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Ladies and gentlemen of the jury I am here today to defend my clients the four Avenger on-going series, and the various Avenger miniseries from the charge of being way too numerous. My clients’ company just announced yet another member to their team bringing the grand total to Seven Avenger titles in a month. The Prosecution claims this too many, but the defense believes differently.
Exhibit A: There is way too many Avengers for just one title
There is far too many members of the Avengers to just ignore. There is currently over 100 members to the Avengers and it would be impossible to just pick five. Too many fans would be upset. So my clients’ company decided to release 4 ongoing Avenger titles to tackle a bulk of the characters from different perspectives. The comic Avengers would be about the public Avengers. The Avengers that the world recognizes and the ones that get keys to various cities. The New Avengers look like street level heroes, though I am waiting on my other clients to show up to confirm this information. Sure, they could be called Heroes for Hire, but people of the Jury, if you were an Avenger would you want to go back to being a “Hero for Hire”? I didn’t think so. Then there is the Secret Avengers, who decided it would be best to stay home as they fear being exposed. They look to fill the Black Ops of the Avengers and allegedly tied to SHEILD, which is headed by the Allegedly alive Steve Rogers. Then there is the Avengers Academy who are sure to take the place of the troubled Superhero Initiative in training the heroes of tomorrow. This will surely cover all aspects that the Avengers have become known for and do it in a way to use the most characters possible.
Now I know what you are thinking, “That doesn’t explain the multitude of Avenger Mini-series” That brings me to my next point
Exhibit B: There are some stories that just work better as Mini-series
The defense would like to state that some stories just work better as Mini-series instead of in the main series. Case in point: Avengers Prime. This mini-series will tell the story of how Marvel’s Big Three (Thor, Iron Man, Steve Rogers) become friends again after years of bad blood between each other. Now most of you say that the series is unnecessary, but this is a major character interaction that has to be handled and explained. This story wouldn’t work in the main Avengers series as the story would focus on just the three and ignore the other characters of the book. Would be very boring to read in an ongoing, but as a mini it has a set beginning and end. It can be read without much prior knowledge and would be great for new readers or the casual fan to pick up off the rack. That is always better and worse comes to worse, you don’t have to pick it up. This brings me to my third point,
Exhibit C: Avengers only have 4 on-goings compared to other series, this is nothing.
The Defense would like to point out that Batman and Deadpool both have over 9 ongoings between them. They are solo characters (except in the point of Deadpool Corps, then again that’s full of Deadpool) and they have more stories than a team of characters. This shouldn’t be possible. The Prosecution is fine with these characters having more ongoings than needed and mad when separate teams with separate characters have four ongoings. This is ludicrous! There is no way one character has more to say than 100+ characters looking for a voice. The defense argues that if you are welcome to four+ ongoings from Batman, then you should allow four ongoings from the Avengers.
The Defense Rests!
Yes, I am fully aware that I butchered the English language in the subject line of this post, but the truth of the matter is that it’s the best descriptor for what the next couple weeks are going to be. I told you that so I can tell you this, I will be releasing new articles and videos over the next few weekends. Some of the things you will be seeing in the next few weeks:
In Defense of Charles Xavier- I will defend the disgraced headmaster from a class action lawsuit of various charges.
It Came From A Bargain Bin- Spiderman #13- It’s from the 90′s. It has McFarlane, can’t hype it too much.
Review of 2009 in comics- I will review the best, worst, and most disappointing comics, I will review the comic book adaptations that I have watched, and I will list the best and worst trades I have read this year. Also I will be talking about my most anticipated comics of the coming months.
In Defense of Superboy Prime (the video)- That’s right, I am going to release what will be the pilot episode of the series. I have it filmed just need to edit it.
Should be a busy month for CBO Productions. I will have more announcements towards the end of the month.
Thanks for reading.
