Some thoughts on FF being canceled.

 

In short, its horse shit. Its more underhandedness from the Perlmutter/ Alonso regime and I’m getting tired of it.

FF is viable series that sells in the low 30k range these days. That’s well above the cancellation range and its a shame because 30k or so fans still love the book and support it.

Marvel has made all sorts of claims as to why, but we really can only speculate. Whatever the reason…its not because “ideas ran dry” etc..

I do find it funny that marvel execs give Rich Rider and DnA fans crap for boycotting the current quality, when essentially that is what marvel is doing here. They are withholding the FF product to achieve a determined goal. And like most big decisions and the cosmic mess post Thanos Imperative under the Alonso/Perlmutter regime the move smacks of dishonesty and underhandedness.It disenfranchises a whole separate group of old Marvel fans.

Like DnA’s Nova, I’m not going to lie, FF had some problems and they needed to be fixed. I can tell you why I did not buy FF for years, even when it was doing ok was that the stories never seemed to make any sense to the rest of 616. I hated how they were not involved in the Giffen/DnA cosmic stuff. Used to be they were a cosmic flagship and now the stories did not seem to matter anywhere. Again IMO this is a result of huge editor issues in creating a shared marvel universe. The book also had some “rock star” talent that need to be edited better to fit everything around them. Fraction, Millar, Hickman, Robinson there were some great ideas here but they needed to fit better and feel more like “must read books”. Essentially, its the same thing that killed the DnA Cosmic scene.

Still, I wonder why marvel has chosen this route. Perhaps they feel the FF movie will bomb and it is a real notion they could reclaim the rights.Perhaps the Fox product is so alien they just want to disavow it. I don’t know. The movie does seem like a train wreck. Publishing a comic that is so different on the silver screen seems like a challenge.

A lot of “Nova fans” give other Nova fans crap because they hope the current Sam Alexander series fails. But marvel comics and many many marvel fans hope this FF movie fails because a.) It looks like a huge and insulting change to the source material.b) Marvel Studios has a viable chance to get the property back under its creative control if it were to fail. So many Marvel/MCU fans are on board with this , its the big trendy thing everywhere to crap on this film. I’m sure CBR is readily allowing the smack to be talked on this flick, whereas statements rooting for NINO book to fail is deleted and banned. Most of these fans who root for the FF movie to fail then go around and shit on Rider Nova fans who hope Sam’s book fails (for very similar reasons). Its hypocrisy!

For the record this Fox movie looks atrocious, I hope it fails as well, I hope the MCU gets the FF rights and makes better FF movies.But do it over the table and honest.I certainly don’t think we need to be petty and cancel comics just because of it.

Marvel execs may have some ready made denial about this being related to the MCU, but we all know its crap. I think marvel used to think its fans had a few more brain cells.

I know these days 30k sales  in support pales in comparison to movie ducats, but at one time those numbers were cornerstones used to build Marvel. So FF (comic) fans have my support in this mess. I hope you would choose to support them as well.

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VETERANS DAY AND RICH RIDER : A VETS THOUGHTS ON THE BEST VETERAN CHARACTER IN A LONG TIME

All too often, Marvel comics of the last twenty or so years just get veteran characters wrong. DnA/ Giffen’s Richard Rider and Nova was one such moment where they got veterans right. Rider was a great story that had brilliant metaphorical work in terms of the struggles of many veterans today.

In my opinion, comics and Marvel have mostly struggled to depict vets as anything but crackpot or shell shocked stereotypes..Assassins , “Hitmen”, Black Ops guys or PTSD laden villains like “Nuke” or the Winter Soldier. Personally, I’ve read little that connected with me.  Aside from Rider and a few others I mostly find it cliché and trivial.

There’s been some good Captain America stuff over the years…but there’s been lousy hackneyed stuff as well. So often the Captain America persona and image gets hijacked for the sake of political commentary I got frustrated with the character. I love the USA, but all too often the flag on Cap’s chest just attracts the occasional piss poor characterization.

I can tell you from my experience that vets read comics.  So too, do active military troops. I used to treasure hoofing it to the P/X or LCS (when I was fortunate enough to be able to). Getting back to my bunk and reading Busiek’s Avengers or Larsen’s Nova, PAD’s Captain Marvel and Jurgens/ Waid Captain America. Those books and the time I spent on them used to mean a lot to me during some tough times.

