Monday, September 11, 2006

One-Liner Week!

Because I'm tired and busy this week, the posts this week will consist of one thought, question, or comment on something. Feel free to comment or answer or respond with thoughts of your own.

Today's one-liner:

Why on Earth does JMS get to keep writing Marvel comics, when he clearly can't tell a story without getting wrapped up in his pet themes (get over it, people --- no matter how many of his comics you buy, he's never going back to Babylon 5)?

14 Comments:

Blogger CalvinPitt said...

Why?

Because Babylon 5 fans are a powerful lobby.

Seriously, though, why?

Because Bendis and Millar are only two men, damnit! They can't ruin all of Marvel's core characters and concepts by themselves!

5:37 PM  
Blogger The Fortress Keeper said...

Not only does he get to write comics, but Marvel's FLAGSHIP comics.

What seemed like a perfectly good idea a few years back has gone horribly awry.

5:37 PM  
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10:09 PM  
Blogger inkdestroyedmybrush said...

yeah, well interesting that the babylon 5 lobby wasn't even close to powerful enough to keep it on the air for the full 5 seasons, and then wasn't enough to keep crusade on either.

Which goes to show you that its not the size of the audience, but how TV counts them.

But, yes, back to JMS. Love him to death, but there are certain themes that some writers simply can't leave alone. What you gonna do? i'm basically ignoring the marvel universe right now. seems the safest thing to do.

1:47 AM  
Anonymous Mark Engblom said...

And the crowd cheers!

Thanks for saying it, Chris! I've often wondered what it is about JMS that gets him so many choice assignments. Could Marvel still be all "starry-eyed" that they've got "that guy from Babylon 5" writing their comics? From the "Gwen Goblin" abomination, to the spider-totem nonsense, to his Supreme Power and Dr. Strange snooze-fests, he consistantly demonstrates both a cluelessness and contempt for the characters he's writing.

Worse yet, Marvel's hinting that JMS is slated to take over the new take on Thor. Which, of course, means stories featuring "hammer totems" and Sif sleeping with Loki.

3:15 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay! Even less posting on 2GBC. Note to self: get a life.

Anyway anyone actually caring about anything JMS is doing needs help, serious help. Anyone that thinks Spider-man might be worth reading with a different writer needs serious help.
Even Peter David struggles.

5:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yay! Even less posting on 2GBC. Note to self: get a life.

Anyway anyone actually caring about anything JMS is doing needs help, serious help. Anyone that thinks Spider-man might be worth reading with a different writer needs serious help.
Even Peter David struggles.

6:01 AM  
Blogger googum said...

It's the name, the lift of having a TV guy on these books. Now, if one of the guys from Lost or...some other popular piece of nonsense wanted it, and could maintain a semblance of a schedule, JMS could find himself politely shown the door.

JMS would probably be in better shape if he hadn't stumbled himself into two of the most hated stories since the clone days. Some of the character stuff, Pete finally coming clean to Aunt May, that seemed to be going all right. If that was JMS. Seriously, the bad stuff just blocks the good right out of my head.

6:43 AM  
Blogger googum said...

It's the name, the lift of having a TV guy on these books. Now, if one of the guys from Lost or...some other popular piece of nonsense wanted it, and could maintain a semblance of a schedule, JMS could find himself politely shown the door.

JMS would probably be in better shape if he hadn't stumbled himself into two of the most hated stories since the clone days. Some of the character stuff, Pete finally coming clean to Aunt May, that seemed to be going all right. If that was JMS. Seriously, the bad stuff just blocks the good right out of my head.

6:43 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

Calvin: That won't stop them from trying!

Keeper: Yeah, it's the fact that he gets handed Spidey, the FF, etc. that really makes me wonder.

Mackeydoodle: You're absolutely right; I do think it's weird.

Ink: Would that I could ignore Marvel, but I'm a moron. Plus, it's good blogfodder.

Mark: JMS on Thor? I will now light myself on fire.

Anon: I care about what JMS is doing when he's making my entertainment outlet of choice suck.

Googum: Let's not forget the nonsense that was The Other!

8:01 AM  
Blogger SallyP said...

Any chance of Superboy Prime stumbling over from DC and just
punching that whole Gwen/Norman
horrorfest out of continuity?
Urrrghhh.

8:27 AM  
Blogger Evan Waters said...

Revisiting themes is something many writers do. You might as well make the same complaint about David Cronenberg.

11:46 AM  
Anonymous carla said...

Because Joe Quesada is a huge fanboy nerd and wanted to guest star as a Ranger when B5 came back?

6:54 PM  
Blogger kelvingreen said...

Yes, but Marvel haven't hired Croneenberg to write a Fantastic Four arc in which Sue pushes a televsision set through Reed's eyesocket.

I also think that JMS did some great things with Spidey's supporting cast (May finding out was a masterstroke, and I dread Marvel's inevitable hamfisted retcon of it), but the main plots have been wobbly at best.

3:26 PM  

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