Oh yeah, still looking for other’s opinion on the idea of event fatigue. Read more about it here- http://cboproductions.wordpress.com/2009/12/03/opinionsoneventfatigue/
Tomorrow I will be picking the final client of the Text version of In Defense. If you have a character, storyline, or a member of the creative staffs that you feel needs to be defended send your suggestions to email@example.com Here is a list of the suggested topics so far:
Spider-man: One More Day (with several Suggestions)
Spider-man: Brand New Day
The Clone Saga (I’m assuming the 90′s clone saga not the Original 70′s one)
Turner D. Century
Silver Age Jimmy Olsen
So if you want to me to defend those I just listed or anything else that you feel needs to be defended, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave them in the comments below.
I will announce my pick tomorrow afternoon and release it on Saturday evening.
So until then, thanks for reading and Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Americans.
I want to defend something big for the final text version of In Defense of and since I canceled In Defense of Identity Crisis, for reasons of unoriginal thoughts and delays, I am in the need of a new client. I will take on almost anything. So if you have anything you are sick of seeing trashed or think would make for a humorous article send them to indefenseofCbo@gmail.com, or leave a comment below. Include a name if you wish to get mentioned.
Thanks for reading and I will pick the best suggestion by Friday and post it Saturday. See you all then.
Starting off, In Defense Of will be moving to a video format right after the last article is released. The last article will be In Defense of Identity Crisis. (If you have any suggestions to help shape the article, feel free to tell me as I do appreciate the help in shaping these articles. You will be credited.) This will be considered the first part of season one, well kinda. See the videos will be mostly new articles though I will be adapting all of the previous articles into the video format over time. At this time I cannot say if I will do them all in season 1, but I can say In Defense of Superboy Prime, In Defense of Dr. Strange, In Defense of Cyclops, and In Defense of Avengers Disassembled will be in the first season. There is no set release dates for the video series as I have not came up with the schedule for season 1. If anything that you feel needs to be defended, email me at email@example.com
There will be a break period after I finish In Defense of Identity Crisis. Probably around 3 weeks. I will use this time to write and film the reviews. I still need to come up with a pilot episode that would be a great starting point. If you have any suggestions for that, email them to me. Use the address listed above.
In other news, you know the past month I have been talking about the massive review of new comics? Well I have been sick and was planning on filming the review, but given my sudden relapse, I will be having to do it as a text article. It will be massive and long, nearly 20 issues. I hope to have it done sometime tomorrow but not sure as I am going to have to go back to the doctor tomorrow and I have no time tonight to sit, read, and write a review. I am sorry.
With that, have a great day and take a bit of advice from me,
NEVER GET WALKING PNEUMONIA!
I have recently made a tumblr account for more off the wall reviews and articles. Basically anything that wouldn’t work with CBO Productions. The link is in the blogroll on the right sidebar, or you can visit from here: http://cyclopsfan1.tumblr.com/
I will be redesigning the site again in a few days (if I feel able). There will be somethings moved around and tagged differently. This will hopefully be the last change before we move to a new webhost with our own fancy URL.
More specifically the writer of Avengers Disassembled,
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Jury, my client has been charged of writing a pointless story. The prosecution claims that he used cheap ploys to increase the sale of his work. In addition to the first charge, the prosecution also is asserting that my client ignored continuity when writing the story .The defense is prepared to answer all of these charges.
Evidence #1: The cheap ploys
The prosecution claims that my client used the deaths of these two beloved characters as a cheap ploy to boost sales of Avengers Disassembled, and the defense has to say that this is Preposterous! Mr. Bendis felt that he had to kill these two characters off in order to show the grand scale of the story that he was producing. Each character represented a generation of Avengers and their deaths symbolized the death of those generations. My client’s job was to write a way for the Avengers to break up, and that meant the death of characters that felt special to the team. The Avengers weren’t just going to break up over a normal bad day. The only way for the break up to make sense was to give the Avengers the worst day imaginable. Sadly, that meant the deaths of Hawkeye and Ant-man.
