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Subj: Re: Battle of the Writers. Joe Q vs Stan Lee and More
Posted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 at 01:21:41 pm EST (Viewed 79 times)
Reply Subj: Battle of the Writers. Joe Q vs Stan Lee and More
Posted: Fri Jan 22, 2010 at 09:04:39 am EST (Viewed 29 times)

    I think Joe Q is more an idea man than a writer but he is in charge of marvel much like Stan 'The Man' Lee was back in the day, so who has the most mojo?
Quesada's a better writer, in my opinion. As readers, we all owe Lee a personal debt -- without him, who knows if we'd have comics today? -- in my opinion, but that doesn't mean we have to think he was a good writer. His stuff was mostly silly, scripted with juvenile dialogue, and lacking in all plot sophistication, in my opinion. By comparison, Quesada's writing is much better written in all those respects, I believe. As an adult, I can't sit through a Stan Lee story, but I could a story written by Quesada. I might not enjoy it, but I could probably finish it.
    Bendis vs Morrison
I haven't read Bendis, but I have heard nothing but good things about his writing from people who don't prioritize fights over stories. As for Morrison, I think he's become a complete hack. I honestly don't understand the appeal of the work he's done since leaving JLA, and, looking back at his work on the League, I don't think it holds up very well. He had a lot of interesting ideas back then, but usually executed them very poorly, in my opinion. Nowadays, his ideas are ridiculous. His romance with community-college level metafiction is pretentious and played, in my opinion. His love affair with that low-grade postmodern stuff gets in the way of his storytelling, as far as I'm concerned. He really is terrible nowadays. Cool feats, at times; bad stories, always.
    Mark Millar vs Geoff Johns
The only Millar I've read is Superman: Red Sun, which was simply awful, in my opinion -- especially the end, when Luthor beats Superman by writing "Why don't you just put the whole world in a bottle?" on a scrap of paper. Never in my life have I come across a worse deus ex machina than that. As for Johns, he wrote one good Superman story (Superman vs. Major Force), but that was it, in my opinion. I've read some of his Green Lantern work and found that he has nifty ideas but, like Morrison, poor execution. Not my cup of tea.
    Alan Moore vs Neil Gaiman
I have never liked Alan Moore. That he is often considered one of the greatest comic book authors ever or the greatest comic book author ever blows my mind and shows me just how pathetically low the bar is set for comic book writing. As for Gaiman, his Sandman series and Mr. Punch graphic novel are some of the best fiction I have ever read. Everything else I have read from him, like American Gods, 1602, Superman/Green Lantern, etc., I couldn't stand.
    Greg Pak vs Peter David
I read Peter David's Hulk for a while. He had some good ideas, but their execution was too juvenile for my taste. I don't like jokey "comic book" humor and dialogue, and there was too much of that stuff in Hulk, and everything else I have read by him, for my taste.
    Mike Oeming vs JMS
I only know these guys from scans, so I can't comment. Seems decent enough, though.
    Jack "King" Kirby vs Kurt Busiek
Both are terrible, in my opinion. Kurt had a great day in the office with Superman: Secret Identity, as I recall, but everything else I have read by him -- JLA, JLA/Avengers, Avengers, Astro City, Trinity, etc. -- has been nothing but generic, poorly-plotted, character-less or character-betraying garbage. As for Kirby, he just wrote silly kids stuff, as far as I'm concerned. We owe him the same debt as we do Lee, I believe, but that doesn't mean we have to pretend that his writing is good. It's not, in my opinion. It's brain dead.
    Jim Shooter's Secret Wars vs Brian Bendis Secret Invasion
Shooter's Secret Wars is terrible, as far as I'm concerned -- just more of the low quality fiction that reinforces the popular belief that comic are just for kids. As for Secret Invasion, I've read scans, and it doesn't seem all too bad. Its dialogue is better than the dialogue in Secret Wars, if what I have seen is any idication, at the very least.


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