Friday, July 15, 2005

Miller, Lee, and T&A

I've been taking part in a reasonably civil discussion over at Millarworld about the gratuitous T&A in All-Star Batman & Robin The Boy Wonder. There's a lot to discuss, but my primary concern was that this was a great way to reach new readers, and those pages mean it'll be a squandered opportunity. I'm not even worried that it's kid safe ... here in Utah, adults would put that down as being too much. It's tasteless and it does nothing for the plot or the character.

However, as I keep thinking on it ... it's Frank Miller. This is classic Miller ... the vamp, the sass-talking sexpot, the femme fatale. Part of the problem here is that I think the scene would work as drawn by Frank Miller... but Jim Lee's a whole different kettle of fish. Lee is one of today's top artists, and is famous for his sexy women, but they're often sexy enough in costume. Having Jim Lee draw Victorias' Secret layouts is overkill. Lee's style becomes artless in these shots ....

I'm using a thousand words when some pictures could suffice:





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I don't think I would have found those Vicky Vale pages such a problem if done with the composition and art of Miller's Sin City work. As it turned out, though, it's a slap in the face to those retailers who thought this could be a great way to bring new fans aboard ... at least if they were hoping for any new fans outside of white hereosexual unmarried males around their college years.

2 comments:

zilla said...

i'm not sure if i'm sheilded a bit by my naivete about the DC universe and its history but am i the only guy around who enjoyed this issue? i mean it's def a bit hokey (robin pulling the grappeling hook out of nowhere etc.) but wasn't all THAT bad. The Vale T&A was definitely overdone (and seriously gratuitous) but to be honest i hated her "getting dressed" montage way worse. I keep finding myself wondering if Miller and Lee didn't put those skivvy shots in there just to stir up more publicity for the book? kind of the "you gotta see this whether you'll love it or hate it" deal...

Mark Fossen said...

I didn't hate the issue. I just felt like this got press in USA Today, was a brand-new continuity-free #1 issue to sell to new fans of the movie, rode on Miller's Sin City movie fame ...

It just could have been an outreach to new fans. And that lingerie just will send more people away than it attracts.