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Subj: Re: In a title like MCP, the quality of the story is more important than the character (IMO)
Posted: Sat Jul 05, 2008 at 08:33:01 pm EDT (Viewed 61 times)
Reply Subj: In a title like MCP, the quality of the story is more important than the character (IMO)
Posted: Sat Jul 05, 2008 at 02:30:29 pm EDT



> > How many of you think that MCP would get more attention if it consistently dedicated one of it's four stories to a villain (solo/team/team-up)?
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> First, in answer to your question, heck yes. I thought some of the titles where the lead characters were villains (e.g. Mystique, Magneto, Sabretooth, etc) were some good titles. I think it was an issue of Marvel Fanfare that had a story where the two primary characters were the Blob and Unus the Untouchable, and I thought it was a good one-shot story.
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> (Please excuse the DC reference for a moment) One of my favorite recent storyarcs in any title in recent years was the "Honor Among Thieves" story in JSA Classified, where it showed a caper beginning-to-end, told from the villains' point of view.
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> But regardless of the characters in the stories, in order for MCP to work, you have to have creators dedicated to each story. If somebody produces a "just filling in the time" offering for publication, you're doing a disservice to the reader. And no matter how good a couple of the other stories may be, you'll lose the reader.
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> I know some people liked them, but the 8-pg vignets at the back of Avengers Classic were (in my opinion) awful. I didn't feel that they added enough to the entire comic to justify the expense of what was essentially a rebooted issue of Marvel Triple-Action. I also think this is kinda why Avengers Spotlight/Solo Avengers didn't work.
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> Even if they only published one story per issue, you'd need it to be a story that clearly reflected some tale that the writer and artist were committed to telling, no matter how long or short. If the creators don't have (for lack of a better word) passion for the stories or characters, I think that comes thru no matter how talented the creator.
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> For example, I know that I'm not alone when I say that I think Simonson's run on Thor back in the day was great. He clearly had a passion for Thor, Beta Ray Bill, Surtur, and the tapestry of the epic he was weaving. However, this same Simonson's work on the Fantastic Four (I feel) was somewhat uninspired. I didn't feel the same passion.
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> There were some real stinkers in the old Marvel Team-up days, but the enduring popularity of Spider-Man as the main headliner kept the series going for 150-ish issues. The Thing had lesser popularity, so the analogous Marvel Two-in-One series didn't last as long. I think better storytelling may have added some longevity for that title.

What's the webcrawler's secret?

Seems just about anyone's more popular than Ben is. Why is that?
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> I don't think the ever-changing roster of characters that you'd have in a comic like MCP would be a problem as long as the stories were good. But to make it work, you'd need a couple other things.
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> 1) a pipeline of stories that are ready to go, and ideally they'd be scheduled to work around any heavy workloads for the creative team.
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> 2) no filler-for-the-sake-of-publishing-something-this-month stories. I'd rather see the title not come out this month than I would a crapola story printed just to use up some whitespace.
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> 3) and, please, if you're going with multiple stories in a single issue, don't overlap the multi-issue arcs.
> For example, if storyA ends its 3-issue arc in issue #3, make sure storyB and storyC's arcs (whether one-shots or not) end in that issue as well.
> I realize that having overlapping arcs is one way to induce continued readership, but I contend that it's also a good way to annoy the reader.
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> There's gotta be a bunch of stories out there that creators are itching to tell that don't fit in with a particular title or won't get the thumbs-up for a miniseries. I'd think MCP would be the perfect place to tell those stories.
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> my 2.5 cents.
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> Ohotmu
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