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best moment: “Nobody can come up with a good argument for eating animals – nobody can.
Eric and his commenters then attempt to do the impossible.
2. Over at The Basement Tapes, Fra/Cas laud a Grant Morrison intro. to a Mark Waid Flash TPB from the late nineties for its “everything old is true again” value–but the thing that strikes me about this quotation:
When Mark Waid took
over writing THE FLASH, Wally West was one more ‘realistic’ jerk in a
field obsessed, since the mid-80’s, by rapists, serial killers and
tormented, unshaven ‘heroes’ doing tormented, unshaven, repetitive
is how poorly it suits the event which occasioned its utterance… I mean, was it just that Morrison wanted to say these things, and this was the only opportunity that he got? What other explanation could there be? Bill Messner-Loebs’ Flash was a bit of a jerk, of course, but he sure as hell wasn’t a “grim, gritty” jerk… Superhero comics make strange bedfellows, and I can see why, given the situation at the time (and now, I suppose), Morrison might want to ally himself, in the name of “fun”, with the Mark Waids of this world…but the thing is–Mark Waid isn’t fun! (not for me, anyway)… And the even worse thing is that Messner-Loebs was! This is the guy who brought back Rex The Wonder Dog for God’s Sake!
And it was smart, emotionally-engrossing fun too…I haven’t read much of Waid’s run on Flash–but I saw enough! Hey (30 year old) kids! Back to square-jawed heroism! And here’s the ghost of Barry Allen to show you the way (and kick your ass if you step outta line…yeah, yeah, it wasn’t really Barry Allen–but, for all (of Waid’s) intents and purposes, it was… if I had actually been reading comics at the time, I would’ve been far more disturbed by this Silver Age-revenant thing than I had been a few years earlier, when I noticed that a new Punisher mag was coming out every week…) The problem now is that the “grim revisionism vs. iconic fun” (see Identity Crisis vs. New Frontier) binary has so successfully taken superhero discourse hostage that a writer like Messner-Loebs (or Roger Stern) gets lost in the shuffle…and that’s grotesque! I guess I should just be thankful that Morrison has survived–but it’s a shame that he was forced to feed Loebs to the lyin’ in the process!
If you have money, please give some to Bill Messner-Loebs! (or, better yet, bombard DC with demands that he be reinstated forthwith) (see Greg M.’s comment below)
also in the comments–Cole Odell discusses Mike Baron’s Flash, which was, indeed, somewhat gritty, in a good way (his Vandal Savage was particularly nasty), but let’s not forget that it also featured moments like this (p.s.: oops! Loebs wrote this issue too…but trust me, Baron created those three crimson cut-ups, and he had fun with them too!):
oh yeah–and Greg Burgas (who should really get on the Simply Comics Update Thing) discusses Stern & Romita JR’s classic ASM #229-230…the Juggernaut story… I love that spider-period–although these particular issues don’t interest me nearly as much as the return of Mary Jane, in the mid-240s!
Also! Scott Tipton, a very brave man, makes the following assertion, during the course of his Firestorm chat: “Gerry Conway, ladies and gentlemen: the smartest man in comics? In 1980, I’d have to say yes.”
Good Day Friends!