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Random Thoughts! (May 8, 2012)

Random Thought! It’s obviously the “Snarky Bitch Bitch Bitch Age.” It’s Random Thoughts time! Get excited!

Link Thought! GraphiContent for comics. butterbeatleblog for popculture. 411mania for wrestling reviews and the occasional CD review.

Random Thought! Last week, I continued to the ride the gravy train and discussed how Marvel is using the lessons of Civil War in Avengers vs. X-Men. Because, well, the only other solutions are that there’s an in-story reason for Captain America’s behaviour or that it’s just bad writing. (Though the other two ideas don’t preclude ‘bad writing’ necessarily…)

Random Thought! I reread the Bendis/Maleev Moon Knight series last week for the next Direct Message discussion with Alec Berry and one thing I noticed (and others may have noticed): Bendis screws up the assistant’s name mix-up joke in the final issue. Through the series, Marc Spector calls his assistant at his TV show ‘Amy.’ In one issue, she leaves a message on his phone where she identifies herself as ‘Annie.’ In the final issue, Marc calls her ‘Annie’ and she reveals that her name is actually ‘Amy,’ implying that he’s been calling her the wrong name the entire time. Except that doesn’t make any sense. I never noticed before, because I never noticed that she had a name.

Random Thought! At no time during “Knightfall,” after getting his back broken and giving Azrael the cowl, does Bruce Wayne ever seem to care what sort of job he’s doing as Batman. Some people are so fucking self-involved.

Random Thought! David Brothers’s negative words about reviews on CBR are not wrong. Discussing art is something I struggled with during my time there, often falling back on the ‘easier’ habit of talking mostly about the concept of the book, the plot — the writing. I tried to do better and, sometimes, I pulled it off. But, he’s not wrong. I do think he overlooks the challenges of doing four to six reviews every week, which isn’t an excuse for not doing a better job, merely a reason. I wasn’t lying when I said that reviewing comics every week is tough, especially when it comes to not falling into familiar routines and finding new things to say. But, David isn’t wrong.

Random Thought! Part of me feels sorry for the Lex Luthor of Earth 23. I mean, we know that he hates Superman because of the same reasons that the regular Lex Luthor hates Superman, but, on his world, people attach a racial component to it because their Superman is black. Granted, Luthor is actually a racist in the sense of hating Superman because he’s an alien… so, wait, I guess I don’t feel sorry for the racist.

Random Thought! This year’s Celebrity Apprentice has been disappointing on the whole. The final four (now three) was definitely the weakest I’ve seen (I didn’t have the first season, but have seen the rest). I don’t really want any of them to win. Arsenio Hall is the best choice of those that remain, but still… weak crop.

Random Thought! Well, judging by Exiled #1, unless this week’s issue of Journey into Mystery is amazing, I won’t bother with the New Mutants half of the crossover and just ride this month out…

Random Thought! I don’t know what to make of Green Arrow. The first issue of Ann Nocenti’s run had a weird energy that swept me along and, then, it’s just become a bizarre mix of things I don’t quite get and stuff I don’t care about. And, yet, I can’t look away.

Random Thought! Oddly, the pre-order price of Warren Ellis’s upcoming second novel Gun Machine is cheaper on Amazon.ca than it is on Amazon.com. Now, I wish the Amazon.ca price was the same as the Amazon.com one so I could just pre-order it now, get guaranteed free shipping, and forget all about it until it ships. (In other news, The Mutineer, Hunter Thompson’s planned third collection of letters, is once again available for pre-order on Amazon.ca with a release date of March 2014. I placed an order, because that’s what I do. I think this is the fifth time I’ve ordered the book. I doubt that this order will be fulfilled.)

Random Thought! Poor Hughie. He did most of it to himself. Still, poor Hughie. (Also, Garth Ennis’s commentary on The Boys #66 is one of the first creator commentaries for comics I’ve seen online that’s actually insightful and worth reading.)

