Blurrz wrote:The Deadpool game isn't released yet!
It was a bit difficult for me to grasp Ryan's view on 'everyone being a comedian' in MTMTE, but I think I understand, but truly there is nothing wrong with. Social Psychology says that crowd behavior trumps over everything and the Lost Light is the greatest example of it. Rodimus is the most lax leader and he makes everyone around him loosen up. In parties or groups in general, if there's that one funny person, aren't they going to make the rest of the group lighten up and laugh as well? That is what makes this MTMTE book feel human, and if that's not your thing, then it isn't for everyone, but I really think with Roberts is doing - by making the robots more human, makes MTMTE attach to readers like nothing before. This series is a hit on social media, tumblr, deviantart, twitter, etc. They never had this before for Costa's run of Schmidt's reign.
You look at pop culture these days and isn't everyone, essentially, throwing humor around? Even as serious a movie as Dark Knight Rises is, there are moments where every character, at least once, says something funny. Contrast that to the Marvel Movies and they are overloaded with humor, and yet there are times when they can be serious. Aren't we all allowed a little humor, here and there?
I would also argue that not all the characters are trying to be comedians. Ultra Magnus is still very by the book. He's trying his hardest to, but obviously when there's a ship full of 200 hooligans and a no rules leader, things are going to break. Drift is so serious with his own ego that it's hysterical. Cyclonus. The DJD. Red Alert? The list goes on and on. Not every character is serious, nor is every character a comedian. If the book was either-or, it would be boring and not have the success that it has. Despite the opinions on their characters, one can't deny the popularity that MTMTE has achieved. This isn't because the Ongoing '09-11 sucked. Because except for for issues 22-24, it did. But MTMTE is actually really, really, really good.
You guys are missing my point or I'm not doing a good job of explaining it. I have no qualms with sarcasm. We are all sarcastic and witty in our own ways. I don't have this issue with Robots In Disguise so I know it's the style of writing used on More Than Meets The Eye. I just feel like the sarcasm applies to everyone in this book. Everyone's sarcastic or a funny guy. I don't think that's normal. Since I've received pushback against this opinion I have from so many people, maybe I need to go through all of the Robots In Disguise books and find all of the "funny guy" moments so that I can either show myself that it's consistent with which characters are having a go at sarcasm or so that I can better demonstrate to all of you what my point is.
Or perhaps its just James Roberts writing style that I don't personally care for. His writing seems very solid to me and seems to treat the overall story arc very good. I just don't care for the sarcasm being thrown left and right to whatever character needs it. I'm assuming James Roberts enjoys writing his characters in a sarcastic manner, at least that's how it comes across to me. Controlling that sarcasm to either a select few characters or to times in the book when it can be funny, instead of overused, would be greatly appreciated by me.
I felt the same way about Last Stand of the Wreckers. That book didn't do it for me either, but it was a big hit amongst many fans.
It's a good book. The "everyone-uses-sarcasm" just isn't for me.
Then it just isn't for you. From the very beginning Roberts has been up front with readers as to what this book is all about, and what to expect. From his introduction page in issue #1:
"MTMTE is Lost in Space. It's Star Trek meets Dark Star, directed by Paul Thomas Anderson. It's Justice League International as re-imagined by Stephen Moffat; it's Arrested Development with alt modes. It's...it's...look, it's a bunch of mechnoids fighting and bickering, right, and haven't you ALWAYS WANTED TO SEE THAT?"
So there it is, in black in white. A statement that is pretty much everything you hate about the book. Which turns out to be...the actual purpose of the book. The very function of the thing. And as we've learned: every form has a function. Right?
MTMTE is hands down the greatest, most nuanced, distinct, intelligent, characterful, fun, breath of fresh air that the franchise has ever seen in my opinion. Roberts is a gd genius.
Concepts like Empurata, shadowplay, the Tyrest Accord, DJD, conjunx endura, whiteout rooms, Swerve's Bar, unundium, leg guns...it's all so brilliant and welcome. So while it's easy to see what you're saying (and to a point I agree), I have to also ultimately disagree.