In a recent interview with Newsarama, DC Comics writer Grant Morrison, the man behind Batman RIP, Final Crisis, and Superman: Beyond, does a little complaining of his own about internet complainers. In his words:
Every time I read about the agonizing pains of ‘event fatigue’ or how ‘3-D hurts my head…’ or how something’s ‘incomprehensible’ when most people are ‘comprehending’ it just fine, it’s like visiting a nursing home. ‘Events’ in superhero comic books FATIGUE you? I’m speechless. Admittedly they do tend to be a little more exciting than the instruction leaflets that come with angina pills but… ‘fatigue’?
Superhero comics should have an ‘event’ in every panel! We all know this instinctively. Who cares ‘how?’ as long as it feels right and looks brilliant?
Let me defend ourselves a little, though, since it’s clear that Mr. Morrison was speaking specifically about our blog in that interview (hey, there, buddy, thanks for reading!).
“Event fatigue,” first of all, isn’t exactly describing what you’re talking about. Only a great fool would think fans are complaining because stuff is happening on every panel of their comics. Can you really imagine somebody saying, “Boy, this new issue of Captain America sucks because that goddamn Ed Brubaker keeps making Cap get into fights and shit. I wish there’d be 22 pages of him just taking a nap already! Sheesh!”
No, that’s very dumb. Hit the jump, readers.
“Event fatigue” is just a way of saying we’re sick of all these stupid universe-altering crossover events. I mean, I kind of liked the Marvel Universe after Civil War. Now they’ve already changed the status quo so that the bad guys are running the show. And, guess what? I kind of like that, too, but it’d be nice to get more than six months of stories in this new and improved universe. I’m guessing it will have changed by then, though, after another mega-event. And, no, again, what I’m referring to isn’t just Iron Man firing a laserbeam, however “eventful” that may be.
Moving on, let’s talk about the 3D glasses issue. It shouldn’t really be an issue, since nobody should buy a comic for an extra dollar fifty just so he can get a stupid pair of 3D glasses, but, hey, whoever does is probably dumb enough to buy two pairs bundled with both issues of the two-part miniseries. Whatever. You scammed us; that’s fine. I’m over it.
Another point against the 3D glasses is that they’re not actually 3D, or did you forget that? They’re advertised as 4D, meaning we should be able to see through time itself! What a rip off! And, wait a minute, the entire second issue was told in straight-forward linear fashion. What a crock!
They do give me headaches, though. Sorry for having a reaction to something that is out of my control. You should make fun of diabetics for getting sick after they eat too much chocolate. God, what a bunch of whining old fogies!
The last point, that we complain too much about how your stories are incomprehensible, well, that’s just. . . true. You make Faulkner look like John Grisham (in terms of density of narrative, not in terms of quality of writing). So, we’ll quit complaining when you stop writing absolute nonsense.