The defense would like to assert that unlike normal comic book deaths, the deaths of Hawkeye and Ant-man had lasting effects. Ant-man has still not come back from the dead and his daughter, Cassie, constantly struggles to overcome the loss of her father. Hawkeye did come back from the dead but is constantly looking for answers to why he came back. He has become more of an interesting character since his death and revival.
Many people and the prosecution also act like the deaths of Scott Lang and Hawkeye are the first time the death of a character was used to sell a book. The truth of the matter is that this is more of a send off to the Avengers than the prosecution thinks.
If it pleases the courts, the Defense submits the following pieces of evidence, named Exhibit C-I.
What do these seven covers have in common other than being an Avenger cover? Simple, they all use death of a character as some sort of ploy to entice potential buyers. The funny thing is that these are just a few Avengers covers that feature this ploy. It should be noted these covers are from a different generation of Avengers. The use of death as a ploy is as timeless as comics themselves, and if you consider yourself a purist, then by all means you should accept that death as a ploy is as traditional as caption boxes!
Evidence #2: Ignoring of Continuity
This is the prosecution’s strongest piece of evidence for the charge of “Ignoring Continuity”. The prosecution has stated that this outburst from Dr. Strange is false and even worse is that Dr. Strange has used Chaos Magic in the past. My client does admit that was a goof up on his side, but in his defense he was at the time relatively new to the mainstream comic universe of 616. The editors should have caught that goof and corrected, but they did not. If you are going to charge someone with the continuity errors, then charge the Avengers and Marvel editorial staff. While the writer is partially responsible for the continuity, the truth is that they are incapable of knowing everything that has happened. The series was at 500 issues when my client took over the writing duties, and the series just had several reboots a few years before hand. It was impossible for my client to know what is still fact and what is no longer “cannon”. That is why the editorial staff is to blame for this fiasco.
The defense would like to state that if the fact is something that isn’t publicly known or decades old then it’s best to ignore any inconsistencies with the past storylines. While it is ridiculous for dramatic changes, such as the “MJ/Peter Parker One More Day disaster” to be accepted, minor errors such as the “Chaos Magic” fiasco can easily be ignored. The word chaos could have been swapped for anything else. My client chose that word for a reason only known to him. The defense believes that the prosecution should be charging the editorial staff with this crime and not Mr. Bendis.
The Defense Rests!
Thanks go out to BAC, TrixShot7, and Spiderman1989 over at TGWTG.com for suggesting the Prosecution aspects.
Sources for images:
The Avenger Covers:http://www.coverbrowser.com/covers/avengers Pretty awesome site that I recommend for anyone looking for classic Avenger covers.
Scott Lang’s explosive death: Avengers #500
Hawkeye’s death: Avengers #502
Dr. Strange’s Chaos Revelation: Avengers #503
Seriously though, the series is really hit or miss. Worth a read through if only to make sense of Bendis’ master story.
If you have suggestions for future In Defense Of articles send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or comment below.
Sorry for the delay. Went through several drafts and a rough week of classes before I came to this version. Every version before this I wrote felt forced. This is the one that flowed naturally. I will be redoing some things to the site in the coming days so be ready for some great things to come. Till then here is In Defense of Cyclops, enjoy.
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I am here today to defend my client, Scott Summers (aka Cyclops), on charges that he is a horrible father and a womanizer. The prosecution also claims these traits, coupled with attitude, are what makes my client a lame, and overall, boring character. The Defense is ready to answer all charges against Mr. Summers.
Evidence #1: Mr. Summers is a horrible father
The prosecution’s claims that my client is a deadbeat dad is based on Exhibit A, one Mr. Nathaniel Summers aka Cable. The prosecution is only telling you one side of the story. The truth behind Cable is that he was the son of Madelyn Pryor and my client. When he was very young Cable was infected with the Tech-organic virus. If it pleases the court, the defense would like to present what we will call Exhibit B. Warning: it may be graphic.
