I know, I know: It’s mighty Marvel Monday not…Marvel…Tuesday…Time. I don’t know.
Work is pretty hectic right now, and that’s why I’m letting you that I’ll be taking the next two weeks off as I prepare to go talk about the importance of comic books in libraries at the American Library Association’s Mid-Winter conference! Don’t forget about me!
Alright, down to business: Let’s get Marvel a thesaurus, shall we? “All-New, All-Different” has been in play for a while. It’s not that it’s annoying, it’s more that it’s beginning to border on confusing: which All-New Newer Different All New and Different team is this, now?
It’s the All-New, All-Different Avengers, obviously! That’s what happens when you squish all the Hickman Avengers together, apparently.
Have you seen those weird Marvel “Super Hero Mashers” toys? They allow you to take the torso of a weirdly-buff Hawkeye and attach the Hulk’s head. My little brother is obsessed with them. Here is an interview with their creator, which is actually kind of a creepy/interesting look into the world of gendered superhero toy marketing.
The thing that piqued my interest most this week was the controversy surrounding the upcoming Run The Jewels inspired cover for Deadpool.
One: My boyfriend is a nerdy hip-hop artist, and our constant lament is how absent rap is from geek culture, often for really misguided and borderline-problematic reasons. Are there really so many geeks out there listening to Run The Jewels that they are going to purchase a variant cover? I know how the sausage is made in regards to variants, and this seems like a bit of a stretch. Maybe I’m wrong! But if I am, where’s my Nicki Minaj variants? Get on that, Marvel.
Two: The real issue here is that it appears this new image, drawn by fan-favorite Skottie Young, seems to be more-or-less ganked from this piece of fan art Julian Lytle drew last year. Now, we live in a world where we’re constantly bombarded by images, and it’s wholly possible that two people had the same thought at the same time…but this is a pretty specific thought to have. No official statement as yet, but definitely the stirrings of some internet-anger.
and with that, we lose probably the only superhero book that references Derrida we’ll ever have. 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁
It’s my favorite kind of speculation: Edward James Olmos speculation!
Okay kids, see you on the other side of being a professional grown-up type! Stay strong in the wake of any cancellations, crossovers, or castings that take place while I’m away.