive slap fight. A freelance driver, based out of Brooklyn, working days at the Daily Grinder. Uses the unisex bathroom instead of a phone booth.

"Look, up in the sky!
It's a bird! It's a plane!
It's ... Uber Lyft Man!"

Would this be too cruel and satirical? Perhaps not?

Blogger Zaklog the Great February 03, 2018 8:17 AM  

Marvel might offer me a job.

Oh, come on, would you actually turn down an opportunity to accelerate Marvel’s death-by-convergence from the inside? This takes Napoleon’s dictum to the next level: actively assist your enemy in making a mistake.

Blogger Cataline Sergius February 03, 2018 8:20 AM  

“It’s some of the biggest status quo changes to Superman literally since Crisis.”

Supergirl is going to be revealed as his half-sister and they are going to start banging, I know it.

I feel bad for Superman. This is going to be terrible in every available to it.

Blogger Cataline Sergius February 03, 2018 8:35 AM  

I'm surpised they didn't give him Batman.

That way he could make Harley Quinn and Poison lesbians.

Wait a minute, let me go check something...

Crap. (*long tired sigh*) Nevermind.

Blogger YIH February 03, 2018 8:47 AM  

Then he'll convert to Judaism
There's more than a bit of evidence that he already is Jewish. His creators were. Though I wonder how the bris would have worked, canon is that Superman's skin can't be punctured or cut.

Anonymous basementhomebrewer February 03, 2018 8:54 AM  

Bendis is really only dialing what Rich Johnston touted as a great series up to 11. That series was already pushing heavy messaging around feminism. Bendis is just going to accelerate it's fall. Johnston will be singing Bendis's praises once he sees how much more SJW messaging they can cram in.

Blogger Positive Dennis February 03, 2018 8:55 AM  

Supperman can't convert, he can't be circumcized.

Anonymous Tsalal February 03, 2018 9:41 AM  

@Positive Dennis

That doesn't matter if he had Aposthia.

https://infogalactic.com/info/Aposthia

Blogger Resident Moron™ February 03, 2018 9:43 AM  

Meet the Kryptonite Rabbi ...

Anonymous English Tom February 03, 2018 9:47 AM  

Or possibly: gender flexing.

Anonymous Uncle John's Band February 03, 2018 9:51 AM  

It's as if they are actually setting up a controlled experiment to measure convergence. Take a subject that is a success "critically and commercially" (a clear performer in a declining market), add Bendis, then check in from time to time to record the results.

Blogger Duh-ave February 03, 2018 9:58 AM  

The tran is fine.

Blogger dtungsten February 03, 2018 10:00 AM  

(((Superman))) is already Jewish, in the ethnic sense, at least.

Blogger VD February 03, 2018 10:07 AM  

No, he's not. He was raised by a family of American Christians in the Midwest. He is no more Jewish than a pagan orc written by a Christian author is actually Christian.

Anonymous BBGKB February 03, 2018 10:20 AM  

Superman is going to have an affair with Aquaman, and be revealed as a transgender Dreamer. Then he'll convert to Judaism and dedicate himself to imposing peace in the Middle East.

Did anyone see the KFC crossdressing Colonel Sanders commercial

Meet the Kryptonite Rabbi If orthodox he only needs a Kryptonite tooth.
https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/country/8096389/reba-mcentire-kfc-first-woman-colonel-sanders

Blogger Brad Matthews February 03, 2018 10:49 AM  

Gender Bendis

Blogger mike smith February 03, 2018 10:53 AM  

VD,

I think you are a genius for putting it down in writing. But I see that going one of 2 ways.

Either you can sue or threaten to sue them for stealing your ideas/giving you zero credit....

OR

They sue you for hacking their servers.

Blogger Alec Rawls February 03, 2018 11:17 AM  

The left is eyeball-deep in Jew hatred. They would no more have Superman convert to Judaism than become a Trump supporter. Maybe under the influence of red kryptonite.

Anonymous Roffles February 03, 2018 11:24 AM  

There’s kind of a dark humor to the SJW converged businesses following the fail trail of the Christian churches, trying to be all things to everyone and thereby losing everything that made them distinctive and successful in the first place.
Dang. Am I the only one who's ever worked for a once-successful national retail or fast food chain and watched it commit hara kiri by doing this very thing pre-2005?

Like go back maybe a decade before SJW convergence became the thing to do. Let's talk brands expanding into laughable categories obviously outside their fiefdoms. Happened a lot, as I recall. Example: McDonald's testing the waters selling pizza in New England. Wow what an unappealing mixture of smells that was.
And how about 'mature brands' that, having conquered the competition, ceased to fulfill their original function? Example, Blockbuster video gutting their rental catalog by selling off whatever titles didn't rent for 90 days.... no coincidence Netflix entered the scene soon after. I'm personally aquainted with more, but suffice to say there are many examples to choose from.

The common denominator is that since these brands are run by corporate leaders who have neither a past nor plans for a future with their companies, they have no problem disrupting the current base of buyers in the hopes of making short term gains for their stockholders. What do they care? They'll be on to the next job before the dominoes fall; they'll be spinning their treachery as boldness and innovation. Thinking outside the box!
"Tell the established consumer base to get bent, we're going to change the core product to please people who've never bought it and never plan to!" Etc.
It's a been a cancer in the US economy for decades now and social justice virtue signaling is only the latest manifestation. It would be nice if the upper management class didn't believe that virtue signaling could cure all corporate ails and get the cash stingy millenials shopping again. But for the ideogolically agnostic I'm sure it's just the latest fashionable short cut: popular band aids for badly-run corporations to apply to their respective slit wrists.