As you can clearly see, Exhibit B shows my client’s son with the Techno-Organic virus. This virus would have resulted in the death of my client’s only son. Luckily, a woman from the future arrived shortly after and offered to take young Cable to the future. In desperation my client agreed to hand over his only child as it looked to be the only way to save him from certain death. These are not the actions of a deadbeat father, but that of a desperate loving dad! The prosecution stated that this is the last time my client saw his son until Cable returned a few years later, fully aged. The defense has evidence contrary to this claim. If it pleases the court, the defense presents Exhibit C.
My client and his then wife, Jean Grey, spent their honeymoon not away on vacation, but instead in the future helping to raise Cable for twelve years of his life. This is truly not a deadbeat dad is it? Mr. Summers took time out of his precious honeymoon and raised his son. This was a noble act of my client and one a true deadbeat would not perform.
Now the prosecution will claim that my client did leave his son long before the Techno-Organic virus infection. My client does plead guilty to this action, but he only did so because of the emotional duress that was suddenly brought about when he heard that his love, Jean Grey, was suddenly found alive. The defense asks, would you not drop everything if you learned a loved one was suddenly back from the dead? My client admits that he is guilty of abandoning his wife and child, but you have to agree that his actions are realistic.
Evidence #2: Mr. Summers is a womanizer
This is the incident the prosecution is basing their whole womanizing case on, and the defense is prepared to fully explain the incident. I know to the casual onlooker this scene looks just like my client was caught having an affair with Ms. Frost. The truth is that this was not the case. This was within my client’s mind where Ms. Frost was helping him deal with his impotence issues with Mrs. Summers. My client was experiencing these issues after he was possessed by Apocalypse and was “killed”. Once he returned he had difficulty expressing his love with his then wife, Mrs. Summers. Ms. Frost lent her special mental talents to my client and helped unblock his mind. My client and Ms. Frost never had sexual relations till after Mrs. Summers was killed by the mutant terrorist, Magneto (who may or may not have been Xorn). Mrs. Summers even came back briefly to condone the relationship, and it wasn’t till then that my client actually entered a real relationship with Ms. Frost. That makes the claims against my client frivolous and slander!
Evidence #3: Cyclops is a jerk
Now the Prosecution claims that my client’s “Bad” parenting and “Womanizing Ways” are just a part of his larger problem, his attitude. It is no secret my client is a jerk. He has to be one, though. My client was trained underneath Professor Charles Xavier, who according to witnesses, “Sends children to their death in hopes of achieving mutant equality.” A teacher at the Xavier Institute for Gifted Youngsters, Kitty Pryde, has even said that he is a jerk. Here is evidence confirming the quote.
With Xavier being the father that orphaned Scott Summers never had, it is only natural for him to follow in his footsteps, so to speak. Also, my client is currently the de facto leader of all surviving mutants. That is far more than enough stress to cause anyone to act a little “jerkish”. The fact that my client is a jerk is what makes him who he is. To change that would change everything my client is. Truth is, my client is a jerk out of necessity. It is easier for a group to follow someone they hate but respect than someone they like but have no respect for. His attitude commands respect, and he knows this. He may have to push everyone’s buttons, but he does so because he cares.
This attitude towards everything does not make my client boring, but instead a complex person. He has been abandoned by his real father, witnessed the woman he loves die several times (only to come back), forced into being experimented on, and had to lead the mutant race. If anything, he sounds more like an interesting person instead of this boring boyscout that the prosecution makes him out to be.
The Defense Rests!
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I am here today to defend my client Doctor Stephen Strange, the former Sorcerer Supreme, on charges that he would fail to make a decent live action film. The defense has prepared evidence to prove not only could Dr. Strange make a live action film, but actually make an excellent film that would go down as one of the best Superhero Films to date.
