Double Post: A Big No and Excoriating Myself
This is a double post today. Today is a post of sadness, frustration, and anger. Let’s get to it.
No, No, No!
James Robinson, one of my favorite comic book writers, is leaving Earth 2, my favorite comic book series. This is very sad news. But Robinson’s last issue doesn’t drop until September with issue 16. So, we still have a few months before the end.
So, now comes the question: who will replace Robinson? And what is their vision for Earth 2? Hopefully, the series will still be as successful. But, as with every change, there is also trepidation.
Where’s My Cat o’ Nine Tails? (I’m Kidding)
This afternoon I got into a flame war over the nature of Artemis’s divinity. I’m a passionate Greek Mythology nerd. And it annoys me to no end when I see pop culture or people bad information about the Greek myths. And the gods.
All I wanted to do was read up on the fight between Wonder Woman and Artemis in the latest issue of Wonder Woman. And somehow, I got into an ultimately stupid argument over Artemis’s divinity.
The frustrating thing, the thing that makes me angry, is that the argument was, ultimately, futile. I don’t know why, but for whatever reason, the other commentator just refused to recognize that Leto, the mother of Apollo and Artemis, is a Titan. Therefore, she was divine. She was a god. She was not a mortal.
All the sources I know have Leto as a Titan, the daughter of Phoibe and Koios of the same generation of Titans as Rhea and Kronos.
Now, there is a reference in a Star Trek episode, “Who Mourns for Adonais?,” where Apollo claims Leto to have been mortal. But where does this come from? Is there an ancient source for this, or did the episode writers, Coon and Ralston, make it up? Is the source for this their own imaginations, like their interpretation of the gods as powerful aliens?
Hell, I even skimmed “Adonais” by Shelley to see if the matter could be settled. But Apollo is only referenced once. As a reference to Keats. No Leto. No Leto as mortal woman.
And there were a few other areas of argument- what could kill Greek gods, etc.
Now, clearly, I’m a defender of the core myths. Modern adaptations who deviate too far, beware! I’ve ranted before about this (“Greek Myths on Film”).
So far, I’ve liked Azzarello’s interpretation of the Greek myths. But that’s the thing. Shouldn’t we have been arguing Azz’s interpretation of the myths? Not irresponsibly citing the core myths, Star Trek, Hercules the Legendary Journeys, God of War, etc?
Yes, I feel the need to defend the Greek myths much like other fans feel the need to defend their passions. But fuck it all, it takes too much energy. And does it ever really accomplish anything when neither party will bulge. And when does it go too far? At what point should I say “fuck it” and walk away? I feel I should have said my bit then walked away. And ignore the subsequent replies. I never should have responded after my initial reply.
I like to think that I’m willing to change my mind when I’m wrong. I know I did when Al Harron corrected some misconceptions on REH. And I’d like to think I’ll accept it when I’m wrong. No matter how passionate I hold my position.
This was, perhaps, my second flame war/ stupid debate. I hate it when this happens. I just need to make sure I never do it again.
Posted on May 17, 2013, in Uncategorized and tagged Artemis, Brian Azzarello, Divinity of Artemis, Earth 2, Greek Mythology in Popular Culture, James Robinson, James Robinson leaving Earth 2, Stupid online arguments, Wonder Woman. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.