Axel-In-Charge: Facing the 'Divided' Marvel NOW! Future
To some it’s the start of The Heroic Age, to others a new Dark Reign, to still others a possible Orange Lantern attack, but yesterday Ohio Republican John Boehner became the 61st Speaker of the House, as the GOP assumed control of the House of Representatives for the 112th Congress. And to mark the occasion, he dropped the hammer — a ceremonial gavel so big that pundits and twitterati have taken to comparing it to Mjolnir, the enchanted hammer of the gods wielded by the Mighty Thor. Apparently, Speakers may select from a range of gavels of different sizes and styles, depending on the occasion; Boehner, with customary subtlety, selected one that looks like it could have come from Kenneth Branagh’s prop department. Does this make President Obama Loki and Nancy Pelosi the Enchantress? If so, that would make the Tea Party a rampaging barbarian horde, right?
“I was reading this Slate article about why Tea Party people are always capitalizing regular nouns — it’s because it’s more in the style of the constitution, which played fast and loose with capitalization — and I realized that Tea Partiers are huge fucking nerds. Randomly capitalizing words to mimic your favorite sacred text is ridiculously dorky. It’s not that far removed from speaking Klingon.
Also, they cosplay and fervently love the same books and mythic figures; they speak in coded language; they get furious about trivial matters most people don’t care about; and they HATE it when anyone interprets their favorite origin stories (the constitution/American history) differently than they do. Tea Party rallies are basically comic book conventions only with poorer social skills.
You could actually take this comparison much further. Probably someone has.”
— A tumblogger named Dudestache on the Tea Party’s secret identity as the LARPers of the political sphere. Everyone’s always talking about the rise of nerd culture; I guess that explains the phrase “Senator-elect Rand Paul” as well as anything could.
(via Mike Barthel)
I’m Carla and I’d like to welcome you to the world of comics! I hear you’ve just started reading comics and blogged about what you thought of an issue fresh off the stands. You’ve had a very strong opinion of a character you have personally interpreted to mean something to you and your beliefs. On the Internet, this isn’t that uncommon, but — and this is the best part — you have actually had the editor-in-chief himself comment and apologize for offending you.
I know it’s been a few decades since you’ve read comics, but trust me: this is a high honor. A lot of fans of comics and the various characters depicted in them have done just as you have: looked into the issues of today, found things that weren’t like what they remembered or took an offense to what was depicted inside, and told someone how they felt about it. But rarely do we get the personal attention you have, from both those inside and outside the medium. Message boards are full of personal viewpoints, opinions, general ideas both positive and negative, and while Marvel has done their best to answer questions, we fans mostly get a general sympathy. Without even intending to, according to your blog amendment, Joe Quesada has apologized thanks in part to your critique of the Captain America #602.