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Manhunter #27 Update

Some readers may recall that in my review of last week's issue of Manhunter I pointed out that (a) I wasn't an attorney, and (b) I didn't know the law, and thusly (c) I wasn't terribly clear on how Andreyko was justifying his entire storyline.

I said:

Too many "why's" come up that simply make no sense, and seriously detract from enjoying the issue. Why the trial is taking place in what appears to be an LA municipal court house hasn't really been explained, or what motivation the prosecution would pin on Wonder Woman. Why Wonder Woman is not being tried at The Hague, as she had previously submitted to in her own title, is baffling. Why Wonder Woman would hire small time attorney Kate Spencer, aside from her dubious super-affiliation, is convenient only to the Manhunter comics. A reader can appreciate the desire to incorporate the realities of a grand jury, as Andreyko sees them, but the whole thing is playing out like an odd Law & Order episode spun out of control. I suppose I could consult with an attorney on all of this, but (a) while I know more lawyers than I can shake a stick at, I don't know any international law attorneys, or even federal attorneys, and (b) it's up to Andreyko to clear that up for the reader. As a comic which tries to pride itself on "realism", it would be nice to feel as if the proceedings made sense.

Comic Fact Checker Suspension of Disbelief is here for us.

Here and here

Apparently I was wrong on some speculation. Terrific! I don't mind standing corrected, but I still don't really buy that this trial would be occuring at all.



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Posted by Ryan on January 14, 2007 03:57 AM
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