- Posted by Johanna on May 10, 2007 at 7:13 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
As soon as [reboots] become an annual process, they’re meaningless — not only do they stop being epic stories in their own right, but they completely invalidate any attempt at dramatic tension in every single story that you publish [...]
As if that wasn’t bad enough, the rest of the issue is, for me, the worst tendencies of recent DC, but moreso. It’s full of continuity porn and characters that appear without introduction and act without explanation. A character gets killed, and I have no idea who she is, how she got there, and why I should really care… As a first issue, it’s pretty much a failure, because no one unfamiliar with the characters could really follow just what’s going on, and more worryingly, nothing that’s happening is interesting enough to intrigue those unfamiliar into sticking around to find out.
More in the link, including a little more optimism near the end.
Update: BeaucoupKevin has a small but good suggestion for improvement.
I understand that a lot of comics storytelling techniques (thought bubbles, etc) are being eschewed for screenplay-style writing, but isn’t necessarily a good thing, especially in a narrative universe featuring thousands of speaking parts. It’s OK to throw in a caption or an editor’s box; readers get them and, in fact, appreciate them a lot of the time.