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Ian M

In Reply To
Eric Teall

Subj: Re: The Answers To Continuity Problems
Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 11:39:02 pm EST
Reply Subj: The Answers To Continuity Problems
Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2008 at 07:12:10 pm EST

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> Two unavoidable creative realities: We need no more big new time markers that can't be easily undone and continuity will be shed every 15 years or so.

Say 20 years. Even 25. You know what? That'd be great. Reboot continuity every 20 years. Spend a year in closing, a year in reopening, and then you have 18 years of manageable stuff.

A "Crisis" every 20 years avoids the need to BAN big new time wasters.

> An interesting side-note: whether Slott and Queseda draw attention to it or not, BND is de-aging Parker. Oh they may, for the sake of continuity try to get around this somehow, but they clearly are writing him younger.
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> Good on them, says I.
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> Victor

Then they need to have the intestinal fortitude to admit to what they're doing. Why not just reboot the Marvel U? Cap's alive again, Iron Man's not a supervillain... Man, that'd be great.

(And in response to those who would point to the Ultimate universe--Sorry, but I'm just not enjoying the Ultimate Paranoia, Ultimate Jingoism, and Ultimate Randomness that I feel in those books. It's not all the Ultimate books all of the time, but I don't actually like or admire the vast majority of those "heroes". A more classic take would be necessary, IMO. Feel free to disagree, but there you go.)

- Eric Teall

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> Say 20 years. Even 25. You know what? That'd be great. Reboot continuity every 20 years. Spend a year in closing, a year in reopening, and then you have 18 years of manageable stuff.

Eric, I've felt this way about comic book universes for some years now, and one thing I just cannot figure out is this: why won't Marvel go for it? How many comic book writers would line up to write actual ENDINGS for Marvel's iconic characters? Imagine how they could hype it, sell it - all the rules could come off, characters could die, change irrevocably, they'd thrill some fans, piss others off mightily. But it would be a real, honest ENDING and that's what endings are supposed to be. Close the book on those versions of the characters. Does Marvel really fear a Hal Jordan-like reaction from their audience that they just won't dare? Are comic book fans as a group really that finicky that Marvel felt it just had to go through with a magical mind-wipe instead?

I tell you, this "reboot" makes the Clone Saga look like gold. Marvel had, for a brief time, a single Spider-Man and a married Peter Parker, and all you had to accept was that one was a clone. A lot easier to swallow than this.

As for DC, at one time they did go for a real reboot, but now they seem to have gotten cold feet and are trying to have their cake & eat it too with reality-bending Superpunches and Hypertime and all that - no mere mortal can possibly wrap their head around what may or may not be in DC continuity any more, from what I can figure.


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