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WAITING FOR TOMMY: MICAH WRIGHT
By Richard Johnston

RICHARD: How dangerous would you be in that position?

MICAH: As a superhero or the President? I think that Politics is the fine art of compromise, something that Superheroes aren't too good at doing. I don't think I've ever seen Iron Man say "hmmm, well, yeah, you stole my armor technology, but I tell you what, you give me a royalty on it and we'll call it even." No, it's always knock-down-drag-out. Strangely enough, it's becoming that way in Politics as well. We're living in the era of slash-and-burn politics, where instead of seeking a reasonable accommodation, we attempt to destroy those who oppose us. There are no longer nuanced positions... you are with us or you are for the Terrorists. I guess you could say this is the Marvel Comics Era of Politics.

 

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RICHARD: Now that you've worked on your first genuine line-wide company crossover, does it feel like you're really working in comics?

MICAH: No... because no one IMPOSED the storyline from above. If someone had come to me and said "Okay, the Authority are all Clones and Aunt May has always known Midnighter and Apollo were gay and not just good friends who couldn't afford to live separately" THEN I would feel like I was really a comic book writer :)

RICHARD: What's your biggest 'comic book writer' moment so far then?

MICAH: Realizing that I was behind on my deadlines because I was spending too much time online trying to convince people who don't care to read my comic book?

RICHARD: You are Mark Millar and I claim my five pounds. But you're a man who likes his media. Whether manipulating it or commenting on it. How do you believe the US media as a whole currently serves your country?

MICAH: No weighted questions with you, are there? Well, I think that when you've got the Pentagon's own little blonde hero soldier saying that the Media and the Pentagon conspired to use her plight to put a happy face spin on the War On Iraq, anyone who continues to believe what's coming from their television set is kinda dull in the brain-o.

The Media in this country right now is out to do one thing and one thing only... to serve their Corporate Masters. When I hear people say "The Liberal Media Elites" I laugh out loud. Is this the same "Liberal Media" who doesn't report ANYTHING that might interfere with their attempts to bribe the FCC to become super-monopolies? The same "Liberal Media" who studiously avoided asking difficult questions of this President and his Administration until AFTER we were already committed to his war in Iraq? The same "Liberal Media" who seem to have forgotten all about the "Tons" of Weapons of Mass Destruction that Colin Powell went to the United Nations waving PHOTOGRAPHS of? Why haven't the "Liberal Media" gone to the sites in those photos or interviewed the men on those tapes that Colin Powell played for the UN?

The so-called News companies are terrified of their corporate masters, from CBS/Viacom to NBC/General Electric to CNN/AOL-Time Warner. These huge corporations are attempting to bribe this administration to get permission to merge with one another on a scale unseen since the grand olde days of the 1920s and they will not allow ANYTHING to interfere with that... therefore anything that angers this President or the Republican Party in general quickly disappears, such as the recent Ronald Reagan miniseries.

RICHARD: It does seem remarkable that in the Land Of Free Speech, that so little range gets widespread coverage. As opposed to our non-constitutional, non-free speech UK, where the state-owned broadcaster ends up publicly supporting their journalists calling the Prime Minister a liar and is happy to broadcast incredibly anti-current government documentaries by the likes of John Pilger or John Simpson. What gives here? Do you ever feel like you're just screaming at the world or the government, going "Aaaaaaaaahhhhh!!!!" with very little effect?

MICAH: Yeah, but you can't even say that your Prince is suspected of having the Sinister Gay Sex with his secretary, but we Americans can actively consider the possibility in our Media that John Ashcroft has sex with Dick Cheney every night. See? I just did it!

Seriously, though, it is frustrating. The number one question I'm asked by people when I give live presentations of the posters is "where can I go for unbiased news." I laugh at them and tell them that it's not a matter of getting UNBIASED news... there's no such thing. What we have to do is expand our news sources, double-check them, and most importantly, learn to read between the lines.

RICHARD: Or between the lies?

MICAH: Sure, let's pun it to death. Learn to read between the lies.

RICHARD: Talking of which, any plans on this StormWatch/JSA Crossover I've heard mentioned once or twice?

MICAH: Wow!?! Did Geoff tell you about that? I don't think I've ever discussed it with anyone else. That was something that Geoff and I came up with at the San Francisco WonderCon this year... unfortunately, for very good business reasons, DC doesn't allow crossovers between Mature Readers and non-MR books, even if I toned down the language and violence for the crossover. It was fun to consider, the idea of the completely biased-against-costumed-heroes StormWatch going head-to-head with the most idealistic and pure heroes of the DC Universe was a hoot... would Santini & Crew even be able to recognize that these guys were completely outside their experience in the Wildstorm Universe? Or would they just assume it was a ploy and attempt to kill them anyway? But, in the long run,it really couldn't happen -- I would feel completely lousy if some kid read JSA vs. StormWatch and then went out and somehow got their hands on regular issues of StormWatch resulting in some comic store clerk in Oklahoma getting put in Camp X-Ray for being an Information Terrorist or whatever they call that crime now.

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