Funnybook Babylon

March 18, 2007

FBBP #3 – The Confession

On this week’s FBB, we talk about the new season of Buffy, 52 spin-offs, Classical Avenging and Wizard‘s continued attempts to bring back speculation. We also review New Avengers #28, Grifter & Midnighter #1, and 52 #45. Plus, Pedro and Jamaal get into it over Civil War: The Confession.

This is Funnybook Babylon for March 18th 2007.


  1. I agree with Jamal that a comic book series of Firefly would leave much to be desired. The actors each brought so much to the table that the transition to the page – even if it’s Whedon writing the best dialogue and plots he’s ever written – it will lose almost all the charm and grace that it had on the screen. His dialogue is corney and hokey at times, but actors like Alan Tudyk and Jewel Staite could pull it off and make it feel real. Seeing it on the page (like in the Serenity miniseries that was published the summer before the movie) won’t be anywhere near as entertaining or fufilling.

    But I’ll buy it anyway, because I love Firefly.

    Comment by Gabe Mariani — March 19, 2007 @ 5:17 pm

  2. Just a final comment on the confession…. Contrary to the impression that I believe that I left in the podcast, I quite enjoyed this book. However, it reinforced many of the negative feelings that I had about Civil War.
    As I see it, the primary concern with vigilantes is that they have elevated themselves above the rest of society; individually determining what id right or wrong rather than comporting themselves with the rules of society. The problem is that they are unaccountable.
    My chief problem w/ the pro-reg side is that it doesn’t present a solution to the problem (which in my mind would be public control and accountability), but worsens it, by centralizing everything in the hands of an individual who is even less accountable, and is known for behaving in a non-transparent manner.
    The fact that Tony came up w/ this idea a long time ago, and proceeded in secret seems to perfectly illustrate this problem.

    Comment by Jamaal — March 20, 2007 @ 11:02 am

  3. But isn’t that the same essential problem that’s going on right now in government with privatization or Net Neutrality or a host of other things? By arguing that the government is either too lax, or too ‘inefficient’ and in the belief that the private sector (this holy grail of myhtical ‘efficiency’) will do better when in fact it’s opacity and non-accountability do far more harm? Don’t we have mercenaries (making ~100k$) next to soldiers making a third of that?

    Perhaps the reaction you’re having is one you are supposed to be having?

    Comment by Joseph — March 20, 2007 @ 5:05 pm

  4. I think most regulation vs. Free markets discussions are based on a false premise, namely that all industries and all societal concerns can or should be handled identically. Sometimes the private sector is more capable of providing the outcomes we want, which is something that we’ve seen with the financial markets (nasdaq/nyse), and someimes the state is better, aand sometimes there should be a mix. Transparency is important but is not the only value that should be used to resolve the debate.
    More to the point, my argument centers around state actors or those who operate under its cloak. It’s fine to act as a private actor, and enjoy the flexibility that a lack of public accountability brings you. But once one operates under state authority, and has the power that comes with it, I think there is more of a duty to be accountable to the public and to avoid secrecy. It’s the difference between the companies fighting over net neutrality and blackwater.

    Comment by Jamaal — March 21, 2007 @ 5:00 pm

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