Thursday, June 15, 2006
Gayer than a pink leather piñata.
Spiderman outs himself to the press
Wed Jun 14, 4:10 PM ET
NEW YORK (AFP) - For a comic book hero, it's the ultimate taboo.
In the latest edition of the Marvel comic "Civil War" on sale, Spiderman does the unthinkable and removes his Spidey mask to publicly reveal his hidden identity.
"I'm proud of who I am, and I'm here right now to prove it," the legendary webslinger tells a press conference called in New York's Times Square, before pulling off his mask and standing before the massed ranks of reporters as newspaper photographer Peter Parker.
"Any questions?" Parker asks in the final panel of the issue, amid a barrage of camera flashes.
In a statement, Marvel trumpeted the revelation as "arguably the most shocking event in comic book history."
The seven-issue "Civil War" series, launched in May, sees Marvel's writers taking on the topical issue of civil liberties.
Following a showdown between a group of superheroes and supervillains in which hundreds of innocent civilians are killed, the government passes the Super-Hero Registration Act, requiring all superheroes to reveal their identities and register as "living weapons of mass destruction."
Marvel's roster of invincible crime fighters is split into two bitterly opposed factions, with one camp -- championed by the likes of Spiderman -- in favor of the new law and the other, including Captain America and his ilk, refusing to relinquish anonymity.
"It's about which side you are on and why you think you are right," said Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Joe Quesada.
I should mention as far as full disclosure goes, I am not reading Civil War. I actually only read 2 Marvel titles with any regularity- Runaways and Ultimate FF. Maybe I'll pick up the Civil War in Trade Paperback.
I actually enjoy when comics take on issues that I find important. Marvel has taken on a lot of interesting topics of late, but taking on the issues of the day is just the nature of comics. Comics are quite progressive really. They also feature giant aerodynamic bosoms. (A huge selling point for me.)
I really like to see division amongst the ranks comic heroes in terms of trusting the government. Of course I used to worry about the US government as Big Brother- some kind of monolithic all-powerful secretive regime. Now I realize that it is a bumbling group of private college idiots all out for personal monetary gain. Much less scary. Kind of.
Posted by qtilla at Thursday, June 15, 2006