Anyway, the Absorbascon must go on, so I sought for inspiration as to what advance posts I could set up.
Which of the industry's powerful questions should I devote an entire week to?
- DC and Marvel's comparative successes at building big-budget movie-making around their properties and its long-term implications for the parent industry of comic books?
- Vertigo's need to find its next must-read series?
- Joey Q's strange treatment of the Ultimates Universe?
- The possibility, given the grudging success of the BND Spider-Man, that other Marvel characters may begin to cast off their continuity-shackles for a fresh "everything old is new again" approach?
- The return of Barry Allen, and how it's part of that exact trend at DC?
Whaddaya think this is, Newsarama? Besides, despite the urgency of those topics, they are but emphemera, only pebbles on the sands of time at the big Comic Book Beach by the Sea of Lore.
Instead, I want us to address something of eternal concern to all decent people, not just comic book readers (although how one can be a decent person without reading comics, I've never quite understood; I know I can't). Something that affects not just the individual, but society as a whole. Something that all media have addressed, but upon which comic books can give us their own unique perspective.
Thus, this week the Absorbascon will be discussing: