…you know what they always say about kids? That kids can’t distinguish between fantasy and reality. And that’s actually bullshit. When a kid’s watching The Little Mermaid, the kids knows that those crabs that are singing and talking aren’t really like the crabs on the beach that don’t talk. A kid really knows the difference. Then you’ve got an adult, and adults can not tell the difference between fantasy and reality. You bring them fantasy, and the first thing they say is ‘How did he get that way? Why does he dress like that? How did that happen?’ —Grant Morrison, on how grown-ups ruin everything. (By the way, I agree with him and the rest of that post is well worth reading for additional thoughts by Carla Speed McNeil and Sean T Collins.)
My goodness! How shall we “entice Middle America without a lot of complicated explication”? Let’s spread corn kernels on a path to the theater in the hopes that they will be confused into thinking it’s harvest-related and they’ll just come a-runnin’! Let’s call it Hoedown instead of Inception; maybe that will help! —Linda Holmes, taking The Hollywood Reporter to task for not giving my people enough credit to be interested in a Christopher Nolan film.
Inspired by the Comic-Con news that Marvel’s planning to do “some CrossGen stuff” now that they access to the properties Disney bought when CrossGen went belly-up, Tim O’Shea and I came up with a list of six CrossGen series we’d like to see make a comeback. I was a huge CrossGen fan back in the day, so knowing that it could be resurrected in some form is all the reason I need to appreciate Disney’s buying Marvel.
What Are You Reading?
Short reviews of Super Maxi-Pad Girl #3 and a serial killer mystery called The Awakening.
The Royal Historian of Oz and Fanfic
In this week’s Gorillas Riding Dinosaurs, we tackle the age-old problem of creator-owned work vs. corporate-owned (or public domain, as the case may be). Which should you read? Which should you create? And what does the concept of Official Canon have to do with it?
In Brightest Day, Mera reveals that she was originally sent to Earth on a mission to assassinate the King of Atlantis, but that when she met Aquaman she fell in love with him and couldn’t follow through.
The first lesson I learned from Aquaman #11 is that significantly more has changed than just Mera’s motives, because Aquaman wasn’t King of Atlantis in the original story. In fact, he and Aqualad didn’t even live there. They were still hanging out in the Aquacave, patrolling the seas on porpoiseback; only stopping by Atlantis when the city had a major threat that needed dealing with.
But continuity has been rebooted by a Crisis or four since 1963, so perhaps in the current timeline Aquaman was ruling Atlantis when Mera showed up. What that means though is that – while Brightest Day is still a valid story about the effect Mera’s confession has on her husband – it’s not exactly a major revelation or an Event for the audience. It’s not Everything You Know is Wrong. It’s You Really Didn’t Know Anything About This, But Everything You Assumed You Knew Based on Pre-Crisis History is Wrong. In other words, Mera’s confession may impact the current version of Aquaman in a big way, but should directly impact the readers a lot less, especially considering that we don’t really know this Aquaman very well.
The second thing I learned from Aquaman #11 is that maybe we shouldn’t be using Aquaman as a spokesperson for outrage against the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
That’s right. Aquaman stops the tyrant who usurped Mera’s throne by creating an oil spill that covers the bad guys in crude. And it gets worse, because it’s not actually the oil itself that defeats the villains. It’s what’s in the oil.
I’m detecting some uncertainty in his eyes there. It’s like he knows what he did was wrong, but he did it anyway. And if that’s not bad enough, he passed on this attitude to Batman.