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I am writing this flat on my bed pumped full of Oxy, two antiobiotics, and with stitches and drains coming out of holes God didn’t put in my body.
I’ve had four surgeries in the past six weeks.
Fifteen years ago, I was diagnosed with ulcerative collitis, and had my colon removed. I’ve lived with complications ever since, but none have been that serious. Until now.
New problems have come up in what is left of my digestive tract, and it now looks like I have late onset Chron’s disease.
I don’t usually write personal things on my sites, but I’m posting this on both my blogs because I can, because I feel like it, and because I just read Jeffrey’s Brown’s “Funny Misshapen Body,” an autobiographical comic from Top Shelf Productions. It’s the first time I’ve read a comic and said, “Wow. That’s my story.”
(Other than when I read Hercules Prince of Power, of course.)
His description of his own operation (he just got a resection–real men like me have the whole damn thing removed) is exactly what happened to me. And the rest of the book is damn good, too–it’s an autobiography of an artist.
Great book, and it came into my life at the perfect time.
1. Cap’s idea of resolving serious political and policy-based differences is to make grown adults wear their get-along shirts…
I get that this is supposed to show that Cap is a tough, no-nonsense guy, but this seems condescending. And I mean, condescending from the writer to the reader: We’re supposed to think Cap is cool for doing this, but that just assumes that we as readers aren’t smart enough to recognize that the issues presented have complexity. Maybe I’m overthinking it (I probably am), but I just find this…Dumb.
2. Osama? Really? Again, this is neither cool nor witty. It’s demeaning to the art form.
3. Thor is a complete idiot. I’d expect this kind of thing from Hercules, but not Thor.
4. Tony Stark’s tumor hallucinations are brilliant personifications of his creative id. This is silly and tired and stupid.
Marvel used to do awesome, creative, wonderful things with the Ultimate line. I’m thinking of Millar’s run on Ultimates, or Bendis’ first 100 issues of Ultimate Spider-Man, or Warren Ellis’ Fantastic Four….But this is shit. Shit comics.
Yesterday, my son was looking at some of the new Marvel Legends figures and he said the Big Time Spider-Man one looked cool. I had to agree….But at the same time, I’m always the first to object when Peter Parker gets a new costume. Iron Spider-Man, Captain Universe Spidey, Iron Spider….They all feel kinda forced to me. And although I really enjoyed most of Dan Slott’s work with the character, when he started up the Big Time storyline I got annoyed. Too many gadgets.
And when it came to Superior Spider-Man, I had contempt before investigation.
SPOILERS AHEAD…KIND OF
This probably isn’t much of a spoiler by now, but Superior Spider-Man isn’t Peter Parker. Well, it is Peter Parker, but he’s got Doctor Octopus’ mind and soul inside him. Ock put Parker’s mind into Dr. Octavius’ dying body and migrated into Parker’s body. Only, Peter managed to slip back into his own body at the last minute so now they’re both up in dat skull. For now, Otto is dominant. It’s kind of like Face/Off with souls.
As Spider-Man, Otto uses devices more than ever.
He’s got blades and nanites and improved Spider Tracers. He “bugs” (i.e., wiretaps) the bad guys so he can be a step ahead of them. He’s got Otto’s ego…
And when it’s Dr. O using all these devices, it turns out I love it.
Dan Slott really had to convince me that this was a book worth reading. He’s only one issue in, so we’ll see how long this can be sustained, but I see lots of potential. Turns out kinda evil Spidey is way, way better than Shadowland Daredevil.
And even more, I can’t wait to see how Spider-Man, after his body is inevitably re-taken by Parker, crawls back from this.
Serialized comic books, Marvel and DC alike, are a difficult medium to keep interesting because you can’t change the character too much, but without a challenge, the book becomes stale quickly.
We all know Spider-Man will be back to normal soon–probably in time for the movie this summer–but in the meantime, Slott has managed to do something truly novel with the character. I’ve read every issue of Amazing Spider-Man ever, and most Peter Parker The Spectacular Spidey’s, too, but I can honestly say I’ve never seen a tale like this before.
I don’t usually review single issues of comics, but two books came out last week that I have to mention.