San Diego Comic-Con 2009: Matt Fraction

Posted by No_Name_ (17403 posts) - - Show Bio

#1 Posted by pixelized (62881 posts) - - Show Bio

i'm like sitting here seething, 30 years of Emma wearing white, and with the flip of page she's wearing Black and he thinks he's so clever because of the change. 


go home matt fraction.
Moderator
#2 Posted by xerox_kitty (15760 posts) - - Show Bio

He's not the first writer to have her in black.  At least for this interview he looks less hung-over & doesn't hide behind his shades, but he could at least stop fussy his greasy hair for two minutes.

Moderator
#3 Edited by pixelized (62881 posts) - - Show Bio

He recycles, how nice. A bra for him would also do wonder, or at least a larger shirt

Moderator
#4 Posted by Chaos Agent (2150 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm a big fan of Fraction's comics featuring Iron man and Thor

#5 Posted by No_Name_ (17403 posts) - - Show Bio

Hey, he won an Eisner this weekend for a reason ;)

#6 Posted by G-Man (29393 posts) - - Show Bio

I love the guy too.

Staff
#7 Posted by pixelized (62881 posts) - - Show Bio
@Babs said:
" Hey, he won an Eisner this weekend for a reason ;) "
it wasn't for his Uncanny X-Men though 
Moderator
#8 Posted by HaloKing343 (1252 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm  a big fan of this guy. Fraction's a great writer. You came off sounding a little fan-girlish though.

#9 Posted by EisforExtinction (1908 posts) - - Show Bio

He has moles that make him look like he got bit by a vampire.

#10 Posted by Fresh0133 (496 posts) - - Show Bio

I despised what he was doing in Uncanny until Utopia started, Greg Land's art certainly didn't help my opinion of the book, but I'm wondering if someone gave him a lesson on how allot of these characters are supposed to act because I've enjoyed most of his characterizations since then.  The introduction bubbles need to go though.

#11 Posted by AngelFrost (2833 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't like Emma in black :(

- I've never seen Matt Fraction before, didn't realise he was sogood looking! :D  and he's funny.

#12 Posted by G-Man (29393 posts) - - Show Bio
@Fresh03 said:
" I despised what he was doing in Uncanny until Utopia started, Greg Land's art certainly didn't help my opinion of the book, but I'm wondering if someone gave him a lesson on how allot of these characters are supposed to act because I've enjoyed most of his characterizations since then.  The introduction bubbles need to go though. "
You don't like the bubbles?  I kind of do.  Also it's great for new readers or if you can't tell who a character is from the art.
Staff
#13 Posted by danhimself (21898 posts) - - Show Bio

I like Fraction's stuff...I think that most of his Uncanny seemed bad because of Land's art...his run on Invincible Iron Man has been amazing

#14 Edited by Jamiracles (351 posts) - - Show Bio
Oh my god Babs...Matt is my effing hero.

When I met him and shook his hand my thumb popped......I was like Oh sweet Jesus of embarassment...kill me now.
#15 Posted by Jamiracles (351 posts) - - Show Bio
@G-Man said:
" @Fresh03 said:
" I despised what he was doing in Uncanny until Utopia started, Greg Land's art certainly didn't help my opinion of the book, but I'm wondering if someone gave him a lesson on how allot of these characters are supposed to act because I've enjoyed most of his characterizations since then.  The introduction bubbles need to go though. "
You don't like the bubbles?  I kind of do.  Also it's great for new readers or if you can't tell who a character is from the art. "
I liked them as a cool little quirk- plus they were funny. Hes got a lot of refreshing, innovative little things he does which is why hes such a huge inspiration to me.
#16 Edited by FoxxFireArt (3536 posts) - - Show Bio
@G-Man:  The Bubbles were interesting at first, but they are getting old fast.
I'm willing to give the man a shot at this. I'm really reserving my judgment until I see the whole picture. It doesn't feel right to criticize the writing before it's all over. It's just the idea that 'Emma will betray' is a played out theme. It's used over an over again. I will criticize the dialog though since that is something current. It can be weak. Such as some of the odd dialog that happens during battle scenes.
What's not helping me in buying these books is Land's art. It's uninspired and everyone has those idiotic grins on their faces. The body styles are all the same as well. I like the work of Bachalo and Ramos. Things are far more visually interesting. I wont buy a book if the art is bad.

