Recent years have seen a serious influx of talent from outside mediums (TV, films, etc.) into the comics business, and it’s brought both some highs and some lows. But, for the most part, it’s brought attention to comics and new voices, more than enough to offset the major delays of Allan Heinberg’s Wonder Woman or Damon Lindelof’s Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk. With the past two weeks bringing two new outside talents into comics, I thought it would be fun to take a gander at the transition from novelist to comic book writer, as experienced by Jodi Picoult and Tad Williams.
If you’ve seen my reviews of this week’s comics, you’ll know that I wasn’t much of a fan of Picoult’s debut on Wonder Woman. It was okay, but not at the level I’d expected from Picoult (my wife, an editor by trade, read one of her novels and thought it was very good). And two weeks ago came William’s entry into the field with Aquaman #50, which we Doomers thoroughly eviscerated in last week’s Book of Doom.
Two superstar novelists, and all we have to show for it is a couple crummy books. So, what happened?