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But first, I need to say something about The Dark Knight. For me, the best scene in the entire movie - the scene that made the entire film work thematically on so many levels - was the scene in which the people of Gotham foiled the Joker's boat plan. That scene, more than anything, carried the entire film for me. The rest of the film was typical Nolan movie stuff: as a suspense thriller it worked beautifully, as a rumination on the nature of superheroes and villains it was full of shallow and at times downright sophomoric fluff, and goddammit Christian Bale what the hell happened to your acting ability. But that boat scene. Oh that beautiful boat scene. If not for that scene, the entire movie would have fallen apart, thematically as well as emotionally.

And I'm sorry, Commissioner Gordon, but I think that scene proved more than anything that Batman is the hero that Gotham deserves. You can't include a climax like that in your film and then end with "we need a savior even if we don't deserve him." But you do. Y'all DO deserve a savior. It was the people of Gotham that ultimately undid the Joker, not Batman punching him in the face. (Well, to be more accurate, it was the people of Gotham surprising the fuck out of the Joker that caused him to lower his guard long enough for Batman to be able to punch him in the face, but you get my drift.)

Now, about The Dark Knight Rises.

1. I liked it. A lot. And even though it lacked the wham!moment in which the city en masse proved the villain's repeatedly-stated view of human nature wrong, that theme was still very much present in the film via the individual character arcs of Selina, Blake, and even Foley. ETA: And I think that what makes the idea that, as Batman says, "anybody can be a hero" particularly powerful in The Dark Knight Rises is that at the end of the day, true heroism is demonstrated by the unlikeliest of individuals: An aging cop past his prime, a man whom the audience was led to believe was a self-interested coward, a naive young detective who should have been helpless in the face of an adversary that outmatched him in every way, and - above all else - a career criminal. That it was this particular handful of characters who rose to acts of selfless heroism - not only saving Gotham City but proving the villain's view of human nature to be fundamentally incorrect - is really a much more powerful statement about the nature of heroism than anything in the film related to Bruce Wayne or Batman. The same was very much true in The Dark Knight, too: in the end, it was the unlikeliest group of individuals - a boat full of ordinary citizens fearing for their lives, and a boat full of convicted criminals - who decided collectively to commit a selfless act of heroism, thereby ultimately foiling the Joker's plan and allowing Batman to defeat him. Like I said before, I really found that moment in the film to be a much more powerful and interesting statement on the nature of heroism vs. evil than any of the tired, clich├ęd exchanges between Batman and the Joker. And the same is true for The Dark Knight Rises, too. I mean, come on: Weren't you all way more interested in watching how Gordon, Selina, and Blake dealt with Bane, rather than watching Bruce Wayne go through the exact same freakin' character arc that Nolan put him through in the previous two Batman films? I know I was.

2. I think we've reached the point in superhero movies where comic readers are going to be prematurely spoiled for awesome, beautifully set up, carefully crafted, and genuinely shocking plot twists. Because I was able to pick out the spoiler reveal in the third act of the movie the moment that a certain character walked on the screen. :( And that's kind of no fun, because I think that Nolan set up the shock of the reveal really well. Unfortunately it wasn't a shock to me, and I think that it probably wasn't a shock to anybody with even a passing familiarity with Batman comics.

Related to number 2: I can't help but wonder what the hell Marvel is planning to do with the Winter Soldier movie. I mean, it's not like the identity of the Winter Soldier is one of the most infamous (and genuinely shocking) spoilers in the entire Marvel comics canon or anything.

3. I'm sure I wasn't the only person watching this movie who was able to predict the culmination of Blake's character arc fairly early in the film, but the predictability of it in no way detracted from the HELL FUCKING YES!!!-ness of the moment when it finally happened.

4. As usual, Christian Bale was the weakest of the actors in the film. Which is still so weird to me because... He's Christian Bale. In his other films he ranges from decent to actually good acting. But in Nolan's films he just sucks. And it's not just because of the horrible Batman voice, either. His Bruce Wayne is just so flat and lifeless, even during supposedly intense scenes when he's struggling to ~*~overcome his inner turmoil~*~ or deal with a broken spine or whatever the fuck. Blargh.

5. I cried exactly three times during the movie. All of them were during Alfred's speeches.
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Some of these links are old, some of them are new. I hope that all of them are interesting for you.

