Thursday, February 18, 2010

Conscripted

The Onion AV Club has joined in my war against irony (in a move that I am one hundred per cent certain was inspired by my declaration of war, despite the fact that it appears to have been posted before I wrote my blog entry). Although the comments, always a dubious undertaking on the AV Club to begin with, raise the issue of "New Sincerity", which is apparently a thing already, and not one whose tenents I can fully get behind (it seems to promote the Cult of Awesome, which I'll reject as well).

But even the act of rejecting a "movement" is a movement in and of itself, which is why it seems to be difficult to talk about anything in the early 21st century.

Basically, I just want to know at what point we can stop acting like 90s "alternative" rock was some kind of blight upon culture and re-evaluate it as guitar pop under a somewhat misleading name.

8 comments:

Josh said...

I love how you had to link to yesterday's post. Also, fuck Deadpool. Not the character, but his current abuse by marvel comics. I'm on your bandwagon. But I do love the movie the Dead Pool. Thankfully it is in no way related to the character Deadpool.

Justin said...

Hey, don't laugh at the linkage, I am TOTALLY SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZING this blog. We get as many hits for people Googling "Wyatt Earp" as you might expect, but we also do very well on "no sideburns."

Anyway ... actually, you know what, eff Deadpool as a character, even. He hasn't got anything going for him really, it was all Joe Kelly.

I mean, he got the book and he did the cliche thing you have to do when a supervillain becomes popular enough to get his own book - "I must redeem myself and become a hero."

That's nothing special, but Kelly's great idea, and the whole reason the thing actually works, is because redemption isn't a straight line in the book. Most villains-turned-heroes (the Sandman or whatever) make the transition pretty easily, but Deadpool screws up CONSTANTLY, which is probably more "realistic" for a guy who's spent the last however many years as a former-Canadian-super-soldier-turned assassin.

He'd do pretty well for awhile, and then he'd have a bad day and get screwed up by one of his enemies, and he's like, "You know what, I give up, this is too hard." It's not like Deadpool has any marketable skills other than killin' fools.

Also, the conceptual high point of the series, outside of the one where he accidentally goes back in time and takes Spider-Man's place in an old Lee-Romita story, is one of the issues guest-stars Bullseye, but not as an antagonist. They're FRIENDS.

Justin said...

Man, maybe I should write an Ode to Joe Kelly's Deadpool sometime. Unless that's what I just did.

Bill Reed said...

How did I get here? Did I misspell "sexy enema" in my Google search? I must have.

Justin said...

Nah, most people find this site after spelling "sexy enema" PERFECTLY CORRECT.

Josh said...

You should write that. Other "odes" you should write include:

-Ode to MST3K (while riftrax is great I still miss it.
-Ode to Viewmasters
-Ode to the 90's comic market
-Ode to David Adison from Moonlighting

RAB said...

"…in a move that I am one hundred per cent certain was inspired by my declaration of war, despite the fact that it appears to have been posted before I wrote my blog entry…"

"Hey, don't laugh at the linkage, I am TOTALLY SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZING this blog."


Yipes! Your war on irony is already being sabotaged from within! Those ironic fifth columnists are tricky bastards.

Justin said...

No one ever said hypocrites can't be generals!