"Emma Frost looks better in black" = Blasphemy

Namor has got to be my most hated Marvel character. He's like the Marvel equivalent of Auquaman. Which is funny since I think Namor predates Aqua by two years.
#17 Posted by pixelized (62881 posts) - - Show Bio

Ummm, he's been writing Uncanny since issue 500 though

Moderator
#18 Posted by Citizen 14 (1236 posts) - - Show Bio

Yeah. Matt gets my Respect. I dig his writing.

#19 Posted by Bruce Vain (1869 posts) - - Show Bio

When Fraction said how Namor does the whole "put on the vibe pose" it immediately made me think of Jim Carrey in Dumb and Dumber. LOL

#20 Posted by Inthedark (81 posts) - - Show Bio
@FoxxFireArt said:
"@G-Man:  The Bubbles were interesting at first, but they are getting old fast.I'm willing to give the man a shot at this. I'm really reserving my judgment until I see the whole picture. It doesn't feel right to criticize the writing before it's all over. It's just the idea that 'Emma will betray' is a played out theme. It's used over an over again. I will criticize the dialog though since that is something current. It can be weak. Such as some of the odd dialog that happens during battle scenes. What's not helping me in buying these books is Land's art. It's uninspired and everyone has those idiotic grins on their faces. The body styles are all the same as well. I like the work of Bachalo and Ramos. Things are far more visually interesting. I wont buy a book if the art is bad."Emma Frost looks better in black" = BlasphemyNamor has got to be my most hated Marvel character. He's like the Marvel equivalent of Auquaman. Which is funny since I think Namor predates Aqua by two years."

I don't believe Emma well betray i think she's being played.
#21 Posted by goldenkey (2927 posts) - - Show Bio

fraction needs a bath.

#22 Posted by jefprice (878 posts) - - Show Bio

This is one of my favorite artists out there.

#23 Posted by Tyler Starke (4410 posts) - - Show Bio

Thats weird there is alot of matt fraction hate goin on? lol I love his writing, I think he's a great writer and he hasn't steered me wrong yet. Great interview babs.

#24 Posted by Rheged (619 posts) - - Show Bio

Babs, I love you!  Thank you for asking the important question.  What about Namor?!  I asked him the same at Heroes Con, so he knows Namor has some vocal fans, and hopefully he'll keep on writing the Atlantean prince into his books... at least till Marvel comes to their senses and gives their oldest character his own book.  Super interview!  Thanks again!

And I loved Matt Fraction's work on Iron Fist, The Order, and Thor.  I followed him to Uncanny X-men and Iron Man because of those books.

#25 Posted by FoxxFireArt (3536 posts) - - Show Bio
@Inthedark:
I don't think Emma has really betrayed the X-Men. I believe that Scott and Emma are already in on a plan together to strike back at Osborn. It was Scott's appearance at Osborn's base that I see as a hint, one among many. He showed up alone at Osborn's own base, and he demanded Osborn's surrender. Scott is many things, but he's not that crazy. I describe it like a chess game. It's like you have your enemy surrounded on the field and you are two moves from checkmate, but your opponent doesn't see it. Only way for Scott to be so confident is if he someone Osborn surrounded without him realizing it. I could explain this theory better, but it's hardly the place.

I'm just tired that every time they write a story for Emma the only thing ever done is raise suspicious that she will betray the X-Men. It's tiring that's the only thing they ever give her to do.
#26 Posted by xerox_kitty (15760 posts) - - Show Bio
@G-Man said:
"@Fresh03 said:
" I despised what he was doing in Uncanny until Utopia started, Greg Land's art certainly didn't help my opinion of the book, but I'm wondering if someone gave him a lesson on how allot of these characters are supposed to act because I've enjoyed most of his characterizations since then.  The introduction bubbles need to go though. "
You don't like the bubbles?  I kind of do.  Also it's great for new readers or if you can't tell who a character is from the art. "

I agree on both sides.  It's great to introduce the characters to new readers, especially when you have Greg 'Clone' Land drawing.  

