Undisciplined Stuff

JLA #1, that is.

Why I feel the need to comment on it, I’ll never understand.

I liked Identity Crisis, as a decently-constructed story.  Which had its flaws, sure — big ones, even! — but even so.  This thing, though…

What’s annoying are the parts that work, because they distract — powerfully — from the much greater number of things that don’t.  It’s kind of frustrating, really.  Conclusion:  if there was a course in comic-book university called “Captioning 101:  Juxtaposing Scene And Dialogue”, JLA #1 would be on the syllabus for both good and bad reasons.

I can only conclude that JLA #0 was a rush job, but that the rush took away necessary time from JLA #1 regardless.  I think I’d read more of this story, possibly.  But, those goddamn captions, when they’re bad, they’re SO BAD…!  Gah.  You want Novocaine for ’em.

However, unlike JLA #0 (stupid, pointless numbering!), it was readable.  Occasionally cringeworthy.  But readable nonetheless.  So I find I must retract some of my stronger objections to Brad Meltzer’s writing.

Okay.  Now I’ll give this a good, long rest.


One response to “Undisciplined Stuff

  1. My take on Meltzer. (I finally did read Identity Crisis; got it out of the library. And I’ve been getting his JLA since #0.)

    When I read a mystery novel, from a series, it’s usually not because I want to know whodunit. Sometimes this is of interest, but just as often it isn’t. The attraction of the story, to me, is that I get to watch the detective do what he does. Whether it’s Poirot and his little grey cells or Holmes not suffering fools or Spenser and his wisecracks or Wolfe and Archie and their constant battle of wills, it’s the characters that are the main attraction.

    Similarly with Meltzer. His first JLA story went way too long; a story like that (and it’s a perfectly good premise) wouldn’t have taken between-six-and-eight issues when I first started reading comics; it might even have been a done-in-one. The captions don’t bother me, but I can see how they could be annoying to others. And I won’t argue with those who have problems with the characterizations.

    But one thing Meltzer does right is that he captures superhero camaraderie as well as I can imagine it being captured, and that’s exactly the kind of thing I like to read. (Best line of the whole series so far: “I’m borrowing this.”) I’ll forgive a lot if I can keep watching these characters hang out together.

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