lancelot_force (lancelot_force) wrote,

Identity Crisis, and some thoughts

So, I haven't written in here in forever. Anyways, I just got done reading Identity Crisis, which is a crossover comic in the DC Universe. This is one of those masterfully written comics that I think is incredibly important for people to read. Really, even if you've never read an issue of any DC comic in your life, give Identity Crisis a chance. Not only is the story wondefully told, it's the leadup to Infinite Crisis, 52, and One Year Later, where the DCU currently is.

Sad to say, thanks to the events of Civil War, I've pretty much given up hope on the modern Marvel Universe. I'll be following The Initiative, but thanks to the whack stunt that they pulled off recently (it was all over the news, but I won't spoil it for others), I doubt I'll be following much more. I plan to finish up collecting Ultimate X-Men, and perhaps follow some of the stuff that happened in the 80's and 90's with Spiderman as well as Cable and Deadpool, but other than that, I think I may be done with Marvel. They provide escapism, sure, but they no longer deal with what a superhero is. They've become bloated, and sit high in their ivory tower. Civil War, their main crossover, was crap; Civil War: Frontline, which was a side series, was simply amazing. It actually did what Marvel claims it is: the comic was real. DC, on the other hand, has managed to assemble writers who can really shape the characters that we've come to know and love, and make them deal with issues that are human, as well as put them in situations that make you care and worry for the characters. Meanwhile, Marvel went off and killed some character I've never even heard of (nor can I remember him). DC has its shares of flaws (Death of Superman and Knightfall), but they've done a better job overall in the past 10 years than Marvel has.

I'm thinking about my career after I get out of college, and I'd love it if I could actually take a shot at writing comics. Not as a lifelong thing, but as an adventure for a year or two. Hopefully DC would be willing to hire me at some point, so I'm planning to write a script within the next year or so, for some of their second tier characters (JLA/JSA members). Hopefully it'll actually turn out well, and if they like me and I work there, I can pen a superhero movie or something. Or, maybe even, let me write for Batman or Detective Comics. Anyways, don't mind me as I think about that for a minute.

I'm going to finally start reading American Gods, since I've been meaning to for the longest while. Any other suggestions for fantasy novels to start reading?

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