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We Got Issues is back with some new video content! Check us as we try to discuss what’s happening in Marvel’s ‘AXIS’ or is it ‘SIXIS’? We’re still trying to figure it out!

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Daredevil Fights Depression!

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Daredevil punched me in the feelings and I cried with joy.

That is a true sentence. A truer sentence has never been uttered – or written and if Matt Murdock a.k.a. Daredevil were to exist he’d listen to my heartbeat and know that I was speaking truth.

For those who don’t know Matt Murdock has had a rough few years thanks to Brian Michael Bendis, Ed Brubaker and Andy Diggle. Lost love, exposed secret identities and being possessed by demons can really bring a guy down, you know? While these writers were bringing compelling stories to Murdock’s world, they were getting progressively grim and dark. It was a book that looked forward to reading with dread. When ol’ horn head couldn’t get any lower, Mark Waid was there to pull him out.  Since then, Matt has a little more pep in his step with fun lighter adventures, but the past still lurks in the corners of his brain. Depression is the ultimate enemy it appears.

Depression has always been a theme in comics and Daredevil is no exception. In the hands of Waid this element feels different – powerful, dark and painfully real.  It is the most honest and compelling pages I have read in a long time, not just in comics but in storytelling. Waid describes perfectly what a real life battle with depression is like. He discusses how it weighs you down, attacking everything that is good in your life. A lifetime time battle is summed up appropriately in only a few pages. While this sinister force has no cape, mask or even a human form it makes the comic feel more grounded in reality – even in a fictional world filled with capes and masks.

By now we are used to bright and energetic images from artist Chris Samnee and colorist Matthew Wilson but the early panels are limited in color and are often just black soul sucking squares on the page. All that breaks the darkness are Matt’s thoughts:

“Depression is a living thing. It exists by feeding on your darkest moods. And it is always hungry. Anything that challenges it—anything—It wants that thing to stop. Anything that makes you feel good, anyone who brings joy, it will drive away so it can grow with out interference. Its primary goal is to isolate you. At its worst, it will literally paralyze you rather than allow you to feel anything at all. At it’s worst you are numb. You are drained. You are immobilized.”

Daredevil slowly appears from that darkness. Engulfed in it, laying in the fetal position. Lost.

“I am utterly alone.”

We then see a clear shot of this story’s villain, Killgrave about to take a swing at Matt with a piece of wood. I couldn’t help but feel that in that panel Killgrave was a personification of depression-hitting us while we’re down.

Damn.

That’s a hell of a way to start a comic and it is the right way. His inner monologue is directed to the reader, obviously when is it not? However there is something utterly captivating in the dark simplicity of the story telling and it is interesting to note that the “you” shifts to “I”.   “Feeding on YOUR darkness”. “Isolate YOU”. “Paralyze YOU” then switches to “I am utterly alone.” It is a powerful story telling tool. What Matt Murdock is saying is that I am you. You are me. The costume, the barriers of the panel in the comic are meaningless; that it shouldn’t separate the shared human experience of feeling “utterly alone.” As some one who has suffered from depression all I could think of was “Yes.”

Yes! This is how I always wanted to describe depression but could never come up with the right words in the right arrangement!

Matt Murdock becomes instantly relatable and available in ways that no protagonist has in my recent memory. I feel as though he knows my struggle and therefore I can feel his struggle against villains such as ‘Purple Man’, that guy with the stilts? Stilt Man?(Yup that’s the name…that guy’s got problems), and Bullseye. Why? Because my villain is depression. This is something that comics lack now a day. In order for these dimensions to feel real they need human elements. After all comics are a form of communication, knowledge and life experiences shared by humans.

As I stated on Episode 2 of WGI last Friday, I felt a powerful connection with this story. I am not alone. And not because Daredevil echoed my feelings but it made me realize that he echoes the feelings of others who suffer from depression. Best of all, this comic raises awareness for depression. In a recent story that was a tie in to Original Sin, Matt learns more of his mother’s past; what drove her away was postpartum depression. We learned of the hardship of bearing a child and the struggles of parenthood and how that can lead to the feeling of isolation and loss of power. Depression doesn’t care about your sex or age. Many share this burden and we are not alone.

By the end of issue 10 we are presented with the notion that Matt while he has ultimately won the day as DD he still has a cloud over his head and he does his best to keep his chin up for his love, Kristen McDuffie. He calls her because he needs to talk, “You don’t have to come over or anything…”

She replies while waiting outside his door,“Of course, I don’t. I never left.”

After reading this issue, neither will I.

 

 

 

 

 

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You Don’t Need Spider-Man to Have a Civil War

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Before Marvel announced the line up for ‘Phase 3’ of their cinematic universe there was talk of a Civil War. Rumors had flooded the Internet that Robert Downey Jr. would not only star in Captain America 3 but the title of the film would ‘Civil War’. With this news confirmed everyone had expressed excitement as well as the surprising fan boy knit picking: “It makes no sense; there aren’t enough costumed super heroes! There are no secret identities, THERE IS NO SPIDER-MAN!”

