Magazine article Variety

Coming to Grips with Comic-Con

Magazine article Variety

Coming to Grips with Comic-Con

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Welcome back to those who braved the geek-infested wilds of Comic-Con this past weekend. I wasn't there and never have been, which is part of a confession I find difficult to make because I fear it's a sin worthy of turning in my co-editor-in-chief badge. But I must come clean: I'm no fan of the overwhelming majority of the superhero and fantasy movies that call Comic-Con home.

Given how large these sequel-laden franchises loom, maybe that calls into question the suitability of my chosen occupation. So I tried to make up for my inadequacy by going to the theater to see the reigning queen of the summer box office, "Wonder Woman," with my 9-year-old son.

Overcompensating for my shortcomings wasn't all that prompted me to buy tickets. I'm intrigued by the genre entries that earn respect from critics. "Wonder Woman" received an impressive 92 score on Rotten Tomatoes, a website renowned for being the bane of the studios' existence for the chilling effect low scores can have on audience turnout. …

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