Mike: Wow, Beck has impeccable concentration talking to Everett while reading a comic book. On the Panties issue, I’m fine with it in comic books and cartoons. You can get away with that in those medias, but if/when they make a movie, she should have skin-tight pants, then everyone is happy.
James: I’ve tried to get into Wonder Woman a few times, but I’ve never been able to maintain even a passing interest in her. Which sucks because she’s the preeminent female superhero and I’d love it if I could learn to like her. I don’t think it has anything to do with her costume. It is awful, but it’s not as bad as say, Wonder Man‘s various costumes. I’ve just never been able to relate to the character. How could I? She’s a mystical princess from a fantasy utopia come to fix “man’s world”. The only words I can relate to in that sentence are the prepositions. She’s better than us. Not just physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. And she KNOWS it. You can practically here her tsk-tsking her villains and supporting characters like a superpowered Marie Barone. That’s not a fun read for me. Like I said, I wish I could get into her, but not even Gail Simone could draw me in. If Simone couldn’t make me care than I don’t think anyone ever will.
Mike: You, I’m guessing that many people out there assume that Beck is based off me. Really he’s only visually based on me, but ultimately he’s James’ creation. Though moments like the last line in panel 2 here freak me out, because that is truly the story of my life. I don’t know what voodoo magic James is using to spy on me, but it’s damn accurate. On the subject of Bendis, he’s an up and down writer. Sometimes his writing is great, other times it falls flat but something that has to go, is the redundant dialog he loves so much. It gets really painful to read with the amount he uses it.
James: Bendis can be a frustrating writer at times. Obviously I enjoy poking fun at his dialogue, but it’s his plotting that really lets you down sometimes. I like Bendis, I really do. He’s responsible for some of my favorite comics, but he’s kind of like that one ballplayer who never gets it done in the big games. You know the one. He’s great in the regular season, but he falls apart in the playoffs. Likewise, Bendis falls apart at the end of too many important stories. Too many of his comics, especially the events, end with the reader walking away disappointed. It sucks because you know he can do better. You know he must have learned how to handle an event comic by this point. You know these things. And then something like Siege #4 drops. Yeesh.
James: I like that Grace checks Beck out in panel 3. That’s a nice touch by Mike that wasn’t in the script I sent him.
Mike: I am damn good. Hmm, I wonder if Grace is going to become a main character? Also what the hell happened to Ed’s coffee at the end?