Random Thought! The Barenaked Ladies rarities album Stop Us if You’ve Heard this One Before came out today. I only noticed that it was finally coming out last week and was a little disappointed by the track listing. One b-side, one remix, one live cover, one live song from a studio album, one live song that’s never been recorded, two completely unreleased songs, and five demos/early recorded versions of songs available on albums… It seems like the second collection of this sort that they would release after one that contains all of the other b-sides and demos they had in the archives. That’s not to say that it’s an awful line-up of songs, just a little underwhelming (that it isn’t a disc that uses all 80 minutes adds to that since these sort of collections usually fill up the disc since pacing/cohesion isn’t a concern like it is on an actual album). I’m listening to it now and it’s fine. So far, the Maroon recording of “Half a Heart” isn’t really much different from that on Barenaked Ladies are Men, so there’s that. The demo of “Old Apartment” is very stripped down — just Steven Page and an acoustic guitar it sounds like. Though, the love cover of the Beastie Boys’ “Shake Your Rump” is timed appropriately…

Random Thought! It seems like lots of stuff is coming out around now. Jack White’s solo album was a couple of weeks back, the BNL compilation today, new Tenacious D next week, new Neil Young at the beginning of June… WrestleMania XXVIII on DVD today, Breaking Bad season four on DVD at the beginning of June… Essential Black Panther and Silver Surfer: Parable tomorrow after Batman: Knightfall Vol. 1 a couple of weeks ago and volume two at the end of the month.

Random Thought! Shorter edition this week as I find I have little to say about comics this week. It happens. Sorry.

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Random Joe Casey Question! How do you view your time on Cable now? Do you remember it fondly, with embarrassment over early work, or some other way?

Random Joe Casey Answer! I’m not that nostalgic a person, in general, so I don’t think much about it. Not to mention, it seems like a completely different person wrote that series. I thought I could take on the world then, but realizing how much I’ve learned about writing comicbooks since then — just by doing them consistently for the past 15 years — gives me no choice but to look back on CABLE with a slight degree of embarrassment. I think, if there’s anything I could look back on with both pride and relief, it’s the fact that Ladronn was the artist on the book when I got the gig. I’m so fucking grateful that my first major foray into mainstream comicbooks was on a book with a visionary artist that demanded attention from what I considered important segments of both the readership and the fan press. That immediately put me on a level that might’ve taken me a lot longer to get to, had I not worked with Ladronn right away. His skill level and his commitment to telling stories using the language of comicbooks gave me license to push myself and strive to do better work.

And I guess the fact that the character had a slightly negative connotation to him — that he was perceived as an example of the rampant vapidity of early 90’s superhero comics — gave me a chance to make a decent impression, because until James Robinson came on as the writer before me, no one expected CABLE to be a particularly good comicbook. They expected it to sell well, but that’s different from actually being good. And whether or not we succeeded in that is a completely subjective opinion, but I know we wanted it to be good. The interesting thing is that, as early 90’s comics nostalgia is back in a big, bad way, our take on Cable is probably as out of fashion now as it was back then.

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Random Comments! Sometimes, I can tell which of my Random Thoughts will get the most attention. Sometimes, I’m surprised. Last week, I wasn’t surprised… you cheap bastards.

Jesse said: I’ve thought about the movie and price thing before. I pretty much refuse to see a movie that’s less than 90 mins in theaters.

Yeah, why bother seeing any movies under 90 minutes in theatres. They all suck. Especially the ones by that Woody Allen guy… doesn’t he know that you can make movies that last longer? A lot of the time, apparently not…

Gavin Bell said: I’m the other way round – I won’t see anything over 3 hours, and in fact I’m of the opinion that almost no movie has an excuse to exceed 2 hours.

And, at the other ridiculous extreme… Arbitrary limitations or judgements are so goddamn stupid and will simply mean excluding a lot of great things for reasons that aren’t actually reasons.

Mecha-Shiva said: I think about price/length when it comes to DVDs of TV seasons. Like HBO used to want $70-80 for a season of Deadwood or the Sopranos, even though they were ~13 episode seasons, and you could get a network series of 20+ episodes for $35 or so at the time. Granted, the HBO shows went over 50 minutes an episode, while the network ones run in the low 40s, but you were still getting less content for a lot more money. Deadwood eventually got cheaper, but since the show just ended leaving me hanging, I never felt the urge to get around to buying the discs. Though I could go for an expletive-filled Ian McShane rant about now.

That argument presumes that all of the shows are equal in quality so quantity could be a determining factor when that’s clearly not the case.

Jeremy said: I know a lot of hardcore video game players question their purchases when they hear about the length of an average playthrough. I know, I know, quality > quantity, but $60 bucks for a game you can beat in a few hours, with little reason to replay it any time soon? That’s a big investment. We’re informerd consumers. We have so much entertainment choices out there, and at the end of the day its $3.99 for 20 pages of story you’ll breeze through in 5-10 minutes. Prices have gone up, actual content has gone down, and sales are lower then ever. I’m sure they don’t relate in any meaningful way, of course.

