Grant Morrison’s "Joker" is superior?! Are we in a mirror universe?
I have not been completely vocal in my displeasure for Grant Morrison and his epic fails of the last 2 years… They can be summarized as:
1.) Damian Wayne
2.) Final Crisis
3.) The death of Bruce Wayne (which could be tied into 2)
4.) The death of Darkseid
5.) The complete lameness of the new Seven Soldiers of Victory
6.) Final Crisis (so bad, it needs to be mentioned twice)
7.) DC One Million (Oh boy was that a stinker!)
8.) His Mary Sue in Seven Soldiers of Victory, Animal Man, and a number of other titles
9.) Final Crisis (Yes, so bad it had to be listed THREE times)
10.) Not killing Jason Todd AGAIN after that other idiot Winnick brought him back from the dead.
I read once that Morrison was one of those “art for art’s sake” kind of writers. You know the type that feels you can not understand the depths he goes to in his writing. I used to be a huge Morrison fan. His run on JLA in the early part of this decade completely revitalized the book and team. Where the problem lies, is that even though he has done great good, his ‘problems’ far outweigh those positives.
At this point, you are probably asking yourself, “So Joey… what’s the big deal? What has gotten you on this tirade today?” Surprisingly enough, this does not stem from a dislike of Grant Morrison, but a like for another writer, Paul Dini. After Grant Morrison did #3 on the above list, Paul Dini was asked to come on board and write two books: Batman: Streets of Gotham and Gotham City Sirens. Both of these have been of high caliber, but because of a number of scheduling conflicts there was a guest writer for GCS last issue. Paul Dini returns to GCS with Issue #4 and DC has put a preview up on on their “Blog” The Source. What is truly annoying me to no end is all the “Dini doesn’t write The Joker as well as Morrison” drivel these people are spewing! The Joker’s resergence as a Batman villain in the last 15 years can be accredited to his placement back in mainstream entertainment through Batman: The Animated Series, Superman: The Animated Series, and Justice League. Three guesses who was primary driving force in those items?!? Oh yeah, it was Paul Dini! Beside Dennis O’Niel’s run on the Batman, I cannot think of another many’s contribution to The Joker that was so defining. I was extremely disappointed when I saw that GCS #3 was not written by Dini and now I am overjoyed to see his return to the book. Many people may not know, but Dini created the character of Harley Quinn for B:TAS and his portrayal of her is has close to the original you can get.
Don’t get me wrong, Grant Morrison is a good writer. He is just a terrible continuity writer. When asked to write his own independent stories or out-of-continuity tales (i.e. All-Star Superman), he is an excellent craftsman. I just need this guy to stay out of my continuity heavy story telling… oh and my “epic” events. Did I mention that Final Crisis was full of complete fail?