Uktena is a historically accurate (well, with the addition of a few supernatural elements) free PC roleplaying game created by Toye Heape and based on native cultures that lived in Tennessee about six hundred years ago. It needs some funding help to get off the ground. As to why this game is awesome and important, here's what Heape has to say:

When the game is finished I want to make it available as a free digital download. I have plans for future games that I'd like to create and possibly sell, but it's important to me that as many people as possible have access to Uktena. Here's why: When many people hear the words Native American they think of teepees, war bonnets, and other icons associated with the great horse riding, buffalo hunting cultures of the American plains, but you won't be seeing those things in this game. Uktena is about a different Native culture and a different period in American history, neither of which is very well known to most people. I believe Uktena has the potential to help change that by immersing players in that prehistoric world and letting them participate in that civilization while having a fun gaming experience.

[...]In recent years road projects, housing developments, shopping centers, and even libraries and museums, along with illegal looting, have impacted or destroyed major Native American archaeological sites in the Nashville area. It may seem inconceivable that America's heritage could be wiped out like this, but I believe a major reason is because most people aren't aware of it. This was one of my main motivations for creating Uktena. I think a video game can have a powerful impact on the imagination in a way that other media can't, and once the player has "experienced" the history he or she will be more likely to object to what little is left of it being crushed under the treads of a bulldozer. [...] At the same time I want you to know that, like most people, my main objective when playing a game is to have fun, and I'll do my best, with your invaluable assistance, to make Uktena a fun and exciting game.


Recently there's been a lot of discussion on Tumblr and Dreamwidth about fan-funded indie games that are intended to be inclusive of people and cultures not normally represented in your typical mainstream RPGs. Unfortunately a lot of that discussion is fueled by a Certain Project doing nearly everything wrong. Well, here's an example of a game that is really, truly doing it right. And even though the Kickstarter deadline for this project has passed, there are still ways that you might be able to help it get the funding that it needs.

Meanwhile, elsewhere on the internet! A whole lot of dimwitted male movie critics have been trying to gain Feminism Points by critiquing how Black Widow is portrayed in The Avengers. The overwhelming problem with most of these reviews, however, is not that there isn't anything bad to be said about Black Widow's portrayal or Joss Whedon's often strangely limited flavor of feminism - because there most certainly IS an awful lot worthy of critique there - but that movie critics are, for some inexplicable reason, complaining about Black Widow being useless in the film. Uh, what? Fortunately, Ian Grey has an excellent takedown of that argument. Bonus points for actually calling out the offending movie critics by name.

Speaking of Doing It Right: Dan Norton is the amazing character designer for the new Thundercats series and he's posting all of his character and mech design work on Deviantart. Well worth a gander even if you're not into Thundercats. Also, some time ago Norton's gallery hosted a hilarious flamewar during which Norton beautifully smacked down a sexist fanboy who showed up to complain about Pumyra's new design being "too manly" and not having big enough breasts. Sadly, however, those comments seem to have been deleted now.

More potpourri links:

Paul Tobin hilariously describes stupid depictions of gender in fiction.

Swan Tower writes about writing fight scenes.

How to Illustrate Weelchairs. Also useful information for anybody who wants to write about or film characters who use wheelchairs.

Push Girls is a show that documents the lives of four women who use wheelchairs.

This is the best Avengers/Disney mashup. The BEST.
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Due to health problems and not being able to work earlier this month, I've been spending a lot of time catching up with old comics and trying out a few new ones. In particular I've been gorging myself on webcomics lately, and although I usually end up either underwhelmed by or outright disliking most of the webcomics that I try reading, there are a few that I fall head-over-heels in love with. So, here are some thoughts about some things that I'm reading right now, whether I've been reading them for years or have only recently discovered them, all of which I would recommend to the comic-inclined.

