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Subj: Re: Mark Millar and Steve McNiven CW Commentary in latest Wizard Magazine [SPOILERS]
Posted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 at 02:34:07 pm EDT
Reply Subj: Mark Millar and Steve McNiven CW Commentary in latest Wizard Magazine [SPOILERS]
Posted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 at 05:42:28 pm EDT
> ( Of course, this IS Wizard, so they do know their audience. Which is no longer me, since the only part of Wizard that I really cared about-- the TPB reviews-- has been cut out, replaced with a mere laundry list of graphic novel solicitations But that's neither here nor there ).
I agree, when Wizard removed the grades, the TPB section became completely useless and really shows the lack of spine at Wizard to do anything that might offend a creator or someone at DC or Marvel.
Now on to the Civil War article stuff.
1) You really get the sense that neither Millar nor McNiven know much of anything about Marvel history over the past 20-30 years. Millar freely admits it by saying he is unfamiliar with Marvel after Stan Lee stopped writing. McNiven doesn't know who the "pumpkin-headed" guy is. I've never read Spider-man, but even I knew who Jack O'Lantern was. It's less egregious for the artist not to know characters or their backgrounds, but the writer??? And then he is give the keys to the whole universe?!?!?!?!
2) Millar states that he specifically didn't talk to other writers (only senior writers and editors) and left it to Tom B to figure out minutiae like who was on what side?!?!?!?! Perhaps part of the reason for Iron Man's different portrayal in tie-ins is due to the writer of the main series being unavailable to other writers? I don't know how unusual or not that is for these big events, but it doesn't sound like having the main writer unavailable to tie-in writers is a good way to promote continuity.
3) Overall, it just reenforced my general view of CW. Millar had some big, cool ideas or "moments" (hero vs. hero, Spidey unmasked, Punisher kills Super-villains, etc.) but without the characterization or the underlying understanding of character motivations to tie them together, it couldn't work well. The devil really is in the details.
Hopefully this isn't too much of a rant.