A recent statement from J. Michael Straczynski about the rather infamous “One More Day” storyline has been getting a lot of reaction lately.
Greg from Greg’s Blog of Clue-by-Fours is impressed by the statement.
Very honest, and very classy. He states his opinion without bashing his bosses. Personally, my disagreements with certain creative decisions aside, I have nothing but the utmost respect for both JMS and Joe Quesada. I think “One More Day” is bullshit, but when it comes right down to it, I think actual living, breathing human beings are more worthy of respect than fictional characters. There is nothing wrong with criticism. I do it all the time, but the venom which is thrown at some of these people just bewilders me sometimes. Personally, I despised Grant Morrison’s take on Magneto, but I never called for his head.
Stephen Gerding of Kung Fu Rodeo is decidedly unimpressed:
I think this sounds a lot like a mixture of sour grapes with a healthy dose of “too little too late” thrown in for added flavor. Frankly, this explanation doesn’t wash considering that JMS is supposed to have a “no real editing” clause in his Marvel contract. I can buy Quesada overruling a few decisions from before from his EiC seat, but I don’t buy for a minute that he’s the one orchestrating all of the story points in OMD with JMS acting solely as script monkey. More likely, JMS and Joey da Q both hammered out the entire thing, top to bottom, and managed to convince themselves that they created an epic storyline. When fans finally got a whiff of their brew and started turning on them, going as far as to claim loudly that the freaking Clone Saga was never as horrible as OMD, JMS made the first move and threw Marvel under the bus.
Livejournalist Kali921 takes JMS’s post as validation:
That’s right. The WRITER of One More Day HATES IT. He’s so blatant about it that he posted it on his own damn website.
The same writer who brought us the craptastic piece of incomprehensible bullshit known as The Other. Now, you know that when the dude that wrote The Other, as well as the execrable storyline where Gwen Stacy had kids by Norman Osborn, tells you that your story sucks?
Are we clear on this now?
So what do you think?