Thursday, July 07, 2005

Blogging Riddle

Q: What do you call someone who thinks Loeb, Rucka, and Johns are great superhero writers but doesn't like Morrison or Kirby?

A: An idiot.

14 Love Letters:

Blogger Kevin Church said...

Next time I see you, I may kiss you.

With tongue.

But I ain't gay or anything. Got it?

11:10 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoyed this riddle.

11:28 PM

Blogger Mr. Rice said...

I am like a Sphinx, except my nose isn't falling off.

11:36 PM

Blogger Chris said...

BASTARD! I told you that in private!

2:30 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't that pretty much every online comics "fan?"

1:06 PM

Blogger Mr. Rice said...

No, just the especially dumb ones. Unless you go to a message board, in which case you get what you deserve.

1:08 PM

Blogger Mr. Rice said...

Even our precious blogworld is not safe from tasteless buffoons high on hack watchmen crack.

8:41 PM

Blogger Mr. Rice said...

Rucka lost all credit to me with his dull-as-dishwashing Gotham Central arcs.

And "a firm grasp of continuity" is about an important quality in a good writer as "hair doesn't light on fire."

Talented men, no doubt. Nice, I'm certain. Track record of good comics? Not a chance.

9:01 AM

Blogger Eliot said...

I'll defend "Half a Life" to you 'til the day I die, Joe. That was a good, moving story. The rest of Rucka's arcs? Yeah, they get a big "eh," but "Half a Life" is still my favorite Gotham Cental arc.

And his Queen & Country stuff is really good, too. It's hard to imagine it's the same guy that writes the drek that he does for DC, but, trust me, Queen & Country is good. Whiteout's a nice little book, too.

Basically, Rucka and Winick wrote good things for Oni and then DC made them suck.

Despite that quasi-defense of Rucka, it boggles my mind that anyone could think he's better than Morrison or Kirby.

12:44 PM

Blogger Mr. Rice said...

Half-A-Life was, I guess, an interesting study about a woman coming out of the closet. Unfortunately, it ran in a police procedural book featuring (usually) a full cast of characters. If the title was "Renee Montoya's Life and Some of her Friends," I'd have no problem with it. I probably wouldn't read it, but it wouldn't have irked me.

1:09 PM

Blogger Mr. Rice said...

Brad is right. I 100% don't believe that "continuity" is something a comic writer needs to know and love. I think it's a bullshit belief that's been shoved down readers' throats since the 80s or so, which is coincidentally when Roy Thomas started "Continuity As Story" crap that Geoff Johns so lovingly fellates in every fucking book he writes.

It doesn't make me smile. It makes me want to piss on the damn comics.

FUCK continuity. If I gave a shit about minutae of what each character did at each moment, well, I'd probably chop my dick off and eat it.

10:14 PM

Blogger Eliot said...

Well as much as I hate to disagree with a guy who just said "Fuck Continuity" 'cause I whole-heartedly agree with that, I still think that "Half a Life" works, even within the confines of Gotham Central.

At this point, Rucka hasn't gone on to write every single one of his arcs about her, so I say it's okay for once. Further, it does feature a interesting, character driven cop story with a Gotham twist (and THAT, to me, is what Gotham Central should be) in there too (one that Cris is also heavily featured in).

Basically what I'm say is that it was okay to focus on Renee for a few issues (what...four or five?), especially when it's not quite a full focus and when it's such a great story. Do it more than once? Then we have a problem (i.e. every other Rucka arc).

5:25 PM

Blogger Mr. Rice said...

I'd have forgiven everything if, at any point, he gave me ONE reason to give a shit other than "YOU NEED TO GIVE A SHIT!!!!"

2:18 AM

Blogger Eliot said...

Maybe I just related to the story, then--The whole "forbidden relationship" idea. I guess that's what got me.

7:03 AM


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