Namesake. Just starting reading this last week and have barely been able to put it down step away from the computer screen. A beautifully-drawn and fiercely feminist fantasy story about fulfilling roles in fairy tales and taking charge of your own destiny. And it does more to establish the heroine's complex and believable personality in the first six pages of Chapter 1 than most webcomics manage to do in an entire volume. I'm only pointing this out because that is definitely one of my number-one pet peeves in the entire "normal girl gets sucked into a strange world" genre of web comics: When the author doesn't establish anything about the heroine's personality before having her suddenly end up in the other world. Or even worse, when the author wastes time with page after page of scenes of the heroine doing "normal everyday stuff" in order to establish how normal she is but STILL forgets to let her show any hint of a personality trait. This comic is one of the worst offenders I've seen to date in that particular area. On the opposite end of the spectrum and as an example of Doing It Right, however, we have Namesake and also [personal profile] animeshen's delightful Wendy and Sully in Candlyland, which takes a succinct eight pages to give the reader a solid grasp on Wendy and Sully's personalities and how they interact with each other, and does so in a fun and interesting way.

Unsounded. This comic is about a young monkey-thief who can swashbuckle with her feet and who suffers from Black Star-like delusions of grandeur. If that isn't enough to of a selling point for you, there's also a mysterious and handsome zombie with a tragic past. And a magical mountain-shaped monster that befriends a blind boy and his assistance flame-monster. (Why have an assistance dog when you can have an assistance flame-monster?) Unsounded is immediately engrossing and tons of fun to read, even if it does suffer from some significant flaws - namely that the overcomplicated artwork can sometimes get visually confusing, and the story throws a lot of made-up terminology at the reader without really pausing for some more comprehensible world-building. But those are really my only complaints about this beautiful, beautiful comic.

Gunnerkrigg Court. I've been hearing nothing but good things about this comic since it began in 2005, but I never got around to actually starting to read it until earlier this year. I wish I hadn't waited so long. It is every bit as good as everybody says it is.

The Less than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal. Young man calls off his arranged marriage, comes out to his family, gets disowned, gets drunk, and wakes up the next morning with a *~quirky and free-spirited~* hottie frying eggs and singing in his kitchen. Oh, and apparently the two of them made a pact last night to drive across the country together. In the hands of a lesser writer this could have been every terrible gay-romance-for-straight-ladies cliche rolled up into a "wacky roadtrip" narrative. But somehow E.K. Weaver manages to infuse the story with actually believable characters, believable dialogue, and plenty of humor and warmth. Highly recommended.

Patchwork and Lace. The new-ish fantasy comic by [personal profile] furikku (who is also the creator of Reliquary). A pair of lady monster-hunters, a fantasmagoric set-up, and an intriguing fantasy world. Need I say more.

Oglaf. You may have heard of this one as "that epic fantasy porn comic that's actually really, really funny." A rare example of comedy porn that actually succeeds at being whip-smart and hilarious, while embracing a freewheeling variety of straight, gay, lesbian, vanilla, and kinky characters.

The Non-Adventures of Wonderella. Superhero parody comics come and go, but this one remains one of my absolute favorites and definitely the funniest.

X-Men canon: Keeping up with Astonishing X-Men, Exiled, Generation Hope, New Mutants, Uncanny X-Men, X-Men, and Wolverine & the X-Men. I dropped X-Factor a while back after sticking with it for far too long. And I just can't get into X-Force no matter how much I love Laura. But with the notable exceptions of a) all of X-Factor, no seriously all of it and b) Forge's epic character derail in Astonishing, I have to say: I LOVE the current X-Men canon, in a way that I haven't really loved the X-books since the early 2000s. I love all of the New Mutants story lines. I love Hope and all of the 5th-generation X-Men. I love Logan's sixty-year character arc finally coming full circle. I love Scott and Emma. I love Rogue so goddamn much. I love Magneto's redemption arc. Everything about the X-Men universe is so much fun to read right now. I think that the overall tone of the X-books has finally settled on a comfortable level of danger/angst/darkness without descending too far into the boring-ass depths of grimdarkness, which is a MUCH needed improvement after the epicly stupid, epicly boring, and pointlessly grimdark mess that was Messiah Complex and all of its aftermath.

Buffy Season 9. Much, much, much better than Season 8 so far. Much better. (Although I will forever and always love the Faith/Giles story arc from the beginning of Season 8. Best and arguably the only solidly good part of that entire series, if you ask me.)

Homestuck. "There's not a lot of style to invisibility. Primarily because nobody gets to see how damn smooth you're being." Homestuck, for all of its overhype and its failures and its flaws, is still just a goddamn delight to read with every update.

