Over the past couple of days, comics have appeared in Australian newspaper stories which is interesting. First, we had Spider-man's unmasking:
WEB-slinging superhero Spiderman does the unthinkable and removes his mask to publicly reveal his hidden identity as photographer Peter Parker. "I'm proud of who I am, and I'm here right now to prove it," the superhero tells a press conference called in New York's Times Square in the latest issue of the long-running Marvel comic."Any questions?" Parker asks in the final panel of the issue, amid a barrage of camera flashes.
Marvel trumpeted it as "arguably the most shocking event in comic book history".
The seven-issue Civil War series, launched in May, sees Marvel's writers taking on the topical issue of civil liberties.
Following a showdown between a group of superheroes and supervillains in which hundreds of innocent civilians are killed, the government passes the Super-Hero Registration Act, requiring all superheroes to reveal their identities and register as "living weapons of mass destruction".
Spiderman obeys but others, including Captain America, refuse to relinquish their anonymity.
Then today there was a quick review of the upcoming Superman Returns movie in the same paper by Leigh Paatsch which was quite positive. It's one movie I'm looking quite forward to.