Better Living Through Graphic Storytelling
A Comics Blog About Shit We Like
15 March 2007
the confession (i didn't do it.)
first things first, alex maleev makes beautiful art. just amazing. he manages to make me stare at pages of tony stark crying still wearing most of his armor, sitting in a room alone more exciting than everything jim lee has done this year. (i'm should warn the beter living audience, i hate
jim lee and love alex maleev. i think they are opposing forces, and the jim lee side has no artistic merit. so there. sorry.)
moving on from the art (which i can't say enough good about, maleev just gets better and better),
the first half of this book is fantastic, iron man is a real person, with a real history, a real personality, and an actual reason to do what he does. it's a pleasure to read. and then, on top of that, we get the first true (or as close as possible) proof of steve rogers's death. and it's great.
but then we move on to the "two days earlier" section and cap and iron man go back to being the terrible crap they've been for months. it's sad. and it takes away from the impact of the first half. try reading this book backwards. read the second section, and then the first. it works so much better. so much more impact. and then the final page of the iron man section would be the thing you're left with instead of steve rogers in a cell with an undeserving moral victory and a snide comment.

right. a general opinion about the week later.
Blogger TonPo said...
After reading the second section I can see why they would choose the story with Captain America in it:

1. It's theoretically supposed to make an impact because, it's Captain Freaking America talking about why he believes his views are right, and why he suddenly hates Tony Stark so much.

2. It reads as if they are trying to muddy up waters of discussion here. Sure Iron Man won the war, but that doesn't mean the debate is over. The fact that Captain America is still arguing his point with full conviction, after having given himself up, is one of the tenants of democracy.

However, I still totally agree with you. While the tactical reasoning for order of stories is there, the aesthetic and emotional is not. Plus, I think this only plays off of Bendis' non-linear narrative fetish.

Blogger timi fashions said...
i see what you're saying, but had they put the captain's view first they would have caught the reader much harder because they'd start the book at the same point they'd been at for months. "cap's great, he has conviction and he'll tell you about it. let's die with him." and then half way through they start to realize what asses they've been. total asses.