META: Comic Book Tropes You Loathe

Martin Phipps martinphipps2 at
Wed Apr 21 05:01:22 PDT 2010

On Apr 16, 6:49 am, Andrew Perron <pwer... at> wrote:
> As part of a bread-and-circuses program to distract you from the
> increasingly extended contract negotiations over the RACCies (who knew that
> Building Suspense Lad was such a sharp operator?), I'm going to ask: What's
> your least favorite aspect of modern comic book stories, the stuff you
> actively try to avoid in your own work?
> For me, it's heroes arguing for no reason.  Nothing annoys me more than
> when, in the name of "conflict" and "characterization", the Flash takes
> offense at some stupid little thing Green Lantern did and they're sniping
> at each other for the rest of the mission.  Now, arguing because there's
> something worth arguing about can make for wonderful storytelling, but
> arguing because the writer can't think of any other way to provide
> interpersonal conflict sucks.

Ah but the thing you hate the most is precisely the thing you make fun
of in satire.  I personally hate teenaged sidekicks because it
constitutes child endangerment.  That plus masked vigilantes being
given access to crime scenes (because they are unable to testify if
they actually find evidence).


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