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Omar Karindu

Subj: Word. Both the characters and writers are simply going through the motions
Posted: Tue Dec 11, 2007 at 07:56:57 pm EST (Viewed 1 times)
Reply Subj: When point D is in the title, how interesting can points A through C really be? [SPOILERS]
Posted: Sun Dec 09, 2007 at 12:55:39 pm EST (Viewed 2 times)

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> what's everyone's opinion on the current Ra's storyline? i was really looking forward to it but it's not really done anything for me yet, was curious what everyone else thought.

It's been a fairly dull story so far, to be honest, with what should be big bombshells (The Sensei is Ra's' father? Ra's can return from death in spirit form?) being dropped in perfunctory fashion, so that neither the characters nor the reader can take a deep breath and gape in wonder or surprise. It's too rapidly-paced and has too many writers handing back and forth to properly pace and execute those sorts of epic revelations, and too supernaturally-tinged and pseudo-epical to be a martial arts extravaganza of the Chuck Dixon sort. And it's trying to be both at once.

Put briefly, this is a story in which a massive three-way battle in an eternal, mystical hidden land next to the fountain of youth comes off as three guys sparring next to a pond in front of some generic monks. Zombie Ra's ought to be spookier and his possessions subtler, the Sensei ought to have been more creepily wizened and deceptively powerful, and Nanda Parbat more breathtaking; or alternately, the mysticism and quest aspects ought to have been removed in favor of a madcap chase through a more conventional sort of pulp world.

- Omar Karindu

"A Renoir. I have three, myself. I had four, but ordered one burned...It displeased me." -- Doctor Doom

"It's not, 'Oh, they killed Sue Dibney and I always loved that character,' it's 'Oh, they broke a story engine that could have told a thousand stories in order to publish a single 'important' one.'" -- John Seavey

There are no cunning twists, no real dangers, nothing all that compelling overall that grabs ya.

Talia hires three has-beens to save her son instead of someone actually skilled, Ras throws non descript ninjas to retrieve Damien and instead of choosing between Tim or Damien, Batman proposes an alternative so obvious that the Sensei saw it coming, and utilizes a plot devise pulled out of nowhere (I bet Vic Sage woulda loved to have used that Fountain of Life).

I always got the impression that the first Ras vs. League war that this one mimics, there was actual at least the impression of danger. Here...everyone seems settled into the story's conclusion before it's actually done.

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