Comics Ate My Brain

January 26, 2009

In which I nitpick a harmless piece of Inaugural ephemera

Filed under: spider-man — Tom Bondurant @ 3:03 am
Generally, I thought the Spider-Man Meets Barack Obama story was fine. However, I was disappointed that a couple of fairly obvious bits were left out.

SPOILERS FOLLOW, I suppose…

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First of all, in case you haven’t read it, it was pretty short — five pages. (If you have read it, feel free to skip to the next paragraph.) When a second Barack Obama shows up on the way to the inauguration, this attracts the attention of a certain news photographer. Peter puts on his Spider-Man costume and swings in to help, suggesting that the two Obamas answer a question that only the real one would know. Said question is “what was BHO’s basketball-player nickname,” which isn’t exactly classified information, but it does the job. Fake Obama turns out to be Spidey’s old foe the Chameleon. That would have been OK, except the plot hinged on the Chameleon knowing absolutely nothing — like “you need a helmet” nothing — about basketball. I can’t remember who on the Internet compared it to Spidey Super Stories, but I think that’s a pretty accurate estimate of the story’s tone.

Anyway, Spidey excuses himself, but before he can go, the Prez-Elect tells Spidey he’s “been a big fan of yours for a long time.” They share a fist-bump, the inauguration proceeds without a hitch (even the oath!), and we all live happily ever after.

I’m disappointed, though, because even with only five pages, I think we could have seen:

— Jonah Jameson ranting “how much do we really know about Obama” and how he can’t decide who’s worse, Obama or Spider-Man;*

— Obama and Spidey comparing notes on their treatment in certain sectors of the media (terrorist sympathizer! threat or menace?); and

— the new POTUS acknowledging that With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility.

These are all fairly cheesy moments, I know; and what’s worse, I am criticizing what is basically a five-page opportunity for Marvel to cash in on Obamania. Still, there it is, so if we can have the fist-bump, why not make the most of it?

*[The story has Peter working for “Frontline,” not the Daily Bugle, but I think Jonah could have appeared regardless, via Peter’s imagination.]

January 21, 2009

The "Hey, You Look Familiar" Meme

Filed under: james bond, meme, star trek, twin peaks, x files, x-men — Tom Bondurant @ 10:16 pm
Kalinara mentioned a couple of variations on a meme (ha!) and I thought I’d try ’em both.

Version One:

[C]reate a team of four heroes, a.la the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, only the catch is that each hero must be a character portrayed by the same actor.

Thus, the League of Extraordinary Patrick Stewarts:

1. Ahab, monomaniacal commander of the whaling ship Pequod;
2. Ebenezer Scrooge, newly-reformed uber-capitalist (and the group’s financier);
3. Professor Charles Xavier, mutant telepath and educator; and of course
4. Jean-Luc Picard, starship captain.

One could also have the League of Extraordinary Sean Connerys:

1. Allan Quartermain;
2. Robin Hood (from the film Robin & Marian);
3. James Bond; and
4. Draco the dragon (from Dragonheart).

Finally, the League of Extraordinary Johnny Depps:

1. Jack Sparrow;
2. Ichabod Crane;
3. Willy Wonka; and
4. Dr. Hunter S. Thompson.

Then there’s Version Two:

[C]reate a team of four to eight members, which comprise of sets of doubles as played by the same actor.

Here goes…

1a. Dr. Sam Beckett, time-traveler (Scott Bakula),
1b. Jonathan Archer, starship captain (Scott Bakula),
2a. Dennis/Denise Bryson, DEA agent (David Duchovny),
2b. Fox Mulder, FBI agent (David Duchovny),
3a. Ra’s al Ghul (Liam Neeson),
3b. Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson),
4a. Brisco County Jr. (Bruce Campbell), and
4b. Ash (Bruce Campbell).

How’s that?

January 6, 2009

If it’s Tuesday, it must be …

Filed under: meta — Tom Bondurant @ 2:46 am
In case you haven’t heard, we few, we happy few who used to write for Blog@Newsarama have found a new home under the CBR umbrella. We call ourselves Robot 6 now, and we’re better than ever.

Of course, I say “we” collectively. “I” am still doing the same kinds of things, except I’m doing them two days earlier.

Therefore, look for the newest Grumpy Old fan at high noon tomorrow, Tuesday, January 6, right behind this link.

See you there!

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