purplecat: The Tardis (Doctor Who)

I can't quite put my finger on what it was about Timewyrm:Revelation, Paul Cornell's first novel, that was so exciting, because I can completely understand the criticism that it is basically too wierd. But I think it was the first time official Doctor Who canon (even if this is a branch of canon that has since been side-lined) served up something that was from a fan of the show being explicitly fannish about the show.

I'm inclined to say this was the moment that the inmates began to take over the asylum. Although arguably that happened in 1988 when John Freeman took over DWM.


Apr. 13th, 2008 02:23 pm
purplecat: Hand Drawn picture of a Toy Cat (books)
I continue to feel that graphic novels have a grammar I don't quite grasp. I find it quite difficult to switch between words and pictures and the put the two together to make the whole story. I found the Wisdom graph novel/comic mini-series easier to get to grips with than a lot of the stories in Flight but I still had a feeling I was only getting the surface gloss of the stories because I wasn't really prepared to give the pictures my full attention. In particular everything seemed to rush along rather and I'd reached the tragic denouement before I really felt I'd got to know the characters, leaving me, as a result, largely unmoved.

Pete Wisdom is a British Mutant from the Marvel Universe who can shoot energy beams from his fingers (though I didn't actually realise that until towards the end of the book). He is head of a special investigations team for MI-13 which, as far as I can make out, consists of Tink (a punk fairy), John Lennon (actually an invading Martian in disguise), Captain Midlands (a geriatric superhero) and Maureen (an empath/telepath). You can probably guess the general tone of the stories from that line-up. Paul Cornell reuses some of his previous ideas, in particular the idea that fairy land is the collective sub-conscious of the British isles, to weave a playful but ultimately tragic tale reminiscent in many ways of the League of Extra-ordinary Gentlemen. Cornell draws his references widely from pop-culture rather than specifically Victorian/Edwardian novels, as the League does, but the two works appear to me to be trying to achieve something similar.

The artwork was very pretty but there was a strange jump about half-way through - possibly because of a change of artist (I couldn't tell) and Wisdom switched from being a scrawny, under-fed looking man to a rather solid looking rugby-player type. I had to re-read a couple of times to convince myself it was the same person. Presumably Maureen and Tink had been feeding him up. There was a distinct sense of time moving on between each of the stories which again, I think, contributed to the rushed feeling I got from the book as a whole. I'd turn a page and not only had the lead character suddenly filled out but whole relationship dynamics would have shifted.

I like Cornell's work, and this is no exception, but I don't think I'm really all that enamoured of the comic book form.
purplecat: Hand Drawn picture of a Toy Cat (doctor who)
I responded to a comment in [livejournal.com profile] parrot_knights post on Human Nature/Family of Blood to note that in several places I felt that the script wanted me to conclude something which I did not feel followed from the action. I thought I ought to try and elaborate on this a bit so here follows a list of notes, in no particular order:

notes on Human Nature/Family of Blood )

I should stress that, I loved the episode, but having got this odd sensation of mismatch at several places it seemed worthwhile trying to explore that a bit.


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