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Subj: Re: Multiple X-Books or Weekly X-Men comic?
Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 at 09:56:51 am EST (Viewed 34 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Multiple X-Books or Weekly X-Men comic?
Posted: Sat Feb 03, 2018 at 03:48:46 am EST (Viewed 33 times)



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    I don't understand why you consider it a good idea to put the characters that interest you in a weekly book with those that you consider a waste of paper. There's little likelihood that you would get more occasions to see them shine than you would have in a monthly title focusing on just them, the main difference would be you get to spend three to four times what you pay now (depending on whether the monthly X-book would also include the Astonishing team and whether you are buying Astonishing X-Men now).


(begin flippant tone for the sake of having some fun)

The boring characters would get less and less page space because they're boring. They wouldn't be needed for filler as in the separate books. The writers would say, "Well, I can spend page space on Yawn Guy, or I can have a page where Bloodstorm bites Magneto in the neck. Hmm. Yawn Guy, vein fang, Yawn Guy, vein fang. Yup. I see my path forward."

Darwinian competition for maximum territory in the comic. Survival of the fittest. Natural selection by coolness optimization.

I know what you're thinking. Everybody is somebody's favorite character. But Yawn Guy's six fans would have to get over it. It's a jungle out there.

Oh wait - I see you've anticipated this argument.


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    From a storytelling and logistics POV it makes much more sense to have separate teams. I think there's a reason why the 22 pp. comicbook and teams consisting of about five or six members emerged as the well-established standard in superhero series. With more members on a team you risk neglecting some characters to a degree that could be considered damaging. With a monthly X-Men title that contains all the characters of the current three or four X-Men books (Blue, Gold, Red, plus Astonishing) you would come to a situation where you had less than a page per issue to devote to each individual X-Man (don't forget you also have to let the villains do stuff ;\-\) ). So the result would probably soon be writers considering which X-Men to get rid off


Exactly!


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    and who's to say they won't decide to consider Polaris, Xorn, Bloodstorm, Daken and/or Gazing Nightshade expendable rather than Nightcrawler, Jean Grey, Storm, Rachel etc.?


Never! Because Nightcrawler and Rachel (and Kitty) will be in Excalibur! Storm and Jean are tougher to beat, but that's OK, they can stay.


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    I mean, I know the latter have a lot of fans, but Polaris (never the most activ X-Man)? Bloodstorm (who needs her when we have the non-vampire one on the team)? Seems to me that the characters on the new Blue team would run the greater risk of being written out...


(begin sarcasm) Right, because Gentle and Trinary are so compelling they would never be dropped. Namor too, because Namor as an X-Man is what everyone wants to read about. (end sarcasm)

So let's see. We'd have the Excalibur book and the weekly X-Men book. The latter would have the new Blue team plus Storm, Jean, All-New Wolverine and Honey Badger. Perfect!

(end flippant tone)

Cool nested pseudocode, if I do say so myself.







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