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Batman's origins made grosser for no good reason

With the 12th issue of the latest Batman volume, Tom King and the editors at DC have just proven it's possible to make a retcon for a character whose world is dark very distasteful and unappealing. The article also brings up a very repellent tamperin...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Dec 14, 2016

Greg Rucka tries to censor Frank Cho's WW art, so the latter quits DC

Artist Cho's left DC after issues with Greg Rucka, whom Cho feels is sabotaging his art drafts (Hat tip: Breitbart). He told them that: All the problem lies with Greg Rucka. EVERYONE loves my Wonder Woman covers and wants me to stay. Greg Rucka is t...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Jul 20, 2016

It's ill-advised to think Rebirth will fix the most serious harm to the DCU

Arcamax published a fluff column about DC's Rebirth, which Geoff Johns supposedly wrote as an apology to all who thought Flashpoint was a bad direction. But there's plenty of signs it still solves little or nothing, and if they stick by what Zero Hou...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Jun 1, 2016

I'm just as baffled as J. Scott Campbell is

Campbell found a SJW accusing him of "sexism" just because of his art style, and had this little response to offer: Umm.. Huh.? RT @CouldBeComics: @JScottCampbell @CaptMarvelNews @MidtownComics Not even for Captain Marvel. I can't support s...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on May 24, 2016

Geoff Johns is unfit for taking charge of DC movies

After the mediocre reception for Batman vs. Superman, WB execs now want the wrong man for oversight: The fallout from Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice continues to ripple through Warner Bros. The Burbank-based studio is making changes to the way...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on May 20, 2016

Did superhero movies themselves dull the comics they drew from?

I found an op-ed on the South China Morning Post, originally from Tribune News Service, lamenting how the movies based on superheroes dulled the original sources. But just under the headline, we get this: The pressure to turn comics into films has t...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on May 13, 2016

It's just like Marvel to offer line-wide crossover tie-ins for FCBD

Arcamax published a fluff-coated piece about what's being offered for Free Comic Book Day (and it's worth noting that for over a decade since this idea was launched, many free specials have been mostly worthless), and look how Marvel chose to commemo...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Apr 26, 2016

All they care about is numbering, not legacies

One of the steps DC's taking with Rebirth is (surprise, surprise) restoring Action/Detective's original numbering, and an attempt convince readers they're lowering the price: With "Rebirth," the mainline DC Universe titles will be renumber...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Feb 19, 2016

A Titans TV show wouldn't work well with Akiva Goldsman on board

The TNT network turned down a sci-fi drama based on the Teen Titans. While some might think it's because of how hard it would be to find an actress tall enough to play Starfire, who's 6'4 in the official character profilings, much like Tom Selleck (w...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Jan 10, 2016

Tribune News Service sugarcoats Marvel reboot

Here's a head-shaking column on Arcamax from Tribune News Service with nothing critical or objective to say about the "rebooted" MCU: Over the summer, Marvel canceled its entire line after a huge, climactic crossover destroyed its superhero...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Nov 14, 2015

Mary Jane Watson among ComicBook's top 5 redheads

ComicBook posted a slideshow of 5 redheads in comics, and they even thought to add Mary Jane Watson to the mix. Unfortunately, they have nothing critical to say about Marvel's heavy handed editorial mandate that marginalized her status. All they real...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Nov 13, 2015

How is DC trying to fix the mistake they made with the Titans?

Kotaku's telling us that DC is supposedly trying to mend the harm they caused to the Teen Titans, which has been going on for a long time: [...] But then DC changed their whole universe up in 2011 and the best iteration of the Teen Titans never exis...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Oct 28, 2015

Daredevil gets an illegal border crosser for a protege

No sooner has Nu-Secret Wars run its dull course, new Daredevil writer Charles Soule announced he's got an obviously politicized story in store for Hornhead, as if Mark Waid hadn't done enough harm already: The first order of business was discussing...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Sep 8, 2015

Sugarcoated take on Superman's Ulysses tale

Here's a fluff-coated mishmash on Arcamax about Geoff Johns's rotten story in Superman featuring a character called Ulysses: For a lot of people, Superman is one of those characters that they know is important, but they aren't all that interested in...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Aug 31, 2015

What's the use of relaunching Fantastic Four?

An editor at Newsarama is urging Marvel to relaunch the FF as soon as possible. But what good would it really do? They say: The even more-epic-than-expected-tranking (get it?) of 20th Century Fox’s reboot has cracked open a door for Marvel Comics...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Aug 24, 2015

Once, Archie mattered. But does Waid's approach?

Macleans recently wrote about the history of Archie's comics. Granted, they are right that output of the past has its value. But at the beginning, when they're talking about Mark Waid's reboot, they say: The best Archie writers, like Frank Doyle, ma...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Aug 14, 2015

2 Grantland columns about 2 X-Men

A writer for Grantland wrote two articles over a year ago about Gambit and Cyclops, one where he may not have laid out his criticism correctly, and the second where he defends the other character. Here's the first one, where he's disappointed with Ch...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Jul 26, 2015

Should a movie starring Gambit be made when there's virtually no good stories about him?

NY's Vulture section wrote about plans to make a movie centered around the most badly written X-Man of all, Gambit/Remy Le Beau: The Marvel Comics superhero Gambit has the rare distinction of being as well-known as he is useless. He debuted in a 199...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Jun 22, 2015

Iron Man won't be invincible with Bendis taking over the title

USA Today's written a puff piece about Marvel's reboot, and tells that Brian Bendis is supposedly going to make Tony Stark an A-lister: Iron Man is the superhero crown jewel of the Marvel movies in Hollywood, and if writer Brian Michael Bendis has h...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on Jun 8, 2015

2 Spider-Men co-existing alongside each other post-NuSecret Wars

The Venture Capitol Post quoted Brian Bendis talking about Marvel's plans for what a reboot of the MCU will be like for Spider-Man, which appears to be set to use an Ultimate universe derived vision: So when Ultimate Spider-Man writer Brian Michael...
by The Four Color Media Monitor on May 21, 2015


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