Thursday, January 27, 2005

Matt Brady Asks the Hard Questions

From the new interview with Dan Didio:

NRAMA: Well said, but still…isn’t there a fine line between being loved for providing people with great entertainment every month, and being hated for making too much good product that people therefore, can’t afford?

In other words, "Is it hard being so good? Is it hard having AMAZING BOOKS THAT EVERYONE LOVES AND WANTS?"

Wow. That's some hard-hitting journalism there, Brady.

But let's look at the rest of this interview.

Absolutely. Honestly, when I looked at that, I felt that was an attitude that we had to bring to our heroes. There should be two reactions when a superhero walks into a room. The first reaction is, “Oh shit, they’re here for something,” and the second reaction is, “Oh shit, I hope they’re not here for me.” No one should be taking a step forward to pat them on the back – they should be taking a step backward, thinking, “Something bad is about to happen here.”

Yes, that's what I want people to think when they see Superman. "Oh, shit!" And not in the "Oh, shit, that is AWESOME!" way. People should be really worried when Green frickin' Arrow walks into the room. That's the DC I love. I'm glad someone is finally tackling this difficult "superhero as fascist" angle. I'm surprised no one ever has before. This is genius. SO ORIGINAL AND TOPICAL.

And the all-star line-up of Johns, Winnick, Rucka, and, in the background, Loeb . . .wow. It's like someone made a smoothie out of everything I don't like about DC. If I went to Jamba Juice and ordered the "Crappy Comic" I'd be getting this. Go ahead, order an extra vita-boost. You'll need it.

The spin-off mini-series sound pretty lame with the Rann/Thanagar exception. Why is it being lumped in here? I'd love for Diggle to write it, too, but Gibbons does good work. I guess it's eventually going to tie into some terrible Crisis comic.

I read this interview and I just feel virulently disinterested. Give me Seven Soldiers, give me some Vertigo books, give me Plastic Man and shut the hell up. This crew of Didiots (did anyone think of that clever bon mot yet?) can keep their look at why superheroes put on costumes. I know they put them on because they are superheroes and it looks neat.

Oh, and this is classic:

Not so fast – there’s been a story that’s been unfolding in the DC Universe since the death of Donna Troy. We’ve been dropping secrets and hints and bits and pieces across the DCU since she died. Everything is starting to come together and make sense. Everything is starting to have a cohesive feel and starting to appear like it’s happening in the same place art the same time, and this is something that I think people can invest in and enjoy reading, and enjoy experiencing part of our world.

Believe it or not, things that started in that story – back with Donna Troy’s death will finally bear fruit down the line.

So it's official: the theme of the DCU is crapping on female characters. Good to see it in writing.


Blogger Brian Cronin said...

I have to say, I used to loooooooooooooooooooooooove Matt Brady.

Loooooooooooooooooooove him.

I mean, loooooooooooooove him.

I thought he was sooo the coolest.

But yeah, as of late, WTF, Matt Brady?

I expect this shit from Richard Ho, but not Matt Brady.

1/27/2005 08:32:00 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

I twitched when Didio said "attitude." Then I twitched again, because he said it again.

Whenever someone in the entertainment industry talks about "attitude," a baby bunny dies.

1/27/2005 09:05:00 PM  
Blogger Greg said...

Really, too much lame stuff in the interview to comment on. In Didio's world, shouldn't the government be rounding up all superheroes because they're so scary? And not to insult any of Donna Troy's fans, but was she really all that important that his grand redesign stems from her death?

Only certain writers who can actually write should be allowed to turn superheroes into what Didio thinks of them. Hack writers shouldn't be allowed to delve into the psychology of why people put on costumes. You can never completely justify it without going into the psychosexual aspect like Moore did, and DC's never going to do that in their mainstream books.

I could never be an interviewer. I kept waiting for Brady to ask, "Did you ever think trying to force coherence on this mess you call DC isn't such a great idea? It's been tried, and it never works." Of course, if he asked that, Didio would have stormed off.

No more posting like this. It makes Greg angry like Hulk, and Greg want to smash puny editors!

1/27/2005 11:45:00 PM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

Your point of the difficulty of having a hard hitting interview is well taken, Greg.

It really is practically impossible to have a real, hard-hitting interview with any comic writer or editor of any real popularity.

I think interviews should be done more by dudes like us, to be honest. You know, people who have nothing to lose, so we won't be afraid of asking hard questions. I mean, if Dan Didio doesn't like us or storms off...who cares, ya know?

Hmmmm....sounds like a challenge, doesn't it?

1/28/2005 12:55:00 AM  
Blogger alex said...

I haven't read Newsarama in six years or so. Items like this give the reason why.

Not to mention the fact that their message boards are home to the Stupidest Motherfuckers on earth.


1/28/2005 09:23:00 AM  
Blogger VinnyPic said...

Hey! I pos... never mind.
Sorry, I am going to enjoy this. I like Johns. Countdown will be an interesting read, and Villians United sounds bitching. OMAC looks to bring back the Batman who was a crazy go nuts stealthy spy agent dude, which can be done wonderfully, if those involved have a clue.

1/28/2005 11:01:00 AM  
Blogger Justin Davis said...

So, if Superman landed in your neighborhood, besides being awed by him, you wouldn't be the slightest bit worried about what the hell he was doing there, that he may be about to take on some super baddie or something similar? I would.

1/30/2005 11:37:00 PM  
Blogger alex said...

justin said:

"So, if Superman landed in your neighborhood, besides being awed by him, you wouldn't be the slightest bit worried about what the hell he was doing there, that he may be about to take on some super baddie or something similar? I would."

Well if that actually happened, the FLYING MAN IN TIGHTS would probably make me shit my pants before I worried about what his intentions were.

Let's take a deep breath before we start talking about "Realism" in fucking superhero comics.

If Didio wants to make the DCU dark and full of grim suspicion, he should go for it. It will suck ass, but I'm sure it will be more "realistic".

Since that's what superheroes are all about and everything.

1/31/2005 12:29:00 AM  
Blogger Joe Rice said...

So, if Superman landed in your neighborhood, besides being awed by him, you wouldn't be the slightest bit worried about what the hell he was doing there, that he may be about to take on some super baddie or something similar? I would.Well, Alex puts it straight if it happened in this world. If it happened and I lived in the DCU I would think, "Sweet, it's Superman. He's awesome. He can handle anything." I'd feel safer. Superman does not equal man with rifle.

1/31/2005 07:18:00 AM  
Blogger Justin Davis said...

I'm tired of writers assuming that realistic means writing things grim or in a dark way. Ever think that we perceive "realistic" writing that way because we're told that's what it is? If it's so grim and gritty and dark and shitty, then it's not very realistic. So, let's not call it that anymore.

Also, even, or especially, if I lived in the DCU, I'd still feel nervous, maybe even a bit freaked out if Superman or any other hero showed up near me, bright and shiny or the dark, mysterious kind. Sure, I'd think something like, "Kick ass, it's Superman. Wonder what baddie he's about to tear up," but then it would follow with, "Wait... what baddie? Is it Braniac 14 1/2? Crap, I just moved here, I hope they don't destroy anything. ... damn, I should move, I don't want to get in the way of a potential super throw-down."

Superman doesn't often show up to make balloon animals. Although, I bet they'd be the coolest balloon animals ever... would that be an oxymoron?

1/31/2005 11:10:00 PM  
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