This is a fanboy post, but I needed to get it off my chest:
Simon Jones on the Icarus Comics blog posted news last week that a manga-ka who passed away may have committed suicide after reading a harsh review of his work online. [Edit: Simon pops up in the comments to remind me and you that this is just a rumour, and an unverifiable one at that, and that this is just a sad state of affairs all around. I agree with him...]
It made me stop to think about the sorts of things I’ve posted and the reactions to them. I just realized that I didn’t name names in my last post regarding who the most awful perpetrators of terrible graphic novels are… I’m not worried about them offing themselves or anything, it’s just because it’s all very obvious. I mean, do you need me to point-and-scream, Invasion of the Body-Snatchers style, every time some lifeless “inspired by the hit film!” piece of tripe hits the stands of your local comic book store? The problem is not the individual books so much as the thinking… or rather thoughtlessness… behind them.
That said, I just read the new Amazing Spider-Man, #552, and it’s awful. That’s no surprise, I read about 20 comics this week and half of them were pretty bad, but this one is written by Bob Gale, who wrote Back to the Future. Why is that important? Other than the failure of the writer on this one, there’s the failure of the editor as well for hiring him… This is the same Bob Gale who wrote Daredevil #19-25 (current series). A story-arc so mediocre that they didn’t even bother to collect it in trade paperback, and considering Marvel was collecting nearly everything at that point, including every Daredevil story, that’s saying a lot. Maybe the creative abortion that was DC’s 52 inspired editor on both projects Steve Wacker to plug-and-pay his writers on the new Amazing Spider-Man like he did with the artists on 52 (and let’s not forget, that story was _so_well_written_ that it necessitated a four-issue mini-series to explain what happened between the 50th and 51st issues, AND a six-issue mini-series afterwards to explain what happened to the bad guys of the whole series), but it didn’t work Steve. This was bad superhero comics, and this is speaking as someone who’s enjoyed AND promoted the new series in store. What made you think this was a good idea? Was it the fact that Gale hasn’t written comics since 2001, the year of his Dardevil run that Marvel have never reprinted?
I thought this was your flagship book?