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Thursday, October 13, 2005
Laugh Out Loud Panel Of The Day!
Okay, maybe a little explanation is required here. It's not funny because a guy just got shot in the head. No, I find it funny because it's a good illustration of what's wrong with the Hard Man school of comics writing.
"There! I just shot the suspect in the head as soon as he gave us one useful piece of information in the interrogation! This will show everyone what a Hard Man I am."
"Yeah, but...I don't suppose there's any other information he might have known which would have been helpful to us, is there?"
"Doesn't matter. For I am...a Hard Man."
"But, look, we don't even know for certain that the information he gave us is current, accurate or reliable. For God's sake, how many fingers did you have to shoot off before he gave us one name? You don't think he was trained to withstand horrific torture?"
"Hard Man talking here..."
"I mean, we don't even know for certain that the he knew the actual truth of what was going on. For all we know he could have been fed false information in the hopes that we would capture and interrogate him."
And this is speaking as someone who likes almost everything Ellis does. But this Jack Cross book...I'm sorry, it's just coming off as a sloppy Tom Clancy pastiche.