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Subj: Re: Fantastic 3: Moongirl and Devil Dino
Posted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 at 03:45:49 pm EDT (Viewed 136 times)
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Posted: Sat Nov 04, 2017 at 08:47:56 am EDT (Viewed 204 times)

    The LCS popped the Marvel Spotlight in my bag, I was very very unhappy for a few moments until I realized what I was looking at. It's a very cartoony looking book and I THOUGHT it was a preview of MTiO. Fortunately, not so much. In the previews Ben brings some left overs from Reed's lab (umm.. because people just ignore and toss aside things made by the world's most advanced technologival genius) to Lunella to sort through. I admit I never read the book, I assume she's another child prodigy?

    There's a few jokes, and she does tell Johnny that his new uniform makes him look like a mascot for a Taco stand, and as it ends she advises that she's been searching with a listening device for what may well be Reed and the others.

    The rest of the dialog I really didn't enjoy, it's Ben talking about how old time and out of date he and Johnny are. Having that kind of exchange is like a real easte agent determined to sell you a home and only pointing out flaws it has, maybe flaws you would be unaware of, without focusing at all on any of the positives. It just seems trite and counter intuitive.

    As far as Johnny, I'm all for incorporating his The End uniform from Alan Davis, my all time favorite non-4 outfit. For regular team costumes I was always fond of his red uniform.

    For the actual Chueng MTIO there was only one of the covers shown.

    I don't get a lot of Marvel anymore, I was pretty surprised by the art styles for the majority of the previews they were showing. Not up to par with DC's average. Captain America was very simple line drawings (mostly outlines) with only the coloring to show any dimension at all (or is it Captain Hydra now? Or is that finally over with? I'm always afraid to look. Off topic? Good, I'll check Cap out in another 10 years maybe \:\) )

I think the Star Wars line has taken a lot of their better artists. I have noticed that DC seems to keep a better roster of artists lately though. I think some of it may be due to Axel Alonso. I seem to recall he has a preference for "indy" style artists. And then Alonso also made a badly expressed remark about artists
"There are fewer artists that impact sales than there are writers, Alonso said, and they’re harder to promote. “It’s harder to pop artists these days,” he said. “There is no apparatus out there. There is no Wizard Magazine out there that told you who the hot top 10 were. We don’t have that anymore. We can hype our artists all we want, but I don’t know if we know how many artists, besides maybe McNiven and Coipel, absolutely move the needle on anything to be drawn."

I understand what he's follow the writers to a great extent. But I think it has to be a balance. Marvel used to have a house style, which was everyone follow Kirby's lead. DC had a house style too I imagine. I consider myself "old school". There are some artist that IMO are too stylized for my taste and detract from the story. I also think Marvel puts too much stock in Bendis. They have a lot of new writers on staff and guys like Brubaker and Hickman have gone back to their creator owned stuff.

As for the Moon Girl title, linked above in the coming attractions, they have a different distribution deal from what I understand. They don't just deal with Diamond Distributers. They also work with Scholastic Books for younger readers. I checked out the issue with Doom a while back and IMO it's a cute book, not quite canon but in some kind of grey area. I think it's harmless and a nice all ages book. That's how you try to get the fans of the future.

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