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Subj: Re: Tired of always the same characters....
Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 at 01:35:14 pm CST (Viewed 160 times)
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Posted: Mon Feb 12, 2018 at 04:55:21 am CST (Viewed 203 times)

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Tired of the same characters as always, the same kind of adventures: Storm, Wolverine, Cyclops, Emma, Jean, Rogue, Gambit, Psyloke, Colossus .... I know that they are the main mutants and much more cool characters and demanded by the public than others, but they are always the same and sometimes they do not advance in his personal plot. I would love to see an All New X-factor with skids, Rusty, Annole,Pixie, Rockslide and Caliban, that will take advantage of characters from oblivion and give freshness to the collections. Look what Peter David did with Guido(Stronguy), from a secondary of just three appearances to a fashionable character in the 90's! You would not like a collection titled, I do not know, MUTANTS, and that it would be dark characters in the world of the X-Men? Or an X-Academy that also includes non-mutant characters? Do not you prefer to take advantage of forgotten characters instead of creating new ones that you also forget in few months?

Writing for the trades is hurting the use of lesser known characters, both heroes and villains.

Imagine this: a new comic is created - Mutant Team-Up. Every issue features Wolverine teaming up with one or more lesser known mutants. Wouldn't this be cool? Wolverine is there so people will give the book a chance. It would be modeled on the classic Marvel Team-Up comic which featured Spider-Man.

Could this happen? Right now, no, and it's not necessarily because the book wouldn't sell. It might sell pretty well. But it wouldn't be designed for the trade paperback format. If every issue features different characters, then presumably every issue would feature an entirely different story. Suddenly we're not writing for the trades any more. We're not publishing six-issue story arcs. We're publishing, instead, done-in-ones.

When you're committed to six issue story arcs, you're also committed to a single cast of characters (give or take one or two) for the entire six issues. So of course the same tried and true characters (both heroes and villains) get recycled again and again. You might happily dedicate a single issue to Artie, Leech, Lifeguard, and Sunpyre. But six issues? Probably not.

Blame the trades. Much of what's wrong with 21st century comic book storytelling is directly tied to the trade paperback format. Scarcity of lesser known characters is one of the things that falls into this category.

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