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Posted: Sat Jun 28, 2008 at 12:37:06 am EDT (Viewed 80 times)
Reply Subj: What is wrong with Marvel now days.
Posted: Fri Jun 27, 2008 at 04:10:51 pm EDT

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Several things Marvel has done has made me say what the hell. First,you kill off the living legend Captian amercia. Second, you have Iron Man betray his friends of his own free will and form some secrect cabal that ended up making the world more dangerous and along with the us goverment and the SHRA made the skrulls job easier in invading earth.Spider Man made a deal with that demon Mephestio(Spiderman is not Johnny Blaze for christ sake). The explaination for what the demon did for Spidey makes no sense with somehow spidey lost his other powers,organic webing, and a boat load of experience and character development. He is back to being a rookie agian. A divorce is awlfull but making a deal with a demom isn't. My favorite chracter is Hulk and with a stroke of a pen the writer took away all his chracter development from wwh and PH by making him even stupider then stupid hulk ever was and introducing Red Hulk who in hulk 4 kickded stupid hulk like a goverment mule . It would have been better if we had Red Hulk v WWH/ Since both are powerful and proably equal it would be a battle of thinking and skills which would have been funner to watch.

I don't think most of your complaints are really valid. Just because you don't like something doesn't mean that it's wrong.

Overall I think Quesada and Marvel have done a great job. Sure, some of the things I don't like (BND, the X-Men), but some of the things they have done are just so much better than any ideas I could come up with (New Avengers, Iron Fist, Hercules) that I can put away my personal feelings and see what a great job Marvel is doing.

But just to play along and give me complaints and ways to improve.

1) More focus on Minority Characters. There is a severe lack of both original and good minority characters at Marvel right now. At the very least, there should at least be one original female character (50% of the American population), one black character (~15%), and one hispanic (~15%) character all starring the their own ongoings. Note that She-Hulk and Ms. Marvel are derivitives of male characters, and that the Black Panther isn't "black" but African. The assumingly unintentional racism at Marvel has gotten to the point that a black character automatically has to have an interracial relationship in order to become interesting. Seriously, there isn't a popular black character out there that hasn't had an interracial relationship (no clue about the Falcon, but then again I can't name any of his girlfriends). DC use to have a black character on every team (John Stewart, Cyborg, Mr. Terrific, etc), all great characters, and that is something that Marvel should strive for. And when you look at Marvel, black characters are constantly getting killed (Black Goliath, Maggot, Skin, Synch, Night Thrasher, Tag, etc).

2) Titles with No Purpose. There are a number of titles out there that just don't have a purpose, or a bad purpose, or just an badly defined one. X-Factor, She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, etc are examples of those. Other titles like Iron Man:Director of Shield, Wolverine Origins, or Punisher WJ are just titles that aren't necessary. Every title that comes out should have a purpose, and not just be put out to tell stories of a certain character. Each title should be unique, so that you can't just tell interchange a character in a story depending on what title it is.

3) Not Making the Most of the Movies. There should be one Iron Man title right now, and that title should be the best it can be. It needs to tell a story that appeals to the average person. Same with the Hulk. There should only be one Hulk title out right now and he should be green and be Bruce Banner.

4) The Destruction of the Ultimate Line. I liked the Ultimate line when it came out, but it needs to be put down now before it gets any worse. I remember when it started Bendis said that as soon as Spider-Man was going into space, the line needs to end. Well he went to another dimension, which is basically the same thing, so it needs to end. Of course, there were lots of good things about the titles, but we can just transfer those good ideas over to the regular line.

5) Lack of New and Original Characters. Similar to no. 1, there should be at least one title out right now starring a new character that is original. Invincible at Image is a great example of a new original character that works. So it can be done. Put a solid creative team on the title, and guarantee at least 18 issues for the fans. It would be even better if these new characters could fill a particular niche that Marvel is missing right now, like a detective.

6) Improve the B-list Characters. Iron Fist was a book that has been great so far, but a new creative team is going to kill it. Same with Moon Knight. These B-list characters must have a solid creative team for a set period of time (at least 18 issues) so that they can prove themselves to the readers. Alot of B-list titles aren't even that good, like She-Hulk, Ms. Marvel, Black Panther, New Warriors, Exiles, etc. Marvel needs to re-evaluate those titles, and reboot them with new teams if they have to. Other B-list characters deserve more spotlight, perhaps in a miniseries, like Namor, WonderMan, Black Widow, Luke Cage, Silver Surfer, Dr. Strange, etc. For instance, the new Ant-Man seems to have a strong fan base, so give him a 4 issue miniseries and see what happens.

7) New series with Popular Characters. I understand that you can't get Heinberg to do a new Young Avengers series, but get someone else to do it and let Heinberg supervise it. Marvel is letting the good will built up from the series just disappear.

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