Today's Supergirl - pages out of order? (spoilers)
Were the pages printed out of order?
Because I couldn't follow the thread of it at all. It seemed to jump back and forth between time and place with no discernable through thread.
Can someone tell me what actually happened in this issue?
The last couple issues were like that. Like stream of consciousness without any skill behind it. The very first issue after the Kandor arc was everywhere at once, except immediately after they got out of Kandor, which made the already unbearable plot even harder to drag through.
Originally Posted by RabidWolfe
That's Joe Kelly's style. He starts in the middle, then shows chronological flashbacks leading up to the start of the story as the main story progresses. Kinda like the movie Memento, without the going in reverse aspect.
Originally Posted by Kent H
Then he's not very good at it. I'm a frickin' Doctoral student in Literature, and I'm trained in reading stuff like that - and it took me half a dozen reads even to get the basic gist of the plot (and to figure out who was who in some places - the art was confusing as well).
I think I've finally figured out what was going on, but a story that takes that much effort better have some substantial rewards, and this one had none. It was only a middling story overall. I think Alan Moore and maybe half a dozen other comic writers could get away with this storytelling style. Kelly here seems to think it's a gimmick, and he's not using it very well.
It is linear storytelling, but not start-to-finish necessarily. It's like Godard said: Every film has a beginning, a middle, and an end. Just not necessarily in that order.
I really dig the way Kelly does it. I think it works especially well in Supergirl. He is able to capture the way Kara's mind works.
This was another stellar issue. Joe Kelly is hitting on all cylinders. And I mean COME ON! Pirates! Yeah! Where's Captain Jack?
Seriously, I look forward to this title more than almost any other. Kelly is telling great stories about an interesting character, doing it in a compelling way, and also hitting pretty hard on the meta-text.
And as much as I have enjoyed Churchill's work, I have to give it up for Joe Benitez as a fill-in this issue. Ay caramba! Absolutely gorgeous unrestrained and unapologetic cheesecake. He also manages to tell a story very well, too. If I didn't know better, I would have thought he was Brazilian.
And on top of everything, they are getting the book out on time. Will wonders never cease?
Yeah, since Joe took over this has become one of my top 5 faves from DC. I'm mildly disappointed the story's getting delayed due to the Terra story next issue, but I like G&P & Conner, and I plan on getting the mini, so it's not too bad.
Well, I'm glad it's working for some people. But I just find myself turned off by it. I'm going to be dropping it from my pull list soon.