Friday, April 30, 2010

The 2010 Eisner Awards

Well, something has happened that manage to rouse me out of my long period of no updates.  James Robinson was nominated for an Eisner Award for his work on Cry for Justice.

What the hell?

James Robinson has produced great work . . . in the past.  Cry for Justice is the worst comic series he has ever written.  The villain's a Gary Stu, the plot has more holes than swiss cheese, all the characters behave radically differently from their previously established personalities, the plot meanders.  The comic tries to take itself seriously while using juvenile humor.  The only thing that could be considered good is the art, and even that really isn't spectacular.

Not only that but every single death is meaningless.  Robinson doesn't bother introducing the characters before having them killed off, so any drama or emotion that could have come from the deaths is completely absent.  The only emotion invoked is anger by fans who liked the characters that got killed off in order to write this piece of garbage.  Prometheus Gary Stu is the only character who gets any real panel time before his death, and he's written wildly out of character.

And that's not even getting into the rather unfortunate implications of having a majority of the dead being members of one minority group or another.  Or the fact that Freedom Beast's death is treated as being less important than the deaths of a bunch of animals.

If James Robinson wins an Eisner award because of this, it's proof that the Eisner Awards are meaningless.  The fact that Robinson was even nominated for one is an insult to all the other writers who were nominated.

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