I'm so grateful that in Ramsey County (with the right judge) we were able to make the adoption a legal one. There are so many news stories about lesbian parents losing custody and whatnot that I would otherwise be a complete nervous wreck.
Anyway, on to something completely different. I went to see "The Incredible Hulk" last night with seanmmurphy, my Marvel movie buddy. I'm going to possibly be doing a review of it for Bill Henry's Mid-Ohio ComicCon blog: http://www.midohiocon.blogspot.com/, but the gist of my review could be summed up this way: Marvel is finally sucking up to us geeks. That movie was one insider reference/in-joke after another, and, well, it worked for me, but I could see how non-comicbook geek might not find the movie as compelling as "Iron Man," which I think they worked a little harder at making accessible.
Also, I got a call from dreamhaven that they needed a few more copies of Archangel Protocol, which meant I got to buy MORE COMICS. I've had Lance pulling the Secret Invasion titles (all of them!) and I'm very slowly catching up. Last night, in this very random order, I read:
Incredible Hercules #117, (Pak/Van Lente)
Fantastic Four 1 of 3 (Aguirre-Sacasa/Kitson)
Mighty Avengers #14 (Bendis/Pham)
Mighty Avengers #12 (Bendis/Maleev)
Captain Britian (and MI13) #2 (Carnell/Kirk)
Secret Invasion 3 of 8 (Bendis/Yu)
That represents about half of what I have in my possession, with some of the big collections (like Secret Invasion, the lead-up, or whatever its called, though I've read some of those issues collected, some of them are new.) I think the biggest shocker so far, though not totally unexpected, is the implication that Iron Man might be a Skrull, and not just any Skrull, but a Luciferian best-of-the-best, the Queen's own consort.
Thing is, aren't you guys who have been telling me Stark hasn't been acting villianously, but merely representing a different kind of right, feeling a little betrayed by this new twist? The Skrull Queen says that all the Civil War stuff has been part of the Skrull plan to get the superheroes to destroy themselves and that Stark played his role perfectly. Seems to me that in one fell swoop Bendis just killed off the loyalty of many fans. All this time Stark apologists have been telling me that it was the very complexity of Stark's position that made him interesting. Now, isn't it all just a sham? A mental suggestion put into a human-Skrull clone to wreck the Avengers/superheroes everywhere?
Personally, if this turns out to be true, I wouldn't be surprised. Disappointed, but not surprised. I thought that what Bendis had been doing with Stark was really rather impressively subversive. I, for one, was interested in Iron Man for the first time in my entire comicbook reading history. Bendis was, IMHO, taking Stark to the edge of villiany for what could be seen as the "right" reasons. He was asking us to consider post-9/11 America through the lens of a similarly complex political and personal storyline. As I think I've said here before, Bendis, for good or for evil, actually brought me back into the Marvel Universe having left it in disgust (and fairly broke) in the early to mid-90s.
But so now the rug has been yanked, and it was "all just a dream" cooked up by Skrull baddies. (Also, for the same reasons, I'm a little disappointed that the scene with SHIELD and the Avengers in the Savage Land's vibranium mines turned out also to be a Skrull plot. I was really hoping for a yep-the-government-is-sometimes-corrupt-w
So Stark apologists, what say you?