And as for DC Comics, well... I am taking a break from DC Comics for a while. Might try to reconnect with the Batfamily sometime later, but I don't know. I loved everything that Grant Morrison built up with the "death" of Bruce Wayne and the birth of Batman Inc, and I'm still bitter about the New 52 just wiping all of those years of character development and storyline setup right out of the DC Universe.

Yup, that's how you know that I'm a mainstream comics fan: Still bitter about an storyline-breaking editorial mandate from over a year ago. Still bitter.

And as for what's upcoming that I'm the most looking forward to: It's the Adventure Time spin-off comic about Princess Bubblegum joining Marceline's band. Hell. Fucking. Yes.
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Judging a Book by its Cover: How Women See Comic Books

Consider, for a moment, if a comic starring Nightwing were brought out and described by the writer as a "sexy, dirty book." Imagine if she talked about how sexy Nightwing would be, proudly emphasizing this as the single most important aspect of the character.

Hey, I would buy it. A lot of other women probably would too. However, try to imagine the reaction from male comic book fans. A lot of them would be angry. A lot of them would be offended. The writer and artist on the book would certainly be accused of pandering to the female audience. A lot of male fans would refuse to buy the book.

At San Diego Comic Con 2011, Judd Winick described the new Catwoman as a "sexy, dirty book." He stated -- proudly and with great enthusiasm -- that he'd used the word "sexy" over fifty times the last time he'd been interviewed about the upcoming comic.

A lot of female fans won't be picking up Catwoman. And when they say so, they are told that the comic isn't "for them" and that they are "too sensitive." They are told, "if you don't like it, don't buy it" -- sometimes in the same breath as, "if you want to see more female leads, you have to buy all the books with female leads."

[...] Female characters do not have to be hyper-sexualized to sell. Buffy: The Vampire Slayer was one of the most popular television shows of all time and it starred a young woman who was, for all intents and purposes, a female superhero. The difference between her and the women between the covers of your average superhero comic was that she didn't fall into a Penthouse-esque pose every time she stopped moving, or wear clothing that could only have stayed on with the use of a lot of glue or an anti-gravity device.

Buffy was sexy. Buffy had sex. But neither of these defined her.


Much more at the link.
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Every now and then Marvel actually manages to use their marketing to successfully hoodwink even their most cynical comic-reading audience. Which is exactly what happened with the lead-up to Schism and I kind of love Marvel for it.

And now for some linkspam: DC's New 52 covers as re-imagined by independent cartoonists. Hat-tip to the always fabulous Project Rooftop blog for the link.
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Okay so I just had a completely horrible committee meeting today and although I cannot post about the gory details on a public post I will go ahead and let this video vent for me:



STUDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO SEE ALL FOUR WALLS OF YOUR CLASSROOM WITHOUT TURNING THEIR HEADS


To make me feel better, here is some awesome stuff!

Here is Aasif Mandvi, Chris Sims, and some racist guy on a Daily Show segment about Nightrunner.

And here is your Soul Eater Moment of AWESOME.


You can find more information about Kamden's commissions here and the funds all go to a good cause.
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18 Days is available on Amazon for a sweet discounted price of only $17 for a hardcover edition with 120 pages of Mukesh Singh artgasm. A 47-page preview is available for free on Scribd.

I am looking forward to enjoying the Mukesh Singh artwork almost as much as I am looking forward to laughing really, really hard at the "Grant Morrison writes about the Mahabharata" sections of the book. Actual quotes from the preview pages:

Snark behind cut. )

Meh, enough snark for now. The artwork by Mukesh Singh is OH MY GOD ABSFUCKINGLUTELY MINDBLOWINGLY GORGEOUS and makes the entire book worthwhile, especially if you ignore the pages full of Grant Morrison's braindroppings.

Wait, that book was listed on Amazon all the way back in July?! How did I miss that until now?! Oh yeah, the semester from hell. That's why.

Meanwhile! The Liquid Comics website is showing new artwork for Ramayan 3392 AD in several places (check out the front page and the Ramayan gallery under "Titles"), yet no new issues are available on either the Liquid website or on Scribd. Hmmm. Yet Liquid is apparently finishing some of Virgin's unfinished projects, as Buddha was finally completed last summer and is now available in graphic novel format.

