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Hatman

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Upper_Krust

Subj: Re: To JMS its almost as if action is a dirty word...
Posted: Fri May 22, 2009 at 04:24:32 pm EDT (Viewed 68 times)
Reply Subj: To JMS its almost as if action is a dirty word...
Posted: Fri May 22, 2009 at 12:55:26 pm EDT (Viewed 20 times)



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    Howdy seeker! \:\-\)



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      I disagree with the claim that Thor is exclusively an action comic.



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    Never said it was exclusively an action comic, but I will say it should be primarily an action comic and anyone who doesn't see that, doesn't understand the character (IMHO)...which is probably why Thor has really taken a back seat in his own title of late.


But even when Thor isn't front and center, everything is still revolving around him. When do Loki and Balder actually talk about anything not directly related to Thor? And anyway, I love seeing the supporting cast being developed; the best stories are the ones where the supporting cast is just as interesting as the title character.

I think the "lack of action" might not be so bad if Thor was coming out regularly. I don't need a fight scene in every comic I read when I'm getting great character development, but for those craving the action it doesn't help that there are usually months between issues. When you read the run in one sitting there is fights every couple of issues (Thor vs Iron Man, Balder vs Frost Giants, Odin vs Surtur, Thor & Odin vs Surtur, Thor vs Destroyer, Thor vs Bor, etc).
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        Under some writers it is, but to just label it as that is limiting it.



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      I'm sorry but I don't see 'action' as a limitation. It was never a limitation for Lee; Simonson; DeFalco; Jurgens; Oeming or numerous other Thor writers.


Simonson also spent a lot of time on the supporting cast, but if he were to write his run today, in the expanded-story style that we are now subjected to, I don't think he could keep the action/character development ratio as high as he did within a single issue.
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      To JMS its almost as if action is a dirty word.



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        JMS is taking it in a direction with less action, but still telling a compelling story.



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      It is an interesting story, but its never an exciting one.



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        Pure action can be just as pointless.



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      I don't think anyones asking for that; although at the moment in Thor it would be a nice change of pace.



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        Personally, I would rather be reading Thor as it currently is than have a book where Thor just goes from one issue to the next and beat someone up like in the current Hulk title by Loeb.



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      Well I actually buy both Thor and Hulk, and they are polar opposites. Thor is deep yet boring, while Hulk is vacuous yet exciting.


I will gladly take the superior writing in Thor over the empty plots and pretty pictures of Hulk (though I much prefer the art style in Thor). I certainly don't find it boring, but fight after fight like I've seen in Hulk (I don't buy it but I think I've seen enough of it on-line to make this assessment) would be much more boring in my mind.

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      I'm not saying one is better than the other, but I certainly know which I look forward to most...


    To each their own, but Thor is one of the books I look forward to the most, though I do wish they'd just announce it as a bi-monthly (ala Astonishing X-Men) already.

    ~Hat~


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