Commentary: Marvel's Superhuman Registration Act (2006)

Having for the most part abandoned DC Comics do to the "New 52" reboot, I decided to take the plunge and try reading some Marvel books. I started out with The New Avengers, which lead me in to the Civil War storyline and some other associated books.

I don't know how the SRA was dealt with in all of the Marvel books. But from the ones I read, my impression was that the greatest objection to the act was that it forced super heroes to work for the government against their will. That was hardly the worst part of the law!

The SRA forced all mutants to serve the State. If you had mutant powers, you were legally obligated to become a government controlled super hero. In other words, the SRA made all mutants in to slaves. I was really shocked by how this element of the SRA was glossed over. And by how so many supposed heroes were willing to go along with it. Getting behind such a law is so morally reprehensible, the government should have been hard pressed to find any hero willing to support it.

I can't help but wonder why this obviously highly controversial and appalling aspect of the law wasn't more thoroughly explored.

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WorldWatch (2004)

A series that deals with the gritty reality behind the superhero facade. It reminded me a bit of Noble Causes and Invincible that way. It's nowhere near as out there as The Boys, but it is filled with sex and nudity.

The terrible thing about this series is that it was cancelled after the printing of the third cliffhanger book! I would like to recommend it, but how can I when we'll never find out how the story ends? *sigh*

  • Art: A
  • Story: A
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National Comics - Looker #1 (One-Shot)

 
Art: A
Story: A
 
A great new take on Looker, aka. Emily Briggs. The art is excellent, as is the story. This new version of Emily is much more likable and interesting than previous incarnations. The character certainly has more depth. My only criticism of the book is that it's only a one-shot. I'd love to read more.

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Wonder Woman (2011)

 
Art: C+
Story: D
 
I'm a huge Wonder Woman fan. Which is why I don't want any part of this train wreck. The gods look stupid. Diana's origin was changed for the worse. They even made Hippolyta blonde again for gods sake. One of several mediocre "New 52" titles.

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Boneyard (2001)

Art: B (Ink)
Story: B+

"A horror/comedy comic, the series begins with Michael Paris, an ordinary young man who has inherited a large plot of land upon his grandfather's death. The land is located in a town called "Raven's Hollow", and while Michael, or Paris as he prefers to be called, thinks he's just going to pick up the check for the land, he finds that the land is actually the town graveyard, called "The Boneyard". It's also not empty of active occupants, as a number of mythological creatures inhabit it." -- Wikipedia

I really enjoyed this, although I do have a minor complaint. Apparently the creator had to stop working on the series, and I guess it wasn't planned much in advance. Because of this, the major mystery of the series is never explained. That being, why is the Boneyard so important? I wish the author would create a 'real' final issue that ties up that plot line.

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Dogwitch (2002)

Art: B (Ink)
Story: A
 
Insane goth-punk nympho witch who resorts to raising the dead and summoning devils for "dates". Produces a line of extreme porno videos. The art is fairly PG, even if the subject matter isn't. It's weird, in a cool way. If you can find it, buy it.

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Iron and the Maiden (2007)

Art: B+
Story: A

1930s era mobsters, some limited super science, and a beautiful love interest who happens to have some ninja moves. What's not to love?

This series now goes by the title "The Iron Saint" due to legal a**holerie by the band Iron Maiden. Apparently they think they own the name of a medieval torture device, regardless of how it's written.

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