And now for another edition of “David D— Gets Riled Up About Something Insignificant” [Does What It Says On the Box].
Below you should find a YouTube link to a recent edition of Room 101, a show where panellists attempt to banish various pet peeves to the famous torture chamber from George Orwell’s 1984: “The thing that is in Room 101 is the worst thing in the world.”
Now, the average episode is always bound to have a controversial choice or three. I’m usually forgiving when a guest nominates something I hold dear because the guest is usually an articulate, intelligent, and hilarious person. He is, of course, completely wrong to hate the thing I love, but at least he makes a good case amusingly said.
Not so here when Fern Britton nominates Science Fiction to Room 101. Not only does Fern Britton nominate something near and dear to my heart, but she argues her nomination for the most ludicrous reasons and in the most unpleasant tone.
the superhero genre is supposed to be about hope and heroism
not perpetual angst and bullshit as a stand in for quality
there’s nothing intrinsically less valuable or relevant about stories of joy, or characters who are often happy and kind
the medium should be allowed to mature, of course, and that means showing a spectrum of things, but it does not mean abandoning what the genre is founded on
Abso-rooty, yes indeed. There are ways to do joy, hope, and high adventure and still ask the big questions. Mark Waid’s Daredevil has had a best friend with cancer since the year began, and that hasn’t stopped him or his best friend from being some of the most badass and fun characters going.
And if you’re looking for joy in comics, then I’m always going to point to Skullkickers. The Tavern Tales issues can be a mixed bag, but the main story is always a blast because it’s obvious the makers are having just as much fun as their characters—and that’s saying something.