Welcome to a very rare Friday edition of the House.
You all know by now that unlike the honest working man and The Beatles, I, Mr.Morbid, prefer to work 4 days a week, instead of the customary 5 or in some cases 8. But with my mind buzzing and working overtime about certain events and topic in the comic world, I felt I couldn't wait until monday to unload my thoughts and opinions on at least one of these topics.
What topic I'm am I talking about?? How about this already hot topic I read from Bleedingcool.com, that's proving to be so hot, it's positively incendiary!
Undercover movie execs apparently went to some random comic book stores to gage fan/store owner interest in what the ideal JLA roster would be for them if and when DC ever finally puts out a JLA movie.
So despite doing a horrible job of trying to pose as random comic fans(go figure), the topic soon took a rather nasty and unexpected turn, when the question was asked "What do you think of Frank Miller doing the JLA?"
Yeah. That was an actual question, by actual movie execs.
Quickly, but not unsurprisingly, many fans and industry professionals alike all had an opinion on this, and also not unsurprisingly, it wasn't all positive.
Take legendary comic artist Kevin Maguire for example.
Here's how he feels about the whole thing:
I couldn't have said it any better myself.
But I will expand on those thoughts with some proof provided by Miller's own work.
Of course who doesn't already know and love his legendary "The Dark Knight Returns" work right?
Well what were the JLA doing in that story? Anyone?
Nothing, because they were disbanded by order of the US Government. They let themselves, in the story, be told what to do and when to do it by a single government, even if it was our own. As we all know, that's not how the League really works, since they're supposed to be above all that, and not solely employed by or be mandated to any country's government.
On other words, they're the ultimate in independent workers.
But not in Frank Miller's world they weren't, especially Superman, who was reduced to being used as a blindly loyal government lapdog.
What's worse, is that that line of reasoning was used in Darwyn Cooke's excellently written and drawn New Frontier story.
In the very beginning of that one, Superman's used primarily as a tool of the US Government as well. But unlike Miller's Superman, Cooke's Superman quickly realizes he's been duped, and decides from there on, he's nobody's lapdog or tool.
Later on, in the 2005-08 abortion of a series Miller worked on called All-Star Batman and Robin, Miller once again ridicules and belittles the Justice League by choosing to portray them as Stupid, petty, and disorganized gods with power. Basically treating them as nothing more than jokes, as pointed by that series' Batman.