For some the equation is simple enough, Marvel minus Spider-Man does not equal Civil War.

Well my friends, I hate to break it to you but you don’t need Spider-Man to have a Marvel Civil War. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’d love to Spider-Man in a Marvel Studios film. Seeing RDJ’s Stark mentoring then betraying Andrew Garfield’s Parker/Spider-Man would be amazing. Hell, seeing Spider-Man in a Marvel Studios film would be incredible! But people are missing the key and essential point to the Civil War and its underlying message. That story was not about unmasking. It was about accountability and the government’s role in all of our lives.

They actually hinted at this in Marvel’s The Avengers film. Remember when at the end of the movie they played that montage of grateful New Yorkers getting Tony Stark goatees and Captain America shield tattoos? There was also that new clip from a Senator that asks about who is accountable for the damages down to the city. “Who are they? Where are they now?” It’s actually a valid question and the first thing that popped into my head was CIVIL WAR.

Yet, how could there be a Civil War? Tony Stark announced that he was Iron Man. Captain America/Steve Rogers has an entire Smithsonian exhibit dedicated to him. Black Widow met before a highly published government tribunal. That really just leaves Thor, Hulk and Hawkeye but given that Clint Barton is a SHEILD agent I don’t think they’ll bat much of an eye. Thor is Asgardian and Banner is on the run. Is it worth having a civil war over two character’s identity? Maybe not. Yet whether are not we known their identity doesn’t change the fact that someone has to be accountable.

The Avengers ended with The Battle of New York with no one to clean it up and leaves Stark with PSD and a fear of wormholes. Winter Solider ends with the collapse of SHIELD with Hydra rotting from its core. Age of Ultron is about Stark creating a robotic police force to release the Avengers of that accountability. Of course we all know how that goes horribly wrong. And who was at responsible for all of that? STARK. With everything that he is responsible for and everything that he has endured it does make a lot of sense for Stark to go along with what government plan is creating to get the heroes in line. Stark must finally see that the road to hell is in fact paved with robotic gears and good intentions. All that he has ever wanted to do since the first Iron Man back in ’08 was “to help the people.” Perhaps now he sees that you can’t beat em’ join em. Now with Rodgers being totally disillusioned from his arctic nap and the collapse of Shield I can see why he would be against teaming up with the government and finding that whatever they are up to is in fact unconstitutional.

With no Spider-Man and no secret identities there is still room for this War. At press conference in Hollywood Kevin Feige a.k.a The Watcher explains their Civil War:

“… The generalities of the act are the same. Something happens, perhaps it’s cumulative for things that have happened though all of the movies leading up to this point. It has made the governments of the world say ‘we need to have some oversight of these guys. They need to report to somebody.’ So it becomes more… it falls under that umbrella, rather than ‘you have to take off your mask.’ It’s not about the secret identity thing, as much as it is about, overall, who reports to who, and who can agree to oversight committee. Because as of now, in Avengers 2, there is no more security council, there is no SHIELD, obviously. Stark is paying for it, Captain America is running it, and things occur that will make governments begin to question.”

If we examine the films and the characters that we have been introduced to then we can see that this is natural progression in the MCU’s story telling. The characters that are forced to live in this world would, at this point, be fed up with heli-carriers falling out of the sky, Aliens attacking New York and London, and a giant robot reciting Pinocchio. Of course they would want some body to answer for this. However it does beg the question how is the government going about asking for accountability that would make Cap run from the government? Side note, this would have been a great opportunity for Stark to become the Iron Patriot! Or what if Marvel is going to pull twist where its Captain America is supporting the registration act and Stark is on the run? Unlikely, but hey you never know!

I understand the love for Spidey; our little web head. He is the conscience of the story; its heart. We ultimately share his view point. He is the one that is caught between the robotic demon and the patriotic angel (or vice versa depending on your view point) and so are we. It’s easy to share in his confusion and it is something that I will miss in the film, that’s not up for debate. However the idea of the Marvel Civil War can endure in films so long as it stays true to its message, even if it is missing it’s red webbed heart.

 

 

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Before Marvel announced the line up for ‘Phase 3’ of their cinematic universe there was talk of a Civil War. Rumors had flooded the Internet that Robert Downey Jr. would not only star in Captain America 3 but the title of the film would ‘Civil War’. With this news confirmed everyone had expressed excitement as well as the surprising fan boy knit picking: “It makes no sense; there aren’t enough costumed super heroes! There are no secret identities, THERE IS NO SPIDER-MAN!”

For some the equation is simple enough, Marvel minus Spider-Man does not equal Civil War.

