REVIEW: End of Month Reviews #96 - December 2011 [spoilers]
robrogers72 at gmail.com
Tue Jan 31 14:51:48 PST 2012
On Jan 31, 1:48 pm, "Adrian J. McClure" <mrfantast... at gmail.com>
> On Jan 23, 7:16 pm, Saxon Brenton <saxonbren... at hotmail.com> wrote:
> > The twentieth anniversary of the Legion of Net.Heroes will be in
> > April 2012.
> Which is a little over 10 years since I started writing for RACC. Boy
> do I feel old.
Young whippersnapper... =)
> The thesis that it's primarily the accumulation of backstory that
> drives away new readers certainly doesn't match with my own
> experience. I got into X-Men in the mid-90s, at the absolute height of
> its convoluity. For me, the vast and complex backstory didn't turn me
> off, it made me want to know more, creating another world to inhabit.
> Granted, I was never exactly a typical kid, being the child of
> academics who grew up to be a medievalist, but I wasn't the only one.
> This was the peak of the X-Men's popularity. Maybe kids are more
> willing to just roll with the confusion rather than having to have a
> story all figured out before they engage with it, I dont' know.
Heh. I'm exactly the opposite. I've always avoided the X-books
like the plague, largely because of their vast and complicated
backstory. I've tended to gravitate to books like "Daredevil"
and "The Flash," which focused on one super-character,
with a strong supporting cast, and tended to be more-or-less
grounded in the "real world." (They also tended to produce
a lot of "done-in-one" stories, which I prefer to long arcs).
But I suspect that my comics-reading preferences are not typical...
> It's other problems
> that are making so many contemporary superhero comics feel closed off
> to anyone who's not already involved with the material, and even many
> of those who are: the disappearance of supporting casts in solo books
> and what Mightygodking calls "don't know shit" characters in team
> books; the refusal to draw inspiration from the outside world and even
> from newer forms of popular culture; the rejection of thought
> balloons, which limits opportunities for exposition and
> characterization; the lack of diversity among both creators and
> characters; the refusal to explore what the stories mean in terms of
> lived human experience and evoke any emotional resonance outside of a
> detached sense of "cool."
Very well said. I couldn't agree more.
> And the thing is, the classic LNH has always been this way even at the
I've appreciated the fact that the LNH universe is big enough
for all kinds of stories: the great big universe-spanning epics
with loads and loads of characters, and the smaller dramas
(and comedies) that allow the reader to watch one or two
characters develop over time. I have my preferences, but I
like that I generally have a wide range of stories to choose from...
--Thinks of his own work as "epicayune"
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