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Wednesday, October 08, 2003

 
Getting it Wrong -- You know me, I hate to disagree with anybody, but Scott Tipton gets it all wrong in this week's Comics 101 at Movie Poop Shoot. He says critics are being elitist when they pan JLA/Avengers for centering around a set of 12 objects all with historical significance to the Marvel and DC universes.

I agree with Scott that utilizing a book's history to tell a compelling story can, indeed, generate interest in the backstory for new readers. Where his thesis falls apart is in using this theory to defend the rote, banal storytelling on display in JLA/A #1. It's not the fact that The Wand of Watoomb is unknown to new readers that makes it a bad comic, it's the total and complete lack of genuine drama and storytelling that earned my disinterest and passive contempt.

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