Clickbait Comic Adventures: DC Movies vs. Marvel Movies? No One Cares

With any month that has a Marvel movie hit at the same time as a DC one, the clickbait flows freely. Most websites have a listicle (list article), hot take, or whatever the case may be with DC vs. Marvel movies. I went on a slight rant about clickbait on my twitter and feel I have more to say on this. Heck I even say clickbait in the title so you know my snark level is on overdrive here. Now I love genuine conversation and people saying what they like or don’t like, that’s fine. What I am diving into here is the culture of fighting over which one is better. It’s why the DC vs. Marvel clickbait is so popular, people get something to argue about. Sit back, yell at me in the comments as I talk about my thoughts on this. It’s going to be fun.

Did I mention I have Clickbait in the Title? I am not even messing around on this one. This has annoyed me for a long time.

Justice League DC Comics Clickbait

I’d like to begin with this, most people don’t care about your Marvel vs. DC hot take on most anything. If the movies are good, that’s all people care about. On my own end, I enjoy both Marvel and DC films and have had my share of issues with both of these universes. Yet my goodness gracious some people take the Marvel vs. DC battle to new levels. I feel like I’m walking into a social media death battle over movies. Go on any social media, see Marvel vs. DC clickbait, then see twitter, facebook, and more become a battleground of annoying conversation. To me, it becomes irritating.

To find any sort of genuine conversation you have to hunt and peck through the whole ordeal. Even then, it’s drowned out by people making more hot takes with even more clickbait articles. Which then becomes hilarious because to defend the clickbait people write more articles. Before you know it, everyone has something written on their site with a similar form of clickbait. They drive traffic and create that elusive thing called engagement in their site of choice. Then the people who get involved spread their gospel of what they believe and cycle begins anew.

Maybe this bit on Clickbait isn’t as much article as a long building rant that I’ve been waiting to unleash for ages. Works either way.

I can already see people saying it’s not all websites that participate in clickbait article wonderland, I know this. I know plenty of sites who keep out of that clickbait wonderland and for that I am thankful. In turn I want to add, if you have a genuine point to your love of a company, write that piece. For the love of everything though, don’t be a jerk. With every article that has passion to it and a desire to explain why they like what they like, there’s another that veers in the direction of being a jerk to people. I get tired of the same hot takes left and right, really I just want something new.

Right now I am already starting to see the hints of the clickbait culture rearing its ugly head and it’ll be a thing in the weeks to come. If Justice League does really well, you’ll see why the DCEU is successful articles all over the place and vice versa if it doesn’t blow up the box office. Of course we all know Justice League is going to do well, just a matter of seeing how well it does. Thor: Ragnarok has done great business so far and then you’ll see “Why Justice League beat Thor: Ragnarok at the Box Office.” articles when Justice League hits. You can use this formula for any DC vs. Marvel movie article. It’s all the same.

Thor Ragnarok Marvel Studios Clickbait

Now I’m going to dive into why this article may end up being a strangely evergreen article on clickbait. At least it could be.

I want people to think about this as they go on. People get into the clickbait culture of articles, videos, and so on, and it all serves to power the voices on both sides. If you like the Marvel Cinematic Universe over the DC Extended Universe, that’s fine, don’t be a jerk and same goes for the DCEU fans too. It’s all about the attention and positive or negative, you just got attention. Heck people will call this clickbait too and again, it’s why clickbait is in the title. It covers the culture but also the whole social media juggernaut that forms around clickbait on both sides.

When people in the Marvel vs. DC movie war conversations learn to chill rather than say “You disagree with me so you need to die!” maybe I’ll be less annoyed. Maybe then I’ll care less about the clickbait articles and videos and the endless hot takes on said content. Write what you like and say what you want but just know that nine times out of ten, no one cares. Sure you’ll get that audience and that attention you so crave but it’ll only be for so long and then no one will care. Just do your part and prevent this from happening with every Marvel and DC movie cycle. Quite honestly, it’s getting old and fast.

Once your brain goes into rambling mode, you know it is a good time to stop your clickbait piece.

Anyway, what do you all have to say about this subject? I hope it makes sense and I hope it comes off the way I intended. All I really want is some cool content and that will make me a happy human. Feel free to leave me a comment here or wherever you end up reading this. Take care everyone and don’t be a jerk.

