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Ed Love

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Tony Wolf

Subj: Re: JLA #8 - decent, but... [SPOILERS]
Posted: Tue Apr 24, 2007 at 07:35:24 am EDT
Reply Subj: JLA #8 - decent, but... [SPOILERS]
Posted: Thu Apr 19, 2007 at 03:24:53 pm EDT

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.... where the heck does Trident/Karate Kid's 'high Iron Fist collar come from all of a sudden?' He's on the medical bed in his Trident costume (ALL Trident costume with no collar), then suddenly several pages later, he's sporting the big yellow collar and his Karate Kid costume is seen under his Trident costume.

Not sure about this "Trident Guild" idea.... seems odd. I like the idea of the old pre-Mark Waid Legionnaires coming back somehow, and I enjoyed Meltzer playing up the fact that both the JSA and JLA are now led by women (Black Canary and Power Girl).

Meltzer's run has often felt stilted somehow, and this was still the case with this issue, at least for me. But, I am curious to see where he's going with it and will continue to pick up the book.

The guest artist, Shane Davis, did a really great job on the issue, I thought.

> .... where the heck does Trident/Karate Kid's 'high Iron Fist collar come from all of a sudden?' He's on the medical bed in his Trident costume (ALL Trident costume with no collar), then suddenly several pages later, he's sporting the big yellow collar and his Karate Kid costume is seen under his Trident costume.

That's long been a staple of superhero fiction though, that they could wear bulky clothes underneath other clothes with no noticeable bulges or wrinkling, such as Superman's cape underneath his Clark Kent suit or the fact that Ray Palmer is wearing a near invisible tights costume over his suit when full size (and I believe the Creeper's originally worked in a very similar way) while Batman often has elaborate disguises while wearing the mask.
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> Not sure about this "Trident Guild" idea.... seems odd. I like the idea of the old pre-Mark Waid Legionnaires coming back somehow, and I enjoyed Meltzer playing up the fact that both the JSA and JLA are now led by women (Black Canary and Power Girl).

Way back in the NEW TEEN TITANS, Trident was several men using one supervillain identity. Seems they just branched out. Now, how Karate Kid got very well brain-washed into being one of them...

> Meltzer's run has often felt stilted somehow, and this was still the case with this issue, at least for me. But, I am curious to see where he's going with it and will continue to pick up the book.
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> The guest artist, Shane Davis, did a really great job on the issue, I thought.

This was my chief beef with the issue actually. We have a Karate Kid - Batman showdown and the WHOLE thing happens in-between panels? Once is one thing but come on! This is a SUPERHERO COMIC BOOK! The whole point is to show the action, not to have what should have been one of the coolest hand to hand fight scenes ever be just talking heads! The impression I ended up coming away with that either the writer or the artist didn't trust themselves at being able to fake it (like Thomas, Kane, Claremont and Byrne wrote and drew real martial arts with Iron Fist or for that matter that anybody would realistically fight like most superhero heroes do hand to hand).