On the other hand, it has  grown tiring really quickly.  It doesn't need to be done every single bloody issue in an on-going story arc.  And the information he's been giving in those introduction boxes has been at odds with character portayal from other titles (i.e. Archangel was a fluffy happy bunny who's "pet likes include Psylocke" instead of the 'genetically twisted angel of death who wants to kill everyone to see if they're worthy').  And so far no-one has been able to tell me when Dagger became a recovering drug addict, which Fraction has used at least twice now.
Moderator
#27 Posted by No_Name_ (17403 posts) - - Show Bio

I absolutely loveeeeee his Immortal Iron Fist..

#28 Posted by xerox_kitty (15760 posts) - - Show Bio

I can't comment on his Iron Fist, having never read it (and not being very familiar with the character).  I just object to his work on Uncanny.  The fact that they keep teaming him up with Greg Land doesn't help either.

Moderator
#29 Posted by iLLituracy (13522 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't hate Uncanny X-Men, it has it's points that I enjoy [mainly the X-Club stuff, everything else is kinda' suckish]. I'm not a fan of his work on Iron Man either, and again, like Uncanny X-Men, it isn't bad, but it isn't great to me. Most of the appeal seems to come from Dark Reign and the situation Tony's in right after Secret Invasion. Immortal Iron Fist is something I really enjoyed from Matt Fraction, like--I remember being excited after the first couple issues and how that particular character was fleshed out and how the Immortal Weapons came about. He's not bad, I like his writing, but he's not my favorite writer on Marvel's roster.

Now Jeph Loeb...that guy's a genius.

#30 Posted by Media_Master (2189 posts) - - Show Bio

nice intertview

#31 Posted by G-Man (29393 posts) - - Show Bio
@xerox-kitty: said:
" @G-Man said:
"@Fresh03 said:
" I despised what he was doing in Uncanny until Utopia started, Greg Land's art certainly didn't help my opinion of the book, but I'm wondering if someone gave him a lesson on how allot of these characters are supposed to act because I've enjoyed most of his characterizations since then.  The introduction bubbles need to go though. "
You don't like the bubbles?  I kind of do.  Also it's great for new readers or if you can't tell who a character is from the art. "

I agree on both sides.  It's great to introduce the characters to new readers, especially when you have Greg 'Clone' Land drawing.  

On the other hand, it has  grown tiring really quickly.  It doesn't need to be done every single bloody issue in an on-going story arc.  And the information he's been giving in those introduction boxes has been at odds with character portayal from other titles (i.e. Archangel was a fluffy happy bunny who's "pet likes include Psylocke" instead of the 'genetically twisted angel of death who wants to kill everyone to see if they're worthy').  And so far no-one has been able to tell me when Dagger became a recovering drug addict, which Fraction has used at least twice now. "
The drug thing is from when they first started out.  I was never a huge Cloak and Dagger fan but one of my buddies read them back then.  They were like runaway teens and them some dude tricked them into taking drugs (they were like guinea pigs or something).  The drug was supposed to give them powers but then later it was stated that both were actually mutants.  They decided to try to help "the kids" and fought drug dealers since they had to deal with drugs themselves, even if not by choice.
Staff
#32 Posted by xerox_kitty (15760 posts) - - Show Bio
@G-Man said:
" @xerox-kitty: said:
" @G-Man said:
"@Fresh03 said:
" I despised what he was doing in Uncanny until Utopia started, Greg Land's art certainly didn't help my opinion of the book, but I'm wondering if someone gave him a lesson on how allot of these characters are supposed to act because I've enjoyed most of his characterizations since then.  The introduction bubbles need to go though. "
You don't like the bubbles?  I kind of do.  Also it's great for new readers or if you can't tell who a character is from the art. "

I agree on both sides.  It's great to introduce the characters to new readers, especially when you have Greg 'Clone' Land drawing.  

