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adamwarlock

Subj: Re: December Sales, Yikes!
Posted: Thu Jan 20, 2011 at 11:52:51 am EST (Viewed 144 times)
Reply Subj: Re: December Sales, Yikes!
Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2011 at 08:44:11 pm EST (Viewed 156 times)

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Pretty spot on. Clear story telling and moral lines are fading out. Although there were anti-heroes at Marvel going all the way back to Namor.

I think these current writers having grow up with comics feel they have to turn everything on it's head. To merely tell a good tale isn't enough, got to be epic or shocking or a story you'd have thought would never be done. They want to break the rules (but eventually have everything go back to the status quo if it's a top property).

I'm getting sick of a character's origins being rehashed and changed around. 30 years ago, they might mention the origin now & then to let new readers know it but there was mostly forward momentum. Here's a new adventure followed by another one.

Also, where are the new characters? Can't think of any really great & long running creations since the mid-70s. Stan & Jack created 100s of great characters, how many have Morrison or Bendis done in the Marvel/DC universes (I'll give them the independent stuff they did before was creative)?

Anti-heroes are one thing, but every hero now has that moral line blurred. It's muddy, and it's not fun.

Agreed with the turning everything on its head. It seems like if there's not some epic twist or endgame involved, it isn't plugged. That said, when that happens the books spike in sales, so there's incentive to do that.

Origin one shots, minis, and retellings are also things that are selling. The extreme opposite of endgame/twists is bringing you back to familiar ground for the properties. It's all marketing for movies there.

My question about Bendis/Morrison and new characters in the universe proper - are they ALLOWED to do that? I think they save their unique characters for their creator owned works. Marvel/DC don't give good incentive for creating your own characters in the universe proper. They take that incentive away, as a matter of fact.


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