Take That Comic Books Discussion

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06:02:33 AM Apr 3rd 2015
edited by DaibhidC
So what I'm getting from this page is that every time a comic book character expresses a negative opinion of another character, that's the writer displaying his or her personal dislike of the second character.

I'm not entirely sure this is the case.
06:34:25 AM Apr 3rd 2015
Most frequently not the case, I'd say.
08:45:53 AM Apr 3rd 2015
Well, it can be safely assumed that if the writer doesn't do something to show the first character is wrong, then yes, it is.

If the main character says "Spider-Man sucks" and everyone just nods in agreement, the writer wouldn't have had him say that and go unopposed if he didn't actually think Spider-Man sucked. But if a redneck says that the X-Men are freaks and is beaten for it, he's clearly shown to be wrong.

A writer wouldn't badmouth a character or idea that they actually liked without reason.
04:29:36 PM Aug 7th 2015
edited by DaibhidC
"It would be in-character and make a good story" is kind of a reason.

During the Superior Spider-Man arc, characters said Spider-Man sucked all the time, to general agreement. That didn't indicate the writers thought Superior Spider-Man sucked as a character concept or plot development. On the contrary, they were clearly having great fun in writing a Spider-Man who all the other heroes would agree sucked. And some of the entries do strike me as a bit like that.

And there are others, like Jaime Reyes in Justice League International, where it looks to me like the writer is on their side. The recruiters who say "No rookies" are shown to be jerks who pick the team for political reasons (including one who's just as much a rookie as Beetle). Guy quits when Jaime joins, but Guy is, like Superior Spidey, a character who is intentionally written as a jerk because it's fun to have a loudmouthed jerk on the team, providing conflict. And the final scene ... well that's a direct tie-in to Beetle's solo adventures, so I don't see how it can be a diss on the character, unless the writer of his own book hated him as well.
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