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Subj: Re: Do You Think That Betty Should Have Come Back, Or That She Should Have Stayed Dead?
Posted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 at 11:13:30 am EDT (Viewed 149 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Do You Think That Betty Should Have Come Back, Or That She Should Have Stayed Dead?
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    Seriously, how hard is it to keep continuity? Soap operas did it and they have just as much story content than almost any comic book character.

I think it's a volume problem. I don't know how many books Marvel puts out, but there are a lot of things going on in the universe every month. Moreover, while Marvel had a distinct tone across all its books in the 60s through the 80s, each writer nowadays has their own unique style and take on the characters.

Just look at what happened to Banner in Civil War II. Pak has a great ear for the character and wrote a touching story, but Bendis wanted a Banner who was experimenting on himself again, so he wrote a totally different character. There seems to be a tendency to let writers do whatever they want without a real editorial vision coming from Marvel these days. On the one hand, that means a lot of great flavors of superheroism. On the other hand, the Marvel Universe no longer feels like a cohesive thing.

If you want comics with strong continuity, I think the best place to go is smaller publishers like IDW.

No question the amount of books Marvel comics puts out poses a tremendous task in trying to keep continuity, but that is why they have editors. This is why I place more of the blame on lazy editors than I do on a writers negligence. I truly don't have any issue with writers having creative freedom to envision a character, but it must remain true to previous history and we should be able to see the growth in the new direction. One of the most ridiculous nonsensical completely out of character moments was when Scott Summers all of a sudden took on Magneto's philosophy. Purley a bad editing move done for shock value. I'm not saying it's not possible for any character to change views, but nothing lead to that change. Bad editing and bad writing.

You bring up another good point as to the problem with the Marvel "Universe" i.e., Marvel allows certain "super star" writers too much freedom. Whatever they want to write goes unchecked even when it goes against proper characterization. It's really sickening. Some may not think it's a big deal, but it ruins the illusion of a universe. It's really only random stories and in truth that made it easier for me to scale back my spending on comics and eventually stop buying altogether.

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