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I bought a big load of comics today. Among them were the second issue of the revived Birds of Prey and the fourth issue of the Brightest Day tie-in, Justice League: Generation Lost.

The former is by Gail Simone. The latter has scripts by Judd Winick. Simone is one the best writers DC has. Winick is responsible for a lot of bland or bad comics (though capable of more than he has been doing.) You would think that Simone, returning to the book that was one of her biggest successes for DC, would be writing the better comic with ease.

Nope. The second issue of BoP is clumsy and manipulative and badly paced and hurt by endless narration. I barely care about the mystery villain and don't see much to recommend here.

Meanwhile, JL: GL, after a slow but competent start, is not just good but also witty in a way I don't expect from Winick's DC work. It probably helps that the plot is also by Keith Giffen, but it's still a surprise that I am liking this as much as I am.

Or that Winick is writing better than Simone. How is that even possible? And yet, I will be back next issue for JL: GL but not for BoP. Sorry, Gail.

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Date: Jun. 23rd, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badninja.livejournal.com
Simone used to be a good writer, now she's just a hack.

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Date: Jun. 23rd, 2010 10:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badninja.livejournal.com
I just don't like her writing personally. I also don't like someone who can't own up to what she deliberately writes and backtracks in interviews. I haven't had respect for her since 2004.

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Date: Jun. 24th, 2010 12:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dewline.livejournal.com
*looks askance*

Huh?

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Date: Jun. 24th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] badninja.livejournal.com
Many of the choices she made in 2004 (writing wise, how she left DC, etc) dropped all of my respect for her, and I haven't been impressed by any of her writing since, even if I put my feelings about her personally aside.

Different opinions, really.

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Date: Jun. 27th, 2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] schung1968.livejournal.com
Hmm... the only DC I'm picking up lately is Batman & Robin, Booster Gold, Green Lantern, and Jonah Hex. I dropped Power Girl when the creative team left. Amanda Conner's art was the main incentive for me to pick up that book. I liked Gail Simone's Simpsons Comics stuff, but am indifferent to the rest, I'm afraid.

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