Evidence #1: His villains
The Prosecution stated that my client has a severe lack of villains. It is almost universally agreed that a hero is often judged by the quality of villains. The defense has lined up several villains that my client has struggled with in the past and would be perfect to be featured in a film on my client’s exploits.
First up we have Baron Mordo. My client and Mordo go back to the earliest days of Strange’s training, and ever since Strange foiled Mordo’s plans he has been seeking revenge against my client. The Doctor has fought Mordo on several occasions, and Mordo possesses the same abilities as my client. He is known as a servant to the Dormammu and various other demonic entities. If my client was to have a film, Mordo would be a perfect villain to counter him. Mordo could serve as a character to set up the major final villains.
If you had to choose a “Big Bad” for a film based on my Client’s exploits and adventures, then the Dread Dormammu would be a perfect fit. This entity is a demonic force that resides in the Dark Dimension. He is constantly trying to escape and in the process fights my client. Dormammu possesses great power and abilities, and would provide a perfect foil to my client’s good intentions. If you want to go for the “safe” final villain, Dormammu is the perfect candidate. He has a loyal following and is a powerful character that would surely light up the silver screen.
While not a true villain by themselves, the Mindless Ones are servants to the Dread Dormammu and would provide excellent cannon fodder for my Client. The Mindless Ones are virtually a race of zombies that will attack any living thing and can shoot laser blasts from their eye. This race could could be used as cannon fodder for when Dormammu invades earth. They would cause panic and riots in the streets. The scene of New York City being overwhelmed by the Mindless Ones would be amazing to watch on film, and considering today’s special effects there could be thousands on screen at the same time. This would provide a sense of dread and fear that my Client wouldn’t be able to handle the hordes of zombie-like creatures.
This character comes from my Client’s early days and is the reason he became the Sorcerer Supreme. Shuma-Gorath is the Lord of Chaos and is the first Demonic Ruler of Earth. His rule predates the visit of the first wave of Celestials to Earth. For those in the jury that are unaware of the Celestials, the first wave of Celestials was 1 million years ago. Shuma-Gorath has since been living in his own dimension and there he is nearly Onimpotent. My client first met him when Shuma-Gorath tried to enter the Earth Dimension through the weakened mind of the Ancient One, my Client’s mentor. This resulted in the death of the Ancient One and my client’s ascension to the role of Sorcerer Supreme.
What makes this entity a perfect villain is in the way one must fight him. You cannot destroy Shuma-Gorath without becoming the new body for the entity. Also, the fact my Client’s first confrontation with the demon occurred with the death of his mentor is a cinematic jackpot. A film-maker trying to convey my client’s exploits in a dramatic light would show my client struggling with the ideas of becoming the Sorcerer Supreme after having to kill the Ancient One to prevent Shuma-Gorath from returning to the Earth Dimension. The final confrontation would be on the scale of David vs Goliath, but David wouldn’t be able to kill the Giant without becoming the new one. It would provide an excellent struggle and would be the most risk-filled movie they could do around the exploits of Dr. Strange.
Evidence #2: His supporting cast
The Prosecution has also stated that my client does not possess the supporting cast to help carry a film. They cite Peter Parker’s Aunt May, Harry Osborn, and Mary Jane, as well as Tony Stark’s James Rhodes and Pepper Pots. Well, the Defense has prepared a list of people that make up my client’s closest friends and could easily help carry a film.
The Ancient One is, as stated earlier, my client’s Mentor and the Sorcerer Supreme before Dr. Strange. Ancient One is also the one who trained Baron Mordo. My client held his master in high regard, and his death was a major blow to my client. His death was what helped define my client’s life and his role in the universe. The Ancient One would serve as the Mentor in a film about the life of Dr. Strange.
