REVIEW: End of Month Reviews #63 - March 2009 [spoilers]
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Fri May 15 11:23:04 PDT 2009
On Thu, 30 Apr 2009 12:16:00 +0000 (UTC), Saxon Brenton wrote:
*shakes moss off* Man. May has been busy.
> Now, the pertinent point of this is: I should have remembered Whatever.
> After all, the discussion between herself and the Leviathan in issue 29,
> which summarised the battles between the Legion and their Evilverse counter-
> parts (with its many fights, cooking contests, poker games, political debates,
> and the intense non-efforts of Procrastination Boy and the Evilverse's Super-
> Apathy Lad vying to do nothing whatsoever) is one of my favourite and most
> easily recalled scenes from the series so far. However, upon further
> reflection I realised that I could not recall much about Whatever beyond
> her apprenticing herself to the Leviathan. Clearly, I have not been
> 'soaking' in this series, in the sense of re-reading it for pleasure in the
> way I would for some others. This, methinks, I will correct when I take a
> few weeks rec leave in early May and reread the series. At this point I
> can't make a determination as to whether I've simply been insufficiently
> fanboyish enough in not bothering to remember stuff once I had finished
> summarising it, or whether the jumps over issues have harmed the narrative
> flow, or whether certain characters get a greater proportion of the
> characterisation than others.
I'd definitely say that some characters get more characterization than
others, and that Whatever was been pushed back to a subplot that, perhaps,
had been mentioned one time too few in the intervening issues. Ah well.
> However, there is always the risk that if too much of the plot is
> subsumed by parody references that the story as a whole suffers. To date
> the overarching structure of _58.5_ has avoided that, simply because the
> search for the Xinerama Brothers has matched the search for the Monitors
> in _Infinite Crisis_ only loosely, allowing for various activities that
> do not map one-to-one with the events of _Infinite Crisis_. Meanwhile the
> history of Earth 308 is not the main point of issue 47, but instead is
> only the backdrop on which the LNHers are continuing their search. By
> comparison, if the main purpose of issue 47 had been about the struggle of
> the New New New New New Young Teens against the Thundersquad, then I think
> it would have required something more of a twist on the likes of 'Civil
> War', 'Dark Reign' etc rather than being a distillation of them.
Personally, it was a bit too dense with refs for me, although the basic
plot was never obfuscated.
Andrew "NO .SIG MAN" "Juan" Perron, I'll pick up dandelions and I'll give
them to you~
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