only I’d known: the downside of “Zadzooks”
A deeper look at some de-facto
mainstream press reps shows that they’re not as reliable as I’d
September 29, 2008
By Avi Green
It’s not often that I update this old personal website of mine these
days, being more of a blogger now, just like anyone, if not
everyone, else. But now, I’ve found a little something sad that I
feel needs to be focused upon here, as it dawns upon me that at
least two writers whom I’d praised before are not as reliable as I’d
originally wanted to believe.
3 years ago, I wrote this essay
in which I said that I enjoyed reading a lot of the works of Joseph
Szadkowski of the Washington Times because, well, I thought he
offered better insight than another MSM representative I’ve since
grown disillusioned with.
Alas, as I later discovered, much to my dismay, he’s no better than
the aforementioned journalist, and just like that other columnist,
he too sugarcoated the abominable Identity Crisis, which still
continues to litter the DC Universe with its most foul, poisonous
stench. Here are two excerpts from two columns he wrote in which he
too did what to lose my respect:
Since the death of the Elongated Man's wife, Sue Dibny,
in the spring of 2004, DC Comics has put its fans into an
emotional and multilayered story crossing over most of its best
titles (around 78 comic books, to be more exact), which has led up
to the current, universe-shattering developments in this
monumental seven-part miniseries. - Joseph Szadkowski, The Washington Times, January 28,
Best-selling thriller author and architect of DC Comics'
popular miniseries Identity Crisis, Brad Meltzer, begins the
construction of a new era for the Justice League of America.
It’s enough to make me choke. But it does teach me an important
lesson: I can’t expect a conservative, assuming he is one, to be any
better than a liberal. Though I’ll have to admit that it’s
astounding that even some conservatives see nothing wrong with a
monstrosity like IC.
Overall, I am not sure how many times readers can deal with the
shenanigans of comic-book publishers who feel they need to
reinvent a series to boost sales. However, fans should give this
new Justice League a chance, if only based on how Mr. Meltzer
handled his Identity Crisis. -
Joseph Szadkowski, The Washington Times, August 26, 2006
On a related note, I discovered that even Peter Sanderson, whom I’d
spoken about earlier too, may not be as reliable as I previously
thought. Of course, he may be a liberal, so in his case, maybe
that’s to be expected?
Update on the state of Gambit
I’d spoken a year ago
about how I’d learned a lesson that it’s foolish to criticize the
characters instead of how they’re written, and what I knew had been
done with Remy LeBeau in the X-Men. Well, as I’ve now discovered,
fortunately, he seems to be okay now.
But even so, there’s still some very big questions here: will
current and future writers make any attempt to redeem him seriously,
and maybe even to exonerate Gambit of any involvement in the Morlock
Massacre, if it helps? I think that would be a good idea, and could
be of much more help than one might think.
The problem of course, is that we can’t expect any of these
improvements to come under Joe Quesada, who’s already guilty of
wrecking havoc upon the better aspects of Spider-Man, starting with
the marriage of Peter and Mary Jane, but extending to Peter’s own
personality as well. They turn him into a slacker who’s too lazy to
go out and get a job, when here, in years past, Peter was always
looking for jobs to earn a living.
It really doesn’t surprise me that, under what Quesada’s editorial
management has turned out to be like, this could happen. This is one
more reason why American comics are going down the drain.
Copyright 2008 Avi Green. All rights reserved.
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