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FANGORIA: You clearly have a deep and abiding loathing for superheroes. Which, in the age of THE DARK NIGHT and THE AVENGERS, must be fun for you! Do you feel superheroes have moved on at all since you first started putting the boot in during the 1980s?

PAT MILLS: Nah. They seem more self aware and pretentious now, but the 21st century so far is hardly a time of creative progress. I read some highly-rated Superman origins book by Grant Morrison a couple of years back, expecting some new Scottish insights into the character and was surprised by how deferential it was. Well, I guess that’s what the fans want. Don’t blame us. If they want the forelock tugging approach it only reflects the wider world.

My loathing is more for what they represent—nothing wrong with a hero with special powers, if he isn’t just a tool of the establishment. So I did an Indian super hero once–BLACK SIDDHA–who originally didn’t want to be a hero (like they do). He said, “I can’t be a superhero. I’m not American.”

Well, it amused me!




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Date: 2017-02-10 05:09 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] jlbarnett
what an asshole

Date: 2017-02-11 05:53 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sagrada
So one thing I've never gotten is how every time some guy wants to show how fascistic and dangerous the power-worship that superheroes represent is, they always make up some massive dystopia or skewed business.

But it's really apparent in just the actual comics situations. And that's way more interesting since it's how a lot of social problems creep up on you, by becoming normal. Something like the gradual social stratification in pretty much all super-fiction and the constant infighting was vaguely glanced at in The Boys, but it always just gets flooded by trying to shock the reader which is way less useful. Making it so excessive just makes it easier to ignore the problems in superhero comics snce we "know" what the real issues look like.

Also I get it's supposed to be real ironic that it does the same thing it criticizes in being a hollow macho power fantasy where women only exist to boost the male hero in some way, but that plain never works. Just look at Neon Genesis Evangelion.

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