When I got out it of the military it was right about the time Starlin was doing his THANOS series, I got into that book and to the new GIffen direction for cosmic stuff thereafter. Eventually, I found myself in the Giffen Annihilation stuff. I had always liked Nova from New Warriors and his earlier 70s stuff. All the while I struggled with some aspects of life without the military. Life outside had a lot challenges to cope with and I missed a lot friends and blood brothers.

This was the perfect storm for Giffen and DnA’s Nova to develop from a character I always liked (and followed), to one that became intrinsically special.

I remember reading his stories in the late 80s as a very young kid. They were always the comics at flea markets people didn’t think were worth a lot. You could get ’em in the quarter bin right next to Starlin’s Warlock stuff or DCs Firestorm. All great stuff. With Rider, I loved the spider man type stories initially that transitioned into growth and soldier who had to go off to fight in wars. (Initially the Skrull Xandar war of vol. 1) It dealt with a lot of the same things I was going through in the late 90s as a soldier. it was always tough when writers wanted to retrograde that character back into an immature huckster. Larsen’s series was pleasant , but even he was guilty of this.

It was during Keith Giffen’s , Dan Abnett and Andy Lannings Annihilation work that the bond was really galvanized.. Rider went off to a brutal conflict and fought for the earth’s survival. The so called “mook from Long Island” came of age to a competent leader of men on the battlefeild. A grizzled man with a deep scar on his face and in his soul. The issues where Rich Rider came back to earth and confronted friends, family and the government were especially profound. This guy had some many aspects I could identify with, he also seemed so much like other guys I knew coming back from the war of the next ten years.

To top it off, he had his “Ranger Buddy” Star Lord. Who was written like the kind of guy you would want to go to hell and back again with. I’m not going to devote this space to complaining about what has happened to Star Lord either, but I miss the old version. It just connected with me.

Rich Rider became this kind of “real and workable” version of Steve Rogers that didn’t have all the political baggage and targeting. That was something very special and identifiable. He was the leader, but DnA and Giffen always showed us the inner workings of his mind that made him such a really genuine character.  As a writer, I would think that notion would be so attractive for creators to want to work with and expand upon.

Maybe this mostly has to do with a newer era of non veteran writers and creators. Guys like Starlin, Kirby, Stan Lee, they were vets And don’t get me wrong, I don’t think writers need to be veterans to get the group down. I just find it lacking and deprioritized in the material we are seeing today. I do see a lot of creators right now who just strike me as folks who have never left college or an city environment. There is a visceral reality and layer of grime to those stories that Annihilation captured. I can feel the lack of genuine empathy in some of the stuff geared to vets or fans of military fiction since Thanos Imperative.

Marvel seems very honed in on picking up demographics and expanding readership. After fourteen years of war, and a large population of veterans out there, it’s strange they would have such little faith in comics that would interest veterans and not see veterans as a larger priority. The act of mothballing Richard Rider and turning his poignant coming of age veteran metaphor into a kiddie rama manga esque romp for young kids shows they have dropped the ball here. I’m not going to go down the road of roasting Sam Alexander here or the current direction, but I do feel Marvel has made an incredible mistake by killing off and making Richard Rider a pariah….the companies greatest” non Cap” veteran character deserves to come back in proper fashion.

I guess some may find this cheesy and silly..but I assure you this is genuine and my feelings. I’m well aware Rider was not a ‘real person’ nor a ‘real veteran’. I was and am and I know it is a very real thing. But the lesson and values are really important. Its just one more reason that makes Rider a character worth fighting for. “Never leave a fallen comrade” and we will NOT leave Rider behind.

Post on CBR’s NOVA 22 “Review” / my farewell post to CBR

Here is a copied post of my response to CBR’s “Review” of Nova #22 (note review spelled with huge fucking quotes / bunny ears). I’m not going to link it, and it will probably be deleted in less than five minutes.They gave it 4 stars and largely loved it.

 

Ok well, not a surprising review from CBR. They have and continued to support this book, so it is no surprise. I’m pretty sure why, but I will refrain from drastic accusations without solid evidence. This may, In fact, be my last post on these boards.

