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March 5, 2008

White Tiger

Filed under: Blurbs,Reviews — Tags: , , , , , , — Pedro Tejeda @ 8:41 pm

Don’t let the art trick you. This book is no good.
Tamora Pierce, Timothy Liebe, Phil Briones, Al Rio
White Tiger: A Hero’s Compulsion
Marvel Comics

White Tiger isn’t a little bad, or a book that was marred with a few missteps. It is an outright handbook on how not to write a superhero comic. It seems to relish in a obscene number of cameos that will confuse new readers as to who these characters are and confound old readers who wonder why these guest stars are appearing so out character. It switches between a hyper compression and decompression, never finding a comfortable pace to tell its story. The first 3 issues are semi packed with story, but the next two issues meander into page wasting cameos that force way too much story in the last issue. I won’t even get how offensive the resolution to the story is. The story takes everything unique and special about the character and her nemesis from the Daredevil arc that introduced them and replaces them with cliches and stereotypes. I feel that Pierce and Lieber thought since they were writing a comic, they wrote what in their minds they imagine comics are supposed to be like, full of hokey dialogue, awful and nearly racist characterization and bad plots. I can’t fathom how a book that misses the quality increase in the superhero medium over the last 10 years could spin out of the definitive series of the era. This book is only worth picking up in singles out of the dollar bin for anyone who loves train wrecks or for any writer entering comics from another media. To the latter, if you find this story to be competently written, go back to writing CSI and leave comics alone.

This didn’t even happen the way it did in the other book, and that’s one of the least awful things in the book.

Preview available here.


  1. It’s a knee jerk reaction, I know, but the moment a female superhero goes shopping for her costume with some ‘gal pals’, I stop reading. Thanks to you, I know things did not go up from there.

    Comment by carla — March 5, 2008 @ 11:21 pm

  2. Hoatzin over at 4th Letter had a scathing, in-depth review of the series. I believe that trying to go in-depth about this particular book nearly broke his brain.

    Comment by Adam Rosenlund — March 6, 2008 @ 3:29 am

  3. Eek! It’s stories like this that have broke my will when it comes to superhero books.

    Whenever I see a co-writer on a book like this, I always wonder how much the co-writer wrote. Since the co-writer is the author’s husband, it also leads me to wonder if getting your spouse involved with your work is a good idea or not.

    Now I want to go read the 4th Letter review!

    Comment by Kenny — March 6, 2008 @ 9:21 am

  4. I feel kind of bad about my review, actually. I was a bit petty about the details and it apparently hurt one of the writers’ feelings. I’m not doing this to make people sad, honest!

    Comment by Hoatzin — March 6, 2008 @ 10:20 am

  5. Then you’re not doing it right, you drunk

    Comment by Jonathan Bernhardt — March 6, 2008 @ 11:07 am

  6. I must admit that I was disapointed with White Tiger. You see, I’m a huge Tamora Pierce fan. So when I found out she would be co-writing this comic, I got it as soon as possible. After reading the first four pages, I nearly cried. This was so below the bar Pierce usually sets for her work it wasn’t even funny. All I can say is that her novels are far better than this comic and I hope it will not reflect negativly on her career.

    Comment by Paige — March 27, 2011 @ 4:06 am

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