Punchy wrote:This title continues to be really rather good, especially as it expands it’s scope a bit to show how other characters are effected by the Superman/Wonder Woman romance, and how they react to it. Charles Soule is doing a good job at writing this series, and I really think a lot of the criticism it’s getting is unwarranted, and probably from people who aren’t even reading it.
BAHAHAHA!! I'm reading it and it'a awful! Don't get me wrong, though, I've read far worse. I'll give it credit where it's due, no prob, and some of those notes (most of them, actually) are the art. Although I have quarrel with Wonder Woman's legs from time to time and the mouth's appearances, it's really very good. I love the detail and the linework. I don't usually bother commenting on the lighting because that's either easy airbrushing or even easier CG effects--but that was good, too, while I'm making the good comments.
The visuals is pretty much where I draw the limit of quality. Book 3 started getting stale when Superman had to deal with Apollo. I remember thinking "what the hell? is that all this is going to be? Just Clark going around proving what a badass he is to her family as they troll on him?" I was happy to see him getting all mopey in the moon, since it was a break from that previous theme, but it was annoying to see the corny bonding with Clark and Bruce. It didn't feel like Batman.
On that note, I did like Superman's personality in this. It was... well, I've seen better versions, but it was another nice point to the book here. I was expecting something god-awful and it wasn't as bad as I anticipated. As far as plot-quality (which includes character dialogue and representation right now) Superman's attitude was the fresh air.
I didn't really hate Wonder Woman's attitude, but her stupidity was annoying. She's as bland and worthless as any other in the Nu52, from how it seems in these 3 books. In my head, I pulled an anime move when she had her arms broken and was worrying about what to do next; I fell out of my chair. In my head, mind you. She went on and on about being trained by Gods and how good it made her, more or less, but she can't think to use the rest of her body as a weapon--or other things? Strategy maybe? Distract it, buy some time, use those legs, woman! She can't use the "I was in pain, so it was harder to think" argument because--hello--TRAINED BY GODS.
But that's just one example and I believe that was in book two. I tried to repress things from these books when I could... (sorry for the ramble, though)
I didn't mind her not knowing what to get Clark for Christmas, that was normal enough for any regular person to worry about. I never counted that in her "list of moronic moments."
I hate how this seemed to be a big "isn't Superman SOOO wonderful" book. Hephaustus was the only one I was pleased with. Strife going all "Supermanz yoo be all awsomz tuh me now" was just terrible. It's like she had no other purpose but to be the "he sucks/ I love him now" role. And it wasn't even done well. Overkill is a good word for it, though even without that, the execution of the role wasn't done very well, either. As with everything else, I've seen worse--in parodies that were meant to be INTENTIONALLY crappy.
Apollo only annoyed me because having studied him in school I really don't think he'd be such an asshole. He's arrogant, to be sure, VERY arrogant (he told Cupid how to fire a bow despite being far younger than him--Cupid got revenge... it was sad...) so I was fine with him taking the 'bad guy' image. I didn't care for their adapting quite so much present-day slang and such. I enjoyed the moments when they talked like "aristocrats" which is what you expect from those with a "higher" upbringing. If they had gone too far with it, then it would have been annoying, so I'm not saying it should be "ye olde speake" all the time, just that some of the more "mortal" phrasings felt completely off. Diana herself made sense, since she's more immersed in the human realm than the others.
... and all that is just off the top of my head. There are a few other small "good" points and lots of other "faults."
These are not really my opinions so much as they're just... THERE. Like grass is green, sky looks blue; fact.
However, even in poor stories are elements that others enjoy, causing them to case their "reviews" more on their opinions rather than gauging the actual quality.
Ah... I... didn't really intend for that to be an insult, but... it kinda sounds like one, doesn't it...?
Anyrate, although I do find this series to be EXTREMELY worthless overall, I did enjoy it more than most Nu52 titles. Or, I should say... I hated it LESS than other titles. Meaning that the writer really is doing a meritable job! ^_^
And I am glad that you enjoyed it, yourself. I hear that all over the net from people who are afraid of hurting the feelings of others: "oh, but, I'm glad YOU like it! I'm not trolling on you for liking it! (dont yell at me/report me/get me in trouble--*cower*)"
I hate sounding like them. I don't like the thought of hurting your feelings, but I'm not afraid of speaking my own thoughts nor of the possible backlash from speaking them.
The only good thing about the Nu52 is that, with all the different human beings on this planet, these shitty stories have to appeal to some people. A lot. Some of those people even have very good taste, this just happens to be their thing. Just like I like the "Winx Club". It's one of the WORST cartoon shows I've ever seen, quality-wise, but I love it for what it does to my imagination. It's fun, although horribly written, has shitty songs, terrible monster designs, cliche character personalities and relationships... the only good thing is the glitter.
So, even with the utterly terrible Nu52, there's what good it does in the minds of certain individuals to whom it seems sparkly.
It's still lame as hell, but it's got it's appeal. I'm waiting to see how this couple breaks up.
I just thought it hilarious that you more or less said the people complaining about the book can only do so if they haven't read it. XDD serious ROFL. I transcribe the books for abridgement later on. Gotta read it to transcribe it.