Round-Up June 19 2013


I’ve posted links to a few best Superman lists. Simon Abrams of offered something different, looking at the best interpretations of the man of steel, making good arguments for selections that haven’t appeared so prominently elsewhere.

Brian Cronin considers a consequence of shared continuity: Sometimes you’ll have an obscure soon to be forgotten character with a major role in one of the best-selling comic books ever.

As you all know, superhero comic books are a serial medium, and superhero continuity, in particular, is an ever-changing status quo as characters change dramatically over the years. However, “classic” storylines are often viewed on their own and not as a part of whatever continuity was current at the time the story was released. As a result, when you look back at these storylines and the issues surrounding them, there often is a bit of a disconnect between viewing these stories as “timeless” and the reality that they are very much rooted in their own particular era.

Something Positive was funny today. XKCD was even better.

A Marvel omnibus sends a man to the hospital.

Charles Soule justifies writing a series about Superman and Wonder Woman’s relationship when they’re probably going to break up soon.

There was one miracle Christ wouldn’t perform.

FX will repeat their syndication strategy for Anger Management with a new series starring Martin Lawrence and Kelsey Grammer. I could understand both actors wanting a guaranteed hit after recent embarrassments (the cancellation of a third series for Grammer, a CBS pilot rejection for Lawrence.)

Think Progress tracks the change in the parlance of the term “illegal immigrant.” Although they neglect the obvious point that the illegal VS undocumented question is essentially a proxy for where you are on the political spectrum.

Smart Politics looks at taglines on congressional websites. Are they representing their constituents or serving? And are they proud to do so?

An Alabama politician will have a lot of hurdles to overcome in a possible congressional bid, including his current prison sentence.


A KKK member tried to give local Jews a death ray to lose against Muslims.

There were several recent deaths of talented people who were way too young. James Gandolfini played possibly the greatest TV character of all time. Kim Thompson cofounded Fantagraphic Press, the comics equivalent of HBO. Vince Flynn, the reporter of political thrillers, had friends and fans among politicians. And then there was reporter Michael Hastings, who died in a car accident yesterday.

Ta-Neshi Coates looks at the Moynihan report, and concludes that he was unfairly maligned.

Mark Joseph Stern considers the judicial philosophy of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, suggesting that the man is more than a conservative partisan.

All of these votes arise from the same philosophy that drives Thomas to rule for unlimited and anonymous corporate electioneering, astonishingly torturous methods of capital punishment, and the deprivation of gay people’s rights. More than any justice in history, Thomas is an originalist, ruling exclusively by the letter of what he views as the Founders’ original intent in writing the Constitution. Because the Founders, for example, condoned “public dissection” and the “embowelling [sic] alive, beheading, and quartering” of prisoners, so too does Thomas. But because, in Thomas’ view, the Founders felt Americans had a right to view graphic sexual material, we still hold that right today. Liberal justices attempt to apply the Constitution’s strictures to the present, adapting its liberties to the needs of modern society. When society proposes a new liberty, like a right to be gay, Thomas rejects it out of hand. But when it begins to encroach on an old one—private property, for instance—Thomas emerges as a defender of freedom.

Russ Feingold has a temporary job in Kerry’s State department.

Jonathan Chait considers Rush Limbaugh’s claim that Democrats have more to gain from immigration reform than Republicans.

Alaska Senator Mark Begich has a formidable challenger in Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell. Polls show Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy losing to the 2010 Republican nominee (also the likely 2014 nominee) Tom Foley, former Ambassador to Ireland. In contrast to other prominent Democrats, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton is doing pretty well. This is a remarkable turnaround for a man who was essentially forced out of the Senate, for earning a reputation as one of its worst members.


John Seavey of MightyGodKing gets to the metaphors at the heart of 25 blockbuster movies.

The Matrix: Given that we perceive the world entirely through our senses, the ultimate nature of reality will always be subject to irreconcilable doubt.

The Matrix Reloaded: Why yes, the Wachowski Brothers would like large sums of money, thank you very much.

Steve Morris thinks there should be more of an effort to find female comic creators.


About Thomas Mets

I’m a comic book fan, wannabe writer, politics buff and New Yorker. I don’t actually follow baseball. In the Estonian language, “Mets” simply means forest, or lousy sports team. You can email me at
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