QUOTE(BB Shockwave @ Jan 9 2011, 12:33 PM)
Geez, I read it... what a clutterfest. You know your comic sucks if you have to add an extra full page at the end, explaining the whys and wherefores.
Not really, no. I love those pages. They explain behind the scenes things and forge links between what's happening in the comic and material from the film, novels and other comics, highlighting and correcting disconnects that it wouldn't be possible to dedicate the comic itself over to doing. A character from 1913 can't stop to highlight and correct a continuity error that won't have happened until 2007. I think the notes pages are great, and they've really highlighted for me how much work Barber has put into researching and understanding all the different corners of movie fiction. It's very quickly given me a high opinion of him, and makes me look forward to seeing what he's going to do with the DOTM stuff coming up.
Why bother introducing all those commandos if you're gonna kill them all off after like, 4 pages?
Because Sector Seven does things in seven. Also, horrors of war. Not everyone comes back. Dirty Dozen, y'know? It's further a credit to the writer that he's able to quickly establish simple, identifiable personalities for a good number of the characters in a short space of time (something he's been doing quite well all through the mini, and particularly with the First Seven). Of course, it's the characters who don't get any face-time who get the quick, ignominious off-panel deaths (Garcia, Horwitz, Newcombe), where Corliss gets a whole scene on the plane, and then gets a grisly black comedy moment to reveal his death.
Also, there is no way in hell that Hitler, a HUGE Wagner fan himself, would have allowed military research to happen in castle Neuschwannstein, which was practically built as a shrine to Wagner operas by the quite-obsessed king of Bayern. Not to mention, the castle stands undamaged to this day.
But the Nazis DID use the castle to store all the stuff they stole from France, so they had a presence there. And this is fiction. Bonnie and Clyde also didn't die when this series said they did, and Surface-to-air-recovery wasn't in use for a decade after it's mentioned in this issue. It's a story about a secret government organization! They cover things up, they rebuild things to hide what they did, they have stuff others don't.
And sorry to state this, but I am a bit bored by the fact that it is always Jetfire popping up everywhere.
Yeah, but Jetfire's continued presence is going to tie back into those mysterious caves, which he spend the decade between #1 and #2 crawling around in. The Nazis have their layout from his memory, and they're obviously going to factor into the final issue somehow. Jetfire's key to this. There's a distinct plot thread tying his appearances together that wouldn't be there if it was a bunch of random Seekers turning up.