Wednesday, January 05, 2005

As Others See Us

New York Times TV critic Virginia Heffernan gets all comics-hatey in today's review of Alias (registration required):

In the second view, 'Alias,' whose fourth season has its two-hour premiere on ABC tonight, is nothing more than a pretentious comic strip: static, allegorical, a pleasure only to addicts, but also headache-inducingly difficult to criticize in these times when American comics have become, through male nostalgia and the canonization of the graphic novel, sacrosanct.

Let's be honest. Many of us don't like comic books and have feigned interest in their jumpy bif-bam fighting scenes and the way they redeem loser guys, only to impress and minister to those loser guys. And now we can admit that while the redemption dynamic - little X-Men boys finding in their eccentricity and loneliness a superpower - is touching, there's nothing duller than listening to someone explain, in all seriousness, the Syndicate and the Shadow Force and the Hard Drive and the Plutonium Lance. And the characters: lame. One is good and the other is evil, and then one is evil pretending to be good, and then one is good pretending to be evil.
Can't argue with her about the Shadow Force and the Hard Drive, but I think she'd like the Plutonium Lance better if she read the 500-page gaming guide.

Which of course she won't.


El Duque said...


Who is this "critic," and why does she hate comics? I bet she likes variety shows. I bet she gave five stars to Pink Lady and Jeff. I bet she wept when they pulled The Paula Poundstone Show off the air.

And I bet she has not read a comic since Al Capp died.

But, frankly, Superfrainkenstein, if I were you, I would take this kind of writing as a crisp, cold-stinging, mean-spirited slap to your apparently smokeless face.

She has insulted the trade that you so earnestly ply.

What are you going to do about it? Just take it?

Superfrankenstein said...

What do you think I'm going to do? I'm a comic book guy. I'm going to stare at her until she gets creeped out, then go home and "think" about her, if you know what I mean.

Goody said...

Revenge most sweet!