> > It looks to me like the only thing keeping Black Panther going are the massive amounts of propaganda, the crossovers and the hype.
> If that's what it takes to keep it from being cancelled.
> We may love the Black Panther, but he's not a hugely popular character. So you have to do something to increase his exposure to readers who would never normally pick up his book, and just writing "good" stories isn't enough. Never has been (for this character), never will be.
Nor has been sticking a random character into a series just to increase sales. In some ways, it can hurt a character who doesn't have a strong enough fanbase. That's what happened Venom, Ghost Rider and Punisher in the 90s, and now these once popular characters have been demoted to cult status.
Simply sticking a character in the reader's face isn't enough. Until Hudlin gives Panther an extra niche, I fear any increase in exposure will simply mean a longer dive into limbo later.
> And left to survive on his own it'll end up how it did the last time -- well written, but sold poorly.
> Now it's moderately-well written and sells moderately-well.
I disagree with the first part entirely
> (And, yes, if Priest had had all of these crossovers and promotions his run probably would have sold better than the current one. Unfortunately, he didn't.)
i loved the first 7 issues of black panther, IMO these are the best work hudlin has done in his entire run on the series, really, and the art was excellent john romita jr, trevor hairsine, IMO, from issue 8 and up, the series went on a downhill road of quality (both on scripts and art, most in art, are you going to deny it?)to the point that i am considering in droping the series.
but what do i see now in the sales estimates?? that the best issues were the lower salers, nearly 25k, and on the other hand, the poorer issues in queality are selling 50k.
really who understand the fanboys.
i don not.