Ellison, Groth sign historic peace accord

Glenn Hauman

Glenn is VP of Production at ComicMix. He has written Star Trek and X-Men stories and worked for DC Comics, Simon & Schuster, Random House, arrogant/MGMS and Apple Comics. He's also what happens when a Young Turk of publishing gets old.

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6 Responses

  1. Russ Rogers says:

    Do I over-think these things?Sable gets to say the line, "You misunderstand me…I have no objection to you dying for your cause." And then he coolly shoots Bashira in the head. This seems very cold and stupid. How does Sable know that Maggie is in place to make that catch? How does Maggie have the strength to make that catch? She has titanium claws. But is she super-strong too? Making that one-handed catch of even a light-weight woman seems like it would be enough to dislocate your shoulder, more likely just pull you off the building to your death.But it all makes Sable seem so much more powerful and decisive than having him try to talk Bashira off the ledge. If Bashira falls and the bomb breaks open, you've still got a nuclear disaster on your hands, even a handful of fissionable material blowing around is a deadly proposition. If Bashira falls and the bomb detonates … worse. Why is Sable SO sure that what Bashira held in her hand wasn't some kind of dead-man's switch that would immediately detonate the bomb as soon as she removed her thumb? And Sable seems pretty confident that he can diffuse a nuclear bomb! That's a BIG technical jump for a guy who didn't immediately recognize the significance of the beryllium sphere.There is just an instant after someone is shot when the blood and brain matter spray blossoms out of the back of their head. I'm sure that this is portrayed with Zapruder-like accuracy. Mike Grell never tires of showing us that tiny fraction of a second.

    • Glenn Hauman says:

      Look at it from Jon's POV: If she jumps, there's no way to get her and the bomb is unreachable– it could be triggered in mid-plummet. For that matter, she might just fall off– she's wearing high heels on an icy roof ledge. She knew Maggie was there, which helped him in controlling the situation.Yes, Jon clearly made a mistake, as we can see by the ticking clock. On the other hand, he may not have time to regret it for long…

  2. Felix Lu says:

    Dear Russ,Yes, you do overthink these things:) How did you ever manage to enjoy the original series? I suggest you stay away from popular entertainment and stick to the textbooks. Comic books are beneath your intelligence. Felix

    • Russ Rogers says:

      Thanks, Felix.Seriously, I don't think Comic Books are beneath my intelligence. There are plenty of comics that are smarter than I am. But I don't think you should dismiss any form of entertainment as being too "lowbrow" to receive scrutiny or criticism.I don't think it's wrong to question a story or point out when you think the story has shifted beyond plausible. I don't think it's wrong to point out when repeated elements are in danger of becoming cliché, like the gratuitously naked women or the fan of blood spray from shots to the head. I've counted five head shot blood spumes in this story.I'm not complaining; I'm commenting. I'm enjoying the Ashes of Eden! There are many cool and exciting elements to the story, most notably Mike Grell's fantastic art!

  3. slegge says:

    Man, that was sweet. Pow! That's what I call diplomacy. ;)