Monday, March 8, 2010

Cry for Justice: Death, Death and More Death (Spoilers)

You know what annoys me most about Cry for Justice?  It isn't just the fact that Robinson killed off a bunch of characters with huge potential.  It isn't just the fact that he killed off a sweet, innocent little girl in order to create artificial angst.  It's how he killed all these characters.

Only one of the deaths had a character who actually had a chance for the reader to get to know was  Gary Stu Prometheus.  All the other characters were killed off within a couple pages of their appearance.  Hell, I don't remember Lian appearing in a single panel before she died.  That's just lousy writing.  If you want a death to mean something, you have to get your audience emotionally invested in the character who dies.  Your audience won't care about a character they don't know dying.  It's angst disguised as drama.

Not only that, but most of these characters were out-of-character in the few moments we saw them before they died.  Fans of the characters are going to be (rightfully) ticked, and people who don't know who the characters are aren't going to care.

James Robinson seems determined to kill off, maim or darken every light-hearted and fun character he writes.  He's become a Vampiric Writer, shunning all things light-hearted and fun, recoiling from the light, and wallowing in angst, darkness, death and pain.

I said it before, and I'll say it again.  I cannot and will not ever be a fan of James Robinson again.

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