Life as a Writer: Day Ninety-Three
By Jaclyn Armstrong
Topic of the Day: Comics
Well that should be renamed “Topic of my Life”, as I have a small obsession with comics... but just a small one. The two big comics I have read in the last few weeks are Flashpoint and Fear Itself. If you have not read them yet and you are planning to, don't read on – Spoilers Ahead!
Instead go out and buy them! Fear Itself is the big 2011 event for the Marvel Universe, and I found the first issue to be amazing. In the story Sin, the Red Skull’s daughter, becomes the god/goddess of fear, and Odin decides to make all the Norse gods leave Earth. Returning to Asgard at the end of issue #1, before they even leave earth Thor rebels against Odin’s decision, and loses.
Flashpoint starts, narrated by an unknown character, with Barry Allen waking up in an alternate universe where he is not The Flash. Wonder Woman and Aquaman both want to rule the world, and Batman is willing to kill people – as displayed in the first issue - to get what he wants. Barry seems to be the only one that has his memory from before he woke up here, and he goes searching for Batman to help him. Spoiler Alert: Batman is revealed to be the mysterious Narrator... and Thomas Wayne, not Bruce.
I found both of these comics a lot of fun, but I preferred the art in Flashpoint more than Fear Itself. It is one of my pet peeves when I read a comic that does not have clear art – a sketchy, rough illustration technique ruins the story, no matter how good the plot is. And though I prefer Andy Kubert’s Flashpoint, both books have mind-blowing pencil work. In both stories, a higher power is at work, but in Fear Itself the reader is gets to see the antagonist, while in Flashpoint, you don't, and this makes the story all that much better.
If you saw me the day that Fear Itself #2 came out, you may be shocked when I say “I liked Flashpoint better”. I am going to be so excited when the second issue comes in; this story could do so amazingly well. But I cannot disparage Fear Itself; I still love the story line though the second issue just felt like filler. If the third issue blows me away, then it will be a tough choice on which comic is the superior read.
Now, all the lip flapping about how I liked Flashpoint may make you think that I prefer DC more, but I don't. I like both companies equally, just for different reasons, at different moments.
Finally, some big news for everyone who read my first issue! The next six pages of Salt Road will be coming out soon!!!! You all should be hyped, as you get to meet new characters and see more of the mysterious library. Well those are my spectacular adventures of the week; so till next time, everyone keep rocking and a rolling.