Raising the topic of ‘replay value’ is where this conversation becomes more interesting to me, because that doesn’t seem to come up as much with regards to comics. It’s not just that they cost X per issue, but what about the ability to reread? For me, that’s a big part of what I buy and sticking with certain things over others. Bendis’s Avengers books, for example, are something that I have an interest in beyond just that initial reading. It seems like so much emphasis is placed upon the short-term view.

T. said: I don’t know about the movie analogy, but as someone who reads a lot of Amazon reviews, I have seen plenty of reviews complain that although a nonfiction book was well-written, enjoyable, clearly written, or full of ideas, it was too few pages for the price.

Those people are morons. Disregard them as such.

Michael said: In terms of trades and prices being more expensive… I guess the feeling is that the “payment” for the convenience is not reading it when it comes out, rather than having an actual tangible value? If it costs more than the single issues /and/ it’s coming out 6 months after the last issue that’s in it shipped, it feels like being hit double. I suspect if the trade came out the same week that the last issue did, or a week or two later – within the same sort of timeframe – then people would be alright with paying a bit more.

Why does when it is released matter? I read Hellblazer in trades only and DC is good about releasing them at a regular interval. I never feel like I’m ‘behind,’ because the wait between trades is roughly the same every time. I’m disconnected from the serial releases. If DC were three years behind instead of roughly 6-9 months, it wouldn’t change my experience.

Joe H said: Also, comparing the price of movies to boxed-sets has really put a stop to buying individual movies for me. Why pay $20 for a dvd of one 90 minute movie when I can buy a 5-disk box set of a television show I enjoy just as much that has at least seven times the run-time for only a $30 or $40 price tag?

Because it’s a great movie that you will enjoy quite a bit and possibly watch many times over the years, eventually forgetting how much it cost because that money was spent long ago, leaving only the movie itself, something you are glad you have?

Rob said: I am surprised there was no comment about Battlescars #6. I was more excited about the debut of Phil Coulson in the regular MU rather than Samuel L Fury.

If you don’t even know your own legal birth name, I doubt your ability to be a superspy.

sandwich eater said: I wait for trades because they are cheaper. I expect them to cost a third to half the cost of the original issues.

What an odd expectation. That mystifies me.

Basara said: Probably the better TV series analogy to page count gripes would be the CN Adult swim series and some of the midnight anime that are 15 minutes long, with seasons 13 or episodes long (or 2 half-seasons). Some were even shorter (FLCL, for example). To me, the only show that has worked for me in that format has been Robot Chicken, and that’s because it’s skit/anthology, and stop-motion to boot (which, given an appreciation for how long SM takes, even with computer help, a season’s worth of 15-minute shows is actually something to applaud – let alone multiple seasons).

I rather enjoy Aqua Teen Hunger Force myself. It really made that 11-minute episode format its own and developed its approach and style accordingly. Frisky Dingo also used it to create a compelling large narrative that is fantastic to watch in one go.

AverageJoeEveryman said: I think the Austin one was a bit longer may be because there is just more to his story. He went from territories to WCW to ECW to WWF mid carder to Biggest star since 80?s Hogan. Whereas Rock went from playing football to developmental right to WWF.

That doesn’t really have anything to do with including a fourth disc of promo material, though.

Speaking of the recent WWE dvd’s I would greatly recommend the Blu Ray versions. I am in no way a tech snob or care greatly about how much clearer the Blu Rays are but well they are and also the extras on all of them are very nice. More matches and for instance on the Edge one there is a 5-10 minute long extra about the Edge and Christian with Comissioner Foley stuff which, granted, should have been on the main part of the doc but wasnt. But all of the new ones have been great: Edge, Rock, Austin, HBK vs Bret, even the Randy Orton one was way better than I would have thought.

From what I’ve read of the Blu Ray exclusive content, the WWE is doing a good job of putting stuff on there that’s very appealing (arguably ‘essential’ in the case of the Survivor Series Hart/Michaels match). I don’t have a Blu Ray player, so I don’t buy the Blu Rays.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for reading. Later.

24 Comments

Here’s a random thought from me — jealousy! Only mild jealousy though, because a local friend of mine whose writing career is finally starting to take off is going to an Oakland A’s game with none other than Stainless Steve Engleheart!

