Sunday, December 5, 2010

Liberalism In Comics

Before I begin my Shadowland Review I wanted to mention the overwhelming amount of liberalism in comics.  Are there anti-liberal comics?  Yes.  Jonah Hex is probably the best.  I haven't seen the movie yet, but the book is amazing.  The movie stars semi-9/11 truther, Josh Brolin, and he kinda makes me sick.  Thomas Jane, who has gone on the record as saying he had always dreamed of playing Hex, got relegated to the animated short found on the bonus features of Batman: Under The Red Hood.  If you've seen it, you know that Jane would have been absolutely perfect for the live action role.  But nope...why give fans what they want?

Jimmy Palmiotti has been the writer of the book along with Justin Gray for a long time.  It, along with 2 other books, I purchase religiously.  I've no problem putting some books right back on the shelf...Jonah never gets put back.

Now, Jimmy and Justin may disagree with me, they might even be full-fledged, card holding ACLU, ACORN volunteers.  But what they write is what I like.  Revenge stories.  Revenge stories are the best.  From Taken to Law Abiding Citizen to First Blood to Braveheart...people like revenge.

There are some books that are downright adult-orientated but most people know that comics aren't aimed at 30-40 year olds.  That isn't to say comics are for kids...but they are for younger people, perhaps those that are a bit more impressionable.  So it's pretty easy to use your storyline to push an agenda that you want.  The recent Captain America controversy, for example.  Couldn't even leave him alone, could ya Joe Q?  Gotta push those buttons, right?  Gotta get those Hollywood folks to buy what you're sellin', right?  In the interest of full disclosure...Jonah Hex is a DC book, Joe Q works at Marvel.

Using a story to convey a more complex idea or argument is a long time practice and is no secret...written stories have always used allegory to get something across.  If you've taken English 101 and understood it, you know that.

Ahab didn't really get eaten by a whale, heck he wasn't even chasing a whale to begin with.  Dante didn't really travel down seven levels of Hell.  Romeo and Juliet is just a story about two kids in love. Francis Macomber's wife really did shoot him in the back of the head...but it wasn't because she couldn't's because Hemmingway hated women.

Anyway (again)...after a particularly insulting issue during Dark Reign run (which was unfortunate, Thunderbolts turned around and is one of my favorite reads). I decided to make an effort to move most of the money going from my wallet to Joe Q's wallet to other companies/people.

Anyway, there are tons of books that don't lather up the liberalism and dish it out like a community college philosophy professor.  Chew, Jonah Hex, The Walking Dead (godDAMN is AMC doing a fine job with that! [Walking Dead Season Finale tonight!]), John Constantine Hellblazer, anything from Jason Burns, Superman (stick to the minis (Superman for All SeasonsAll Star Superman, Vol. 1, All Star Superman, Vol. 2) - stuff like that. Zenoscope books, Avatar Press books, Christos Gage written books...just to name a few.

Avoid J. Michael Straczynski

Anyway, these guys might be liberals, they might not be.  Are they anti-liberal comics? I don't know.  I do know that they are escapism stories written for amusement first.  I get enough political allegory from Hollywood and mostly every single concert I seem to attend.  However, these guys seems smart enough to know they are story-tellers - and they're using their medium to do just that: tell a story - not jam their liberal political agendas down the reader's throat.  I thank them for that.

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