05 – Robin is what now?

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We talk about the next big comic character that’s about to die, Amazing Spider-Man 2 getting the Chris Cooper treatment, Orson Scott Card under fire for writing Superman, we talk about some of the cons around the country, and how they compare to each other, new books we’re reading, and some great listener emails to boot!

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5 thoughts on “05 – Robin is what now?

  1. I totally disagree with the Chik-Fil-A / comic shop comparison. I can (and will) go to my local comic shop, skip anything that OSC has written (doing what I can to boycott his work) and still support my store by buying other comics or items. You can not do the same with a Chik-Fil-A franchise. That’s a huge difference.

  2. Hi Guys,
    Love the show and would warmly welcome more frequent episodes. I agree with you all about the poor product being churned out of the DC offices. I think this article summed thing up pretty well:
    http://www.avclub.com/articles/wtf-is-going-on-at-dc-comics,91889/

    However I think you have a few things mixed up with Morrison and the death of Damian. The character debuted in September of ’06 (that’s right, Morrison’s been writing Batman that long) along with a very alive Bruce Wayne. So he’s been around closer to 10 years than one. Morrison has gone on record that his plan was to kill Damian at the end of the first story arc, Batman and Son, but the character continued to speak to him. Now that he’s wrapping up his ‘ultimate’ take on the character, he’s finally utilizing that plot point. While I agree with you that the revolving door of death has grown wearisome over the past decade, I believe that this was a natural progression of the story rather than a DC stunt. No one has more moral right to take out a character than his creator. Morrison’s premise all along has been to encompass all of Batman’s history, and if so he has to have his ‘Robin dies at dawn’ moment. DC agreed, knowing they could hype it up into profit. As for the Bruce-Damian relationship, Peter Tomasi has been fleshing that out within the pages of Batman & Robin since the DC 52 launch. Of course there will be a new Robin and it could even be a resurrected Damian. I find it helps to think of a writers take on a character as an entity that stands alone. Continuity is a fallacy at this point.

    Also, this arc is not called Death of the Family, that’s actually Scott Snyder’s Joker arc that ended two weeks ago with a fizzle more than a bang. Morrison sighted Snyder’s tale as a misdirection for his story, but it still doesn’t change the fact that Snyder was unable to deliver on the stakes that he raised. OK tangent over. Morrison’s Batman Inc. will conclude with issue 12.

    May I recommend a discussion on Marvel Comics: The Untold Story in a future episode? Thanks and keep up the great work!

  3. Didnt know that about Card, if you only read Enders Game you stoped at the rigth book. Yes H.P started out as a racist but he was changing.
    -did someone call Megan Fox penis shreder?

  4. Of course Orson Scott Card’s not going to write an anti-gay Superman story. The issue is less that he is writing Superman, it’s more that DC are happy employing him to do so. He doesn’t just not like gays, he is an activist against them. He preaches hate. Would they employ him if he was an active member of the KKK, or marched against Jewish people’s rights? Not a chance. And would you guys just be shrugging off the issue if he did? Lovecraft’s views were of their time & he was never an activist against black people’s rights. If he was around now, i hope his rascism would be an issue.

  5. Wow the hour long program is great, not sure I can address half of the stuff I’d like to. There is so many things you cover and I am just now going back to the 1st cast so I can listen. Thanks for this it is a great homage to the comics industry and hopefully it can shed some much needed light on the Indy industry.

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