I stumbled upon a very interesting, quick article written by none other then Frank Miller, you can find it here. It stands on the border of being perfectly written as far as length and content, I feel it is a bit too brief but there is really nothing more I can think I would want to hear, so I consider it at the point of balance. The article is about Miller’s views (past and present) on Patriotism, and I find it of particular interest considering he grew up not too far away. While his history in comic artwork is practically god-like, his reputation in writing has become less then favorable, nonetheless this article is worth the quick read. I found it via the Dynamist Blog, which covers a very interesting range of material from comic books to kidney transplants.
This brings me to this week’s inquisition: Will Heroes suck? (or, posthumously: Did Heroes Suck?)
If you don’t know what Heroes is, that’s okay, it is a series premiering on NBC tonight at 9pm and it features a seemingly stereotypical group of people who somehow have (again, seemingly stereotypical) super powers. You can look at the official, flash-heavy and intentionally mysterious website to find out all about your favorite character, ie – hot girl. (link) Or you can just watch it tonight and see for yourself. If you do watch it, please share your thoughts with us, did it suck? Does it have any potential or lasting power in today’s television offering? The Washington Post seems to think not. I don’t trust their reviews typically, so I will be watching tonight. Rest assured, if there are no polar bears or mysterious mechanical dinosaurs in the first 10 minutes I may just switch over to the Lost DVD’s, but I’m giving it a shot.
Internet opinions and first impressions of the show seem to echo similar sentiments, that it is simply too cliche for its own good, and not dramatically or comedically interesting enough to hold its weight. Its a shame if these are all true, as I had originally heard that someone at the level of Jeph Loeb or Joss Whedon had something to do with the show, but IMDB will not divulge any such mysteries. If you’re not into experimenting with your television habits, then there will hopefully be enough feedback from this post for you to judge accordingly.