Liquid is releasing all of the old Virgin titles on more digital devices now. For the iPad, you can now get the entire Ramayan 3392 series for $9.99, some parts of Reloaded for free, and all five issues of The Tall Tales of Vishnu Sharma for $4.99. Of course you can still download good old-fashioned PDFs of all of the previous titles plus the entire rest of Liquid's line from their Scribd website and import the comics to your e-reader that way, too. ;) Which is how I got Devi on my iPad right now.

UNIVERSAL FORMATS: DOIN' IT RIGHT. Thank you, Virgin/Liquid! Manga publishers, are you paying attention?!

Speaking of Virgin Comics alums, Abhishek Singh is up to awesomeness, with art shows in New Delhi and Los Angeles.
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DOING IT RIGHT: Batwoman: Elegy. Holy shit, you guys. This book. THIS BOOK. Greg Rucka + J.H. Williams III + hardcover deluxe edition with an introduction from Rachel Maddow + the authors doing ACTUAL RESEARCH to get the srs bzns details right = pure, pure win.

DOING IT KINDA-SORTA WRONG: The new New Mutants series. On the one hand, hooray, all of my childhood dreams have been fulfilled now that Doug Ramsey is officially back among the living. On the other hand, WTF is up with all of these other characters suddenly saying that Doug is autistic? When and how did that particular meme get started? Doug's mutation literally makes him the exact opposite of autistic. The exact. opposite. What the hell, Marvel?
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Via Saurav Mohapatra's twitter:

An advertisement for 18 Days printed in The Boys #42.

So the book is going to be just Grant Morrison's script, not a proper comic?

Both the advertisement and the 18 Days website claim that an animated version will be available in "Spring 2010":

18 Days will be available in Full Hi-Def and in a variety of formats: 2 x 90 minute TV movies, 6 x 30 episodes, extended 200 minute DVD release and as 18 x 10 minute web episodes. It will be supported by on-line and console gaming products, mobile content and other L&M licenses.

18 Days will be available in Spring 2010.


Yeah, sure. I'll believe it when I see it.

(Still nervous about Grant Morrison's involvement. Hey, you know what's really, really awesome? Grant Morrison writing the current Batman storyline with Dick Grayson and Damian Wayne. You know what's really, really NOT awesome? Everything else that Grant Morrison has ever written having to do with mining other cultures for stories, pretty much ever.)
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This call for submissions for The Speculative Ramayana Anthology showed up a couple times on my flist last week.

Here is an interview with the editors of the anthology at the always fabulous Sanskrit Literature Blog. It's not your typical buttkissing interview, either. The SLB asks some tough questions about the nature of the anthology, the intersection of religion and literature, and the narrow submission policy (English stories only, written, not oral). The editors do a fine job answering these tough questions in an honest manner.

Meanwhile, Saumin Patel drew Batman. NSFW.
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1. Stunning Catwoman doll by Takara:


Click for high-res


Part of the Cool Girls line.

2. Grant Morrison will be giving out an MBX Sketchbook to the lucky bastards at SDCC.

Not like I'm dying to see the character designs and his personal notes, or anything. (*dies*)
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Kalinara said:

Okay, is it just me or would a comic starring Johnny Smith, Carrie White, the kid from the Shining, and Drew Barrymore's character from Firestarter as a League of Extraordinary Gentleman by way of X-Men style superteam be awesome?


Yes, that would be awesome. Ridiculously awesome.

And once that idea was planted in my head, naturally, being the Kingphile that I am, my brain took it and ran with it. Not so much a team in the style of the X-Men or the Avengers, mind you, but something more in line with the Exiles. To me, the idea of an Exiles-like superteam makes perfect sense in the King multiverse. After all, that was kind of the point of the Dark Tower books: A small band of unlikely heroes on an epic quest across alternative universes, trying to preserve the balance between worlds and prevent the multiverse from tearing itself apart in a chaotic storm of catastrophic paradoxes. So I can very easily imagine a scenario where The Timebroker The Turtle plucks various King characters out of their own worlds (thereby possibly rescuing them from the horrible fates that King's characters often meet), and conscripts them to join a team of dimension-hopping superheroes, charged with repairing the damage to various realities that the Crimson King and his crew like to inflict.

So if I could make up a superteam like that, who would I put on it?

My picks. )

Whoops!

May. 22nd, 2008 07:36 am
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This. This is why sticking random chunks of foreign text in your animation, in your comic panels, or on your spiffy merchandise is a bad idea if you have no idea what the text actually says. (ETA: More here.)

Case in point.

(Also, didn't something along those lines happen in a recent episode of Code Geass? Something about a chunk of some hilariously misappropriated prose showing up, quite legibly, on Lelouche's computer screen. Or something along those lines. Or maybe I'm confusing it with an incident in Haruhi? Argh, I can't remember.)

Anyway, I know it's common practice for Japanese comic artists to use English writing, particularly newspaper articles, as "filler" text in panels, or sometimes even as funky backgrounds in more surreal scenes. I.E., the illustration on the back of Pichi Pichi Pitch volume 02 had Kaito sitting in the middle of a bunch of English text cribbed from the Wall Street Journal. And I've lost count of all of the Japanese stationary items I've collected that make liberal use of random English newsprint for decorative purposes.

But yeah. If you throw that stuff around without having any idea what it actually says? Bad idea. This goes for you native English speakers, too.

Meanwhile, to counter the not-awesome:

HERE IS SOMETHING THAT IS FREAKIN' AWESOME.

Albeit at this point I believe that Tim giving Bruce a swift kick in the balls would be totally, utterly justified.


ETA TWO: Follow-up about JoJo's Bizzare Adventure is here. Warning: Post may induce spikes in blood pressure.
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Via Mangablog:

This.


Apparently it's PR for Final Crisis that was sent to some bloggers... including, for some baffling reason, Mangablog. (Edit: Or maybe Brigid re-posted it from [livejournal.com profile] scans_daily, I'm not sure.)

Tell me, what's wrong with his picture?

I'll start. )

Edit: The rest of Grant Morrison's Japanese superheroes. Yeah wow holy shit. Where to even begin? First there's this gem:

Japan has embraced every aspect of the superhero culture, chewed it up, spliced it together, and incorporated the result into its own hyper-accelerated pop media landscape.


1. Same as the quote that I deconstructed behind the cut. Wow.

2. Obviously "the superhero culture" means exclusively American comics, since all of the superheroes listed are "hilariously" derivative of American superheroes.

And again with the assuming that "superhero culture" is foreign to Japan to begin with. Hint: Cutie Honey is older than Wolverine. She also rocked the boob window for years before Power Girl was even created.

3. "Hyper-accelerated pop media landscape"? Seriously? From a country that produces more iyashikei and slice-of-life anime per quarter than it does science-fiction or giant robot shows? Really?! Oh no, that's not a dumbass stereotype of Japan at all.

Western motifs are chopped up, collided and spliced with manga fetish wear, Sailor Moon meets Batman, Mecha-Wonder-Woman, Lolita Undertaker Zatanna girls.


What in the world is manga fetish wear?!

And again with the only listing American superheroes as examples of "superheroes" in the first place.

Let's [...] take a look at the original Japanese superhero team.


AW HELL NO. Okay, granted, the leader of the "original Japanese superhero team" is an Ultraman rip-off homage, so at least we're finally getting some recognition of iconic Japanese superheroes. But then he's immediately followed by a Silver Surfer, a Human Torch, an Aquaman, and then (thankfully) a Patlabor homage. Look, I'm not just saying that these are Silver Surfer/Human Torch rip-offs, it's actually stated in Morrison's notes. With the exception of the Ultraman dude and the Patlabor thing, I suppose we're left to believe, then, that "the original Japanese superhero team" is almost completely derivative of American superheroes because of course the Japanese don't have enough superhero icons of their own! At least, not in the fictional DC universe they don't. Nope, this whole "superhero" thing is something that they had to "co-opt" from Americans.

And I'm not even touching the parts of the descriptions that read "just like Pokemon!" and "just like the emo boys in Akira!". Ugh.

Finally, there's this jaw-dropping shit. I cannot even touch that. I'm not even going to try. Luckily Filby already analyzed it six ways to Sunday, so you can go read that post.

Wow. Grant Morrison, is this how you research another culture before you portray it in your works? Suddenly I'm starting to feel nervous about your Mahabharata project. Very, very nervous.

Edited to add: One more link of interest, The Sooz versus a hyperventilating Morrison fangirl. Popcorn is on the house. Also, [livejournal.com profile] arionhunter schools you on Japanese superhero aesthetics. Morrison got so much wrong, it's not even funny.

Edit on June 20th OMG I know BUT: THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT. Grant Morrison, are you taking notes?