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Gutterball: The Arizona Republic Still Thinks “Comic Book” Is an Insult

Over at Newsarama, Sarah Jaffe discusses an ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’ review in the Arizona Republic, where critic Bill Goodykoontz (real name) decides to pan the movie by… comparing it to a comic book?

“While packed with effects and action, without the attention to story and emotional investment present in such films as The Dark Knight and Ironman, Wolverine ultimately doesn’t rise above its comic-book roots. For the fanboy, that may be fine. For the rest of us, it’s not quite enough.”

My bolding. Because if you REALLY want to insult something, remember to compare it to comic books, which are just pulpy, outlandish drivel — not a legitimate art form celebrated for its literary and artistic achievements by countless critics, academics, teachers, and historians — because it is still the 1950s, and you are Estes Kefauver.

More indignation after the jump…
Jaffe is equally irritated:

“Film, like comics, print, the Web, television, etc. is simply a medium. Anyone who’s watched Six Feet Under knows that television can be as complex, beautiful, and creative as film. And anyone who’s read Sandman, Preacher, Local or, obviously, Watchmen knows that comics when done right are capable of outshining any cinematic explosion of CGI and star power.”

As irritated as I get with the perpetual “comics aren’t for kids anymore” revelation that seems to take place every few weeks at some random paper or another — a phrase now so cliched that it has its own abbreviation (CAFKA) — I vastly prefer it to the wholesale dismissal of an entire artistic medium that deserves — and has earned — much better.

Bill Goodykootz, you are this week’s GUTTERBALL.

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