O'Neil also wrote a novelized version of his Question series but it
seemed to me he crammed a lot of plot into the book and not much
character development or the other elements that I guess made his
comic successful (I read it ages ago and don't know if I'd be up to
reading it again).
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Mark Finn" <markfinn@...> wrote:
> --- In email@example.com, "caroli1975" <karabair@> wrote:
> > Oh, yes, O'Neil -- any discussion of noir comics has to include his
> > fabulous run on 'The Question' -- the Steve Ditko-created character
> > who was also the template for Rorschach in Alan Moore's 'Watchmen.'
> > (I believe the two series actually came out concurrently with each
> > other). O'Neil's Vic Sage is the only honest man in nightmarishly-
> > corrupt Hub City (it makes Gotham look like a walk in the park); he's
> > also a total apologetic son of a bitch, yet oddly charming -- and very
> > moral -- all of which makes a great read.
> Hi Carrie:
> I loved O'Neil's Question series. Probably the best thing he wrote,
> post-seventies Batman. Brilliant stuff, and wonderfully hard-boiled.
> > Have you read Rucka lately? I don't know about his early run on
> > Batman, but his first issue would have been 8 or 9 years ago, and he's
> > been working steadily since. He's done some Batman stories that are
> > considered among the best contemporary work, and also collaborated
> > with Brubaker on 'Gotham Central,' a series about Gotham cops, which
> > is more police procedural than noir -- and would really be a great
> > recommendation for anybody who enjoyed the law enforcement aspects
> of TDK.
> I've unfortunately been driven from Batman (and most of DC) by the
> editorial staff, the insistence on group-plotted projects, and a
> bewildering foot-dragging tendency to stay mired in 1994's marketing
> When the Brubaker stuff hits collected form, I'll give it a look. I
> like his take on stuff. But I really, really don't like what Rucka has
> done with Batman. Just my personal tastes, I suppose.
> > And Ed Brubaker -- he manages to give just about everything he writes
> > a flavor of noir, including Captain America. I'm not at all surprised
> > about the Parker adaptation news, as the Richard Stark series and its
> > various adaptations seem to be close to holy writ for a lot of people
> > working in comics today. One of Brubaker's earliest superhero books
> > was called 'Point Blank' and homaged (stole?) the structure and
> > elements of the premise from that film adaptation of 'The Hunter.'
> That Cap story he did was bloody brilliant. Yeah, Brubaker has the
> chops. His stuff has guts, which is a nice change of pace from what we
> are usually served.
> Mark Finn
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