Wong is the loyal servant to Doctor Strange. Wong also protects my client’s home when he is away defending the universe. Stephen and Wong go back to the earliest days of my client’s training. In many ways Wong helped train Stephen in the arts of sorcery with his expansive knowledge of magic and martial arts. Wong is much like Alfred and Jarvis in that he serves a great hero, but Wong, however, is actually capable of defending himself. Every hero needs someone to stay constant in his life, and Wong is that constant for my client. Any film based on my client’s life must have Wong, and Wong would be able to support the main character in a way that many cannot. A film based on my client without Wong is much like a film based on Batman without Alfred. It just doesn’t happen.
Clea is one of the few love interests of my client. Clea is the niece of Dormammu and possesses great powers much like that of her Uncle. She was also one of the earliest apprentices of Doctor Strange. While they are technically married still, Clea prefers to live in the Dark Dimension where she rules. She could provide an excellent character for a love interest in a film about Strange’s wild life.
While his supporting cast is not extensive like Spider-man’s, these three give an excellent base for the character portraying my client. This list did exclude other heroes whom are important to Dr. Strange, in case of potential contract disputes with the right to use the other heroes’ images for the film.
Evidence #3: It would be interesting.
The Prosecution has stated that a film based on my client’s life would be boring much like the television film based on him from the 70′s. The defense is prepared to counter this charge.
While my client is not a true superhero much like Superman or Spiderman, he leads a life fighting demons and any other mystical threats to the Earth. The demons he battles ranges from the minor imps to Shuma-Gorath level. My client has confronted the Watcher, Galactus, Mephisto, and even Dracula. Not many characters deal with the mystical side of the spectrum, and that is what makes my client is so unique. He doesn’t have to fight crime in the sense of the material world, but instead he must confront absolute evil on the heavenly planes.
A film based on my client would require the more-than-capable hands of someone like Guillermo del Toro who is very skilled and experienced in writing about the mystical side of the world where anything can happen. My client is only as boring as he is made out to be, and if del Toro, or someone of his caliber, made a film based on Dr. Strange, the film would be an undeniable success.
In closing, my client Dr. Strange would be a perfect character on which to base a film. He has an expansive base of villains that range from all walks of life (and non-life), a small but perfect supporting cast, and a life-story that is not a normal superhero story, but a form of fantasy. These are all reasons why Doctor Stephen Strange should have a film based on his life.
The defense rests.
All images are owned by Marvel Entertainment and were found on Comicvine.com In Defense of Dr. Strange was suggested by Josh McKinney. If you have suggestions for a future In Defense Of, please send them to email@example.com, or just leave them in a comment bellow.
Thanks For Reading.
Today marks the first time I have ever had an imitator.
A fan of the site messaged me on the Spoony Experiment forum and asked if he could do his own In Defense Of. The difference is that the article would be talking about the game series Final Fantasy. This is supposed to be a multi-part series, and I was cool with him doing it. I figured I would make it known that he did ask for permission, and he has even credited me and the site for the idea. I am happy that the articles are enjoyed by everyone and that people want to do their own. That is just amazing for me. When I wrote In Defense of Aquaman, I didn’t expect the series to be this huge.
So thanks go out to all the fans of the series and expect a new In Defense Of tomorrow. I will be defending claims that Dr. Strange is not capable of doing a Live Action film. Also, this Wednesday we will have another guest reviewer. I enjoyed his article, and you will too. The New Comic Book review from last week will be posted this Friday along with this week’s reviews. More on that to come.
Thanks for reading and see you all tomorrow when I release In Defense of Dr. Strange.
Have a Good Night.
Foreword: The following reflects my true opinion on the matter at hand. If you have been wondering or have asked, this is my answer. Also this will have some minor differences to the usual In Defense Of format as I am defending an action and a fairly recent action.
Ladies and gentlemen of the Jury. I am here today to defend my client Disney in the action of their buyout of the company, Marvel Entertainment. This is a situation that is highly debated, and I ask for you to open your eyes before immediately shutting them in the light of this recent action. The defense has evidence and findings that prove not only is this not a bad thing for either company, but it is also a great thing for Marvel Entertainment.
