Tuesday, August 09, 2005

My name is Franny Howes, and I am a writer and a warlock.

My mom reads my livejournal. Not the friends-only posts, as she doesn't have a login herself, but the public ones. Lately, that's consisted mostly of surveys. She told me she likes reading the "interviews with myself" that I post. She compared them to a scene in the movie The Committments where one of the guys keeps pretending he's being interviewed on TV. I think that's a fun way to think of memes. I encourage all bloggers to interview themselves regularly. I think it could be a fun format.

On a different note, my 21st birthday is coming up on August 31st. (Amy is supposed to be throwing me a Batman party as I threw her an excellent dry 21st birthday party last year. I promised her I wouldn't drink this year if she gets me a balloon with Nightwing on it. They have them at the Sam's Club in Saginaw, we saw them.) It is the time of year other than Christmas where I can make a list of trade paperbacks and graphic novels and not have to buy them myself. I know I want the Runaways hardcover and my own copy of Archer's Quest but other than that, if anyone has any recommendations that aren't by Neil Gaiman, Alan Moore, or Frank Miller (as I have read or purchased all I intend to buy those fellows...damn you Miller for degenerating into suck) I would appreciate them.

Finally, I have a theory regarding Alan Moore. For I-don't-know-how-long he has introduced himself publicly as, "My name is Alan Moore, I am a writer and a warlock." As he is a warlock. And his perpetual feud with DC is bubbling up right now. I believe he attempted to lob a curse upon Dan Didio and it was somehow deflected onto Keith Giffen. I doubt it was a mistake or a miss, as Moore is a serious warlock, and mighty scary. Didio must be practicing countermagick of his own and transferred the curse to the poor fellow. How else could you explain such a prodigious body count among the guy's characters? Other than a sociopathic editor, that is. Or maybe irate Rosicrucians. Those buggers are scary.


Anonymous Ron said...

Howzabout Warren Ellis' Global Frequency or that nice hardcover that just came out of Bendis' first six issues on The New Avengers?

4:51 PM, August 09, 2005  
Blogger Julio Oliveira said...

New Avengers? I wouldn't give the first six issues of New Avengers to a enemy. As for Keith Giffen... I really sorry for the guy. Nobody that gave so much fun to so many people deserves such coordinated attack against his characters. I mean Rocket Red? "Well, he had some kind of low empathic power with machines so he was treated like a HUGE threat by the Omacs". Worst than Greg Rucka killing the guy just for laughs (his), is that his lies is so blatantly obvious.

8:02 PM, August 10, 2005  
Anonymous Ron said...

Wait--I may be totally off base, but I vaguely recall that Steve Englehart created the Rocket Reds during that arc where Kilowog was impressed by the socialist dream and became the Soviet Union's Green Lantern...

I admit, though, that much of the '80s is a huge blur, and I could totally be misremembering, so don't hold me to this.

11:05 PM, August 10, 2005  
Anonymous Martin Hall said...

Wait - is Rocket Red actually dead? I thought he was Imperilled At Close Of Issue, which doesn't usually entail Killed To Make A Point as carrying over a Killing Off from one issue to the next as an issue-bridging action would just be odd.
Also, they're releasing the Crisis Minis as Nice Trades in November and December, and they're inexpensive.

Also, hello.

5:58 AM, August 11, 2005  
Blogger Franny said...

Rocket Red was created in the "Onward, Proletarian Superhero" story arc...those issues really deserve to be scanned. But also he figured prominently in the Giffen's Justice League, so even though he didn't create him, he's part of the Giffencide.

10:22 AM, August 11, 2005  
Blogger Amy said...

Keith Giffen didn't create Blue Beetle, Booster Gold, Guy Gardner, Ice, Fire or Rocket Red -- he just made them famous to a whole generation of Justice League fans. You could argue that fact makes them as much "his" characters as anyone else's.

3:05 PM, August 11, 2005  
Blogger Bat-Mac said...

If you haven't read it, read "The Return of Barry Allen". Brilliant.

Also Brilliant - Batman: Child of Dreams.

More when I think of them!

9:05 AM, August 12, 2005  
Anonymous methane said...

Rocket Red #4 first appeared in the Green Lantern Corps with the first 7 Rocket Reds. He wasn't an individual, though, until he appeared in JLA. Flipping through that GLC story that introduced the Rocket Reds, #2-#7 are completely indistinguishable as they even finish each other sentences like proper faceless enemies. The only word balloon I could find that I was sure came from #4 was part of a sentence about killing some of the Green Lanterns! So while Rocket Red wasn't a Giffen creation, I think you can argue Rocket Red #4 was a Giffen creation (in much the same way that Kyle Rayner was created by Ron Marz and Darryl Banks even though they didn't create Green Lantern). You can't say the same thing about Blue Beetle or Guy Gardner.

I have mixed feelings about that GLC storyline. It started out very promisingly, but I was dissapointed when it turned out that the Soviet Union under Gorbachev would be portrayed as clearly evil, and they would secretly kill the American heroes after they were captured. If they would have publically released any GL's they captured invading their airspace (making sure the world press was aware of it), they would have demonstrated the power of their new super-heroes to the world while publically shaming the US. This is pretty much what they did in real life under Khrushchev(!) when they shot down an American spy plane in 1960. By planning to kill the GL's instead, they bypassed this opportunity and threatened their relationship with Kilowog.

At first I had thought they would show a Soviet Union with more shades of gray. I felt it would have been much more interesting had Kilowog become disenchanted with the USSR over time because of real flaws in the system, not just because of the villainy of a leader.

Anyway, I'm rambling about something that's on a tangent to the main article, so I'll stop now.

2:37 AM, August 15, 2005  

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