As much as I like Cully Hamner’s artwork in National Comics: Eternity #1, I would have been much happier if DC had gone in a completely different direction than they did. Kid Eternity has always had a goofy premise that has also been done well in very dark ways, but Jeff Lemire’s version irons out all the interesting bits—the nebulous death of the original origin (which was expanded in the Vertigo version), the ability to summon historical or mythological figures—in favour of a generic mob violence death and what amounts to a “gritty” re-imagining of Bryan Fuller’s Pushing Daisies. This comic reads like the pilot for another terrible WB supernatural drama starring hot young actors, with all the wonderful hooks taken out and nothing really distinctive or unique replacing them.
I kind of feel like Lemire has become DC’s golden boy, the architect of their transitioning properties that were once upon a time part of the DCU that migrated to Vertigo back to the DCnU (Animal Man, Kid Eternity, Hellblazer), but his work is so edgeless and unimaginative and boring if you stare at it too long. I liked his Animal Man work initially but the longer it went on with nothing really happening that wasn’t just a retread of something Grant Morrison did fifteen to twenty years ago, the more I dissatisfied I’ve become.
I have a lot of fondness for Kid Eternity, because the original concept is beyond ridiculous and the Vertigo revamp of him was great—both the Morrison stuff and the Nocenti stuff—but Lemire is proving to be a bog-standard writer, the word-equivalent of DC’s house-style, and mostly that means flat characters with nothing unique about them, and premises that sound too much like some of the lesser Buffy knockoffs. This is like a Ghost Whisperer retread, starring a disaffected twentysomething man instead of Jennifer Love Hewitt, for god’s sakes.
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- draculaderonda said: Lemire is soooo borrrrring! I thought I was the only one who thought so!
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