Oh well. Guess I'll just have to take back what I said earlier...
Thinking about the back issues I've got with his appearances in the Avengers from the 1980s, I'll admit that he did seem fairly creepy at times even then, but he knew how to use his powers wisely and not for personal gain and exploitation. Here, all Slott's done is something along the lines of say, Straczynski's work on Amazing Spider-Man: he's written something that most people would be glad not to consider part of continuity any longer, and even gladder to see fade into obscurity. When Gardner Fox wrote that rare misfire of a story in The Flash in 1967 about a goofy angel-like entity called Mopee, it was nothing compared to the rising number of duds surfacing today that are so unbearable, that that's why they qualify for the name of that old character that the Comics Buyers Guide later took to using as a way of describing bad stories that people would rather forget.
Now, with this news about She-Hulk #7, I'm uncertain if I want to buy the TPBs already published of She-Hulk written by Slott. If I do, it certainly won't be because he wrote it. And yet, when I contemplate the news of The Thing's cancellation now, I can't help but wonder if, for Slott, this was but a punishment deserved.
Writers of comics, company owned or even self-owned, have to take into consideration that art is meant to encourage and inspire, and not to corrupt morale and trivialize serious issues, nor to turn them into a parody. That's practically what Kevin Costner's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Mel Brooks' rip-off, Robin Hood: Men in Tights did during the early 1990s, and now, we have to put up with this garbage here too! Please.
Unless Slott can apologize and just be honest, that he erred, all I can say is that this whole Starfox story tarnishes his reputation IMO.
Update: okay, here's the link to the CBR thread on which Slott defends his take (thanx, fax). Well, okay, I appreciate his efforts, but nevertheless, I'd like to say that the whole premise is so wrongheaded IMO, because:
- It runs the gauntlet of character assasination for Starfox, and can leave a bad aftertaste.
- I would think that Jen would be representing the plaintiff, and not the defendant, in a case like this.
And the best argument I can make here is that, if it's an otherwise impossible story, it shouldn't have been written at all. It takes less effort.
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