I mentioned a few weeks ago about the #BoycottCaptainMarvel campaign being run by the same people which brought you the #BoycottBlackPanther campaign last year, as well as the ongoing sad fuckwittery of Comicsgate. The weekend gone was the opening weekend of Captain Marvel, so I’d assume these protesters managed to reach out and convince people not to encourage whatever it is they’re pissed off about.
So I’m sure this weekend was a fucking disaster! Let’s look at what happened,
Oh, well done Comicsgaters. Another success.
This weekend Marvel’s Captain Marvel film opened. That’s this Captain Marvel.
Not this Captain Marvel appearing in Shazam! (long story, copyright but if you want to dive into the rabbit hole start here) which is the original Captain Marvel.
There’s no sign of new Marvelman/Miracleman comics let alone a film, but I’m sure his day will come.
It thankfully isn’t this Captain Marvel.
The Captain Marvel film isn’t even the first Captain Marvel that Marvel Comics produced.
This Captain Marvel had his own series which struggled hard for 16 issues before enjoying a revamp but even though he had a better costume the series struggled.
It wasn’t til Jim Starlin took over with #25 bringing in a more cosmic flavour, while bringing in characters like Drax and Thanos to tell a story which today would have been a major crossover, with its own series and everything but the 1970’s were cheaper times so readers could pick up issues cheaply as they came out. Well, readers in America that is. Over here many of the issues either weren’t distributed or had suck a low distribution they may as well not come over from the States. So to read this story which dived from one title to another (Captain Marvel to Avengers to Warlock to Marvel Two in One) involved some serious work.
This was my Captain Marvel that I grew up on. There were other Captain Marvel’s (at least two) after this one, not including the one currently packing cinemas but that run by Jim Starlin that ended with Captain Marvel dying not because of Thanos, but because of cancer, is among the best run of SF/superhero comics you’ll ever find.
There’s now pretty cheap trades collecting all these stories so when you’ve enjoyed the Carol Danvers version, go back to the comics for the best run of Captain Marvel done so far. You won’t regret it.
Captain Marvel is the next film from Marvel’s sausage factory of film production starring Brie Larson as Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel which is out in a few weeks. It will make Marvel/Disney gazillions and looks to be as much fun as your average Marvel film.
In terms of a character in the comics, Carol Danvers has, well, a complex history which I’ll skim over as it’s’ distracting, often horrible and anyhow, the writer Chris Claremont redeemed her by making her one of the most powerful beings in the Marvel Universe way back in Uncanny X Men #164 and now she’s one of Marvel’s main characters with Thor, Spidey, Iron Man or the Hulk.
But there’s a big film coming out and it FEATURES A WOMAN! So the Comicsgate crowd peels themselves like one vast interconnected slug to try to sabotage the film by throwing up fake negative reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, which they tried with Black Panther last year. As a reminder Black Panther was one of the best films of 2018, made several gazillions and was nominated for actual awards in the Oscars outwith of the usual things like special effects. So that shows you how dim these folk are as the tactic which didn’t work last year, won’t this year, and will probably be done again when a superhero film not starring a white male is released.
Now I won’t link to videos or pages spouting this pish as after all, it’s easily done but there’s only one reason this is being done and that’s good old-fashioned sexism of the kind designed to keep women in their place away from billion dollar film franchises unless they fulfil whatever arbitrary set of rules they pull out their arse. It is intolerable that women have to put up with this shit all the time, and one has to think the men doing this would be be spending a better life if they actually spoke to women instead of hating them.
But that’s too hard it seems.
Thoughts about The Multiversity #1, Society of Super Heroes, The Just and Pax Americana.
Last issue we saw Morrison being ‘inspired’ by Alan Moore’s Watchmen, and in this issue he’s ‘inspired’ by Alan Moore’s revamp of Marvelman. It should be utterly appalling but in fact it’s the most fun of this series so far, and indeed, it’s the best issue It’s also the issue that advances the plot somewhat which is good as it was starting to dither in it’s own clever smugness just a tad.
It’s also the closest to a ‘normal’ issue of a superhero comic, and it also helps that Morrison manages to cheerily update Captain Marvel without making the idea cheesy, grim, or just rubbish which is what DC Comics seem to have done with the character now.
Thunderworld Adventures is a plain old fashioned fun comic that’s lovingly drawn by Cameron Stewart which reminds readers that it’s possible to do enjoyable superhero stories without adding in rape, torture, needless violence and unrelenting grimness. Yes Morrison slighting references Marvelman but it’s done so fleetingly that it doesn’t come over and creepy or stalky as Pax Americana did.
Overall Multiversity isn’t a great series, but this issue shows there’s life in the Captain Marvel concept and that Morrison can still do good superhero comics, though I have a feeling that this may be a blip. I hope i’m wrong though.