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Subj: Line: Marvel Next with slight edit
Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 at 02:55:55 pm EDT (Viewed 91 times)
Reply Subj: Creating a line of comics...
Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 at 12:22:13 pm EDT (Viewed 154 times)

    We know Marvel has various lines (or families) of titles (X-Men, Avengers, Marvel Heroes, Spider-Man, Dark Reign, MAX, etc.).

    If you could create a line of say three or four titles, ALL set in the mainstream Marvel Universe (Earth-616) and ALL in current continuity, what would you call your line and what would the titles be (brief description of the first story arc please)???

Description: Focusing on the younger heroes at Marvel.
Other Info: The purpose would be to tell stories that are aimed at demographics besides white, 18-49 year old males. Would include titles aimed at blacks, hispanics, women, young readers, etc. 4 titles (one for each week), reprinted in digests initially, guarantee a title for 24 issues, and guarantee the line for at least 4 years. Aim for 4 issue arcs. And I've thought this out and have solutions to any potential problems. I was a fan of the idea of the original Marvel Next line, but not so much the execution. I blame Marvel's publishers.

Edit: This line will be aimed at the 9-14 year old tween market. It would serve as the next step for a kid after reading the Marvel Adventures line, but before the regular 616 comics. I think a major problem for comics right now is that comics fit into only two categories, under 8 and over 15 years of age.

Description: The adventures of the nephew of Bill Foster aka Black Goliath. Around 18 years old. Title would be like what if Lee and Ditko's Spider-Man took place today. Character would be smart, funny, relateable, etc. Update the current YellowJacket costume into something more modern, with a slight power upgrade. Put a writer like Dwayne McDuffie on the title, with possibly a black artist. Set the series outside of NYC, maybe the south, maybe even Atlanta. Title would be aimed at Black readers.

Description: Pretty much the current team as is, but in a monthly comic. Get Heinberg as a consultant, and just put a creative team on the title. The team of Cornell and Brooks would be great. Try and increase the racial diversity of the team.

Title Three: NEW MUTANTS
Description: A title to focus on the young students of the X-Men, comparable to the Yost/Craig run on the New X-Men title. Younger mutants being trained by older mutants like Sunspot, Cannonball, Moonstar, Magma, Husk, M, etc.

Description: Banner title for various miniseries starring young characters aimed at non traditional demographics. 4 issue arcs starring these characters. Could include X-23, Arana, Scorpion, Gravity, etc. Would be a great way to dust off old concepts that have run their course, and reintroduce them to a younger audience. At 12 issues a year, with 4 issue arcs, that gives you 3 digests a year. I'd consider making this title bi weekly, therefore making it 6 digests a year.

Edit: I included the Young Avengers and the New Mutants here because I think it would be better off here. Obviously they would bring in sales and popularity to the line, but they would be seperate from their adult counterparts. They wouldn't be dragged kicking and screaming into crossovers.

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