Punchy wrote:t just wasn't the Spirit, it was more like Batman, he overused the supervillains and turned the character into something he isn't.
I've heard this argument a million times. 1. It sounds like you are talking about Sergio's run with the supervillains talk. 2. The Spirit was one of the longest running comics. There are 28 volumes of the archives, the book is substantially different in the 50s than the sixties than the 40s than the 30s,. exactly what iteration is this one different from? The Kitchen Sink one or the one Eisner wrote that was concerned more with format expansion and telling solid stories than continuity or consistency in characterization. In the second year of the book, Spirit takes the blame for a murder to save an innocent man from going to jail. The police chase him for about a month and a half before the storyline is dropped cold, never to be mentioned again and he is chummy with the Chief of Police again. Or how about the fact that the Chief's daughter never minds his relationships with the fifty other femme fatales.... I don't know where this notion that the Spirit was a set in stone character with one particular characterization or even power set comes from, but is dead wrong and shows a horrible ignorance of the character. It is the single biggest flaw of Miller's movie that he tries to incorporate too much of what Eisner actually did with the book.
I hate it when people dislike books for petty reasons not related to the actual comic. But I do like it when we can have a heated debate.
No, you are convinced that only what is on the page matters, and then only when it doesn't matter to you.
I hated Image United and I don't have a leg to stand on about 90's Image because I didn't read it and can not prejudge it that way. I do like consistently conveyed art work and solid storytelling. Neither were present in Image United. The ONLY good thing about the book was the concept which is a petty thing that has nothing to do with the actual panels on the page. The CONCEPT of a Jam book is awesome. The execution was severely lacking.
And if every review thread were just a bitch fest about the book, my participation would end quickly. I like comics, I like them a lot. I hate it when I don't like comics. FOR ANY REASON!