On the other hand, it has  grown tiring really quickly.  It doesn't need to be done every single bloody issue in an on-going story arc.  And the information he's been giving in those introduction boxes has been at odds with character portayal from other titles (i.e. Archangel was a fluffy happy bunny who's "pet likes include Psylocke" instead of the 'genetically twisted angel of death who wants to kill everyone to see if they're worthy').  And so far no-one has been able to tell me when Dagger became a recovering drug addict, which Fraction has used at least twice now. "
The drug thing is from when they first started out.  I was never a huge Cloak and Dagger fan but one of my buddies read them back then.  They were like runaway teens and them some dude tricked them into taking drugs (they were like guinea pigs or something).  The drug was supposed to give them powers but then later it was stated that both were actually mutants.  They decided to try to help "the kids" and fought drug dealers since they had to deal with drugs themselves, even if not by choice. "
But that's their origin story.  They were experimented on, but never became addicts... so why is he repeatedly using something that happened in 1982 now?!  It just seems like he has very weak knowledge of the character if he believes that she was an addict, and that he feels the need to mention that in her introduction box every single issue.  At least have something a bit more relevant to her character, powers or history.  Getting it wrong once was bad enough, but repeatedly using wrong information is just bad.  Bad writing, and bad editing.
Moderator
#33 Posted by LastSon1027 (516 posts) - - Show Bio

This guy is hilarious.

#34 Posted by pixelized (62881 posts) - - Show Bio
@xerox-kitty said:
" I can't comment on his Iron Fist, having never read it (and not being very familiar with the character).  I just object to his work on Uncanny.  The fact that they keep teaming him up with Greg Land doesn't help either. "
Same!

@xerox-kitty said:
" @G-Man said:
"@Fresh03 said:
" I despised what he was doing in Uncanny until Utopia started, Greg Land's art certainly didn't help my opinion of the book, but I'm wondering if someone gave him a lesson on how allot of these characters are supposed to act because I've enjoyed most of his characterizations since then.  The introduction bubbles need to go though. "
You don't like the bubbles?  I kind of do.  Also it's great for new readers or if you can't tell who a character is from the art. "

I agree on both sides.  It's great to introduce the characters to new readers, especially when you have Greg 'Clone' Land drawing.  

On the other hand, it has  grown tiring really quickly.  It doesn't need to be done every single bloody issue in an on-going story arc.  And the information he's been giving in those introduction boxes has been at odds with character portayal from other titles (i.e. Archangel was a fluffy happy bunny who's "pet likes include Psylocke" instead of the 'genetically twisted angel of death who wants to kill everyone to see if they're worthy').  And so far no-one has been able to tell me when Dagger became a recovering drug addict, which Fraction has used at least twice now. "
I like the bubbles, they're cute. "Xian Coy-Manh - Karma 'often ignored and forgotten.'" But i hate how he pointed out that Karma gets all of no use and then he continues to ignore her. 
Moderator
#35 Posted by Korg (11931 posts) - - Show Bio
@Matt Fraction: Stay away from the X-Men, please. People seem to really like your solo titles. You even get awards for them. You should stick with those. Please take Greg Land with you also. Thanks.

#36 Posted by Kashimu (22 posts) - - Show Bio

I actually like both Uncanny X-men and Iron Man a lot right now. I only started reading X-men at 505 so I can't really compare it to any previous writer. But, X-men is definitely one of my favorites. =D

#37 Posted by Fresh0133 (496 posts) - - Show Bio

His work on Iron Fist was fantastic, of course he had Ed Brubaker along side him, and as we all know, Bru can do no wrong these days  If you haven't checked it out, you owe to yourself to go grab a trade or two of their run, actually, just read Immortal Iron Fist period, it's been a killer book through out.

The problem I had with Fraction on the X men is allot of his characterizations would completely ignore what's come before, someone said that it's poor editing, well there's that and if you're writing a book you should go do research, not just jump in and write what you think is cool, continuity be damned.  Like I said before, he's gotten a ton better over the last couple of months.

The guy is one heck of a writer and he's turned me around on Uncanny now, hopefully he keeps it up, a good story might very well distract me from noticing Pamela Anderson and Jenna Jameson with mutanat powers when Land comes back to the book in a few issues.

This edit will also create new pages on Comic Vine for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Comic Vine users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.