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@Gustopher: Dex-Starr is an Earth housecat, not an alien. They did a (pre-reboot) origin story for him that was really good, and made the concept work as something other than just a visual gag.

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Dex-Starr stopped being amusing the second they gave him a “tragic” origin story. Or at least, stopped being intentionally amusing.

Grifter sounds like they should have just gone full Sam Raimi/Darkman and had him exclaim, “Cole Cash is dead. Now there is only… the Grifter!”

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Yeah, but all these excuses for Etrigan not speaking in rhyme are just that, excuses. It’s pretty clear that Cornell has chosen to have non-rhyme-speaking Etrigan–if he wanted him to speak in rhyme, he could have him speaking in rhyme. So, OK, creative choice on Cornell’s part–but why? What does having him talk in prose actually accomplish? As far as I can tell, nothing, which makes it seem like Cornell just couldn’t be bothered. I suppose if you just don’t like rhyming Etrigan, that’s fine, and you are wrong. WRONG I SAY.

And Shining Knight–again, OK, they’re rebooting the character. Because lord knows after appearing in four issues three years ago, the character was desperate for a reboot. Again, though, we’re given a character who, in terms of both context and personality, is completely different from how she originally appeared–the whole point of the character is that she’s a Silver Surfer-esque pure soul in a fallen alien world, i.e. ours, and if you take that away you’re left with little besides “Hey, look, it’s Shining Knight. Cool.”

I’m prepared to give Cornell a chance with both of these characters, but so far he hasn’t actually made an argument for why he needed to portray them this way. It’s just, “I’m gonna write these characters however I want.”

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Wally Kovacs said on September 19th, 2011 at 2:05 am

I’ll simply say this:

Rhyming demon as supporting character – cool.

Rhyming demon as main character – annoying as heck.

Imagine they made Bizarro a full blown cast member in a team book, and went ‘full Bizarro’ where each sentence is a logic puzzle, instead of the simple misuse of verbs, and including the word ‘no’ or using opposites once in a while. And even then, they wouldn’t put Bizarro in charge of the team anyway, so at best he’d be the team’s King Shark or Rag Doll where they are still in such small doses that they are endearing instead of annoying.

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dangermouse said on September 21st, 2011 at 5:47 pm

re: Superboy,

I cannot overstate how much I hate “genetic memories” as a concept.

Like okay yeah it’s awful science and comics are awful science and that’s fine and I’m in no way objecting to that.

But strictly as a dramatic concept and storytelling conceit – it’s just garbage.

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