DC Extreme: Exploring Extreme Justice #0: Hello 90’s!

Extreme Justice #0 Cover

Extreme Justice is the oddest duck of the Justice League franchise. Starting in 1995, Captain Atom led a new Justice League made up of Blue Beetle, Booster Gold,  Amazing Man, and Maxima. In my research online on Extreme Justice they’re dedicated to being a more proactive team than the other Justice League teams at the time. Now if you’re wondering why the team is called Extreme Justice, it’s partially for the premise but also for the art style. Now many people with this comic take the route of snark with the 90’s art style. Growing up in this period of extreme 90’s art I find I have an odd appreciation for the art of the period. I’ve never read this before and it’s been in my curiosity pile for years. Since I’ve never read this, this should be a lot of fun. Surprises me that this somehow slipped by me back in the day. Prepare yourselves for a trip to a different time as we journey to the realm of the mid 90’s with Extreme Justice #0.

Welcome to DC Extreme with Extreme Justice #0!

Extreme Justice #0 Splash Page

Copyright: DC Comics, Writer: Dan Vado, Pencils: Marc Campos, Inker: Ken Branch, Colored by: Lee Loughridge, Letterer: Kevin Cunningham

Here’s the deal with Extreme Justice #0, you get no explanation as to how the team comes together. If you’re also wondering why this is #0, it came out during the Zero Hour event, which is a story for another day. Dan Vado doesn’t fill you in on anything involving how the team came together in the first place which threw me off initially. Now you understand why I did some research in understanding this team more. Extreme Justice came out of the Judgement Day crossover that happened in the Justice League titles. You don’t get to know why Captain Atom brought them together or what happened in Judgement day at all. You are thrown right into this and off to the races.

The lack of any explanation for the team makes the issue jarring at first. There’s a nuclear missile strike about to launch from the Rocky Mountains targeting Russia. As this is building you get a massive splash page introducing our heroes to the world. No explanation about the Extreme Justice team but I can’t deny that the splash page is wicked. The gritted teeth poses are on overdrive here outside of whatever pose Maxima is doing. The flying things that Blue Beetle and Amazing Man have are cool too and that can’t be denied.

What can I say? I’m a sucker for cool flying devices.

A lot of Dan Vado’s writing is actually not too bad here, it’s a little spastic and all over the place but readable. There’s fun banter with Ted Kord’s Blue Beetle being who he is and Vado has a good grasp on his character. Amazing-Man is someone I’m not as familiar with but his power to absorb energy is handy in a battle and used to good effect. Booster Gold gets a small moment, Maxima gets a moment, and then Captain Atom is power personified. Marc Campos goes mental with his art on Captain Atom, Vado wanted the audience to know he was powerful and Campos does that well art wise. The opening fight shows the power level of the team, outside of Blue Beetle who is the intelligence and fun of the team. It shows that Vado enjoys writing Ted Kord.

Dan Vado writes a strong Ted Kord and is one of the best parts of Extreme Justice thus far.

Extreme Justice #0 Captain Atom

Copyright: DC Comics

There’s a couple stories brewing already here, one with a mysterious figure and one with Ronnie Raymond (Firestorm) dealing with Leukemia. I know the Ronnie Raymond story sorts itself out down the way but I will be interested to see what this builds into. The same way with this mysterious figure that’s hanging out in the background. Marc Campos does good work in the Raymond bit as Campos dials it down and I like it. The headquarters of Mount Thunder that’s being built up is a fun idea and the story that’s happening in the next issue has my attention. The character of Mister Synge that was introduced as my attention and sounds like an entertaining villain.

Now for the rest of the art here, Ken Branch is a good inker for Marc Campos as the strong lines here helped the art immensely. It’s got some issues with spastic layouts here and there but Vado did craft a good story and Lee Loughridge’s coloring was nice, weird at points within Mount Thunder but nice. The art in the 90’s books is something people like to rip into but this has issues but it’s overall decent, not perfect but decent. Always remember, the 90’s were a strange and fascinating time for comic books.

If you have any feedback you’d like to give me as I go through Extreme Justice please do fire me a line! Either on my @GeekWhoLanded twitter or leave a comment below. Still working through the kinks how I will cover Extreme Justice as this goes forward. I’m planning on covering the entire series from start to finish. In any case thanks for reading and till next time, stay Extreme.

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