I like the look of ALTER EGO (or THE DARING DOUBLE LIFE OF ACE ADAMS). Pretty much literally: it’s a cheerfully retro superhero comic, complete with a 1950s aesthetic and style. It’s funded, but every little bit helps, right?
A design DC reported was the New And Improved Lobo that basically amounted to Nightwing with fish barbels painted at the corners of his mouth made the rounds a few days ago to extreme internet backlash resulting in a great deal of backpedalling on DC’s part and the author claiming that the design DC posted was not in fact her Lobo, assuring people he would be much bigger and uglier in the comic.
Of course she’s also said; “My goal for him was to make him less comically hyper-masculine and more focused. He’s still vicious, still savage and still entirely immoral, but I wanted a gravity out of the character. When he showed up, I didn’t want him walking away from explosions and smoking a cigar. When he shows up, I want people to feel like, ‘This is it. This is the end.’” Which kind of says to me she doesn’t really understand what people are taking issue with. The redesign isn’t the issue, Lobo’s been redesigned a million times. He’s been a skinny kid, he’s been a woman, he’s been a squirrel, he’s been a duck, he’s been an android (he was a poorly received serious character when he started out), the problem is the idea that they’re promising to take the hypermasculine comedy out of a hypermasculine satire character. That’s like saying you like the Venture Brothers but wish it didn’t have all those pesky jokes and parodies in it.
Good stuff as usual from Aaron Diaz; I liked especially re-imaging Lex Luthor as a benevolent, friendly geek in his public/corporate persona. It’s a step up from the usual knee-jerk ‘visibly evil mega-corporation villain.’ The rest is visually interesting, in the retro-Futurist way that Diaz likes to draw technology.
His point that iconic superhero CEOs inherit wealth, while iconic supervillian CEOs generally earn it from scratch is interesting (it’s also interesting that Bruce Wayne is both the most competent CEO and the closest-to-evil superhero on Julian’s list); but I wonder if he’s reaching too far, or too deeply, in his explanation why. Could it simply be that comic artists and writers generally don’t like it that they have to at least sometimes have fights with the business/management side of the comic book companies that they write for? That could easily bleed over into their creative output…
Anyway, Hot Air Headlines is already starting in on the mockery, but this could actually be all right – as long as the author goes with the implied suggestion in my title and actually does make Frank Castle the best man. After all, he’s already part of that universe’s continuity.
Joe Mathlete Explains Today’s Marmaduke. Yes. The comic about the big dog. The one that rivals Garfield* in being – and I know that I’m going to hear back on this one – hideously unfunny. That one. Mr. Mathlete feels the urge to explain it. It’s a measure of the day that I’ve had – and the weekend that I’m going to have, which is likely to be not chock-full of posts, so be forewarned – that I found this stuff hysterical.
Via Nodwick.com, which doesn’t need weird days to make me think it’s hysterical.