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Thursday, February 24, 2011 

James Robinson mimics the Phoenix saga in JLA

In this review of Justice League of America #54, we discover how James Robinson continues to lose whatever credibility he once had as a writer, as he subjects Jade to a Phoenix-style abuse through Eclipso's influence:
Throughout Robinson's run we have seen Jade wielding black tinged energy, losing control at times, nearly killing villains.
The Phoenix story may have been famous when it was originally done back in 1979, but since then a considerable number of writers, including Chris Claremont himself, have done the premise to death and made it increasingly tasteless, even if they don't go as far what took place in Uncanny X-Men back in the day. If this is how they're going to treat Jenny-Lynn Hayden, then they're not coming up with any plausible character development or drama.

After reading this, I'm beginning to think that the whole premise of Eclipso was a disaster to begin with too.

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Eclipso wasn't a bad idea. In fact, Ostrander did an excellent job with him as the fallen predecessor to the Spectre. Johns started out with an interesting take on him with Wildcat's cousin, but it quickly fell into incoherence, and then... Identity Crisis. Ugh. Garbage ever since then.

Whatever happened to the James Robinson who wrote Starman (okay, some of it was revisionist drek, like the Ragdoll storyline, but it was mostly good) and the first few issues of the JSA? Seems like he's morphed into the guy who wrote the Jason vs. Freddy and LoEG movies...

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