Friday, September 21, 2012
Friday Quotations: Blinkin' Amazing
The catch when I was originally reading them was that the library I was borrowing them from had the first volumes of the original series, and the first volumes of the reboot, but missed rather large swathes in between. So I was rather confused. Having now read the whole series, I'll admit it all hangs together--even the reboot can be worked into actual continuity, if you squint a bit. The real problem is that the series' tone and purpose shifts wildly with new writers. Neil Gaiman created the series, and it was a fairly simple premise: an ordinary British boy is put on a whirlwind tour of the magic side of reality, led by the high profile "good" magic characters of the DC universe. He has the potential to be more powerful, magic-wise, than any of them, and they ask if he wanted this power. I won't go so far to say that Timothy Hunter was a MacGuffin for Gaiman to do a DC magical tour, but he is, I think, supposed to be deliberately vague personality-wise, aside from general "wise-ass Brit kid" in order to present him as an Everyman type figure. (Like Harry Potter, but about a decade earlier.)
You can't really hang an ongoing on that premise, though, so the first writer of the main series, John Ney Reiber, developed a supporting cast. Tim had a pretty miserable life at that point; sure, he had magical powers, but people were always trying to kill him for them, and his father was a one-armed drunk, still feeling guilty about the car crash that took his arm and his wife's life. Tim's gloom is counterbalanced by Molly, his next door neighbor, a spunky little Irish girl. Much of Reiber's run can be classified as a teenage love story, and Molly is portrayed as such a vital character that I was okay with that. My big problem with the following writers is that they went a little overboard in the overwrought, emo-side of Tim, and they never got Molly quite right; she went from being her own unique character to being Tim's Supporting Cast, role: Girlfriend.
Okay, I felt I needed to rant about that. Still, the scene above? Good scene.