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i've read all of gaiman's novels and can tell you they are EXCELLENT. coraline was outstanding, as was american gods and anansi boys. i really enjoyed stardust and even the graveyard book was very very cool. i think gaiman is brilliant. ennis? meh, can give or take most of his stuff.
I've always liked Paul Jenkins. Perhaps obviously for one reason with him creating the Sentry. The story itself is very good. His run on Hellblazer, also his writing on Deathmatch (his relatively new series). I think he's a good writer.
"A great tactician creates plans.
A good tactician recognizes the soundness of a plan presented to him.
A fair tactician must see the plan succeed before offering approval.
Those with no tactical ability at all may never comprehend the plan, and will resent the tactician."
Ennis has both good points and problems. Like, when he does supers, he tends to make them so dumb and exaggerated, they don't really come off as a critique of anything, just his own exaggerated cartoonish view. Like in The Pro or The Boys.
Which is kinda sad, as in the rare occasions he does engage superheroes-as-superheroes rather than a cartoon version of them, it can be fantastic. And you know I'm talking about the Superman appearance in Hitman.
Ennis is better when he sticks to Punisher and Dredd types. Heck, that applies to a lot of the writers who aim for a 'gritty' style.
I see sooo many people mock that panel Basically it assumes the audience is reacting one way, and if they don't, it comes across as the writer being juvenile and failing at making a commentary on that kind of story too. It tries to be a jaw-dropper and it isn't. Or, at least for me it wasn't.
Though there is a nice edit of the end of Civil War with that dialog instead that fits scarily well ^^ And Millar reportedly signed a printed copy with the dialog replacement at a con once, which is cool.
Pride is solid.
On Ex Machina, I felt it was 90% good, but the ending fell flat. The big threat seemed a lot less interesting than he'd built it up in my head, I didn't buy some of the character moments, and the last-page zinger was way too topical. Compared to the actually-willing-to-engage-on-modern-politics and the interesting take on powers and the creepy hintings of vol 1-9 of the series, it just didn't work- like the series grew while he was writing it and when the ending came he stuck with a version that hadn't grown with it.