I haven’t read mainstream comics in ages (not since Chuck Austen’s last run on the X-Men back in 2002 I think. I’M SO OLD!!!
I loved the Age of Apocalypse storyline in the 1990s though. I think what I loved best about it was that it was a complete story, all self-contained, with a set continuity and you didn’t need to have years worth of back story to enjoy it.
Of mainstream comics I was always much more of a fan of Marvel than DC, the X-Men in particular since they are outsiders, who have to keep their true selves hidden, hated by the society that they try to help.
My favourite mainstream superhero is Iceman. (I’ve memories of watching Spiderman and his Amazing friends and liking him in that.) He was the youngest of the original Xmen, and despite newer mutants coming and going he never seemed to end up with the responsibility of leading any of the teams. He’s potentially one of the most powerful mutants on the planet, but he’s completely failed to live up to that potential and make the use of his powers. I thought his ice-slides looked like a fun way to travel. And he was usually the guy with the jokes, light-hearted and not at all angsty or grim-dark. Anyway, Iceman is my favourite.
Of course now his younger self has come out as gay, yet somehow his older self is straight, and the real question I’m wondering is why they didn’t just make him bi, but who knows. I don’t read the comics any more, amn’t inclined to do so so I will never know.
I also liked Archangel, who really had the worst powers of the original X-Men. So he had lots of money, but flight with wings on a team where so many people can fly without wings, well it wasn’t great. And then he gets captured, tortured, the one thing that makes him special ripped from him. He’s suicidal, and Apocalypse saves him, sees something in him, transforms him into a monster, a villain and gives him his techno-organic wings that are so much better than the original ones. But at what a price. I thought flight would be such a great power, that freedom to be able to escape the world, soar the skies.
I also liked the parallels between Archangel and Psylocke, the two of them in bodies that weren’t really theirs, changed against their wills, dealing with that sort of alienation.
I quit the comics when Archangel got magical healing blood and hooked up with Husk, a girl half his age, and it was just all sorts of skeevy. And the Xmen took a trip to a brothel. And Nightcrawler ended up being the sun of the devil or something. It was just such a really bad run and soured me off of the Xmen.
Of TV Shows, I watched a lot of the shows in the 90s. Batman, which was amazing, The Amazing Spiderman, (which annoyed me that it never had a proper ending), I really liked Phanton 2040. I liked the Incredible Hulk cartooks when She-Hulk was around, I always found her far, far more interesting than the Incredible Hulk himself and would be far more interested in a movie about her, than a movie about him.
I used to watch Smallville, but just the first couple of seasons. And The New Adventures of Superman. I’m glad to see this resurgance of so many superhero shows, even if all I’ve watched is one episode of Flash and none of the others.
I will likely check out Supergirl though because I’d really love to see some more female superheroes around.
Movie wise, I was surprised by the first Xmen film, I went in expecting to hate it, ended up enjoying it. Went to the second one expecting to like it, ended up hating it (apart from the first five minutes with Nightcrawler, loved that scene).
I enjoyed Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies. Batman Forever (I KNOW I have no taste!!!) is my favourite of the 90s movies although I haven’t watched it since I saw it in the movies. It was cheesy and fun though and had a good soundtrack.
I was dragged in to see Iron Man against my will, (I really wanted to see Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull instead, heh narrow escape there) and I loved it. Didn’t like the sequel though, it was disappointing.
Thor was fine, but I didn’t like the real world aspects. I’d actually expected to hate the myth stuff because I used to be such a geek about Norse mythology, and I know that the marvel-verse has rather butchered it but I ended up not really caring. Avengers was fun, but I’ve somehow missed out on the whole obsessive love some people have for these movies.
I liked The Green Hornet, and how he wasn’t actually the hero. (Like I said, I’ve no taste in movies.) The Incredibles was also surprisingly good.
I loved the Watchmen movie. Loved it so much I’ve not read the comic. I don’t want to.
Mystery Men too.
I actually love fandom, I love how people do fan-art and fan-fiction and get so passionate about Superheroes. I don’t really participate but I just think it’s all so wonderful.
Of books, I liked Hero by Perry Moore. It’s a young-adult novel with a gay protagonist, who has a set of powers that seem initially weak, and who the rest of his superhero team also have similarly weak powers. (Community College Hero actually reminded me a lot of it, they’ve a very similar vibe.) It’s got a few gross-out moments in it though. While I didn’t really like the protagonist, there’s other stories in it that I did enjoy. I’ll have to reread it at some point, but it’s hard knowing that there’s never going to be a sequel, never going to be the television series that Perry Moore had spoken of.
I love Heroes Rise. Love that it’s so very queer, so very inclusive, that it hit notes that I’d hoped for in Hero and didn’t find, and that I just haven’t found anywhere else in the superhero genre. I love the level of interactivity with it, the set story. I’m really looking forward to the sequel.
I also love Community College Hero. That it hits on one of my very favourite superhero things, that it features underdogs, not the best of the best and I’m so very glad Choice of Games have picked it up to be an official game.