Okay, the writer. I am put in a difficult situation. Normally I would do some research (i.e. Google around and eventually end up on Wikipedia) and come up with some general facts about a particular subject and relate those to you in an unique way so as to give the impression that I actually know what I’m talking about. After that I would give my true opinion about how I feel but it would be so buried in the lead that I pretty sure no one really cares or was actually paying attention.
Well I ran into a problem this week.
I can find nothing on Dick Foreman. And I mean nothing. You would think a guy writing pretty high profile comics would at least have a bio or a CV posted somewhere on the nets. Alas no, I got nothing on this guy. So what am I to do? I am forced to use my own creative instincts and actually critique this guy myself. God help me.
All kidding aside my real problem with this is the fact that I have a small sample size. I have basically read three comics by one person with missing issues between and I am supposed to judge and evaluate a man’s style from that. I don’t know if I’m qualified or capable to do that. Granted this is the internet and snap judgments are a thing, actually the norm, but I don’t really feel comfortable doing it. But I will. Cuz its the Internet and that’s what we do.
Dick Foreman is good. Way to go out on a limb huh? But let’s put this in perspective, the top writers at this time were Allan Moore, Grant Morrison and Neil Gaiman. Writers who were post-modern, experimental and pushing the limits of the genre and the medium. On the other end of the scale you have writers who just wanted titillation and violence. I won’t name any names **cough**Liefeld**cough** but taking something and making it “extreme” was the norm and a cool suit and a gun usually passed for storytelling. Now for me to say that someone was a good writer, someone who was just good at what they do and told a good story, is a compliment. And a fine compliment at that.
I have been enjoying the Black Orchid stories. They are solid and engrossing tales. They keep me interested and I am wanting to come back. That, I think, is a great compliment for an author. Do I think Foreman should be in the pantheon of 90s great authors? No. Does her tell a good story and is worthy of a read? Yes.
So I don’t know much about this guy, I don’t know his past or his personal life or even his writing credits. But I do know the stories he’s told me an so far I like what he said. That’s good for now…
That brings us to: