A friend e-mail me this thought:
"there is no more imagination. Everyone just says, "Everything has already been done." They try and take the easy way out and rationalize the repetitive ideas they try and sell us. I hate that in Batman they undid the relationship between Talia and Bruce. No more romance between them. She is just a bad girl who drugged him and raped him. Their son is not a product of their love but the result of a Ra's Ruffie that set Bats up for Talia. It's disgusted me so much that I don't know whether or not I'm gonna continue with this book. Then I got a chance to read a friend's JLA. More lameness. I hate the team Meltzer picked out. Why the focus on Red Tornado? And what a mundane plot. The robot who wants to be a man. Wow. Never heard that one before. Come on!!! It's been totally done to death!!! We've seen it with androids, Vulcans, Martians, and even the Grim Reaper. There is nothing new here. Even the twist of "I've given up immortality to be human and grow old with my wife and child" is cliche and tired. Where the hell are all the creative minds? TV, movies, comics,music......the entire entertainment field is like an old, washed up hacks regurgitating ancient ideas that we've all seen a thousand times before. Many I should opt for radical brain surgery to kill my long term memory so that all this trash would seem new and fresh."
I certainly agree with some of those thoughts and also hate that they have debased the relationship between Batman and Talia, but I also believe that themes can be repeated, but they need to be done well. The Red Tornado story being the center piece of the JLA relaunch better be really innovative, because this is a week start.
When I have more time I'll post my biggest gripe with comics and why super heroes need to grow old.