Tom Fitzpatrick

May 8, 2012 at 2:47 pm

No say on the AVENGERS movie say? Shocking, you seem to have a random thought about everything and about nothing too.

Getting through the second season of Justified. And damn, do I ever feel justified and vindicated by watching it!

As I said last week, I probably won’t see that for a couple of weeks because I don’t like crowds.

Bruce just get’s completely sidetracked after Bane wipes the floor with him in Batman 497. He’s like, “Oh, ok I’m going to put this guy I’ve known for like, a week who might be mentally messed up and been brainwashed since birth, in charge of the thing I’ve spent my entire life building. Meanwhile, I’m just going to go hang out in Justice League Task Force (WHA?!) and try to get some poon. After all, Robin’s looking out for him, what could go wrong?” Sure, it’s only way that Jean Paul gets away with Cabling-up the Bat costume, but it’s still a pretty bone-headed move on Bruce’s part.

About CBR’s reviews…. Yeah, the’re pretty bad. I hate to say it, because I’m sure people put good work into them, and it’s not across the board (I’ve found James Hunt’s recent reviews insightful on a fairly regular basis), but they really are not great. What particularly get’s my ire up is the totally meaninglessness of the star rating, as it’s completely subjective. Some random Thunderbolts issues get’s 5 stars. Ok, an enjoyable comic. But what’s it’s rating compared to Watchmen #12? Is it still a 5 star comic if they come out on the same week? Is Wonder Woman a 2 star comic becuase the reviewer doesn’t like the details of the story, while admitting that from a craft perspective it’s very well done? Honestly, at this point I read them more for a slightly longer plot synopsis than anything else.

I’m a huge fan of Joe Casey, but I’ll be honest, I didn’t run out to grab his Cable run until I found out about Ladronn. Neato answer this week.

A D fan eh? What did you think of the Pick of Destiny?
Also, Funny or Die did a bit with the D and Danny McBride: http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/e4e18fc372/the-roadie-with-danny-mcbride?playlist=featured_videos

Travis Pelkie

May 8, 2012 at 4:43 pm

OK, now it’s just not putting me in the comments on purpose, because I KNOW I said stuff that you could have ripped apart like what you did with everyone else.

(crying self to sleep)

In potato chip flavor news (or flavour, since you’re a subject of the crown), I’ve recently gotten a couple of different flavors. Lay’s has a BLT flavor that’s decent, and Herr’s (a more regional brand, I think) has a Classic American Hot Dog flavor. It’s pretty tasty, like when I have a hot dog with ketchup and mustard, and mix the 2 on the dog with some chips. Mmm. America and wacky chip flavors. That’s what freedom’s all about, baby!

Yeah, what a dick Batman is, for being concerned about his own broken back more than how his replacement is doing!

Seriously, though, I remember that being a thing. Like you said a few weeks back about the in story logic of other characters not showing up different places, etc. It didn’t make sense to not have Dick take over, or to not ask the Justice League to help out in Gotham for awhile. Nah, I’ll make this new unstable guy the new Batman. That’ll end well! Stupid Bruce. He IS self absorbed!

I honestly loved Casey’s Cable. I actually wasn’t a fan of Ladronn’s art at first but over time I really loved it, Plus Cable being based out of Baltimore was great (being from Baltimore).

As for Frisky Dingo, I still can’t believe how they manage to do what they did with those 10 min. I still miss that show.

” No doubt Hughie’s tendency to mope and turn inwards is a source of frustration to many readers, all used to comic heroes who learn from experience and develop into fully-rounded characters ready to handle anything. In my experience this is like no one who’s ever existed in real life; even the most capable people either maintain or eventually return to their essential flaws. I doubt any twenty-something lad unused to trauma and violence could simply absorb it straightaway, and if he did become hardened or inured it would be as a different, less sensitive person. In other words, Hughie’s bizarre triumph is that he remains Hughie. ”

And this is why 99% of comic book writers can only wish they were Garth Ennis.

Brian Cronin

May 8, 2012 at 9:58 pm

And this is why 99% of comic book writers can only wish they were Garth Ennis.

Pretty much. Ennis has such a keen ear (eye? what’s the correct word here?) for characterization. He’s awesome.

I rely on Random Thoughts for all my BNL news.

You are missing something in the length-versus-cost issue, best shown by your response to the comment about Amazon reviews.

