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New Comics Wednesday (continued...)

I got some additional new comics today (not all from this week, but still pretty new):

Archie & Friends #106 --  The Katy Keene story (which is why I buy this comic now that Josie has apparently been dropped) is nothing special.  It focuses on Katy and Mackenzie's relationship, which isn't that interesting.  But I do have to say something about the lead story, which features Archie and Chuck solving a mystery at Riverdale's new monster museum, and introduces Riverdale High's goths -- writer George Gladir must have only a vague idea what a goth is, and artist Stan Goldberg has obviously never seen one...
Boneyard #23 --  Abbie's still suffering the effects of whatever was put in her drink, and Michael must call in the reserves to sober her up before she fatally embarrasses them all.  A very cute issue.
Thunderbolts #110 --  Warren Ellis takes over.  I was prepared to not like it, but it's not bad.  In the wake of Zemo's disappearance, the US government has taken over the Thunderbolts and turned them into a group of former supervillains earning their freedom by tracking down and capturing superhumans who refuse to register with the government.  New members being rehabilitated this way include the Green Goblin, Venom and Bullseye.  So basically they've taken the old Thunderbolts and combined it with DC's Suicide Squad.  Since I liked Suicide Squad, I'll give this a chance...


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Jan. 14th, 2007 07:36 pm (UTC)
I like how blasé Chuck was about Nancy becoming a goth:

Nancy: "You've been neglecting me of late!...so in looking for something to do, I've joined a goth group"
Chuck: "A goth group? Hmm... that gives me an idea!"

Chuck, you have no clue, do you?
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Jan. 14th, 2007 09:58 pm (UTC)
In Riverdale, the goths are a school organization, like the chess club (apparently). Good ol' Riverdale!
Jan. 19th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC)
“Earning their freedom”(!)

ze US gofernment has taken ofer ze Zunderbolts undt turned zem into a group uff former superfillains earningkt zeir freedom by trackingkt down undt kapturingkt superhumans vho r-r-refuse to r-r-register mitt ze gofernment. New members beingkt "r-r-rehabilitated" zis vay include...

So, "freedom" is now no longer a God-given, Constitutionally-protected right, but is instead granted by the Federal Government - but only to those who "register" with that Government. Great...

The "supers" in The Incredibles thought they had it bad - at least they didn't have to worry about a squad of Federal American Einsatzgruppen hunting them down if they remember that they're Americans, and refuse to “register” with the Federal police state!

Does anybody, anywhere in the comic, mention what an incredibly fascist concept this is... or do they - and by extension the writers, and by inference the readers also, simply accept this crime as normal?

Jan. 21st, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
Re: “Earning their freedom”(!)
I was going to write some about how in Civil War the two sides (pro-registration and anti-registration) are being depicted as both having their good points (neither side is evil)*, but in Thunderbolts the pro-registration Thunderbolts are obviously bad guys and the super-hero they are hunting (Jack Flag) is the sympathetic character -- but I ran out of time. So to answer your question -- yes, the writers and most of the characters (and hopefully the readers) do realize that this is a fascist concept and our protagonists are on the wrong side.

*So I hear, not being a reader of Civil Wars
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