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Subj: Re: To those who dislike James Robinson's writing: What don't you like?
Posted: Fri Jan 28, 2011 at 11:27:11 am EST (Viewed 572 times)
Reply Subj: To those who dislike James Robinson's writing: What don't you like?
Posted: Thu Jan 27, 2011 at 06:41:15 pm EST (Viewed 621 times)

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I find myself disliking Robinson's JLA. And yet on paper I shouldnt. For the most part I find the line up interesting (could do without the oarnge monkey tho). I love Mark Bagleys art. I love Dick as Batman. I love the CSA. I love the Tangent universe Green Lantern. And yet I havnt really enjoyed this book since Robinson took over. But I can't quite put my finger on why. I know a lot of people on this board have been hard on Robinson. So what exactly do you thing is wrong or missing in his writing. Because I am generally enjoying the concepts and hating the execution.

My traditional complaint with Robinson is his overly flowery prose or melodramatic prose, and there's also his odd need to boldface random words for no reason. (I know he's not his own letterer, but this is so consistent in all the books he writes that directions on what to boldface has to come from him).

As far as my complaints with the JLA book, they are many. I also love the lineup, even the gold monkey, but there are some other things wrong here.

I like Bagley, but his style isn't right for the book. Everyone looks too spare, too fragile and delicate. The coloring has also been too pale.

As the story goes, Robinson is not approaching the book with the novelistic, darker and more serious approach that is his strong suit. I can only describe his JLA run so far as being superhero silliness. There is so much he can do with this lineup, and I know it is within his considerable capabilities, but his approach here has been focusing on superhero and villain shenanigans and it hasn't been working.

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