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Carlos

John, you might have missed Miller's Black-Canary-as-a-junkie-streetwalker cover.

I used to think Miller playing a raving misogynist priest in Sin City was an act of irony. It looks more like Rodriguez was casting to type. Well, RR's a smart guy.

But really, there should be hustler/hooker covers for all the DC characters! Solomon Grundy, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Jonah Hex. And for JTL, of course, the Phantom Stranger.

Iron Lungfish

For the last decade people have talked about how Miller's self-consciously been doing an overwrought parody of his own style, but by now it's become pretty obvious the man's just gone insane. The T&A/crack whore stuff doesn't even touch his wack-ass Batman vs. al Qaeda project. I expect him to soon be producing material that puts "Mr. A" to shame in terms of sheer loopiness.

Kathleen

thank you thank you. that was hilarious.

Steve

but by now it's become pretty obvious the man's just gone insane.

But he's not nearly as around the bend as Dave Sim got, so maybe we have Frank Miller essays on the Homosexualist-Feminist Axis to look forward to! (I shouldn't make fun, as it seems all too likely that Sim in fact has something neurochemically wrong in his head.)

Matt Weiner

Link #2 shows a strong Chris Muir influence, don't you think?

Jacob T. Levy

AAAH!

DKSB was so unimaginably awful that I was sure I could hear him in the background muttering: "No matter how much I pour my soul into Sin City, it doesn't sell, and DC keep scoming back with a fistful of fanboy dollars begging me to go back to Batman. I'll bet I could blow my nose on paper, and if I called it Frank Miller Returns To Batman it'll outsell Sin City. Let's see..."

And then ASB&R was, somehow, worse. Once I realized I was watching a breakdown in action, someone getting utterly consumed by fury and contempt for both the readers who won't give up on super-heroes and for, well, superheroes, it became kind of car-wreck fascinating. And then, a page and a half later, it wasn't any more. So I missed "What are you retarded? I'm the goddamned Batman" until it started getting played up on the interwebs.

Not that the BC and WW covers and VV picture aren't awful symptoms of an underlying culture of objectification-- but in this case they're also awful symptoms of someone actively trying to see just how awful he can be and get away with it.


Solomon Grundy, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Jonah Hex. And for JTL, of course, the Phantom Stranger.

AAAAAAHHHHH!!!

Standpipe Bridgeplate

Link #2 shows a strong Chris Muir influence, don't you think?

(Folds arms, faces away from Matt.)

Influence? Lemon chicken never knew its mother, either.

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