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Brian Michael Bendis Says Miles Morales Is Spider-Man

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Mon 22 Jun 2015 12:00 PM EST
Category: Pop Culture | 6363 Views

(DM) – Monday June 22, 2015 Remember when Peter Parker was Spider-Man? Wait, you mean you didn't know? Miles Morales is now Spider-Man. According to Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis.

Through Bendis, Marvel has decided. Or is it the social justice warriors of Reddit? You spoke, and Marvel listened, but only if you are in your early twenties and on Tumblr. No longer are comics an escapist read. They apparently form society.

The creator of the Miles Morales Spider-Man, Brian Micheal Bendis announced on his own Tumblr page Sunday June 22, 2015. "Sunday Bomb Drop!!"  referring to a New York Daily News Article with his own quote, “It’s meant a great deal to a great many people. Our message has to be it’s not Spider-Man with an asterisk, it’s the real Spider-Man for kids of color, for adults of color and everybody else.”

This is a misleading statement. Miles will jump over from the Ultimate Universe to be part of the Peter Parker universe (Marvel 616), but to call him The Spider-Man is what Bendis alone insists. Then again, Marvel may get behind him soon on this. Miles Morales is a great Spider-Man. Yet he is an off-shoot of the original. If Batman dies and Robin takes over, okay. But while Bruce Wayne is a live, Robin is still Robin. Until the King is dead, a prince is a prince etc... Why insist Miles is "THE" Spider-Man?

So here I come off racists because I am willing to argue against his specific statement "It’s meant a great deal to a great many people."  What are the demographics of people that want Miles and how many are in the market segment for Peter Parker? Without any definitive proof, the realistic answer is a very loud few are being serviced.

Would it makes sense if Bendis is claiming 80 percent of the paying public want Miles Morales as Spider-Man when in fact that 80 percent actually wants and buys the Peter Parker Spider-Man? The answer is no.

The first issue will drop in a couple months and first issues always sell big. As do the next few before the real audience sticks it out.

Don't use that rational with social justice zealots though. It doesn't matter what makes sense when you are dealing with ideologues. Bendis believes what he wants to believe on an emotional level. And it's hard to argue when someone stands on a tearful story such as this as told by Bendis in the same NY Daily News article: He was shopping with his adopted daughter of color when she found a Spider-Man mask. She said, “Look daddy, I’m Spider-Man!”

Bendis had a natural heartfelt response. “I started crying in the middle of the aisle,” He says. “I realized my kids are going to grow up in a world that has a multi-racial Spider-Man, and an African American Captain America and a female Thor.”

Allow me to use sarcasm to drive home a point. By the social justice warrior logic, there are a lot of black churches singing praise to a white diety, and we need to do something about that too. Are white people demanding a Caucasian remake of Friday (1995)?

I guess Bendis forgot to mention to his daughter there are in fact a couple other super heroes his daughter could read at Marvel: She Hulk, Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Electra, Spider-Woman, Rogue, Jean Grey, Emma Frost, Storm, Dominoe, Invisible Woman: Sue Richards, Wasp, Lady Deadpool, Marvel Girl: Rachel Summers, Ms. Marvel: Carol Danvers and Silver Sable.

Perhaps she can even read something from the competition at DC?  Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Supergirl, Raven, Hawkwoman, Zatanna and Black Canary.

When she grows up she even has Indy comics to turn to: Orphan Black, Shi, Ghost, Vampirella, Lady Death, Tank Girl, Barb Wire, Witchblade, Razor and Angela.

In fairness to Bendis less than half of these characters have their own titles. Yet the list is still extensive. And still there is a demand to take iconic characters and make them female or black or anything but a white male.  

What is challenging here is I have no bone to pick with Brian Bendis. I enjoy many of his stories and don't dispute his excellent writing skills. That includes creativity. The issue is over his argument and the big two publishers argument in re-appropriating established super heroes. Take Wonder Woman and make her man, and that is just is ridiculous as making Thor a woman and calling her Thor. I'll get to that later.

If you are a long time comic book fan – you know... over thirty. You're an old head. You're out of touch and you don't matter.

Why?

Marvel needs new blood! If you didn't have kids for a host of reasons, you didn't do your duty and indoctrinate your kids into comics and for that sin you've been condemned to reading old comics. ...Read more...





Marvel Netflix A.K.A. Jessica Jones Explained

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Mon 18 May 2015 12:45 PM EST
Category: Pop Culture | 3423 Views
(DL) – May 18, 2015 The Marvel Netflix aka Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) will be a huge superhero for Women. For some time female comic book enthusiasts have been demanding a female super hero in cinematic form. What is Jessica Jones’ super hero power? It should be super human strength, but her story of recovery is what will make her a major hit. Adapted from the Marvel MAX 28 part series Alias, Jessica's story unfolds during her post super hero career. Now retired, she works as a private investigator.

