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Saturday, January 07, 2006 

More sensationalized reporting, ditto face-value approach to book coverage

Another case of fluff-coated reporting, published in the Fort-Wayne Journal Gazette:
“Infinite Crisis” (DC Comics). The sequel to 1985’s splendid “Crisis on Infinite Earths” is shaping up to be just as intriguing. Certainly the storytelling is as strong, though the fallout may not be as monumental. We’re already getting back the original Superman.
Yeah, I'll bet. Considering that the original Crisis was overrated to begin with, that's sure saying a lot. But if that's sugar-coated, it's still nothing compared to this ludicrous act of sensationalization over here:
“Wonder Woman” (DC). For 60 years, she has been the toughest character in comics to write well. This year broke that. The Woman of Peace murdered. The consequences are fascinating and finally set her apart from other heroes.
Are they really? I can't begin to even guess what's so great about a character going around murdering, but sadly, that's what the writer of this tommyrot seems to think. To quote a line from Robotman in The New Teen Titans from 1987, "I don't know what you're selling, but I'm not buying!"

And what's this here:
“The New Avengers” (Marvel). A new take on one of comics’ oldest teams, the new Avengers is a new, take-no-prisoners version of a classic comic. It’s a great shot in the arm.
Maybe it is, but, IMO, been there seen and done that. There have been plenty of "street-smart" teams (involving characters who work best in an urban setting) before, and this really isn't new to me, no matter how well it's done.
“House of M” (Marvel). The year’s biggest event at Marvel Comics provided a thrilling alternative reality for many leading characters. Best of all, Hawkeye came back!
I'm not sure if Clint Barton came back fully, but one thing that IS for sure is - this was just another tired, predictable dredging up of something that Marvel actually seems to have wasted their time in for quite a few years now: alternate realities. Do we really need more stories like that, especially if it only interrupts the flow of other ongoing series? I don't think so.

And what's so special about Wanda abandoning her powers and draining those of other mutants anyway? They did not need to go to all that length just to get rid of all those cumbersome story elements of yore. It's a waste of time and money, and the followup, Decimation, could very easily be too.

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