Spring Comes Slowly Up This Way…And When It Does Show Up, It Lasts For About 2 Weeks–Then It’s 40 with the Humidex
(Soundtrack: Magnapop —Rubbing Doesn’t Help)
So I’ve been enjoying the pleasant weather, and dealing with bureaucrats–but I’ve been keeping up with my reading. Let me tell you about some of it, while Christine’s in the shower.
I love this Bruce Baugh introduction to the Legion of Super-Heroes. I pretty much concur with everything Bruce has to say here, especially re: Keith Giffen, who has done some wonderful things, but ought never to be left alone with a gag or a gross-out. The Legion is probably the best example of a comic book series that has approached “modern mythology” status… Certainly, Legion fans have never been known for their ironic awareness of the textuality of the characters they love–and, as Bruce points out, you only increase that kind of fanaticism by attacking it head-on… (and you know, this echoes the Gutterninja’s take on anti-superoheroism–which is convenient, because I really wanted to draw your attention to Steve Pheley’s new blog…)
One of the most interesting things about the Legion, from my reader-response obsessed point of view, was the yearly fan-based election for team leader, which was then translated into dramatic form by the creative team, with votes apportioned representatively amongst the team members…
Okay. Maybe that’s all for now.
I’ll be back tomorrow with my reactions to The Complete Peanuts, Volume One. All I’ll say for now is that I’ve read it from cover to cover and I loved it! (except for the Garrison Keillor intro., which was, well, Keilloresque…)
The Expos continue to go from Vlad to worse, and I’m going for a walk now!
Have A Good Weekend Friends!