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The Real Lance Eason

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Subj: I like some of Millar's work and some I don't. As a consultant, I don't think he's a good choice. Here's why...
Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 at 12:22:00 am EDT (Viewed 244 times)
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Posted: Thu Sep 27, 2012 at 07:49:28 pm EDT (Viewed 308 times)

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The biggest problem I have with the work of his I don't like is his approach to continuity and the kind of irreverent approach to the characters (in some cases). I'm kind of a fan of irreverent humor (though I hate the term, so it's sort of making me cringe to use it), but it's not what I read comics for (or watch comic book films for). I like these characters, and since I grew up on them, I've formed a more sentimental attachment to them than, say, the characters from Pulp Fiction or Clerks or something I first consumed as an adult. If I someday miraculously outgrow this attachment, I won't be hoping to read clever deconstructions of the comic books I used to like;I'll just stop reading funny books.
In other words, I don't want to read stories about comic book super-heroes by cynical writers who think they're too cool for comic book super-heroes.
This probably sounds like I really hate Millar's work, despite my original statement to the contrary. I don't. I like the stuff that doesn't convey this attitude, and there is plenty of that. As a writer, I think you can leave that sort of thing at the door sometimes. As a consultant, maybe not so much. I basically think they need a fanboy (like Whedon) in that kind of role. Unless I'm reading him wrong (which is entirely possible), I don't think Millar is a full-on fanboy (despite working in the industry).
Then again, the characters I like best are mostly on the Marvel Studios roster, so they're not involved in this. Well, except the Surfer and Ol' Benjy. And Doom. And Galactus. And...



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