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Subj: Re: Opinions on Sleepwalker?
Posted: Thu Sep 06, 2007 at 02:53:59 am EDT
Reply Subj: Opinions on Sleepwalker?
Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 at 07:07:46 pm EDT
> In case it's not obvious by now, I'm a big fan of Budiansky's original series. I've already stated my opinion on the subject, so I won't repeat it here, unless someone asks me to.
> But I was wondering what the opinions of other posters were. Did it get what it deserved? Did it suck eggs? Was it an excellent idea with bad execution? Was it a very good title that just flew under the radar? Was it unfairly tarred by the perception that it was supposed to be "Sandman done right"?
> Any and all opinions are welcome and encouraged.
Judging by the posts below, it would seem that I'm in the minority here -- but I really enjoyed Sleepwalker. It was actually the first and last comic book series I got a mail-in subscription to and I still have the complete series (along with the Holiday Special and Sleepwalker's later appearances by Kirkman in Epic #1 and Marvel Team-Up)
Aside from a very original concept, the book had a lot of characters I could sympathize with -- I thought Rick made a very interesting foil for Sleepwalker and gave an interesting twist to the traditional "secret identity" gimmick. Sleepwalker also had the tragic hero bit going for him (a lost ET trying to help people despite the fact that they were terrified of him -- kind of surprised nobody mentioned the word "mutant" to him though). Even Rick's dog Rambo made a good impression on me -- I loved the way he woke Rick up every morning.
To me the book started going downhill when they did the whole "invasion of the Sleepwalkers" storyline. Although the stories Budiansky told had a unique SF-fantasy feel to them, I think the book would have been better served if they focused more on the book's characters and their day-to-day problems. One of the more intriguing storylines had Sleepwalker develop an addiction to a certain type of light -- I would have liked to have seen his recovery explored in more detail. Rick and Alyssa's relationship could have been delved into more deeply (despite being attractive, Alyssa never really received a lot of character development). Budiansky also set Rick up with an interesting work/personal life -- Rick was on the basketball team, a tutor, a handyman, and an up-and-coming filmmaker. Any of these aspects of his life (and the complications and advantages Sleepwalker could have brought to them) could have been explored -- but never were.
Honestly, I think the character of Sleepwalker and his supporting cast has a lot of potential -- and could still make an excellent comic book for today. Considering that even Squirrel Girl is starting to get some respect and a growing fan base, I wouldn't discount the possibility of another Sleepwalker book.