Daily Archives: June 18, 2011

Krul Intentions

Flashpoint: Deadman and the Flying Graysons #1
“The Show Must Go On”
Writer: J.T. Krul
Artist: Mikel Janin
Colors: Ulises Arreola
Letters: Patrick Brosseau
Cover artist: Cliff Chiang & Jared Fletcher
Editor: Pat McCallum
Publisher: DC Comics
Price: $2.99 US

There may no other writer in mainstream super-hero comics today who’s more maligned than J.T. Krul. The main reason: the awful (yet somehow award-winning) way he’s written former Green Arrow sidekick Arsenal as a one-armed, cybernetic, cat-twirling, junkie, lunatic super-hero. To be honest, I feel kind of bad for the guy (Krul, not Arsenal). The reality is that his take on the character was likely one directed by DC Editorial (or at the very least, approved and supported by DC Editorial). Krul landed assignments with DC’s lineup of 52 new titles in the fall, and many critics, (myself included), lamented this development. But to be fair, Krul seems like a reliable resource for DC, and it seems like that reliability is being rewarded with his participation in the publisher’s new direction. Krul’s critics couldn’t see why that was, but with the release of Flashpoint: Deadman and the Flying Graysons #1, I can see what DC sees in his work. While some of the fun here stems from seeing new and radically different interpretations of DC lore, the real strength here lies in the characterization. This is by far the best thing to come out of Flashpoint thus far, and my only beef with it is that we’ll only get three issues of it. Krul has definitely redeemed himself in my eyes with this script.

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