Well my friends, I hate to break it to you but you don’t need Spider-Man to have a Marvel Civil War. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’d love to Spider-Man in a Marvel Studios film. Seeing RDJ’s Stark mentoring then betraying Andrew Garfield’s Parker/Spider-Man would be amazing. Hell, seeing Spider-Man in a Marvel Studios film would be incredible! But people are missing the key and essential point to the Civil War and its underlying message. That story was not about unmasking. It was about accountability and the government’s role in all of our lives.

They actually hinted at this in Marvel’s The Avengers film. Remember when at the end of the movie they played that montage of grateful New Yorkers getting Tony Stark goatees and Captain America shield tattoos? There was also that new clip from a Senator that asks about who is accountable for the damages down to the city. “Who are they? Where are they now?” It’s actually a valid question and the first thing that popped into my head was CIVIL WAR.

Yet, how could there be a Civil War? Tony Stark announced that he was Iron Man. Captain America/Steve Rogers has an entire Smithsonian exhibit dedicated to him. Black Widow met before a highly published government tribunal. That really just leaves Thor, Hulk and Hawkeye but given that Clint Barton is a SHEILD agent I don’t think they’ll bat much of an eye. Thor is Asgardian and Banner is on the run. Is it worth having a civil war over two character’s identity? Maybe not. Yet whether are not we known their identity doesn’t change the fact that someone has to be accountable.

The Avengers ended with The Battle of New York with no one to clean it up and leaves Stark with PSD and a fear of wormholes. Winter Solider ends with the collapse of SHIELD with Hydra rotting from its core. Age of Ultron is about Stark creating a robotic police force to release the Avengers of that accountability. Of course we all know how that goes horribly wrong. And who was at responsible for all of that? STARK. With everything that he is responsible for and everything that he has endured it does make a lot of sense for Stark to go along with what government plan is creating to get the heroes in line. Stark must finally see that the road to hell is in fact paved with robotic gears and good intentions. All that he has ever wanted to do since the first Iron Man back in ’08 was “to help the people.” Perhaps now he sees that you can’t beat em’ join em. Now with Rodgers being totally disillusioned from his arctic nap and the collapse of Shield I can see why he would be against teaming up with the government and finding that whatever they are up to is in fact unconstitutional.

With no Spider-Man and no secret identities there is still room for this War. At press conference in Hollywood Kevin Feige a.k.a The Watcher explains their Civil War:

“… The generalities of the act are the same. Something happens, perhaps it’s cumulative for things that have happened though all of the movies leading up to this point. It has made the governments of the world say ‘we need to have some oversight of these guys. They need to report to somebody.’ So it becomes more… it falls under that umbrella, rather than ‘you have to take off your mask.’ It’s not about the secret identity thing, as much as it is about, overall, who reports to who, and who can agree to oversight committee. Because as of now, in Avengers 2, there is no more security council, there is no SHIELD, obviously. Stark is paying for it, Captain America is running it, and things occur that will make governments begin to question.”

If we examine the films and the characters that we have been introduced to then we can see that this is natural progression in the MCU’s story telling. The characters that are forced to live in this world would, at this point, be fed up with heli-carriers falling out of the sky, Aliens attacking New York and London, and a giant robot reciting Pinocchio. Of course they would want some body to answer for this. However it does beg the question how is the government going about asking for accountability that would make Cap run from the government? Side note, this would have been a great opportunity for Stark to become the Iron Patriot! Or what if Marvel is going to pull twist where its Captain America is supporting the registration act and Stark is on the run? Unlikely, but hey you never know!

I understand the love for Spidey; our little web head. He is the conscience of the story; its heart. We ultimately share his view point. He is the one that is caught between the robotic demon and the patriotic angel (or vice versa depending on your view point) and so are we. It’s easy to share in his confusion and it is something that I will miss in the film, that’s not up for debate. However the idea of the Marvel Civil War can endure in films so long as it stays true to its message, even if it is missing it’s red webbed heart.

 

 

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WGI is at NYCC

WGI head honco Paul and fellow correspondent Bren are at the New York Comic Con, tweeting and putting up Facebook posts that we will share here.

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Comic Book Haiku: Shaolin Cowboy #1

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Cheer Cowboy’s return
with two-chainsaw action and
no damn talking mule.

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Good Comics That You’re Not Reading!

Hi everyone! Been awhile since I’ve put anything on the ol’ blog site but honestly, none of the comics out there right now are really compelling me to write!. I’ve decided to go back through my personal stash and read some of my favorites – some you may not have heard of, and some you most definitely have heard of! In either case it’s important to not forget the glory of a good story, no matter how old (or far back into the closet) they are. So with out further ado, welcome to my new series: Good Comics That You’re Not Reading!

With Halloween just around the corner, I’ve decided to dig up some supernatural stories of yore to get in the mood. While in pursuit of a story, I came across an old Marvel classic on the new-release shelf: Triumph and Torment.

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