Wednesday, September 13, 2006

One-Liner Of The Day

Weigh in, dear readers, on the question posed below. I know my answer: I'm interested in yours.

Grant Morrison: multifaceted rare talent or overrated smoke-and-mirror artist?

YOU make the call!


Anonymous Vincent J. Murphy said...


11:57 AM  
Anonymous Nick G said...

-Seven Soldiers
-All Star Superman (though not the last issue so much)

-Current Batman run
-Arkham Asylum

Eh I think he walks a fine line between a good & overrated. It seems a bit of a cop out answer but, there it is.

12:44 PM  
Blogger MD said...

I vote talented. I think he's one of the rare writers out there willing to try anything and everything, and I admire him for that. I think the industry needs more like him.

1:13 PM  
Blogger googum said...

Definitely talented, although that doesn't always guarantee brilliance. Or coherence. Sometimes he tries something that doesn't work, just like everyone else.

1:55 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

Yeah, I'm in MD's camp on this one. Even his failures are usually interesting.

2:02 PM  
Blogger kelvingreen said...

How about overrated multifaceted rare talent?

2:53 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

How about a multi-faceted smoke-and-mirror artist? He's got talent. No question. But sometimes, I think even he doesn't truly know what he is talking about.

3:49 PM  
Blogger CalvinPitt said...

I'll say smoke and mirrors.

But it's damn fine smoke.

And really nice mirrors.

Especially the ones on the ceiling. . .

4:18 PM  
Blogger redlib said...

That shiny bald dome of his is talented. Like everyone else here, sometimes he doesn't connect with me.

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Mallet said...

I vote Talented but not brilliant.

He's been hit or miss with me but alway in an enjoyable fashion.

I've never read one of his books and put it down in disgust.

Thats actually pretty high praise.

8:09 PM  
Anonymous carla said...

Man, I gotta go with both 'cause I know he knows more than I do and that frightens me.

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hes got balls, i'll give him that much. some of his stuff is good, but i mean, whats the huge fuss over EVERYTHING? chill out, read some brubaker/...

1:24 AM  
Blogger Randy said...

Option 2. Sure he does different things, but I like to have a clue to what I'm reading. Makes it more enjoyable.

3:28 AM  
Blogger joncormier said...

Hmmm, I would have to lean more towards the talented part of the equation. I think a lot of the smoke and mirrors critique comes from the fact that he's one of few "mainstream superhero" comic book writers who throws out as many ideas as he can to see what works then moves off to do something else totally stripped down yet equally full of ideas.

I like my comics to be meaty affairs chalk full of ideas that make me go "damn, that's so obvious and clever." Now, obviously not everything will be a slam dunk but he's the one writer who I've been constantly impressed by since I came back to comics a bit over a year ago.

We're a community who celebrates hyperbole and want to add our own four colored two fisted contribution to comic criticism or whatever. But I find that Morrison tends to surpass a lot of the hype that is there, by simply writing interesting and enjoyable stories.

Comics is always, only and ever be a smoke and mirrors show, so being a talented smoke and mirrors show guy isn't exactly a criticism. Still, not everything is for everyone.

6:10 AM  
Blogger Captain Qwert Jr said...

Grant Morrison is a talented writer, who unfortunately is a victim of the fact that Editors don't edit things anymore.

Even Dickens needed an editor.

9:37 PM  
Blogger inkdestroyedmybrush said...

three words for ya:
"flex fucking mentallo"

thank you.

10:19 PM  

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