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Rob Liefeld. Creator of Deadpool. The biggest douche bag in the comics industry, and the fans are going bat shit crazy over his pride and joy’s first movie. I wanted to hate this film so bad.

But I didn’t.

I worked on so many levels – the casting was extraordinary, the jokes fit well, the editing worked, the music was chosen perfectly, and overall the movie looked great! I can see why everyone fell in love with it and have seen it multiple times in its opening weekend.

I won’t be.

See, I’m truly conflicted here. The creator of Deadpool, Rob Liefeld, is someone I truly dislike. His outspoken ways about the comics industry in general are enough for me to think he’s a tool, but the way he’s called comic creators out doesn’t help his case as well. He’s also a shitty artist who really needs to stop.

I’ve also never been a fan of Deadpool. I tried to get into the comic a few years ago, and while the first few reads were fun, after a full year of reading the book, it never turned into anything except pages of cheap laughs, stupid one liners, and a character who’s purpose never developed further than what I’ve already listed.

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With that being said, I also recognize that Deadpool is meant for a certain type of audience. I’m not against violence, sex, or other adult oriented material on the big screen, but my cinematic appetite craves something more substantial than simply that.

And don’t worry, I wasn’t so jaded that I didn’t notice an emotionally driven plot, giving the character a much sympathetic persona. He was tormented, scared, and had to deal with a certain level of low self-esteem. That, in and of itself, was something I appreciated.

With the combination of disliking the creator, and disliking the character of Deadpool just as much, I had very low expectations going into the film. But here’s where my conflict comes into play. I always try to go into a movie and rate it as an entity by itself – not judging how well it stays true to the source material, but based on what it was trying to accomplish as a film. And the truth is, Deadpool, as a film in and of itself, was good!

I won’t go into the hype of the R rating. It seems the majority of people like it mostly for that reason. I also won’t go into the how parents who takes their children to an R rated film really aren’t paying close attention to the rating system anymore. What I will say about the film is that, while I do think it was good, it isn’t great.

Deadpool’s story is fun, but predictable. it’s smart, but typical. It does most things right, but isn’t innovative or necessarily creative. All of its elements work exactly the way they should, but nothing that happens is new or different. The writing works great, but nothing about it screams exceptional. Everything about Deadpool works, and it works well. But nothing about Deadpool merits the hype its received.

It’s fun. Plain and simple. And that, by itself, makes the movie worth going to see. I did find myself a little bored in some spots, and I also wondered if some of the jokes (like the repetitive use of Christmas) was a little TOO repetitive. But, as always, Ryan Reynolds kicks major ass, and the references he makes, as Deadpool, to…well…everything, was so well done.

So, how do I, in my own mind, make it OK for me to have enjoyed a movie about a character I don’t like, created by someone I think is a bad mark on the comics industry overall?

Well, Deadpool is a douche nozzle. Rob Liefeld is a douche nozzle. Could it be possible that this movie, while being entertaining, is also giving us a clear representation of the type of person Rob Liefeld actually is? He’s a tool, smart mouthed, a smart ass, knows how to market a property no matter how bad it is, and always uses insults as a way of compensating for his own inadequacy…..yeah, this seems like Liefeld. In turn, like Deadpool

While I know this is not what the film was trying to do, something small, deep inside of me wants to believe it to be so. So this movie, for me, sums up Rob Liefeld to perfection.

I know this is me finding an excuse to hate on Liefeld, but when you don’t like someone, it’s hard not to find an excuse to do so.

Oh, beware of full frontal nudity, if you care about that. And for the most part, the violence isn’t that bad. Some scenes MAY force you to slightly cover your eyes, but if you’re use to Tarantino films, Deadpool’s violence doesn’t hold a candle to it.

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Here’s the truth of the matter – whether or not you agree or disagree with Goyer’s recent comments on She-Hulk, what he says holds true with ALL superheroines in comics, popular or not.

Over at Movie Pilot, journalist Alisha Grauso wrote an article on Man of Steel writer David S. Goyer’s recent bashing of She-Hulk and her “porn-star” persona. The transcript of the conversation from that article can be found below…

 The real name for She-Hulk was Slut-Hulk. That was the whole point. Let’s just make this green chick with enormous boobs. And she’s Hulk strong but not Hulk massive, right? … She’s real lean, stringy…

Goyer: She’s still pretty chunky. She was like Chyna from the WWE.

