Q: Can you tell us about Kamen Rider Fourze? I understand if it's too painful to discuss. -- @Desgardes
A:Kamen Rider Fourze is the single best piece of superhero mass media in the past ten years. And considering that the past ten years also brought us stuff like The Dark Knight, Batman: The Brave and the Bold and that Avengers movie that everybody likes, that's no small thing for me to say.
As for how I know this -- and why Des here refers to it as a painful subject -- it's because the final episode of Kamen Rider Fourze made me cry harder than anything else I've ever seen. That last episode of Brave and the Bold put tears in my eyes, yes, but Fourze had me sobbing so hard that my neighbors started building an ark and gathering up all the beasts of the land in pairs lest my tears cause a flood that wiped away the sins of man.
Q: Outside of the opening credits to Batman: The Animated Series, what's the most effective opening to an 80s/90s "kids" show? --@chudleycannons
A: You know, Chudley, I like that you went as far as putting the quotation marks around "kids" as though being a 31-year-old who gets up every morning to watch an episode of Jem and the Holograms over a cup of coffee is something that is perfectly normal for my demographic. But there's no shame in my game, friend, so let's talk a little about cartoons and how they open.
There are, of course, more to kids' shows than just cartoons, but if we expanded out into live-action shows, it would just be me spending the next 1500 words trying to figure out why Zordon needed "teenagers with attitude" to fight against a moon-witch, and why that "attitude" mostly turned out to be "helpful and responsible." Besides, I like cartoons. Or at least, I used to. I saw five minutes of Johnny Test yesterday and now I don't know if I like anything.
Q: How do you square what happened to Bill Finger with your love of Batman? Is it a problem? -- @MikeFromNowhere
A: You know, it is and it isn't. I think the record will show that outside of a few years here and there where I just wasn't interested in what was going on in the comics, there has been very little that has stood in the way of my love of Batman. It is river deep, mountain high for me and Batman, and at this point, I don't think there's anything that's going to change that. But at the same time, there are those moments where I'll be reading one of my favorite stories, or watching Batman: The Animated Series or Brave and the Bold, and that damn "Batman created by Bob Kane" credit comes up, and I'm just angry about it for the rest of the day.
Jack Kirby said it best, Mike. Comics'll break your heart.
Q: Does Arkham have any success stories and if not, how does it continue to get funding? -- @TheMikeLawrence
A: I'll be honest with you, Mike: If you look at it logically, Arkham Asylum is a genuinely terrible mental hospital. Heck, even if you just look at it by the standards of comic book penal institutions, which only exist so that crooks can escape from them and occasionally provide something for Hank Pym to do in his spare time so he's not just some weird due who stares at an ant farm all day, Arkham is just the worst.
But really, it's not so much what Arkham has done that keeps it around, as what it has the potential to do.
Q: As something that's seems so dated after 20 years, how does Power Rangers hold up as a superhero show? -- @prograpslady
A: In case you missed it, last Wednesday marked the 20th anniversary of Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Well, in America, anyway -- Kyoru Sentai Zyuranger hit that mark last year in Japan, and it was the 16th season of Super Sentai when it started -- but still, it's a pretty big milestone. And between me and Caleb Goellner, who loves Power Rangers like the rest of you love oxygen, there was plenty of excitement here at ComicsAlliance when the big day rolled around.
As for how it holds up, well, I'll be the first to admit that a lot of it doesn't. At all. But even when that's the case, it's still absolutely fascinating.
Q: How much better is the original Teen Titans series than the New Teen Titans? -- @boxofmillipedes
A: You know, Millie, it's funny. New Teen Titans is a book that hits every single checkmark of something I should like. I love teenage superheroes, I'm a sucker for weird team-ups involving goofy combinations like half-demons, half-robots and full-on alien princesses, and Robin and Wally West are two of my all-time favorite characters. Throw those things together in a book by the dude who wrote Tomb of Dracula and the artist who would go on to draw my favorite run of Avengers? That oughtta be a slam dunk, but every single time I read it, it feels like homework.
Folks, it's been thirty years. Maybe it's time we all come together and just admit that New Teen Titans was not that great.
Q: Does it ever bug you that comics characters don't age in any significant manner? --@sackobooks
A: I'm not gonna lie to you, Sacko: The first time I looked at this question, I dismissed it almost immediately, because to me, the answer seems pretty obvious. I mean, I am a guy whose career is defined by being super into a guy who's been in his early thirties for the past 74 years, so it's clearly not that big an issue. But then I got to talking to Matt Wilson about it, and he made me realize that there's actually a lot there to talk about.
After all, some characters do age. But do they need to?
Q: If the Superman/Batman movie has to happen, what would you want it to be about? -- @jordannwitt
A: I've gotten this question more than a few times over the past few years, but after the announcement at this year's San Diego Comic-Con that the people behind Man of Steel were actually going through with it after years of teasing the idea (and ComicsAlliance's tendency to send me into the theater whether I want to go or not), it looks like it's an inevitability that we're all going to have to face. I was just having a conversation with Chad Bowers about this the other day, and between the two of us, I think we may have actually figured out how to do something that I'd really like to see.
I mean, don't get me wrong: I'm pretty sure literally everyone else in the entire world would hate it, but, you know, that's how it goes sometimes.
Q: Is there a creator or character you initially disliked before later becoming a fan? If so, what turned it around? -- @MASolko
A: If you've read this column before -- or, let's be honest here, if you've even just kind of glanced at it before clicking on something else -- you're probably already aware that I'm a person with some pretty strong opinions that I form quickly and then stand by against all arguments to the contrary. This is obviously the best way to have feelings, but I'll admit that my rush to judgment has occasionally led me to be...
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