People with a hard line that they won’t cross are probably a minority, until you take it to extremes. (You might not draw the movie line at 90 minutes, but what about 60? 40? 15? Would you pay $20 to watch an amazing 5 minute film in a theater? Or take a book. Would you pay $50 for a 100 page story? $100? $500? $50,000? You might say it is absurd to take it to extremes, but if there is a point where you say “No, that is too much”, then you’ve established that you do have a line you won’t cross, and the rest is just a matter of personal scales. You line might be $50,000, and another person’s line might be $15.) Most people are going to work some degree of perceived worth into the equation, though they may still say something like “It was too short for its price”.

That’s how you get things like the Amazon reviews. For example, a technical book might be really good, but still be priced above its perceived worth, in a manner shown by length. “That is a really good book, but $30 for 100 pages of business advice is just too steep. That is a $15 book at best.”

And this plays into comics in a similar fashion. Comics tend to have a certain density, or lack thereof, in content. People use those expectations as their guides to value versus length.

And people are…flexible… Sometimes people honestly need to set hard lines that they won’t cross, else they continually drift into situations that they don’t like. (Look at auctions as an example. People will say “That is worth X”, but when the bidding war starts, they often end up willing to go beyond “X”. )

And, of course, when there is an abundance of options, there is less reason to not have arbitrary restrictions. If you watch two theater movies per year (for financial reasons, time, or whatever), and there are 50 serious options every year, then you have less reason to not say “Nah. That gets good reviews, but I want some more length. 80 minutes just isn’t enough.”

I think length v cost issue only really matters when you get to the real extreme – for instance Chris Cunningham’s short film Rubber Johnny is on DVD, and it’s a really nice package, the film is great and I do want it, but I can’t bring myself to pay £12 for a 7 minute film. I am aware that it does come with a decent sized booklet and stuff, and it is meant more of a collectors item, but it’s one of the few casses that draws the line for me.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rubber-Johnny-Chris-Cunningham-DVD/dp/B0009B0H1C/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1336562469&sr=8-1

Oh, and the guy who says he won’t go and see a film that’s shorter than 90 min? He’s an idiot. Does he look at it like carrots in a supermarket? “Wow, Transformers 3 is only £4/hour, compared to The Artist’s £5/hour! That’s a good deal right there, thatis! It pays to shop around! It’s all just lights and sounds, right?” Idiot.

Rusty Priske

May 9, 2012 at 5:43 am

Short books should cost less than big books. Part of the cost in maufacturing, so it just makes sense.

“That argument presumes that all of the shows are equal in quality so quantity could be a determining factor when that’s clearly not the case.”

That presumes I expect to pay more based on assumed quality. Movie theaters charge the same for oscar contenders as they do for Twilight. There is some variation in comic prices, but it’s not based on quality. Scott Snyder’s Batman costs the same as Tony Daniel’s Detective Comics. Albums/sons by your-favorite-band cost basically the same as those by your-least-favorite-band.

I feel like all this AvX stuff is leading to a plot twist, and not a good one. Unless it ends up finally getting rid of the phoenix force for good. Which wouldn’t be a bad thing.

C. W. —

There is nothing wrong with reviewing a comic from an informed perspective — that’s what separates legitimate criticism from mindless reviewing — what makes a Roger Ebert different from the guy whose blurbs get posted on movie ads.

Kelly’s review of WW #7 (your example) was given two stars because she came at it from her perspective as a feminist and long-time reader of the character. Kelly was up front about it, and gave Azzarello and Chiang full credit for their skill and artistry. Where she disagreed with them was in plot and character development, and spent most of her critique — something superior to a review — in how she thought those developments were illogical and detrimental. And BECAUSE she had more to say on the subject than the limited space permitted, we got the She Has No Head column that “broke the Internet”.

I don’t think David Brothers was complaining about her critique at all; from reading his post, he would have no problem with it, especially the longer piece that did describe how she felt about Chiang’s artwork of the raid leading to the rape and murder of those sailors.

Seems that someone mis-quoted me and missed the point of my comment.

Here’s the half left out:
“There’s no set-in-stone rules for page-per-dollar for me, but it depends on the quality of whomever is working on it. I’d pay $20 for a 50-page Moebius book. I’d laugh at the idea of paying $20 for a 50-page book from someone like Jim Lee.”

