Monday, March 24, 2008
Maybe I'm just getting old and cranky
Okay, so yeah - Secret Invasion. Skrulls replacing Marvel heroes. Having done so for decades, apparently. Spooooooooky. *eye roll* Putting aside the violent "First Night In Federal Prison"-style violations this'll end up giving Marvel Continuity, I have another big question . . .
The Skrulls have got a bunch of the heroes captured. They've got a foolproof way to replace them. They then replace the captured heroes in a totally seamless way. Congratulations, Skrulls! So why then, pray tell, do you keep the original copies ALIVE? To draw marker mustaches on them and take pictures? Keeping them Tupperware fresh for a Disney Style "Hall of Conquered Enemies"? I mean, really, this makes no freakin' sense to me.
I'm just gonna huddle down with a scowl and maybe a drink until this is all over - all the while quietly hoping they don't muck up the lives of Teddy from Young Avengers and Xavin from Runaways too badly with all this nonsense.
And if Emma Frost, Jennifer Jones, Daredevil or anybody else I actually give a crap about is suddenly a Skrull, I am going to cut the amount of Marvel Comics I buy in half. I only collect roughly 13 Marvel titles a month, so whittling that down to 6 titles is not that big of a challenge. Let's say Daredevil, X-Factor, Ellis' Astonishing X-Men, Runaways, one of Fraction's titles, and, in a fit of irony, Powers - done and done. I'm not going to be one of Those Guys who froths at the mouth and declares a boycott but they're definitely going to get me to avoid the major corners of the Marvel U in the near future. Especially if the word "Skrull" in ANY way further ruins the Jessica Jones/Luke Cage relationship (don't even get me started on that one). I'm just so damn tired of mega-crossovers making shockwaves in my books (and yeah, I'm looking at you too, DC - damn well better be "Final Crisis". My wallet can't take much more of this).
I know this is trying to be fun and campy. I get it, I do. But I'm sorry, this Skrull stuff is just . . . ugh. With the flat-out stomping on of old stories to make way for the goofiness of little green men from space, I just can't get into this one. Sorry Bendis & Co.
You know, the funny thing is, I used to like giant Marvel Crossovers. Really! I totally did. Secret Wars and um . . . Secret Wars II! Okay, three giant Marvel Crossovers at least. Remember Acts of Vengeance? That was utterly awesome. Villains versus heroes they never fought before! Beautiful in it's simplicity, really. I freakin' loved Acts of Vengeance.
. . . of course, I was 12 around the time those came out.
God, I'm old.
I'm an old, bitter fanboy.