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January 11th, 2005 - Trickle of Consciousness — LiveJournal
Spoiler warning up front for Box Office Poison. If you haven't read it, you won't get much out of this post, anyway, as it's not a review so much as a question to the ether.

I've been trying to work my way through the monolithic, all-in-one Complete Box Office Poison collection. I've mostly been enjoying it, but now I'm in the middle of the storyline in which Ed decides to help Mr. Flavor get money for the rights to his super-hero creation from "back in the day."

And, well, I have to say that I'm not so much digging on this bit. Not because there's something wrong with stories that take on the idea of the creative rape of Golden Age super-hero creators so much as because Robinson's take is just so... flat. The comics executives are universally shallow and callow, the comics press all fluff with no force. The only real hope I have is that Flavor still strikes me as an ass, but I get the feeling that, increasingly, I'm supposed to forget and forgive all that because he was poorly treated by the comics machine, who's making millions off his brilliant creation (a brilliant creation, I might add, that he freely admits was just a recycled throw-away idea).

Really, tell me this story gets more nuanced at some point, that it rises above its "We must educate the reader about the evils of the comics industry" / movie-of-the-week / sit-com-special-episode current state? Alternately, I'll settle for finding out the story only lasts a couple more chapters. As it stands it just seems, well, self-indulgent.

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