Certain writers have bodies of work that invite full examination for appreciation of the themes, the sediment of experience, which rear up and build over the years. Personally, for me, Grant Morrison’s contributions to comics have interested me as much as Philip K. Dick’s work. It’s one big house with continued renovations.
@keylimetyrant - sorry for the thread jack, but …
Would that be Soupy Sales in your avatar? Lol. I bet a lot of folks on here are wondering who the heck that is. Loved him when I was a kid. You have great taste in avatars and I tip my hat to your selection.
On the OP: Grant Morris and Garth Ennis also fit my personal best comic creators. F. Paul Wilson and Edgar Rice Burroughsfill that niche in books. ERB in particular framed my love of all things fantasy, sci-fi, and adventure. FPW got me into horror with The Keep.
I am an eclectic reader. If it is well written, I’ll read it (except hard core romance/porn).
And I guess I’d have to add Aldous Huxley to formative authors. He certainly affected my thinking in High School and College.
@LonelyLobo Yes indeed, it’s Soupy. One of my favs as a kid 'cause I liked soup! And I too would include Ennis as a superb scenario and word craftsman. Comics were my intro to literature both classical and fantastical. Morrison has worked primarily within the superhero mold and made it his own. He’s always made me anticipate what he might do next. From ANIMAL MAN to BATMAN to THE INVISIBLES. Adventurous.
He’s definitely top 3 favorite comic book writer. Anything he does I’ll at least give it a shot.
@Jay_Kay Which is a tremendous position to be in as a writer, knowing you have folks anticipating your output and, naturally, publishing arms which embrace this.
What I’ve read of Morrison’s work is admittedly limited, some stuff from his Batman and Son run and The Multiversity, the Arkham Asylum graphic novel with Mike McKeon, All-Star Superman, Final Crisis and Seven Soldiers among them. I enjoyed his Seven Soldiers a lot; it was challenging and ambitious, but I also didn’t have an in-depth knowledge of the book’s characters either. So I was open to his interpretations of them. It’s his Damian and Batman, Inc. creations that have really turned me off of him. I guess I’m among the minority of Batman fans who didn’t like his Damian and turning Batman into a global brand. In later creatives’ hands, I’ve grown to appreciate Damian much more now. But he’s the reason I’ve shied away from Wonder Woman: Earth One as well as The Green Lantern.
Lol. Reading back over my post, I see that I misspelled Grant Morrison’s name. Ah, well, the life of fast and furious finger typist.
@FrankTheTank27 Ah yes! Seven Soldiers was a terrfically ambitious project with a party of art talent aboard. Morrison does indeed get lobbed with criticism regarding his characterizations. For me, I enjoy his skewed takes on old favorites.
The only character I really questioned his characterization of in his Batman run is Talia al Ghul. I’m good with her being a villain, but I wished she was more conflicted in her choices, especially in Incorporated.
@Jay_Kay Talia was more of a “drafted” villain as opposed to fully dimensional. I’d go with that. Sometimes simple can supply just enough texture so that the story can roll . Always a judgment call.