Monday various

  • RIP, Harvey Pekar.
  • So you’ve heard about this new Wonder Woman costume, right?

    It’s as if the people designing her new look didn’t want to make a decision about who she is as a hero. And this is the basic problem – a superhero costume projects an idea, and no one knows what the idea of Wonder Woman is. She was conceived to be the original, iconic female superhero, but seventy years into her history, no one quite knows what a genuinely powerful superheroine should look like or what her story is. It’s sad, but because there have been a hell of a lot of interesting women, and women characters, to think about since 1941.

    I’m not too impressed by it either. [via]

  • Worst comic book origin story ever?
  • Noel Murray revisits Warren Ellis’ Planetary and Kurt Busiek’s Astro City:

    I like Planetary a lot. I think it’s some of Warren Ellis’ and John Cassaday’s best work, and when I read it, I definitely feel their affection for the characters and concepts they’re subjecting to deeper scrutiny. But Planetary feels more like a memorial—a eulogy. Planetary exhumes old bones, while Astro City leads its readers through a living, thriving community, populated by improved versions of what came before. Planetary makes me sad for what might’ve been; Astro City makes me appreciate what is.

  • And fianally, Darth Vader may have had psychological issues. Noooo! [via]

2 thoughts on “Monday various

  1. Re Wonder Woman: I hadn’t seen or heard about the new costume, but I went and looked at the article, and my immediate, astonishingly strong reaction to the picture was: My God, she’s wearing clothes! It made me feel all warm and fuzzy and happy, it honestly did. I know I’m not the biggest expert on comics or anything, but I’ve never seen a female superhero actually wearing clothes before. Sexy underwear and strategically placed bits of spandex? So do not count. I mean, holy crap, she actually looks like a person! Somebody I might actually be able to relate to instead of feeling mildly uncomfortable looking at! What a concept!

  2. I think my (and Grossman’s) main problem is that this seems not like the first step towards treating her as person, as a fully developed human and hero, but rather as a substitute for it.

    She joins a long line of superheroes wearing jackets.

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