JAMES ROBINSON NOMINATED FOR BEST WRITER EISNER FOR CRY FOR JUSTICE?!?
I like most of the nominees, but what the hell were they thinking with that one? Eisner judges, please look at the face of this little girl, who was murdered by Mr Robinson, and explain yourselves…
Lian Harper says, “Shame on you.”
P.S. I’m still too busy with work to return to regular tumblr activity, but I had to express my outrage.
Its classic Women in Refrigerators Syndrome.
However, in my personal opinion Lian Harper wasn’t such a major character to kill off like alot of people make it sound. If anything the argument is she was a form of emotional baggage to Red Arrow and as we all know if we want to boost a character and make em better=no kids,no marriage,kill the latter to make the whole vengeance storyline=PROFIT.
Lets just say DC wanted to make Roy Harper bigger, for him to have that kind of firepower hed have to go on his own little adventures and whatnot but then the over rational comic book reader (like most) would go “wait doesn’t he have sole custody of his daughter? if so then how the fuck can he be doing all this bullshit?”
she HAD to be removed the picture without changing shit too drastically (cause Cheshire cannot just magically turn all trustworthy to get her kid back) nor can she be a side kick (we already have speedy, green arrow and a few others in this clusterfuck of a story,)
So yeah, call me the antichrist but it was in DC’s best interest to remove her. Dont fret though the way DC seems to be working, she’ll be back via Lazarus Pit or Black Lantern take your pick. :)
Fair enough. I do agree to some extent that only a few writers have been able to write decent stories for Roy without having problems on how to deal with Lian. And it is too late to give her a tame but easy exit like Sin (the kid Black Canary brought back from Asia). And I will definitely agree that this seems more editorial than related to the writing, as is the entire destruction of the Arrow family and Star City (Dan DiDio’s been hinting that he intended to do it for the last couple of years). I guess, more than anything, what I do take offence to is the clumsiness with which this was handled. As though Robinson just rushed through it and did away with the character without having to show anything. At least Alexandra DeWitt died fighting. If you’re going to have a Women in Refrigerators case, at least give the victim some dignity. Without showing anything at all, all that really says is the writer didn’t think the character was worth anything more than being plain old collateral damage.
Yes, I agree the disastrous decision was editorial. Same goes for Parallaxing Hal Jordan long ago, a decision I think was rushed and the implications weren’t completely thought through. But it was still plotted to justify the consequences and the reasons, and you could see Hal cracking. I see no such thought going into the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of giving the Arrow family angst. Just one very quick, very damaging blow, and the aftermath where Ollie is a psychopathic murderer and Roy’s a hot-tempered druggie again.
Also, I think James Robinson has done some good work recently (not Starman level, but still good). And now that he has selected a JLA team he can manage, I look forward to seeing how that progresses. But for this series, I can’t justify a Best Writer Eisner. It seems too much like someone just randomly put together all sorts of strange disasters in a miniseries without any rhyme or reason, with the sole intention of making changes in the status quo.
For me, the outrage isn’t as much over the death (though I do like Lian enough to be unhappy about that), but that the writer is being rewarded for being sloppy about it. Sure, don’t show it in graphic detail (nobody wants to see a little girl butchered over the course of a few pages), but just tell me, once: WHY. And that goes for most of the last two issues of that series- Lian’s death is just one of the more shocking symptoms of the problem.
Ok, rant over.
I totally agree with your outrage at the nomination. I’ve read plenty of stories where supporting characters drop dead like flies. A perfect example would be anything involving John Constantine LOL. But I expect compelling and entertaining storytelling around the mounting body count. The plot sucked: that is my problem with Cry for a Refund.
Killing off a character’s young child for the sole purpose of ~dramatic character development~ is lazy writing. It’s predictable and has been done to death. There are other ways to give a character motive to go on some epic manpain-filled quest of revenge. The ending, despite the tradegy that led up to it, was anticlimactic. It’s not like Ollie’s never killed anyone before, so there was no “Ohnoes a hero has crossed a line!!!!" fallout.
Let’s examime this “over rational comic book reader” for a minute.
Are we talking about the same readerbase that accepts all kinds of reality-bending shenanigans like sentient boxes and math equations as Green Lanterns as something totes rational? By that argument, you’d also have to accept Prometheus’ absurd master plans. You’d have to also accept that a supervillain as supposedly brilliant as Prometheus doesn’t have the foresight to wear, I don’t know, some sort of protection against FUCKING ARROWS while he winds down in his den of iniquity. Oh wait. You must mean the hero’s emotional motivation must make sense, is that it? I’m sorry you think it’s UNPOSSIBLE for Roy to be awesome and have amazing adventures sans manpain :(
I have to disagree with Hypnotique’s take on Chesire, because LOLOLOL. Just… characters have never been completely changed depending on the writers in the history of comics, ever. We certainly don’t want to breach the sidekick quota either.
Those edgy opinions don’t make you (Hypnotique) the antichrist, just someone with questionable taste, I suspect.
This should all be rendered moot because you know what? I’m all for pretending that Cry for Justice is really some shitty Elseworlds run, totally different from what really went down