Mazin: The whole point of She-Hulk was just to appeal sexistly to ten-year-old boys. Worked on me.

Goyer: I have a theory about She-Hulk. Which was created by a man, right? And at the time in particular I think 95% of comic book readers were men and certainly almost all of the comic book writers were men. So the Hulk was this classic male power fantasy. It’s like, most of the people reading comic books were these people like me who were just these little kids getting the shit kicked out of them every day… And so then they created She-Hulk, right? Who was still smart… I think She-Hulk is the chick that you could fuck if you were Hulk, you know what I’m saying? … She-Hulk was the extension of the male power fantasy. So it’s like if I’m going to be this geek who becomes the Hulk then let’s create a giant green porn star that only the Hulk could fuck.

Everyone’s entitled to their own opinions and have the right to voice those opinions – even the fanboys and fangirls that really can’t see the broader picture. The outrage of Goyer’s comments can be found in more places than just Movie Pilot, and it’s astounding how upset fans are getting when a writer calls a female character a mere sex object.

I honestly don’t care when people have opinions about the standard comics are setting in society, or when they get upset by what people say about them. As stated above, we’re all entitled to our own opinions. However, when you want to make an argument that negates what a person says about gender and sex issues, you have to really think about what you use as “evidence” to prove your point.

In the linked article, Grauso uses certain images as a way of illustrating She-Hulk’s “Strong-female-character” persona. She even types out a made-up monologue of a little girl who dreams of being as powerful and epic and She-Hulk is,

I say to you, pretend it’s your little sister they’re talking about. Somewhat changes your views, doesn’t it? What about the little girl reading a She-Hulk comic right now and thinking, “She’s strong and beautiful and smart and brave! I want to be just like her!”

So what’s the issue here? Directly above this paragraph, a image of She-Hulk bench pressing impossible tons is shown…

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To be honest, this might be one of the most recognizable poses used for female superheroes, right after the stocked rear-end poses you can easily find in any movie posters with women in them. Sure, she’s lifting a million tons, but what’s the focus of this drawing? I mean, really, you HAVE to know what the artist is really doing here.

I’m unable to truly comment on She-Hulk specifically since I’m not a Marvel Comics follower except with the movies and TV shows, and She-Hulk is far from someone I’m very familiar with. But guess what, I’m a faithful DC Comics follower, with Wonder Woman and Power Girl being my favorite superheroines in DC list of strong female characters. I believe Power Girl to be an incredibly strong character, but she’s still used as a sex symbol more than she’s used as a strong character.

It’s hard to find a lot of images that support the notion of female superheroes and strong characters without promoting their overly sexual characteristics as well. Artists have been utilizing the urge for sexual power fantasies for years and everyone eats it up like candy. While the male heroes are drawn as strong and epic, the women are drawn as strong, epic, and sexually primed and ready to go. Need examples? As always, Google is a great tool – search phrases like “female superheroes poses” will help you in this hunt. However, I’ve provided some samples below in case you don’t want to go the Google route.

I’m not knocking the art, it’s all fan-freaking-tastic art! What I’m knocking is the inconsistency in fan rhetoric when it comes to strong females characters and the sexual motif that permeates all throughout superhero comics. Female characters in comics have become so much stronger than they used to be…but they’re still drawn as sexual things to be objectified.

The truth is, even if a superheroine is written as strong and outstanding, they often get a “pin-up” treatment in the artwork. If you don’t believe this, well, see the artwork in the linked article and the above images. She-Hulk, and every other female superhero, is still a badass, but she’s really drawn as a power fantasy sex object. This is undeniable and people need to accept the fact that, while comics are awesome and I love the characters, women are, visually, treated like shit.

I do, however, agree with Grauso on the point that Goyer’s interpretation of She-Hulk is dumb and short-sighted. It’s as if he remembers being 10 and he can’t view comic book females as more than what his 10-year-old fantasies dictate them to be. Has he been unable to mature enough to see more of a story line in the She-Hulk comic? Or others? There’s definitely something to be said about the current film makers and writers who can’t discuss a lot of the back stories of the characters in order to have much more intelligent and mature discussions.

