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Subj: Re: How does everyone feel about the return of Donald Blake?
Posted: Sun Aug 23, 2020 at 12:20:18 pm EDT (Viewed 140 times)
Reply Subj: Re: How does everyone feel about the return of Donald Blake?
Posted: Sun Aug 23, 2020 at 10:45:02 am EDT (Viewed 139 times)


      Seriously? When writers like Roy Thomas, probably the second most significant Marvel (non Artist) individual after Stan can’t make his mind up, there’s nothing to ‘unravel’. Blake’s legacy, if you can call it that has never been closed. It’s the same as Vision’s origin, or Kang’s history. There have been numerous takes but nothing definitive. In that respect Blake is fair game.

    Everything is fair game. Blake never really had a legacy, since he was Thor himself in mortal form. The purpose of Blake was indeed wrapped up twice. Once to teach Thor humility, once to conceal Odin's plan from the Shadow Gods.

The reason I said I wasn’t clear on Blake’s purpose wasn’t because I’m not familiar with the various interpretations, but because they’re so contradictory. Given that, it’s not as simple as to cite Oeming’s run as somehow having wrapped it all up. Especially so, given Oeming’s highly compacted storytelling. It was a great run, and his use of those who sit above was fantastic, but in no way could you argue that the takeaway from this run was a satisfactory explanation of Blake. And didn’t Fraction also feature Blake more recently? Conjured up by Amoroa and illustrated by Walt no less?

    My point is that Cates is almost certainly going to tie Blake's origin into one of his over-the-top story threads, ignoring what Oeming did to close down that thread.

Lol. I like his ‘over the top’ threads and I can’t fault him for this. I remember Mark Grunewald picking up Wagner and running with it for far too long on Thor, leading to 300. It was a crazy diversion really but enjoyable nonetheless.

    Again, it's all fair game. However, that Cates is utterly unrestrained by any and all editorial control just means that he's as troublesome as Aaron. Those who are cheering Cates now will have no leg to stand on when the other shoe drops.

    Just saying.

I know what you’re saying here and agree there are some similarities with Cate’s and Aaron’s approach - I’m not sure current DisMel would allow for anything else quite honestly, as ‘big ideas’ are needed to fuel the movies. And when they’re not, the same characters are cycled over and over. But the comparison ends there. Donny seems to have gone out of his way to bury the bad taste of Aaron in Thor’s book. Furthermore, his writing is markedly different to so many of the sub-standard pap at the moment. Frankly, he’s rocking it. Not for *everyone* but I’m digging it.

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