Blogger Danby February 03, 2018 12:45 PM  

VD wrote:No, he's not. He was raised by a family of American Christians in the Midwest. He is no more Jewish than a pagan orc written by a Christian author is actually Christian.
I've seen Superman described more than once as a thinly-disguised Jewish version of the the Messiah, as in, "No, stupid Christians, THIS is what the Messiah will be like!"

Blogger Cataline Sergius February 03, 2018 2:10 PM  

This is as close as I can get to caring about this issue.

Rao-orthodox Religion, also known as Raoism for short, is the primary religion of Krypton and New Krypton. Adherents of this religion worship the god Rao, which is based on the planet Krypton's sun. The religion also includes a pantheon of 14 major dieties, 203 demigods, and over 1000 Titans.

Most Kryptonians are believed to have some degree of belief in Raoism. Even Superman, raised on Earth and attending Christian church, exhibited some Raoist habits, such as his famous exclamation of "Great Rao!".


Honestly, I could see Supergirl doing that because she lived in a Kryptonion society until she was fourteen or so.

But Superman is clearly kind of a try-hard Krytonion. Sort of like the owner of a Little Italy spaghetti and meat-sauce joint, who goes on and on and on about how Italian he is but only speaks about a dozen words of the language and would think ragu alla bolognese is "hot garbage, I ain't that!"

Blogger Cataline Sergius February 03, 2018 2:26 PM  

As for the creators of Superman's being Jewish. Bullshit.

Siegel and Shuster completely ripped off the pulp works of Lester Dent, Phillip Wylie and Norvell Page. All of whom were Christians. Page was so Christian, his other best selling pulps were about Prester John's kingdom.

National Allied repeatedly got sued because of Superman and repeatedly settled.

When comic book types start moaning about how badly Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster were robbed of the fruits of their labors by grasping corporate ya-da, ya-da. Which is almost true. They were paid an agreed to amount upfront knowing they were giving up all rights to the character. And when Superman blew up big, they wanted more money than what was agreed to in the first place and didn't get it. Welcome to New York.

It should be noted that Siegel and Shuster did get to miss out on all of the lawsuits that were leveled against their "original creation" for infringement. Superman started life as a complete and total ripoff of at least three different characters. Gladiator, The Spider and of course Doc Savage. The only thing Siegel and Shuster created was plagerism.

Blogger tublecane February 03, 2018 2:34 PM  

@15-Kryptonite mohel.

Blogger tublecane February 03, 2018 2:41 PM  

@24-Large portions of the left, yes, because of a mix of the Coalition of the Fringes aspect, and the fact that to many groups Jews look like just more white people. I don't know what they were thinking, teaming up with blacks, Aloha Snackbars, etc. (Actually, I do know. White people are dangerous. It's just that they're not the most dangerous, and they create pretty friendly civilizations that aren't worth destroying for your sense of psychological security.)

But that's a bit in the future. Right now, though the left has a love-hate thing with Israel, they like Jews. As evidenced by the fact that Jews are overwhelmingly leftist, expect on the issue of Israel. Especially if you consider the neocons leftists, which you should.

What else could explain their rejection of one of the most Jew-friendly presidents ever: Trump. That guy is basically America's Netanyahu, and they reject him like he's, well, you know.

Blogger Jon D. February 03, 2018 5:24 PM  

They really shouldn't be switching Jurgens off this.

OpenID paulmurray February 03, 2018 5:28 PM  

> Restoring the marriage, giving Superman a son and exploring his own father/son relationship as well, all while doing very Supermanny things.

Observe the contempt this person has for the actual core of Superman comics: "supermanny things". Nothing could please this person better than if Superman became Clark Kent permanently, and the comic became a relationship drama.

Blogger Bobiojimbo February 03, 2018 9:21 PM  

Anyone want to take bets that Superman's son will be gay? Maybe end up with Batman's son... Additionally, how does one go about shorting stocks?

J/k about the stocks, won't be surprised by the other prediction.

Blogger James Dixon February 04, 2018 6:41 AM  

> Additionally, how does one go about shorting stocks?

Since this does come up fairly frequently wrt various companies: https://www.thebalance.com/the-basics-of-shorting-stock-356327

As a general rule, I don't recommend it. The potential liability is just too great.

Anonymous CarpeOro February 04, 2018 12:34 PM  

James Dixon wrote:> Additionally, how does one go about shorting stocks?

Since this does come up fairly frequently wrt various companies: https://www.thebalance.com/the-basics-of-shorting-stock-356327

As a general rule, I don't recommend it. The potential liability is just too great.


I'll admit to having no idea on how to short stocks. That being said however, unless you literally have insider information it appears like trying to snatch falling knives out of the air. My take has been it is wiser to look for who is setting up to benefit from the failure - which unless it was a ponzi scheme with no real value, someone will.

Regarding the Superman family - son comes out as being trans-gendered and wife comes out as lesbian.

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