Archive | April, 2012

Superman vs Captain America

8 Apr

By Ayo

Captain America is the paragon for great behavior. Superman will always do the right thing because he’s better than us. Captain America will do the right thing because he’s the best of us.

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How to Write Marvel Comics the Ayo Way.

6 Apr

By Ayo

Here is a post about Marvel Comics. If that offends you, click the X button.

I will never work for a company like Marvel so here are my overall ideas for free:

The Fantastic Four shouldn’t be a superhero team, but should be an honest-to-golly science fiction comic. Star Trek, Doctor Who, Lost in Space–that sort of thing. They should be using their skills like Odo in Deep Space Nine or Spock from The Original Series. That is to say, in supplemental ways.

Jonathan Hickman gave it a noble try but at the end of the day, he still needed to have Ben Grimm punch monsters. Boring.

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The X-Men shouldn’t be connected to the world of superheroes. The notion that people would hate “mutants” but would love “super people” is ridiculous. However, if the X-Men WERE connected with it all, I’d like an honest try at making it a school comic. Only Grant Morrison came close. His stories about “The Special Class” came dangerously close to summoning a tear to my eye.

I like the idea of the X-Men as true and honest pacifists who don’t get into fights but rather use their terrifying skills to be creative problem solvers.

Note: “pacifists” would not type into my phone. It autocorrected that word away FOUR TIMES.

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Spider-Man would be the only super hero. The only freelance people-saver.

See, because he is special.

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Hulk is a monster.

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SHIELD and The Avengers make sense as they exist in Ultimate Marvel: not superheroes per se but government supersoldiers.

It would be cool to see that “50 State Initiative” that was referred to. Go Great Lakes Avengers!

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It would be fun if Doctor Strange were doing something like Madame Xanadu. Helping people with weirdness and talking with spirits from all over the world or something.

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Most of these comics have good ideas behind them but get mired with the need to beat up bank robbers and foil international terrorist schemes or something.

It would be a relief to get away from the need to punch all of the problems in the world to death.

Happy Passover and Happy Easter!

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Avengers Versus X-Men #1: Because you demanded it

4 Apr
By Ayo

Here is how the universe functions: if you are shooting at Captain America, you are the bad guy. There aren’t “differences of opinion” or “crazy misunderstandings.” You woke up in the morning, donated two million dollars to rebuild Haiti, volunteered at an old folks’ home, mentored some troubled youth and that’s all well and good. But if you ever have occasion to shoot at Captain America, you are the bad guy. How come? Because only the bad guys shoot at Captain America, you putz.
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