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Subj: Re: So no outrage over the Marvel bloodbath?
Posted: Tue Jan 09, 2018 at 10:54:42 am EST (Viewed 70 times)
Reply Subj: Re: So no outrage over the Marvel bloodbath?
Posted: Mon Dec 25, 2017 at 11:00:23 am EST (Viewed 164 times)



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      Which books have been cancelled?



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    Thinking off top of head



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    For sure:
    America Chavez
    Iceman Drake
    Hawkeye
    Gwenpool
    Luke Cage


The above were inevitable. I actually enjoyed them for a while (except Iceman which I wasn't reading) but the novelty wore off and I got bored, or else the book jumped the shark (Gwenpool) or did a character assassination on a beloved supporting character (Luke Cage).

I really think writing for the trades is a poor strategy for new or marginal (Luke Cage) characters. It takes a lot of commitment to follow a story for six months. A new or marginal character is always on probation in the reader's mind. The commitment level should be kept to one or at most two months. Keep hitting the reader with new and exciting plots, villains, and guest stars.


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    Possibly:
    U.S. Avengers
    Uncanny Avengers
    Royals
    Secret Warriors
    Jean Grey
    Generation X


The first two are getting absorbed into the weekly Avengers title.

I don't know if the rest of these are cancelled but I'll write about them as if they are. The only two I ever bought were Royals and Jean Grey.

Royals was always doomed. There was never any reason to expect it to succeed. I followed it for a few issues and got bored when the novelty wore off and the story dragged endlessly on with questions we had to wait forever to get answered.

Secret Warriors was hopeless. Again, why would anyone have expected it to succeed?

Jean Grey could possibly have succeeded if single or two issue stories were used. Instead, this book went beyond even writing for the trades. Its opening story arc just kept on going. The commitment level required was too high. Also it had the stink of death on it from the moment we learned adult Jean was returning.

Generation X might have succeeded if Banshee was in it. I don't know why Marvel keeps tossing that character in the trash. It's as if they don't want him to develop a following. But also the book was doomed by writing for the trades.

I really think a new character's book should be written like the old Marvel 2-in-1: single or two issue story arcs with a new guest star every issue. Bring in your Spider-Man, your Wolverine, and really anyone. Hulk. Daredevil. Just keep familiar faces on the cover and on the pages. Meanwhile develop the title character a little bit more each issue, using sub-plots as in the Silver and Bronze Ages. Also put the new character on either the Avengers or the X-Men, not some new team that is itself struggling for survival on the shelves. Also have the new character pop up in Spider-Man's book, Wolverine's book, etc.

Otherwise your new title characters are doomed so why even bother?






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