Evidence #1: More financial backing
My client, Disney, would be able to provide Marvel access to its coffers. With access to this excess cash, Marvel will be able to develop more comics, movies, cartoons, etc. The best example is when Pixar was bought out by Disney a few years ago. Many feared that this would hurt Pixar, but instead it strengthened Pixar and allowed them to create without fear of losing funds. Even some of Pixar’s greatest films were made after Disney bought them out. If Pixar is any indicator of what is to come, then members of the Jury, have no fear of my client’s actions.
Evidence #2: Access to a greater animation studio
My client is one of the world’s leading animation companies and has access to a grand array of animation studios, including Pixar. If Marvel needs one thing it would be more market share in the animation field. Since the 90′s, Marvel hasn’t had a solid footing in the animated world. Sure there was X-men Evolution, Fantastic Four: The World’s Greatest, and the animated movies, but none of the series outside of Evolution made it past a couple seasons or was in poor quality. Currently, Marvel has three animated series: Ironman: Armored Adventures, Wolverine and the X-men, and Spectacular Spider-man. While DC only has Batman Brave and the Bold at the moment, they have had nearly twice the amount of animated series compared to Marvel. Superman, Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, Teen Titans, The Batman, Krypto the Superdog, and Batman Beyond were all DC productions from the last ten years. This isn’t even counting any of the DC Animated Universe films.
The Bottom Line is that Marvel needs to catch up to DC in the animation department, and my client will grant them such an opportunity.
Evidence #3: Access to an extensive character base.
My client would grant Marvel access to a field of thousands of intellectual properties that could be developed into comic books. This is not to say my client would force these characters into Marvel’s existing universe, but allow them to make comics on certain franchises if they so pleased. There are some characters that would be perfect for the comic book world, such as the Incredibles and Darkwing Duck’s whole universe. The Incredibles already has a comic by BOOM! and Gargoyle’s was even a comic at one point. Marvel would be able to produce these comics without the steep licensing fee often associated with the characters. While many of the hardcore fans of Marvel wouldn’t be for this, there is a solid fanbase of casual comic book readers that are Disney fans. This would translate to potential for an increase in comic book circulation and readership. Any hobby based industry needs a steady stream of “new blood” in order to survive. A Disney line of comics would show comics to those who wouldn’t regularly read a comic and after reading a well-done Disney comic, would want to look into more comic series and companies. My client’s action has the potential to stimulate a surge in comic books again, and a healthy surge of people buying for the sake of reading the comics, not to invest in the comics.
The prosecution is saying that my client would make all of the comics more “kid friendly” to keep a certain brand image. The defense has prepared a list of examples of mature Disney companies and that don’t fit the “Disney Brand Image”
My client owns Miramax films, the company behind a majority of Kevin Smith films, Good Will Hunting, Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, 40 Days and 40 Nights, The Piano, and many more. Why would anyone think that Disney would “kiddify” Marvel when Disney is behind some of the most foul and adult films of the past decade?
My client is also the owner of Touchstone Pictures, a film company that is behind such films as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Pretty Woman, Rushmore, and Good Morning Vietnam. While these films are nowhere near as graphic as Miramax’s films they are made with adults in mind. For some reason the prosecution forgets my Client is behind these studios and automatically assumes that the instant my client is in control of Marvel, they will go into the company and start censoring characters to fit the brand image.
In conclusion, the purchase of Marvel Entertainment by my client, Disney, is a great thing not only for Marvel, but also the fans. Now the fans will receive more animated features they have craved. The fans of Disney will likely get a comic book series to read. Nothing will change at Marvel Entertainment. No characters will go out the window, and nothing drastic will be done. The worst to happen will be the cancellation of the Max line and the firing of Joe Quesada.
The defense rests.