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Saturday, 18 August 2007

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The Necromancer

Never thought of classic X-Men as traumatic or progressive, but I guess it depends on your perspective. On second thought, I suppose comic books were weirdly political in that period.

SEK

I'm not certain they were intentionally progressive. Emotionally manipulative, certainly. You can actually look at this the other way around: they turned rape into a cheap narrative ploy. That's as possible as the alternative I presented above. But perhaps the point's that people always come into sympathy obliquely, in the odd human moments when narratives cease making sense.

Or maybe it's the fact that I'm reading, quite conflictedly, Alison Bechdel's Fun Home. It's too pat, the flat version of the incidental-but-importantly-so books it cites, Recherche du temps perdu foremost among them. I may be wandering in a modernist mist and untypically uncharitable of comics as a genre tonight ... which makes my reposting of this passive-aggressive.

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