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Elizabeth Sandifer

Elizabeth Sandifer created Eruditorum Press. She’s not really sure why she did that, and she apologizes for the inconvenience. She currently writes Last War in Albion, a history of the magical war between Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. She used to write TARDIS Eruditorum, a history of Britain told through the lens of a ropey sci-fi series. She also wrote Neoreaction a Basilisk, writes comics these days, and has ADHD so will probably just randomly write some other shit sooner or later. Support Elizabeth on Patreon.


  1. Timber-Munki
    November 21, 2015 @ 4:51 am

    Straczynski not getting the point of characters and plots is pretty much his defining trait as a comics writer – Spider-man Sins Past, Doom crying in Amazing Spider-Man Volume 2, #36, One More Day, Superman Grounded, Superman: Earth One etc. That and an overwhelming self-regard – walking away from his Superman & Wonderwoman re-boots because he found out DC would be relaunching with the New52 initiative so he couldn’t be bothered, walking away from Marvel’s The Twelve for over a year because he got better paid screen-writing work & shifting the blame for delays to the artist, Chris Weston picking up some film work (Including the currently moth-balled [thankfully] live-action Western version of Akira, but he’s gotta work some where after been left in the lurch), criticising Marvel for their desire to use Thor in an Avengers cross-over event after the previously agreed length of time that Straczynski would have him exclusively had elapsed but Straczynski hadn’t been able to finish the story he’d wanted to tell. Cherry picking sales stats of his successors on Amazing Spider-Man to criticize them.

    I could go on, but essentially Straczynski working on Before Watchmen is exactly what I would expect of him, and what he actually did on the work appears to be precisely par for the course.


  2. spoilersbelow
    November 23, 2015 @ 9:51 am

    As I recall, one of Straczynski’s major criticisms of Watchmen is that a smart person like Dr. Manhattan would never forget his jacket in the particle accelerator, and therefore the whole character doesn’t work. Because very smart people never make mistakes, you see. And what happens as soon as he gets his hands on the character? sigh


  3. Daru
    December 1, 2015 @ 3:59 am

    Great article. Had not read Straczynski’s Manhattan issues, but they sound pretty awful to me – especially the way he explains Schrödinger’s Cat so terribly.


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