Comments on "Essential X-Men Volume 2" - Faerye Net 2003-06-19T16:27:19+00:00 Nuclear power point! Was: Eat that, Grandpa! 2003-06-19T16:27:19+00:00 2003-06-19T16:27:19+00:00 <p>ROFL. I think my wife has been working too much.<br /> <br /> I have pleasent images of Magneto wrecking his vengance on Microsofts next business presentation product.</p> Mithrandir Re: Eat that, Grandpa! 2003-06-19T15:52:29+00:00 2003-06-19T15:52:29+00:00 <p>:) I am flattered both by your pointing me out as a dedicated fangirl and by your holding me up as an intellectual sesquipedalian.<br /> <br /> It&#8217;s interesting that that impression of comic books persists. I think that, of Marvel, DC, Dark Horse books, it&#8217;s entirely untrue. Of Archie Comics, maybe.<br /> <br /> Let&#8217;s take a look at the possible brain-rotting effects of comic books. A common attribute of brain-rottage among young people is reduced attention span. I hardly think this charge can be leveled against comic books. While they have fewer words per page than a conventional book, the continuity aspect completely undercuts any &#8220;instant gratification&#8221;. You read almost any comic book out there, and you want to read more. That&#8217;s the basic premise of the whole industry. Small, cheap (once upon a time) books that bring them back next week/month. If anything, the fact that you have to wait for next month to find out if Magneto destroys the nuclear power point, if Empress&#8217;s dad is really dead, and who is behind the strange rash of killings in Gotham City encourages patience and delayed gratification&#8212;not something most stodgy &#8220;those&#8217;ll rot your brains&#8221; guys think the younger generation gets much of.<br /> <br /> Hmm&#8230;other brain rottage. Violence. Well, there may be a lot of that in comic books. But a lot of it, especially in DC, which is my big fuzzy comic-book-publishing teddy bear, is decried, analyzed, and consequence-ridden. There&#8217;s violence, I&#8217;m not going to deny that, and I&#8217;m not going to say it&#8217;s a good thing for kiddies. However, good comic books have ethical and moral discussions that could quite possibly outweigh that - both about violence and other issues. There&#8217;s a whole issue of Robin where his girlfriend decides they should have sex, and Tim (Robin) turns her down. And none of it is preachy, and all of it is well-written and moving. You know in <em>The Lord of the Rings</em> when Sam wonders whether Gollum thinks he&#8217;s the hero or the villain? I grew up without strong religious beliefs, and my moral impetus could be summed up by that question - do you want to feel you&#8217;re the hero, or the villain? Comic books could instill that kind of morals, I think.<br /> <br /> I don&#8217;t know. When it comes down to it, I could talk about why comics are good all day, and most of it would be boring. Here are a few of my most important thoughts, without pretending to respond to allegations of brain-rot:<br /> <ul><br /> <li>They&#8217;re a visual medium that still leaves room for the imagination.<br /> </li><li>The pictures and words often tell a completely different story. Not only is this something you CAN&#8217;T easily do with a single medium, but as long as we&#8217;re talking about kids, it teaches critical thinking skills.<br /> </li><li>They create a world, down to minutiae. Apart from Sir Thomas More in his <em>Utopia</em>, most authors don&#8217;t dare to bore us with how wide the streets are and how the doors open&#8212;in comic books, you can have that and the kitchen sink, without being boring. Seldom has there been a world so horrifyingly detailed as that of <em>Transmetropolitan</em>.<br /> </li><li>They can take chances. One issue of a comic book is not a huge financial risk. You can do something different every month. You can respond to current events fairly quickly. You can try something new without committing.<br /> </li></ul><br /> <br /> I love comic books.</p> felicity Eat that, Grandpa! 2003-06-19T15:16:57+00:00 2003-06-19T15:16:57+00:00 <p>And my grandpa always said comic books would rot my brain. Ha! Felicity, you&#8217;ve got to be the most dedicated fangirl I&#8217;ve ever met, and yet you still use big words like &#8220;palimpsest&#8221;. Kudos on the non brain-rottage. I&#8217;m sure Grandpa would be astonished.</p> wonko Re: nice 2003-06-19T15:04:11+00:00 2003-06-19T15:04:11+00:00 <p>It&#8217;s the cheapest continuity I&#8217;ve ever seen :) They&#8217;re only through Essential X-Men Vol 4, and, as I implied, I&#8217;m worried they&#8217;ll never pick up the ball again. The TPBs they&#8217;ve come out with since then are all story-arc defined, full-color dealies. Color is nice (Lorna Dane (Polaris) having green hair I didn&#8217;t know about for AGES), but frankly, I like having the issue numbers <em>on the front</em> and the TPBs numbered and consecutive! <br /> <br /> Someone&#8217;s made a nice Amazon List explaining which issues are in which TPB, but it looks like &#8220;sandwich&#8221; issues - between the story arcs - may be dropping out of the newer TPBs. Frankly, I like those! That&#8217;s when the jokes get made, the characters discuss what&#8217;s happened to them with less bombast, et cetera. I may be the minority here though.</p> felicity nice 2003-06-19T14:53:04+00:00 2003-06-19T14:53:04+00:00 <p>Enjoyed the review. I&#8217;ll actually be picking this one up. Never was into the Xmen as much, but now I just might have to bite the bullet.</p> actionplant