Friday, September 09, 2011

Comical Re: Action

As I alluded to earlier in the week, I picked up the first issue of the newly-renumbered Action Comics on Wednesday, and as I tweeted that evening, I thoroughly enjoyed it -- far more than I ever would have expected to -- and look forward to seeing this new take on Superman evolve in the months ahead. But while the general mood across the web seems to reflect my reaction, that shouldn't be taken to mean that everyone is onboard with the Grant Morrison-led reboot.

And while opinions are opinions and everyone is entitled to like or dislike what they please, one over-the-falls crazy overreaction has been registered by the owner of North Carolina comic shop The Comic Conspiracy (which should not in anyway be confused with the great Bay Area store Comics Conspiracy), who's decided to boycott Action forthwith over what he perceives as an overt attempt by Morrison to insert blasphemy into the mouth of the Man of Steel.

Witness this stream-of-consciousness onslaught courtesy of the store's Facebook page:
As of today's release of Action Comics #1 by Grant Morrison, The Comic Conspiracy, will until further notice, be boycotting all future Grant Morrison books. If you want Action Comics, you will have to buy it elsewhere. 
Fifteen minutes later:
Christian comic book readers and shop owners. Join us in the Grant Morrison Boycott. Action Comics #1 is a slap in the face to Superman, Christians and Superman creators Siegel and Shuster!! 
(Siegel and Shuster were Jewish, FYI.)

Anyway, after a seven hour cooling-off period, the guy was still stewing:
I could see Guy Gardner and maybe even Hal Jordan (Green Lanterns) saying it. I could see Oliver Queen (Green Arrow) saying it. I could easily see Damian Wayne (Robin) or MAYBE even Bruce Wayne saying it. But Superman was created to be the "perfect" super-hero. Unblemished. Superman is an American icon. 
Then a minute after that:
It grieves me to see a liberal Scottish schmuck like Grant Morrison take these liberties. I'm sorry, Superman would NEVER take God's name in vain. In the words of the late Jim Croce, "You don't tug on Superman's cape. 
Four minutes after that, still going:
I deal with books like "Crossed" and "The Boys". I accepted gay characters being introduced into a children specific book like Archie Comics. I however am getting very tired of having comic writer's liberal agendas force fed to me. Mr. Morrison has stepped over my line. If I have to stand alone on this... I will. 
And then, finally, five minutes later:
The boycott stands. All orders for Action Comics #2, as well as any other books written by Grant Morrison will be cancelled as soon as Diamond Comics opens it's offices today. I ask my customers to understand as best they can. I understand that it's only a comic and it's not the real world, but I feel that as a Christian I have to draw the line somewhere. 
So what was it that left this guy so affronted that he felt compelled to take his case to the Face? It's the two letters in the single word balloon in the single panel up-top. Yep. That's it. That's the line. What I (and, I'm guessing, most people) read as Superman's onomatopoeic expression of pain after being caught in an explosion is actually, it turns out, a disguised "God damn." Who knew. Now, I may be missing something vital here, but this sure seems like an example of someone going way out of the way to get offended by a whole lot of nothing.

Check the full story at Bleeding Cool and tell me if I'm wrong.

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