Dave Galanter
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I had forgotten Andreyko was the man behind Manhunter - but am I correct in thinking/hoping he wasn't the one responsible for that atrocious Mark Shaw retcon, which saw Shaw going after the other Manhunter's and killing them in awful ways, and it being revealed that Dumas and other chunks of his John Ostrander series were false, just implants and delusion?
I hated all of that with a passion, one of the worst hatchet jobs on a character that I have ever seen in comics... I felt, and still do, that John Ostrander, Mark Shaw, and his fans, deserved more respect and consideration.

Re:Wonder Woman '77 though the main source of dissapointment for me was the Digital aspect to the page layouts. It made the story feel too fast and slight. I would think this book more than others would benefit from traditional comicbook layouts, but then perhaps it might look and feel too much like a literal recreation of the Wonder Woman comics of the Pre-1986 era rather than the Lynda Carter television series...?

No, that was Andreyko all the way. He had boasted on boards that no one had solved the mystery of the Manhunters killer... only it turned out plenty of people had figured out the "who" but not the "why" since that would have been impossible as it was predicated on a massive retcon and secret history that wasn't even hinted at before the reveal.

It was the final straw for me. In such a short time, he had managed to be disrespectful to almost every Manhunter writer that preceded him in the five to ten years previous, their characters and stories (Ostrander & Yale, Busiek, Grant)as well as deliberately missing the point of Gerard Jones handling and story arc featuring Obsidian in the Justice League. Andreyko was pretty up front that he didn't like the mystical angle of the Zero Hour Manhunter, the giant white alien training Mark Shaw, and felt Busiek's Manhunter in "Power Company" was disrespectful to Goodwin and Simonson's (despite Busiek actually having sought out and gained permission from Simonson to use the character) and so he used his title and character to clear house of all the stuff he personally didn't like, both killing the characters and changing their stories to fit his own tastes and agenda.

So, after that final massive retcon and resolution, I decided to never again knowingly buy a book written by him or featuring his Manhunter character.

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