Marvel Netflix aka Jessica Jones

To understand why Marvel Netflix A.K.A. Jessica Jones will be a hit for women, it is best to explain the changed climate in super hero needs spawned by the recent past super hero films and current shows that have set the table for A.K.A. Jessica Jones. ...Read more...

Firefly Music Festival: The Fan Experience

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Mon 24 Jun 2013 11:43 PM EST
Category: Pop Culture | 4721 Views

(DL) – I am from Delaware. If anyone knows, it's me – Delaware is not a destination. It's a starting point. Everywhere is within driving distance, mountains, beach, the nation's capital, Philly events, NYC entertainment. None of which are in Delaware. Enter, Firefly – a three day music festival. It includes big name bands to headline like 2012's Killers and The Black Keys to 2013's Tom Petty and Foster the People. Firefly has a genuine interest in bands about to break like 2013's Capital Cities or 2012's Fitz & the Tantrums and Modest MousePassion Pit makes an encore performance to the festival's main stage.


EDM (Electronic Dance Music) makes a bigger play in 2013 at Firefly drawing not only the hipster crowd but more of the introverted at home closet dance hounds. Put them in front of Big Gigantic, Calvin Harris, Zed and White Panda and they too exploded in dance energy bouncing up and down along in a sea of people tossing beach balls, glow sticks and blow-up dolls. By the time Saturday hit MGMT's pop sound was bound to draw a huge crowd.


Sunday, Matt and Kim worked the crowd like any other Matt and Kim gig, tossing balloons into the crowd with Kim standing on her drum kit. Although she's chilled a bit after injuring herself previously. True story, they are as positive energy off stage as on. I met them last year in Philly at a gig at the Electric Factory. Kim gave me relationship advice I've used ever since. They are a high energy duo and the crowd fed off their energy on a hot Sunday afternoon.


The festival grounds known as The Woodlands is home to four stages separated by wood lined malls. It's got a somewhat cozy feel but the tall chain linked fences remind you of the business end of the festival experience. You won't be sneaking in to beat the $300 three day ticket price. You wear a bracelet that is digitally scanned for entry. Scratch the bar-code and management is relentless on this rule – you pay $20 to replace it after they confirm your original registration. 

Hammock HangoutThe fun starts at the gate. Everyone picks up the pace as the music nears. The huge banner, FIREFLY on a soft green backdrop with golden lights draws you in like a mindless bug. It's the same feeling you had as a child wanting to race in to be the first on the ride at an amusement park.

DowntimeFirefly's unique appeal is its accessibility. An even better word may be inclusivity. Yes it draws college students that want to cut loose, but even the college students I came across kept the partying in check. It draws a young at heart crowd but regardless of age a noticeable thumbprint of the typical Firefly attendee is they are positive and kind. This is no loose observation....Read more...





M&M's Candy's Colorful History

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Wed 20 Mar 2013 12:06 PM EST
Category: Pop Culture | 7429 Views
It’s Just a Candy!  With History…
(DL) – What is it with M&M’s and the way we associate them with everything from health to sex drive? They are after all just a color coated chocolate candy – a candy with a colorful heritage.

The M&M began its dubious existence in 1940 taking its name from the parent company Mars.  The owners names were ...Read more...

Damian Wayne Dies

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Mon 25 Feb 2013 2:22 PM EST
Category: Pop Culture | 2523 Views

(DL) – Speculators load up on Batman and Robin #19  and Batman Inc # 8. This time it's not just Batman's sidekick Robin that dies it's Bruce Wayne's son Damian. He dies at the hands of his own clone brother Leviathan. I called this tragedy months in advance; I didn't forecast how he'd die. I did speculate Damian would die. Standing in the Captain Blue Hen comic book store I turned to my then girlfriend and said, "He's the logical choice to die." I felt this was the case as the Joker was tearing up Batman's inner circle and the only way to effectively sever Batman's inner circle was for Damian to die. After all, the series is called, Death of the Family.  The Joker plays center stage in the story but I saw him as a distraction to what would take place. This either speaks to my intuitive skill or Detective Comics (DC) predictability. Either way Batman's list of Robin's are now up to six. 
  1. – Dick Grayson
  2. – Jason Todd
  3. – Tim Drake
  4. – Stephanie Brown
  5. – Damian Wayne
  6. – Carrie Kelly (Robin with elderly Batman)
Dick Grayson became Nightwing. Todd was killed by the Joker and through resurrection became The Red Hood, Tim Drake has become the Red Robin, his girlfriend Stephanie Brown stepped in until she died soon after. Carrie Kelly doesn't come along until later in Batman's life through Frank Miller's masterpiece The Dark Knight Returns. That brings us back to number five, Damian Wayne. The last name rings ominous.  Bruce Wayne's son is now Robin. How did it all come to this?

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