1. DOES CAPTAIN AMERICA HATE THE TEA BAG MOVEMENT?
"Tea Bag the Libs Before They Tea Bag YOU!" And "Stop the Socialists!"
That signage mysteriously appeared in a protest-rally scene in the recent issue of Captain America, "Two Americas, Part One" (No. 602) -- and soon drew the ire of some members of the Tea Bag movement.
Marvel Comics has issued an apology, but the mystery remains: Just WHO inserted that wording?
The comic's writer, Ed Brubaker -- while acknowledging that he has anti-Tea Bag sentiment -- says he didn't write that signage. Meanwhile, Fox News reports that Michael Johns, a Nationwide Tea Party Coalition board member, "accused Brubaker of 'blame-shifting' and questioned why an apology or retraction hadn't been issued as soon as the writer or Marvel executives noticed the politically charged signs."
Fox News also notes that Brubaker has written on his Twitter account: "Sarah Palin is a lying idiot."
Marvel Comics honcho Joe Quesada says Brubaker "did not intend to pinpoint the 'anti-tax protests' in his comic as Tea Partiers."
All Comic Riffs knows is: Captain America's shield alone might not be enough to handle the continued blowback from the Tea Bag movement. The controversy rages on...
2. OUR FAVORITE WEBCOMIC VALENTINE:
No if's, and's or graphs about it: "xkcd"s "Science Valentine" is utterly, thankfully true to the spirit of the strip.
3. THROUGH THE LOOKING SCREEN:
Ever since we previewed an "Alice in Wonderland" trailer last July at San Diego Comic-Con -- where Tim Burton told Comic Riffs he was eager and antsy to return to London to finish his edit -- our hopes for "Alice" have been high.
Here's the latest look, with a coupla insights from Johnny Depp:
4. SPIDEY REBOOTS IN 3-D:
A smartly calculated move or an act of reboot desperation? Either way, the success of "Avatar" only heightens the sense of potential payoff by going 3-D. Sony now confirms that the Tobey-less "Spider-Man" 4 -- its postponed release date now July 3, 2012 -- will be in 3-D.
Sony honcho Jeff Blake says of new punnily surnamed director Marc Webb ("(500) Days of Summer"): "We know audiences are eager and excited to discover Marc's fantastic vision for Peter Parker and the franchise."
Eager and excited, yes? But also darned skeptical.
5. FAVE NEW TRAILER OF THE WEEK:
The new "TOY STORY 3" trailer seems to reveal who will vainly hog more screen time: Barbie ... or Ken?