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June 18th, 2008

And Now for Something Completely Different... @ 10:21 am

Thanks to everyone who commented on my now "friends-locked" rant (it was pointed out that the subject of the rant is quite computer savvy). Anyway, as I posted in the comments, I think one of the reasons the things that were said were so hurtful is that being the adoptive parent is a very tenuous place to be. When Mason was first born, I used to carry his birth certificate in my wallet in case someone challenged my right to be with him. It didn't take long for me to realize they wouldn't. Now that he talks, I find worry a lot less. He can, after all, point to me and identify me as "ima."

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-what-are-you-heroes-gonna-do-about-it storyline. Although Spider-Man's, "Ka-zaar, really? I mean, how cheesy!" response to seeing Ka-zaar and Sheena made me laugh pretty hard. Also, I love that Bendis re-used his "ow, ow, and ow" Spider-Man line. Mason and I use that around the house all the time.)

So Stark apologists, what say you?
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Date:June 18th, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
When it comes to the Hulk movie (and Iron Man) I have to ask. Is it Marvel sucking up to us geeks or is it Marvel finally getting balls in the movie biz and doing it right?

As for the parenting thing: I have been constantly nervous with my niece and nephew I am always worried someone will take some idiotic offense and try and take them from My sister's partner even with the legal adoption I begged my sister to make sure that all of their children have the legal adoption filled they waited on number 2 thinking that well the first was done they didn't hve to do it again. I think my mother's paranoia finally got them to make it official. (they live in Minneapolis and have always had the "right" judge where the picture take portion always took longer than the rest of the proceedings. I think that there should be a way for My sister partner to just get her name on the Birth certificate the same way My husbands name got on my kids!
Ok just my little rant.

Date:June 20th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
I think its another red herring. Just like I don't think Clint Barton is a skrull either. The big tip off with Tony, though? Bendis focuses on the eyes turning green a lot when it comes to the skrulls and Tony's did not turn green. Red Herring! At least I hope so, Iron man is too interesting now to yank, plus he's got movie and two titles running with no mention of this at all... not gonna happen. Tony is the real deal.

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