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Monday, April 28, 2014 

More of James Robinson's hypocrisy

Besides the previously noted snoozer comments he gave at WonderCon, there's also these money quotes from the LA Times:
...for fans of Matt Fraction’s and Jonathan Hickman’s recent runs, Robinson is incorporating ideas from those stories.

“It’s always smacked a little bit of arrogance or disrespect when a writer comes on a book and just decides to throw away all the stuff that people before him have done,” he said. “I’m embracing the whole history of the Fantastic Four.”
So says the very same writer who threw away practically all of Roy and Dann Thomas's hard work on All-Star Squadron and Infinity Inc in the post-New52 environment, and even Bill Finger's own hard work on Golden Age Green Lantern Alan Scott. In fact, so says the same man who wiped out David Knight at the start of his Starman series, and Ted Knight at the end of it. The same man who had the Mist's daughter obliterate 3 minor members of the Justice League Europe (Amazing Man, Crimson Fox and Blue Devil). And the same man who terminated Lian Harper in the Cry for Justice miniseries. Why must we take his word at face value? Why must we even believe he'll respect the FF's history?
“I think — though I don’t want to pat myself on the back too much — that I’m good at taking obscure characters and making you care about them,” said Robinson, who did notable work on Starman and Justice Society of America stories at DC.
In that case, why'd he go to all that trouble to wipe out several minor characters? Doesn't he care about them? No, it's more like he's good at taking obscure characters and using them as cannon fodder in his tales. Of course he shouldn't pat his own back too much, because he's just not as talented as he thinks he is. Here's also the plot from his new take on the Invaders that I'd forgotten to mention earlier:
In the title’s “Original Sin” tie-in story, a Japanese American J-pop singer / superhero, Supreme Radiant Friend (just Radiance in America), granddaughter of Golden Girl, learns that there was a chance that the Invaders could have stopped the atom bomb from being dropped.
It's simply disgraceful he's suggesting the message sent to imperial Japan to cut the crap they were pulling during WW2 was wrong. I hesitate to think of what would happen if he'd written that the Allies were wrong to bomb Dresden (something that was told in the Marvel Knights take on Captain America, IIRC). Robinson's leftism is beginning to show some more.

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Maybe they could do a "What If" or alternate timeline story in which the Invaders did prevent the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki (and Tokyo, Dresden, and Hamburg). Then the ending could depict the Utopia that resulted from the Axis powers winning World War Two.

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