This weekend I finally got around to watching Iron Man, which was pretty good. I have never been a big fan of comic books and really never read them as a kid or otherwise. I did get a copy of Watchmen to read before the movie came out, and I enjoyed that. I think one of the reasons I liked it was that it was a self-contained story: you didn't have to have read 3000 other comic books to understand it (although, like most literature, you did have to know about cultural and historical events to fully appreciate it). After watching Iron Man I went to read a little more about the character on various Wikis around the Internet, and holy fuck. People say LOST is complicated, but anything comic-book related has become utterly fucking ridiculous. How do people keep track of this shit? The following is an excerpt of the Wikipedia entry describing the DC Universe's "Lord of the Rings," Final Crisis: WHAT THE FUCK? By the way, later on down in the same article: I am not shitting you. It actually says that. Here is how I imagine a meeting goes between the writers of these comic books: First, everyone gets in a room and hotboxes while ingesting copious quantities of Peyote dipped in LSD for fourteen hours straight. There is silence for this entire period. Then, Grant Morrison breaks the silence by saying something like this: "So what happens is that a time-traveling incarnation of George W. Bush genetically merges with a parallel-universe version of his brother Jeb to create a massive super-villain called The Cowpoke, who then wreaks havoc by undoing Merlin the Magician's telekinetic hold over Vagina Dentata and the Labia Majora corps while Hal Jordan is fucking Misty May Treanor in the ass with the Fuscia Lantern ring's thirty-fourth power from the 84th dimension..." and it gets worse from there. FOCUS: Comic books. Love'em? Like'em? Hate'em? If you're into comic books, how do you deal with the fact that your entire hobby has become utterly un-understandable to anyone who doesn't spend every waking moment of their lives reading and memorizing comic books?