Zero wrote:This was a straightforward story with a simple concept and nice art and I have no idea what's so complicated about it. Stalord doesn't like anything non-traditional which is fine, Eli rarely enjoys sci-fi which is also fine but this is one week where it feels like they're slamming Hickman's talent because they don't like what he uses it for. Feel free to dislike the comic, but to say it's poorly written seems to be missing the point.
No one criticizing this book so far has said it is complicated. It is a standard sci-fi, time-travel story, dressed up with clunky, techno-sounding dialogue and gimmicky space-wasters like the two-page pronouncement that there are no paradoxes.
Hickman is not a good storyteller. He is, at most, an interesting stylist. But too often he chooses style over substance, and disrupts the flow of storytelling. I don't mind someone who has a unique narrative voice, who experiments with plot and narrative devices. But ultimately I read comic books for story and character. If I don't care what happens next and if I don't care about (or at least I don't find intriguing) the main characters, then I'm going to stop purchasing the book and I will give it a bad review. To say a comic book is poorly written, when you see signs of poor writing, is precisely the point. If it is not the point, then I don't know what the point of reviewing is.
And this book is poorly written. I'm not sure what about this time travel story is interesting enough to encourage readers to keep purchasing the book. A guy is lost in time and ends up in a strange land and era. That is so cliche it's embarrassing. The characters are very undeveloped at this point and their terrible dialogue makes them bland, cardboard cutouts.
And I enjoy sci-fi -- it's fantasy and magic stories that I hate, because the magic is often a deus ex machina device used by lazy writers to wrap up stories conveniently.