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Nightside needs a worthy opponent
on March 19, 2008
I was very disappointed in this installment of the Nightside series. When you get rid of your archenemy (Lilith), you need to replace them. There is no one left in Nightside, aside from Walker, that John Taylor fears or cannot defeat, and Walker does not pose a threat to John at present. This story was 246 pages of interesting characters that he defeated in two pages, and there was no variety of defeat...just the standard Taylor looking within and "it's the easiest thing to tear/rip/remove" and destroy.
Another problem is the character was two dimensional. I could deal with that because I remember the Taylor from the Lilith Wars, but this time he had no morals. One page he says he won't cheat on Suzie and the next he's making out with demon girl. I could list all the other examples, but let's just say he did not stick to his guns.
Conflict, conflict, conflict...this story needs some good conflict. We all live with conflict, we all deal with conflict, and what makes a story worthy of reading is the story's conflict is more interesting and pivotal. I guess the Nightside series premise has changed to "mess the John Taylor leads to your destruction." Not very interesting. Superhero stories are getting boring. Granted ordinary people don't sell, but how about characters with issues, fears, morals, deficiency, and dilemmas we can care about.
I would hate to think Nightside is becoming a formula series...if that's the case, there are better things to read.