Thursday, October 07, 2010

On the Futility of being Grant Morrison

So there's this theory out there about how Grant Morrison is tying together just about everything from every era of Batman comics into a single cohesive mythology. Good for him...but really, what's the point?

You really think that Morrison would have learned his lesson after his X-Men run - it doesn't matter what kind of "definitive narrative mythology" you create for a corporate shared-universe property because YOU DON'T OWN THE CHARACTERS.

So sure, go ahead and make your epic narrative - but whoever comes onto the property next will either A) Completely misinterpret it, or B) Ignore it to focus on their own narrative and interpretation for the characters. That's just the nature of this comics sphere. If you want to create a cohesive narrative mythology, you have to do it within the bounds of creator-controlled works, because otherwise it doesn't belong to you. Hey, creating a grand theory of every Batman story ever and putting it up there is cool for you and your specific fans, but the character will exist beyond your run and every other creator is going to go with THEIR ideas, even if their idea means taking your idea out to the shed and putting it down like a rabid dog.

If you don't agree with me, well, go ask Kurt Busiek about how much "Avengers Forever" gets referenced properly. Maybe you can talk to Mark Waid, or John Byrne or...

1 comment:

Phil Watts, Jr. said...

Ah, the days when the idea of Grant Morrison writing JLA-related characters was a GOOD thing. I miss those days. I still have the first four issues of his JLA run and I'm tracking down his Prometheus arc as well (way before James Robinson--another once-decent writer that has now gone off the deep end--turned him into another boring killing machine).

Now Grant has seriously screwed up everything to the point where I wish he would just GO AWAY. Someone needs to get in his face and tell him to get over himself.