The problem lies on two ends – writers and creators who say things without thinking first, and the fans who are so disillusioned to their nostalgic sensibilities that they can’t see the reality of the things they love. I love comics and always will, but I understand how they aren’t the best way to promote gender equality.

Now, time to go read the latest issue of Wonder Woman and how she’s going to defeat evil and be awesome while doing it!

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Alan Moore is a weird man, that much has always been true. He’s also been exceptionally vocal about his dislike of the comics industry since the 90’s and continues to publicize his viewpoints in questionable ways. It’s obvious he has his own ideas about what superheroes should stand for and is unwilling to allow for change and evolution of the genre.

In an interview with the Guardian a few days ago, Moore is quoted as calling “adult” comic book fans as subnormal. Whether or not he meant this as an insult or a simple “statement of fact” is uncertain, but it’s clear he has no intention of rethinking his opinion on the current state of the superhero genre.

“I haven’t read any superhero comics since I finished with Watchmen,” he told The Guardian. “I hate superheroes. I think they’re abominations.

“They don’t mean what they used to mean. They were originally in the hands of writers who would actively expand the imagination of their 9-to-13-year-old audience. That was completely what they were meant to do and they were doing it excellently.

“These days, superhero comics think the audience is certainly not 9 to 13, it’s nothing to do with them. It’s an audience largely of 30-, 40-, 50-, 60-year-old men, usually men. Someone came up with the term graphic novel. These readers latched on to it – they were simply interested in a way that could validate their continued love of Green Lantern or Spider-Man without appearing in some way emotionally subnormal.

“This is a significant rump of the superhero-addicted, mainstream-addicted audience. I don’t think the superhero stands for anything good. I think it’s a rather alarming sign if we’ve got audiences of adults going to see the Avengers movie and delighting in concepts and characters meant to entertain the 12-year-old boys of the 1950s.”

Genres change. Sometimes for better, sometimes not so much. However I do believe that the evolution of story telling is necessary in order for new ideas to come about as well as to meet the literary needs of readers. While Alan Moore remains as one of my favorite authors, I can’t respect an opinion which hopes to keep the superhero genre stagnate and unwilling to grow into something more than what it used to be.

I hope Moore continues to pump out more LXG books as well as any more fun stories that he’s famous for producing.

Alan Moore is best known for his graphics novels, Watchmen and V for Vendetta.

It’s no secret that Marvel Comics and I aren’t the best of friends. And even though I can respect what the company has done for comics in general, a smile still stretches across my face when they make little boo-boos.   Apparently the editing process for Marvel Now’s books are rushed and not carefully analyzed before going to print. Take a look at this panel from an issue of Guardians of the Galaxy…

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DC Comics, of course, isn’t free from grammatical error either.  Hell, this blog runs rampant with errors!  (And when I catch them, I hang my head in shame.) However, it’s a simple matter of seeing the repeated word, and replacing it with another one.  (Planet? World?) But it’s all nit picky.  Marvel Now really isn’t doing any better than DC’s New 52 reboot, so it’s easy to say nothing either company is doing hurts or helps – so what’s a few little grammatical nicks here and there going to hurt right?

Marvel Now.  Marvel’s way of saying, “we simply can’t do anything as awesome as Vertigo.”

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At the risk of being hated – When I first heard of Deadpool, I liked him.  He was the one villain that actually did a good job at combining humor and angsty stories without being too weighted down.  Writers definitely have fun creating his dialog.

However, there comes a point where a character’s antics become less and less creative and funny, and more focused on giving reader’s too much of a good thing.  For this reader, Deadpool has warn out his welcome…and I don’t even read the stuff he’s in.  Yet all throughout Facebook photos and memes are posted about how incredibly weird he is.  Which, according to many people, equals hilarious.

Thankfully I don’t read Marvel and don’t have to put up with the absurdity.  Of course, DC has it’s own fair share of annoyances.  Thank you DC reboot for getting rid of Ambush Bug.