> I had a nauseating suspicion that since it took five issues of build up to get to any potential for a good fight, that Meltzer wouldn't know what to do when he got there. And sure enough, JLA#6 was a huge disappointment. Y'know you'd think that with villains like Amazo and Solomon Grundy that the fight would be something awesome(Die Hardesque), but apparently the modern crop of writers just don't know how to choreograph worth a sweet god damn. I wonder if it ever occured to Meltzer that having a split battle with two major heavyweights in a SINGLE issue would produce nothing more than a let down for both(and the constant switching back and forth was annoying). Compensating for the lack of decent combat writing by throwing in alot of gore doesn't cut it either. And the lack of logic: I don't care how devastating 350 mph winds are, they wouldn't cut Grundy in two. So what if winds like that can snap trees, Grundy has gone toe-to-toe with Superman, I think he's alot more sturdy than the average tree(next Meltzer will try having us swallow the same move with Darkseid). Given the nature of the violence in this issue, I'm thinking that writers(Meltzer obviously) are preoccupied with the type of crap that Frank Miller did with Sin City. It doesn't have any place in JLA. The 'creative' team better start coming up with some quality battle sequences, as it is, I'm a hair away from dumping this title.
Hey, I really enjoyed this arc. Some thought it was too slow, but I liked the fact that it read a bit heavy on interaction, and less on action. You don't see it often, and as long as it is occasional, it works for me.
And how Red Tornado took care of Grundy worked for me. We know that Grundy's strength, durability, and intelligence varies greatly each time he dies and is resurrected. But we've seen Grundy get killed when he was exhibiting a high level of strength. Back in James Robinson's Starman series, Grundy died after a building he was holding up collapsed on him. So just because he may be in Superman's strength class at some point doesn't mean he's as durable. Plus, Grundy is more plant matter than anything (see Robinson's Starman, again), so yes...the tree analogy worked well here.
Again, I enjoyed it. If you didn't like it, drop the title. I'm sure you've got other things you can spend you're money on.
> Again, I enjoyed it. If you didn't like it, drop the title. I'm sure you've got other things you can spend you're money on.
Personally, I disagree with the "drop the title if you don't like it" argument. If you're trying something new, then sure, but this is something many of us have been reading all of our lives. Why should someone have to drop the title because of the writing? We love the characters. They've been written well in the past. I don't think there's anything wrong with expecting good, if not great, writing on one of DC's big titles. I have dropped the title in the past for bad writing and/or bad art, but why should I have to do that when it is normally a book I love to read?