Archive for March, 2010
Courtesy James Harvey at “The World’s Finest”:
According to various home media retailing outlets and independent research, the Justice League: Crisis on Two Earthsdirect-to-video animated feature made an incredible debut on the home video sales charts. The feature hit the DVD sales chart at #2 in its first week, selling an estimated 205,500 copies for the week ending February 28th, 2010. Stay tuned for further updates here at The World’s Finest.
After¬Ýtwo series,¬Ý104 episodes and over four years, Vilgax’s plans for the Omnitrix are finally revealed. Will Ben make the ultimate sacrifice to stop him?
Tune in for the epic series finale Friday on Cartoon Network.
Characters like cocky inventor genius Hardware, omniscient Machiavellian manipulator Dharma and energy-absorbing strongman Third Rail didn’t have to stand in for all black, Indian or Asian people when they appeared. The multiplicity of ethnically diverse heroes and villains in the fictional city of Dakota meant that a broader range of storytelling possibility was available, too.
Milestone wasn’t just ethnically multicultural, either. Donner and Blitzen from the¬ÝHeroes title were the first openly lesbian couple I can remember seeing in superhero comics and several comics featured other gay and transgender characters in their stories.
But, that’s all gone now. Things haven’t gotten better since Milestone published its last comics in 1996. Even while they’re becoming blockbuster summer tentpole movies, superhero comics present an even more lonesome landscape for those looking for characters of color.
If Milestone’s new to you, then you can go here and here to learn more. For those who remember, someone has to mourn when a universe fades and I’m electing me. Forthwith, a very personal remembrance of my favorite Milestone Media moments. Spoilers ahead’Ä¶
McDuffie represents something of an ideal. Not only is he a self-described “proto-nerd” who made it to the promised land of professional comics writing, but he’s also transformed his career at least twice over. Whether he’s been a freelance writer, editor-in-chief or an animated series producer, the sharp edge of a black intellectual tradition always pokes through his work.
Once again citing “fair use,” DC Comics has chosen to remove several key quotations from MILESTONE FOREVER, and once again I was given no time to rewrite the offending sections. Following are the quotes that should have been in the issue, including the final quotation, summing up the whole project.
From the end of the last HARDWARE story, “Escape:
"Sometimes I suspect that we build our traps ourselves, then we back into them, pretending amazement the while."
And from the final panel of the book, the Dharma story “Metafictions”:
"Never think you've seen the last of anything."
Finally, the postscript to the whole project, pointed at me, rather than Dharma:
"And although I knew no one man could do much about it, I felt responsible. All our work had been very little, no great change had been made. And it was all my fault. I'd been so fascinated by the motion, that I'd forgotten to measure what it was bringing forth. I'd been asleep, dreaming."