2009 is almost over and it’s the perfect time to concentrate on a year-in-review. But we’ve already taken care of that. The other obvious choice for the last Comicscape of the year is to come up with a list of New Years’ Resolutions we’d like to suggest to the bigwigs at Marvel and DC… but you all know what it comes down to: stop the price increases and slow down on all the big crossover events.
But if we really put our minds to it, we can probably come up with a pretty decent wish list for 2010. Not quite resolutions, but rather things we’d like to see happen. 2009 was a great year in comic bookery and 2010 can be even better! So let’s take a look at what the folks behind Comicscape would like to see happen in the coming year.
Not Geoff Johns writing the umpteenth retelling of Superman’s origin; Geoff Johns writing a monthly Superman comic. Doesn’t matter if it’s the regular title or Action Comics, we just want him back on the book he’s supposed to be writing.
Green Lantern? Awesome. The Flash with art by Francis Manapul? Hey, that sounds great too. We’ll be there for every single issue. But before all this World of New Krypton stuff started and Superman left the planet (and his own title), you had Geoff Johns kicking ass on Action Comics, making it a must-read book and making Superman cool for the first time in years. Yeah, yeah, Mon-El’s great and Flamebird and Nightwing are… oh wait, that’s right. We quit reading those titles months ago. We have no idea if those books are good anymore and frankly, we don’t care. We quit reading them ‘cause they sucked.
The way we see it, it’s a simple equation: your best writer working on the greatest superhero of all time. That’s fried gold, baby.
Seriously, we’ve been mentioning this at least once a month for the past year now. You’d think somebody out there would be paying attention. Comicscape is required reading at the Marvel offices, right? But we’re not going to shut up and we’ll shout it from the highest mountaintop! Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends must to be released on DVD!
Come on Marvel, what’s the hold up? Continuity be damned - this was one of your finest moments in animation and it introduced a generation to the Marvel Universe. In a world where every iteration of Super Friends (including the crappy Wendy and Marvin years), the Ruby-Spears Superman cartoon that only lasted one season and even the Aquaman animated series have all been released on DVD, you’d think that this one would’ve made the cut as well. But to date… no.
For that matter, how about all those oddball Marvel Comics animated series’ from the ‘60s? You know, the ones where they just added slight animation to the actual comic book pages? Can you honestly tell us there isn’t a market for this stuff? 2009 was your 70th anniversary and would’ve been the perfect time to hit fans with a barrage of cool retrospective stuff like this; but we won’t complain if we get it in 2010.
Just one simple word. We don’t care if it’s in-continuity or set on Earth-S, we just want to see the Marvel Family back in action. All of them – Captain Marvel, Captain Marvel Jr., Mary Marvel… hell, we’d even like to see Mr. Tawky Tawny make a comeback! None of this Billy-as-the-new-wizard crap either. We want the real deal Marvel Family. Billy as Cap, Freddy lookin’ like Elvis and Mary as the sweet little girl next door. Didn’t Grant Morrison pitch an out-of-continuity Marvel Family story a little while back? Let’s see it, Grant!
We’re just sick of him, that’s all. It’s not like we’re even reading the Hulk; we’re just tired of listening to half of the internet complain about him and the other half say that “those guys just don’t get it”. We’re especially sick of Jeph Loeb defending the series with the old “numbers don’t lie” excuse. Just wrap up this Fall of the Hulks story or whatever it’s called and be done with it. Hell, we don’t even care if you just altogether get rid of the Hulk for a year or so. We’re just sick and tired of the whole damn debate. Yes, even Comicscape has its limits.
We’re talking about the 1960’s TV series with Adam West, Burt Ward and a smokin’ hot Julie Newmar as Catwoman (along with about a million other awesome cameos and super-sweet guest stars).
Okay really, what’s this all about? Is it a copyright issue between Fox and Warner Brothers? Is it about DC not wanting to portray a campy Batman? Is it about figuring out how to pay the myriad of folks who did guest spots? Is it a rights issue regarding the costumes, sets or design of the Batmobile? Is it all of this and more?
Well, here’s a simple solution: money. Release this series on DVD and it will make lots and lots of it, more than enough for everyone to get paid handsomely. Seriously, who isn’t going to buy this? Fans have been waiting for decades to own these three seasons of pure, unadulterated campy bliss. If you release it, it will sell.
Okay, we’re probably vastly oversimplifying the whole situation, but come on, guys – you can’t come to an agreement on this one? For us, the loyal and devoted fanboys and fangirls who shell out tons of money every month for your products? Really? Even if we say please? Even if we promise to buy the bare-bones set with no commentary only to turn around a year later and double-dip for the deluxe edition that’s packaged with a sweet Batmobile toy? Because we will.
We’re not talking about an end to the competition and friendly rivalry: we’re talking about fans who seem to think that one is totally good while the other is unconditionally bad. Come now, children: if you’re choosing sides, you’re obviously not getting the point.
Yes, it’s a bit like the Elvis vs. Beatles argument: you can like them both, but obviously you’re going to be partial to one over the other. That’s fine. There’s no such thing as a wrong opinion there. But for the love of god, this is a situation where it’s okay to have your cake and eat it too! They’re both incredibly awesome and they’re both terribly flawed. Stop trying to convince us that DC is the only company that understands how to do superheroes correctly or that they have no good writers, artists or characters outside of Superman and Batman. Stop telling us that the quality of Marvel’s books is so astonishingly high that it’s worth paying an extra dollar or that they ruined all of their characters during Civil War. And if you only read one or the other, then it’s time to try something new. The power of Comicscape compels you to walk into your local comic shop and ask for a recommendation from the company you’ve been avoiding! If the shop’s proprietor is worth his or her salt, they’ll know what you like and they’ll know what to recommend.
Of course, a request like this is a bit like asking for world peace in a beauty pageant, isn’t it? We just look like idiots for asking… but at least we’re pretty.
That’s pretty much all we want to see in 2010. What’re you hopeful for, Maniacs? Got any demands for the big two? What do YOU want to see happen next year?