The venerable newspaper points out a number of flaws in today's comics.
In last Friday's edition of The Wall Street Journal, Tim Marchman reviewed Leaping Tall Buildings, a history of the American comic book industry which profiled a number of influential creators ranging from Joe Simon to Alex Ross. Rather than focus on the book, Marchman instead chose to rip into the comic book industry, pointing out the various flaws of modern comics and placing the blame for the decline of the industry on prominent comic powers such as Brian Michael Bendis, Joe Quesada, Grant Morrison and Dan DiDio.
Among the highlights of the article is Marchman describing the Dark Phoenix Saga as an ancient story, declaring Image to be a boutique publishing house, describing modern day storytellers as "pretentious autodidacts" and mocking the hell out of J.Michael Straczynski for his work on Before Watchmen. It's a pretty damning article that only makes me want to read Leaping Tall Buildings more, if only to see exactly how the Great One is characterized in the novel.
Judging from the cynical and jaded tone of the review, there's only one conclusion to be made: Tim Marchman is obviously an Outhouse reader. One can only hope that Marchman will dedicate a follow up article to the slow death of Vertigo or how X-Men Forever and the EXTREME Universe will save the industry.
Source: Wall Street Journal
Written or Contributed by: ThanosCopter
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