The Comic Rack: And the death toll rises…
Over at Newsarma, the coolest and best looking comic book journalist in the universe, Vaneta Rogers recently interviewed Brian Reed about the future of Ms. Marvel. What I read astounded me and infuriated me at the same time. I won’t go over the entire interview with you (that’s why you click the link) but spoilers are abound and they ain’t the good kind. We’ll get into all of that after the jump. If you don’t want to know, then don’t jump and don’t click the link. But, if you like to be forewarned – forge ahead….
For those reading the “Dark Reign” titles over at Marvel probably picked up “Dark Avengers” this week and found out that Carol Danvers aka Ms. Marvel told Norman Osborn to stuff it and left in a huff. Normie, being Normie, then designates Moonstone to be his Ms. Marvel in the aforementioned group. But, the fun doesn’t stop there. It seems Brian Reed, who happens to write the most kick-ass female super-heroine book out right now (Sorry Gail, but right now I’d take Ms. Marvel in a bet over Wonder Woman as hottest and most deadly super-heroine right now – but that is about to change…), will as of Ms. Marvel #35 begin a three issue arc which will be the death of Carol Danvers. As of Ms. Marvel #38, Moonstone not only takes the Ms. Marvel mantle for Dark Avengers but in the signature book as well.
I’m royally pissed off.
Between DC and Marvel, they are killing off more iconic figures than ever. And basically the whole look of both comic universes are dark, dreary, and downright depressing. Now, there are times where the villians need to look like they’re winning and then the heroes rise to the occasion and save the day. That’s the formula and it’s worked for years. Plus we are in a full blown recession and got one foot over the line to a depression. It’s not a happy time, folks (like you needed me to tell you this). The last thing I need is my comic books, which I read for enjoyment, to start killing off iconic characters and changing the landscape, and not for the better.
Batman is out for the count right now (I refuse to believe Bruce Wayne is truly dead), Superman will be off planet for about a year, Wonder Woman is getting replaced by a man, Connor Kent is dead. Bart Allen is dead. Spider Man’s marriage is dead. Doctor Strange is no longer the Sorcerer Supreme of Earth, the scourge of the Marvel mutant world, the Scarlet Witch, is back, and now Carol Danvers is dead.
Carol’s history is rich within the Marvel Universe, so this is huge news. She’s taken on the name of one of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel Universe, lost her powers, regained them with even more power, lost her memory, rose from that to become the field general for the most powerful group of heroes in the Marvel Universe, The Avengers. And let’s be clear, even without powers, Carol Danvers is no joke. She’s military and she will kick your ass without giving it another thought.
She single handidly ran through a major Skrull Armada and basically killed the lot of them. She’s friends with Wolverine, Nick Fury, Iron Man, Captain America, Luke Cage, the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and numerous other heroes. The death of Carol Danvers is one of the biggest deaths in the Marvel Universe. And it comes at a time when her comic is one of the best on the market today.
Which means this is another book I’ll be dropping.
I could care less about Dark Reign and Moonstone. Moonstone, at one time, was mildly interesting, but that died quickly. I just don’t need to follow a fake hero in a book trashing the name of a hero I had enormous respect for.
Can we get back to the formula again? Can we get back to kick ass comics where the heroes aren’t picking up their teeth and spitting up blood, bowing at the feet of the newest Universal threat? Can we stop having the heroes getting the crap kicked outta them already? Well, there is Geoff Johns. He, at least, gets it. Just check out Justice Society and Green Lantern. Check out Superman-Secret Origin when it comes out and you’ll see what I mean.
I’ll miss you, Carol. If for nothing else, you were fine as hell and could be counted on when the chips were down.