Eagleyes wrote:I'm sorry guys, I just can't get into ARAH.
I quit when Sneek Peak showed back up, and thought about coming back but the cyborg blue ninjas are just too sci-fi for me. I can't in good conscience reject Dixon for his sci-fi and then accept Hama just because he's Larry.
same with me, really want to, but just cant .
same with me. i love larry hama's work on marvel arah up to around the end of the cobra civil war, and then, with a few small exceptions, i found the title to be downright unreadable after that point. i thought he'd change the tone when picked up arah again with idw, but sadly that wasn't the case. the storylines are preposterous, the characters are silly, parrots now talk, dogs now smile and understand conversations, cobra commander is a buffoon, dr. mindbender still wears no shirt with a cape, there's little concern for continuity, the joes and the rest of america know exactly where cobra's home base in the united states is, but don't do anything about it, and now sentient robot ninjas have shown up.
to me, it's very similar to what we have experienced with george lucas over the years. amazing, groundbreaking material in the beginning... and then unfortunately not so much after that.
remember the issue of gi joe: cobra where the reboot cobra commander discusses cognitive dissonance with chuckles? i feel like a lot - not all, but a lot - of the fan support for idw's arah can be attributed to cognitive dissonance. fans of larry hama understandably want to support larry hama's work... and when he ends up delivering disappointing results, the result is a discomforting conflict. the best way for fans to eliminate this conflict is to simply convince themselves that the stories are actually great, or maybe good, or at least "not that bad". and as a result, storylines like the blue ninjas - which i find extremely hard to argue that this plotline is any less over-the-top-sci-fi than dixon's mass device or clone zartan - suddenly become acceptable.
anyways, not trying to insult anyone here or anything, because i really like and respect the opinions of most everyone who posts on this board. i just find it interesting that if dixon ever did even half the stuff that mr. hama has been doing over the past year, i believe the reviews would have been much more critical and extreme. and there's just got to be something more to that, i think.
of course, there are also some fans of larry hama who just really legitimately like the tone that he adopted in the later years of arah, and that continues on in idw's arah today. and i say more power to those fans... i'm glad they're getting exactly what they are looking for.
but for me, it's sadly not the case. i WISH i liked idw's arah, but unfortunately, it's just not for me.
But from that point on... Phil Coletti was forever known as... Machete Phil.