So, yeah, I have no set rule about my spending of length vs budget. But this gets singled out:

“Also, comparing the price of movies to boxed-sets has really put a stop to buying individual movies for me. Why pay $20 for a dvd of one 90 minute movie when I can buy a 5-disk box set of a television show I enjoy just as much that has at least seven times the run-time for only a $30 or $40 price tag?”

And it seems the “I enjoy just as much” part got ignored here. My point was there is a LARGE selection of movies and comics coming out these days. If I see two things that I believe are of equal quality, I’m going to go for the one that gets me the most quantity for the better value. When coupling this with my first point that was left out, this implies if I enjoyed the movie MORE then I’d pick the movie.

I’m not sure how much I need to explain myself before I’m beating a dead horse, because apparently the first time wasn’t enough.

Travis Pelkie

May 9, 2012 at 6:17 pm

After reading here about the Hulk Smash Avengers issue by Casey, I picked up 1 and 2 of that series today (I think 1 was delayed from last week, as many books were, in my area due to an accident involving a Diamonds truck — no one around here ended up getting the 2000 AD FCBD ish, so I’m missing that). I preferred the Casey issue, certainly, but both were entertaining, so I’m glad you mentioned it.

So I was in another comics store in my area, and a dad and a couple sons were in, and the 13 year old was interested in getting into Marvel stuff. The shopkeeper recommended the Avengers vs XMen 1, and I pointed out Hulk Smash Avengers 1 (they didn’t seem to have 2) and Avenging Spider-Man 7. So I sure hope that Spidey book is appropriate for a 13 year old….

Travis Pelkie

May 9, 2012 at 7:42 pm

As to the Brothers comments, it seems to me that while he’s correct about the formulaic approach to the CBR reviews, he’s missing that one big reason people are looking at them are to see if they should buy a book that’s on the stands right now. A more considered look at the art of the book can perhaps wait, but we want to know if the story is worth getting.

As someone above said, the star ratings are a bit goofy at times as well. I thought Kelly has been best at it (I haven’t looked at CBR reviews much in awhile, though).

CBR reviews need to be done right away, and I don’t think that’s a great approach for a thoughtful look at the art of a comic. Besides, I believe that if the art is egregiously bad or stunningly good, it does get mentioned. In theory, if comics art is doing it’s job, you should not notice it because it is doing the storytelling, and perhaps some reviewers inadvertently attribute to the writer a thing that the artist really did.

I think when Burgas reviewed all the new DC 52 #1’s, he did a nice job on them, and brought up some interesting points about the art (Batwing and Catwoman are 2 that come to mind) that I don’t know that he would have come up with if he hadn’t spent a fair amount of time reading and digesting all the books.

I also think he’s doing a nice job pointing out things in art in the “Frantic” columns.

Am I kissing CSBG ass? Maybe a little. But I come back here because you guys is smart and stuff. Plus I can feel smart sometimes too.

Except on RT. Chad am mean.

@Becca

I don’t have a problem with a writer reviewing a work from unique perspective, although in this particular case I think it’s a bit divorced from a perspective of the work as a whole, as it hasn’t been completed yet. My point, which really has nothing to do with the content of the review I used as an example, is that the “star system” lacks context, is arbitrary and often doesn’t reflect the content of the review. I could have picked any number of reviews that got one or zero stars about comics that had been competently made but the reviewer disliked some story development.

Yeah, I didn’t say there are no good 3 hour movies, but if you pick any 3 hour movie at random, how likely is it you’ll have picked one that couldn’t benefit from a bit of editing?

AverageJoeEveryman

May 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm

I loved the Casey/Ladronn Cable issues and wish they would be collected (which thay havent unless Im missing something). My favorite part may have been one little throw away panel that was just showing Cable’s foot as he was running and there was an info box where either Casey or the editor commented about how random the panel was.

While reviewers could probably do a better job examining art and viewing the artist as a part of the creation I think that the way that the guy you linked to suggests flipping it is worse than status quo. Yes comics are a visual medium, but they are primarily a storytelling medium. Great art has a huge part to play in telling that story, but an incredible artist can only do so much with a bad story. Making reviews primarily about the art is like making a movie review primarily about cinematrography, effects, costume design, etc. Those elements shouldn’t be ignored, but they should take a back seat to characters and plot. Looking at movie reviews as a standard, comics reviewers are much better at looking at those elements, though a lot of the “acting” is the job of a good artist and should be commented on, the focus needs to be on how that builds the story.

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