- Posted by Johanna on April 4, 2008 at 8:32 am
- Category: LinkBlogging
Over at the Newsrama Blog (link no longer available), Graeme asks why The Brave and the Bold (scroll down) is doing so poorly.
That’s a good question. The comic lets two of the best superhero creators of the modern age, writer Mark Waid and artist George Pérez, use the biggest name and most fan favorite characters in a universe-spanning, anything-can-happen sprawl. Why is the book dying?
The commenters answer. I’ve had problems in the past with some of the idiotic things some people there say, but this time, I thought several of the responses were right on and insightful. I particularly want to call attention to this, #11:
B&B appeals to intelligent readers who appreciate the history of DC’s universe and the caring attention Waid and Perez give to the characters they use in their stories. Such readers have by and large stopped reading DC comics, since the bulk of the DCU is now run by overgrown fanboys with dismemberment fetishes.
That sums up my opinion. Being of a certain age, I was also stunned by the idea that Pérez’s art makes people’s eyes glaze over, but you know, I think that’s probably right. It’s baroquely ornate, and that can be off-putting to those more used to the simplicity of manga or the animated style or other pared down design approaches. I also agree with those who say that more plot resolution and stronger story through-line would have been appreciated.