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Subj: Re: To JMS its almost as if action is a dirty word...
Posted: Sat May 23, 2009 at 09:33:31 am EDT (Viewed 3 times)
Reply 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)

Hey Hatman! \:\-\)

    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'm all for the development of supporting cast, and I love the relationship of Bill and Kelda (Bill of course had to go to Latveria to be the human 'eyes').

    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).

    The problem with the above skirmishes (only Thor vs. Bor was a true battle) was that there was no threat whatsoever, that makes the fights ultimately worthless.

      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.

        I think thats nonsense. The only reason the decompressed style is acceptable, is because some big name writers think they can get away with it - and if they are a big enough name they can. Decompression is having 2-3 story ideas and making them last you 25 issues. They get paid per page, not per story.

          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.

        It might surprise you to know Hulk has more moments of reflective dialogue than Thor has meaningful action.

          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.

        Would you say its an exciting read?

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