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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Brad Meltzer: Big Man on the Pop Culture Campus

Many authors have had bestselling titles on more than one list at a time but until now,there hasn't been a one who has topped both the New York Times Bestsellers List for hardcover fiction and the Diamond Comic Distributors Top 100 sales chart at the same time. That honor goes to Brad Meltzer,for The Book Of Fate and the first issue of his Justice League series for DC Comics.

Brad's been on the literary scene for quite a while now,starting with his first novel,The Tenth Justice, which many people described as "Friends meet The Firm"(in Hollywood pitchspeak)and following it up with other well recieved books such as Dead Even,The First Counsel,Zero Game and The Millionaires. He was also the co-creator of the former WB show,Jack & Bobby and reviewed a whole season of The Sopranos for a legal website,FindLaw.com. His first crack at comic book writing was for Green Arrow which came after director Kevin Smith's run with the character that eventually lead to Identity Crisis,a murder mystery starring the heavy hitters of the JLA.

One of the first things that strikes you when you read any of Meltzer's work are his characters;these are folks who walk,talk and act alot like you and your friends. Regardless of whatever setting his leads are thrust into or the situation,he gets you fully invested in seeing what happens to Ben Addison,Sara and Jared Tate,brothers Charlie and Oliver and his latest hero,Wes Holloway. Characterization is something that gets taken for granted all too easily but it's the hallmark of many of the best loved writers in any field of fiction.

It's great to see a talented and deserving person finally come into their own-The Book of Fate has been going great guns and stay tuned for a review of it here at LRG. Meltzer's comics will also get some showcasing,especially now with Smallville having Green Arrow come on the show this season(a look at how Meltzer treated GA may give us a hint about what's to come on the show). If I've whetted your appetite or tweaked your curiosity about Meltzer and his work,please click the title link above to check out his official website. If Meltzermania is wrong,I don't want to be right!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

"If Meltzermania is wrong,I don't want to be right!"

Don't mind telling you I LOVE that line.