I really do try to have an actual theme for these things, but this week I just have a few bits and pieces left over from last week.
Last week’s Superman: Son of Kal-El #15 by Tom Taylor and Cian Tormey, featured the story “Siege of Gamorra” which saw the end of the long-running battle against Henry Bendix to free the nation of Gamorra. But more significantly, it ends with Jon Kent kissing his boyfriend Jay Nakamura in front of a barrage of cameras, which will send the story worldwide. I’m interested to see how Taylor handles the world’s reaction to this display of public affection (and how much it mirrors the real world's reaction to their relationship), but I have to confess, I was sincerely surprised by the lack of backlash the issue received.
As far as I can tell, zero Internet trolls were triggered by this. Meaning, either the outrage industry took their umbrage elsewhere or it just wasn’t that big a deal to begin with. The thing in the issue that did get some Internet attention was a panel where Damian Wayne/Robin reenacts the infamous “Batman Slaps Robin” meme by giving Henry Bendix a much-deserved open-hand slap right across the face.
And while we’re still sort of talking about Archie Comics, in a recent interview Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, said she read a lot of Archie comic books, ironically”. “Ironically” seems to have been inserted into the sentence to make sure the Duchess doesn’t get lauded with the label “comic book reader” (as far as I can recall the only thing I’ve ever read “ironically” was a Jackie Collins novel; I wanted to see just how bad her writing could possibly be), but I’ll allow it; she’s one of us. Because she did add “My son is not named after Archie comic books, but I loved them.”Entering A Post Villain World?”), it's with more than a certain sadness I report that its third truncated season of three 44-minute specials begins on Saturday, October 15, 2022 with the episode “Thanks to Them”. I’m also a fan of Netflix’s Dead End: Paranormal Park (see “Senators Attack Netflix, New ‘Astro Boy.’ And ‘Popeye’ News”), and happily, S2 of the series will arrive on Netflix on October 13, 2022.
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