But today I just have to share my confusion: how can I love some of what Mark Waid writes but hate most of it?
This is very hard for me, because one of my favorite comics of all time is his JLA Year One series. Of all the trades I own, it's one of the few I have read over and over. Oh, the plot's a little wacky, but it's a Justice League story and their plots almost have to be wacky. But Waid did an amazing job of depicting the personalities of the principals (Hal Jordan, Black Canary 2, Barry Allen, Aquaman, and Martian Manhunter). In fact, he pretty much set the standard for how most people currently perceive those characters.
And, of course, Mark Waid created Impulse, the Character Who Put the Fun Back Into Superhero Comics. I've given away thousands of my comic books over the years. I have every issue of Impulse I ever bought. With Impulse, Mark Waid made me laugh and cry, often in the same issue. Impulse alone would put Mark Waid in the forefront of my favorite comic creators.
Brave and the Bold, though some of its dialog is bit heavy-handed, is an absolute hoot and I love Mark Waid for making in a joyous romp across the DCU what could have been the most ungainly mess since the "DC Challenge".
Mark Waid was one of the principal writers of the Silver Age, the Most Fun Crossover Ever Written.
And yet... .
- Could I hate Kingdom Come (and the infestation in the DCU it has turned into) more? No, I don't think so.
- The current Legion is the only one in the last 35 years I'm not enjoying.
- Ever notice I never discuss the Flash? Waid wrote it for eight years and I hated every minute of it.
Can someone explain how I can love and hate one man's work so much?