- Posted by Johanna on December 10, 2005 at 11:28 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
Some guy at Hero Realm (Robert Taylor, who shares a name with my favorite old movie actor) has listed his Best Writers of 2005 .
First problem: he includes both Grant Morrison and Jeph Loeb (describing his Superman/Batman as “every fanboy’s dream come true”), which suggests two things to me:
- He reads only superhero books.* This doesn’t really surprise me, given the site’s name, and it’s ok that they have a more limited vision. I could quibble about accurate terminology — “Best Superhero (or Mainstream) Writers” would be more correct — but that’s probably an unspoken assumption for that site.
- His definition of good writing is so inclusive as to be useless to me. Jeph Loeb is a terrible writer and doesn’t belong anywhere near a “best of” list.
Then it gets even more amusing. Ron Marz makes the list with the praise “His revitalization of Witchblade took me by complete surprise, giving readers the most distinct and strong female character in the industry.” This makes me wonder if Taylor is insane, even if by “industry” he really means “superhero comics”.
What about the work Gail Simone has done with Black Canary, Oracle, and the Huntress? Or Greg Rucka’s Wonder Woman (even though I disagree with the plot direction, the character work is good)? Or that new girl Kate from the Young Avengers?
*He goes on to include Brian K. Vaughn in his list, citing Ex Machina and Y the Last Man among his credits, but these titles are close enough to superhero books as to not change the point.