Tron

Tron 2 (February 2011)

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Most of this issue is completely awful. Some of the fault is David’s, some of it is Pierfederici’s, some is Marvel’s. The adaptation clearly needs three issues, not two–David manages to get the comic back on track in the last pages, adding some sense of reason to the final events (something the movie skips over too, which is perfect for a kids movie).

Pierfederici is mostly awful this issue, trying to compress a bunch of action set pieces into a few pages. If someone hasn’t seen the movie, it’d be impossible to understand what’s going on.

David takes a lot of shortcuts too, which isn’t so bad, but instead of just using narration to move things along, he cuts. He cuts and he keeps the bad film dialogue.

I was looking forward to this part of the adaptation because I thought Pierfederici’d do something with the visuals.

He doesn’t.

CREDITS

Writer, Peter David; artist and colorist, Mirco Pierfederici; letterer, Nate Piekos; editors, Charlie Beckerman, Ralph Macchio and Joe Quesada; publisher, Marvel Comics.

Tron 1 (January 2011)

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I couldn’t resist. The idea is just too strange–a comic book adaptation of a twenty-eight year-old movie (yes, I know, IDW does these things, but this release is from Marvel)–and with Peter David writing. Whatever his problems, David is a far better writer than Tron writer Steven Lisberger.

So how is Tron as a comic book? Better than as a movie.

There’s only so much David can do, of course.

He retains a lot of the dialogue and about thirty percent of it is so bad it doesn’t even work in comic form. But most of David’s third-person narration works; it even feels like he’s writing a classic movie adaptation… though he wasn’t even working in comics in 1982, I don’t think.

Artist Pierfederici is also problematic. He’s way too glossy to be retro, but not design-oriented enough for it to be anything different.

CREDITS

Writer, Peter David; artist and colorist, Mirco Pierfederici; letterer, Nate Piekos; editor, Ralph Macchio; publisher, Marvel Comics.

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