Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Never Say Never

How is this a cover, who is
editing at Marvel that lets this
slip by. 
A few months ago, I said I had sworn off Grant Morrison.  It seems at the man has his fingers into everything, especially in the DC universe for the past 5-10 years.

My first foray was something that I actually enjoyed for the most part.  All Star Superman.  It just felt fun and light and had absolutely no bearing on continuity.  Then I picked up Batman and Robin and the first two volumes were not bad.  I saw his New X-Men at the library and picked it up and I am not sure what I liked worse, his writing or Frank Quietly's art.  How is it possible that these two also did All Star Superman.  I call shenanigans.  Morrison's goal must have been to completely destroy the x-men franchise.  Usually I see where he is going with his ideas and just think that he fails to execute.  Not with x-men, there was no redeamable factor.  Now this is based soley on volume 1.  I don't expect to read volume 2. 
Because I didn't hate the first two volumes of Batman and Robin, I thought I should pick up volume 3 and here comes Grant Morrison.  Volume three was disjointed and had to be studied to figure out exactly what was going on.  The gaps in that comic are so wide you could write entire TPBs to fill them in.  It is like the man writes a plot outline and then instead of writing the story just adds some dialogue to the outline.  I know some people like the fact that he allows them to fill in the blanks themselves, but I am not one of those people.  When I pay for a comic, I want the writer to have actually written a story.  I will start filling in the blanks when I start getting paid to do so.  On that note, I hate self checkouts.  The checker's pay is already added into the price of your products.  When you use self check out you should save money.  Hey, since Morrison is only writing half the story, shouldn't the comic be half price?
I can't swear the man off though.  He is just too omnipresent in DC comics.  For some reason that I am unable to fathom, he is very popular, but Leifeld was very popular in the 90s, so who knows. 
I also read We3 which was okay with really pretty art and lots of gaps.  Morrison kills a bunny in it though. 


Kal said...

Your comparison to Leifeld is a good one. I hate Grant Morrison worse than I hate Bendis. The contempt he has for comic book fans and the characters we love is evident in every page he writes. It's like he has the story in his head but only writes down half of the information we need to enjoy or even follow one of his story arcs. He's pathetic and will be the death of DC Comics. There are so many fun depictions of Batman out there that I find that any Bat-related comic with the touch of Morrison on it just doesn't get read around here anymore.

Budd said...

I am telling you Cal, he does a plot outline and then just inserts dialogue. Once I started thinking of it like that, it has to be what he is doing. It is the only thing that makes sense.

The Angry Lurker said...

Never really liked him.

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And John Byrne had the 80s. And the cycle goes on and on and ...

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StuartOhQueue said...

I've been reading "Astonishing X-Men" a bit lately. Started off strong but I don't know hoe well it's going to hold up.