Post GOTG #20 sides are being drawn. In fact, they have been for some time. My opinion has changed drastically over the course of this series. I was luke warm on the series for some time, despite being open for the notion of a legacy. I gave the Beta Ray Bill arc decent marks, but the series had dropped in quality since then (and frankly before then as well) in epic proportions. Not to mention the other stuff going on with Rich Rider.

It is in my opinion that if you support this series, you are in fact, no Richard Rider supporter fan at all. To do so simply ensures Rider will stay dead forever. It is unfortunate, but really if you actually read the book you will not be too sad. The book is simply dreadful. Even the once solid art has digressed to be a detriment. (niche artwork at best)

Again, opinions like my disagreement with review will almost always equal the deletion of threads on here. I don’t think the mods really like me anyways. They may have something set up to delete my threads on a timer nowadays. I may get banned for this. Such is life. (Especially on “review threads” where I voice disagreement with the review)

I just find it impossible a person over ten could really enjoy this series. Really, I do wonder what actual book CBR is reading. I’m not kidding or being sarcastic there either ; I find it impossible anyone could consider this series good or passable.

Since Loeb brought forth this utter evisceration of 36 years of Marv Wolfman’s creation, the book has been filled with atrocious continuity, juvenile and nonsensical banter, horridly disjointed plots, and characters/supporting characters plagued by ridiculous values and depictions. The book claimed to be light hearted fair, but has such achievements to its name as poo poo ing Alcoholism , issues of race, child endangerment, and child soldiering. It has pissed on the prior character, genre, and fans all to achieve its master goal of creating a multi media dollar sign. It has failed dreadfully.

Sam is a bumbler and stumbler by design. I hope readers of this series don’t expect any growth from Sam because that won’t be in the cards. Everything about him ranks as a corporate strategy to attack a certain perceived demographic. The irony, while many Nova fans did not seem to like GOTG #20, to show his successor trick or treating with the X kids after depicting Rider’s true sacrifice is even more insulting.

Worse yet, he was created at the expense of a great character named Richard Rider. Loeb split the fan base for no good reason. Even if us radical Rider fans are all wrong..you can’t deny he split us all up. It’s all just such a shame.

The book continues to linger at around 20k readers. Huge event roles and frequent tie ins will probably stabilize the book for another few months. I expect this standalone issue to mostly tank, the X kids are not a big draw. It will be interesting to see how the post GOTG#20 effects sales for Nova. Personally, I hope they tank. Eventually, the cartoon and crossover force feedings will stop and this book will languish on its own.

It saddens me because books like Invaders, She Hulk and Moon Knight are better books that will probably/are axed before this series. Such is the corporate machine and cash cow that is Marvel/ Disney. (and throw CBR in there as well) Someone has got to sell those Infinity Sam figures and USM cartoon.

I’d feel bad for ripping CBR here, as it is nice they have this message board and I appreciate the ability to post here. I’ve had a good run and enjoyed some of the posters here. No doubt I owe CBR my gratitude for those times.

But lines are being drawn and they have not been honest brokers in the fight. This review just proves it. It’s a shame too , because we could have used their support. I know there are good people among them and good posters here. We could have used their support as well. It’s too bad. I can’t post here anymore under this cloud of what’s going on with CBR and these boards. Every time I throw down a thread or post I think Stalin’s moustache is going to come out of my screen and choke me.

Either that, or Mickey Mouse will.

Take heart Rider fans! Keep fighting, and know that it is OK to take a stand! Maybe in the five minutes this post will be up on the boards you’ll be inspired by it..maybe not. You can find us all at the links below.

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THANOSRULES Top military Sci FI Novels for Nova fans

Here are my top five military science fiction books ever…in order.

1.  Heinlein’s Starship Troopers– Its the grand daddy of the all. SO much better than the movie.

2. Halderman’s The Forever War– I find a lot of folks have not read this book…it is just an utter masterpiece of the genre.

3. Steakley- Armor– A lesser known one but really good. A strong message about PTSD and the psychology of war.

4.Scalzi’s- The Ghost Brigade– I give this book a slight nod over Old Man’s War, the first book in the series.It has a bit of a more focused story that does not need to set up the world as much, and the book benefits.

5.- Scalzi’s- The Old Man’s War– A nice modern epic with a great world and some fantastic sci fi notions. A modern must read.