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Subj: Re: SI #3 - Why does the action in fighting not tell a story anymore? [SPOILERS]
Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 10:22:31 am EDT
Reply Subj: SI #3 - Why does the action in fighting not tell a story anymore? [SPOILERS]
Posted: Sat Jun 07, 2008 at 09:16:35 am EDT

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Am I the only one who is becoming increasingly irritated that fight sequences don't seem to be shown in a linear enough way to know..

who is fighting who
who is winning
what specific techniques/powers etc are causing the outcomes

it just looks like a mess with costumes a good chunk of the time.

The visual of fights used to have an ebb and flow that told you a lot about the personality of the combatants.

This issue and mighty/new avengers of the last year have been particularly egrigious offenders.

I know it is trying to depict the chaos of war but this isn't a documentary.

Clarity needs to be respected enough that the story is digestible.

This feels like a movie with over/poor use of the shoulder held camera technique.

Please explain why I am wrong or why you agree.

What an excellent topic! I completely agree and this has been happening more and more over the years. The new generation of pencilers don't seem to have the ability (or choose not to) depict "story telling" the way this medium really needs. There are two reasons for this from what I can tell:
First I think they are busy trying to be different with competition in the industry so high they feel forced to continue to push the envelope but I think in the end we the readers get the short end of the stick. There are some illustrators I see that have actually made me stop buying titles because I'd sit there saying "my god this is horrible how can they print this?" or "this fight scene is basically a mess."
Second I think there is an effort by the publishers to pander to a new generation of consumers where fast paced cut scenes are expected, because anything that resembles linear story telling is regarded as old fashioned or a bore. Think of the new action sequences in film these days the edits are so close together that you can't even see what is happening. All of these people could learn a thing or two by rereading some Kirby, Ditko, Kane and Adams classics!






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