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little kon-el

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Subj: While I like Roy Thomas...
Posted: Sat Apr 26, 2008 at 03:27:14 pm EDT
Reply Subj: Re: New All-Star Squadron- Missing Ingredients
Posted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 at 02:47:29 pm EDT

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> > > > > The new line-up is nice, but it is missing three major ingredients:
> > > > >
> > > > > Earth-2!!
> > > > > WWII!!!!
> > > > > and most importantly:
> > > > > ROY THOMAS!!!!!!
> > > > >
> > > > > The All-Star Squadron, in order to work, must be based on Earth-2, written by Roy (or with his involvement) tying in Golden Age stories, based during WWII and keeping that fun spirit that the original series had.
> > > > > How about Roy plotting and Geoff Johns writing?
> > > >
> > > > How about Roy stick to writing his fanzine and let Johns do what he does, which is write good NEW stories?
> > > >
> > > > My gawd, man! Don't wish for some kind of "return of Roy Thomas"... that's the last thing Dc needs right now.
> > > >
> > > Roy Thomas wrote some of the BEST JSA/A*S stories ever. Easily above GJ's level.
> >
> > Yes, God forbid DC let someone write for the JSA who actually understands and loves the team and it's history. We certainly don't want anyone on that title that can not only straighten out the continuity wrecked by other writers but improve upon the characters in the process. Stay away from the JSA Roy Thomas, you raise the bar too high for others!
> Amen, brotehr!
Umm, I mean "brother".

...I don't necessarily like his stories that delve too much into history. I liked his stories in the past, and it appealed to me when I was younger and I was enamored by his historical background. I loved the reporter feel of his All Star Squadron stories where he would research time periods.

But I think he feels that he is too bound by history. He doesn't have the fluidity to work with history. He expounds on history and does his best to overwrite it into his stories unlike Darwyn Cooke or James Robinson, who employ history in a naturalistic way that uses history as the backdrop and the visual element of his story.

Roy Thomas comes off like Chris Claremont...more of a historian than someone who lets the story imply or riff on the culture of the time. He isn't a cinematic storyteller, and I think you can definitely tell the difference if you took, say, an issue of All Star Squadron where Green Lantern experiences the devastating effects of nuclear war and James Robinson showing us how the A Bomb affected Green Lantern. In the All Star Squadron, GL goes through his surreal landscape, emulating a G.A. story that was written to adhere to an internal timeline while also giving some relevance (in a Neal Adams-GL sort of way) to Alan Scott's fear of his own power. In Robinson's story, it was done visually, with a simple conversation with Johnny Thunder, and this weary smile and easiness as we see politics/red-hunting affect Scott's personal life.

Thomas isn't nuanced, and I would rather have someone like Robinson or Cooke take over the writing reigns of a new JSA title.

- l.k.

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