"Hello, I'm Tom King. I make people cry for a living and it's a weird way to earn a dollar."
Doesn't that just say it all?
Tom King views making people sad AS HIS JOB. Well, he's certainly made plenty of people miserable with his writing of Batman, so: Achievement Unlocked, Tom. Time to move on.
Look; I get it. I was a stage performer for 25 years. Being able to move people to tears IS one of the most intoxicating experiences an entertainer can have, and I LOVED doing it. It makes you feel as though your art has meaning and that it actually touches people.
But there are good touches and there are bad touches. When I was a performer it was my job to make people cry. But it was also my job to make them laugh. And smile And exult. And ponder. And reflect. And relax. Etc. My job as a performer was to be ABLE to do all of those and to vary which I was doing. Singing the same note again and again and again doesn't make a song. Or at least, not a very good one.
|That's an exception. Along with One Direction's "Kiss You" and the bulk of Gregorian chant.|
Tom King has a one-note song of sadness and it isn't our sadness or Batman's... it's just his and we've been paying to watch him sing it.
|Batman's fed up, too.|
And he's a pretty patient guy as a rule.
I want the corpse of Julie Schwartz or Mort Weisinger (who weren't particularly pleasant WHEN STILL ALIVE) to claw out of the grave and drive Tom King and all those like him from the temple of DC:
|Like that, but with more flaying and fewer pigeons.|
Time to go, Tom, and inspire emotions OTHER than sadness as you do.