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Subj: Re: 90s Heroes Reborn
Posted: Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 04:20:51 pm EDT (Viewed 189 times)
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Posted: Fri Mar 29, 2013 at 07:43:10 am EDT (Viewed 320 times)

    So, I would like to pose a few questions to you fans who suffered through that era of Marvel bankruptcy, both in terms of fiscal responsibility and comic book publishing:

Interesting scenario. I'm going to try and play by the rules of only knowing what Marvel did in 96-97 and not chang over anything that was basically working at the time (like Heroes for Hire).

    1) If they did a new Avengers and a new Fantastic Four book set in the Marvel Universe proper (616), which survivors would you place on the teams?

My first thought for the Avengers was to try and emulate a Big 7 take like Morrison was doing around the same time at DC with the JLA. But really after Spider-Man, Wolverine, and the Hulk, you are looking at the next popular characters in that time of Cable, Deadpool, Kazar, and Elektra. Not really an interesting roster.

So instead, I would suggest a Street Avengers book. Wolverine, Daredevil, Elektra, Psylocke, Archangel, and Black Widow. Have the team fight villains like the Hand. Joe Mad seemed to like alot of these types of characters, so he would be a great fit for the art. Pair him up with Lobdell and move him away from the X-titles. Not really sure what a good name would be, but this has street fighter video game written all over it.

For the Fantastic Four, I would pick characters that were associated with the team as replacements. Black Panther (Mr Fantastic), Storm (Invisible Woman), Namor (Human Torch), She-Hulk (Thing). Play about with the Storm/Namor/Black Panther love triangle.

    2) Was the concept of a "Heroes for Hire" team the wrong book at the wrong place in the wrong time and set up to fail immediately simply because you had all these heroes who supposedly sacrificed their lives against a bigger threat?

Looking up the sales, H4H seemed to be a failuare from the beginning. By the second issue it was outside the top 100. This seemed to be primarily because of the marketplace at the time and so many special things were going on (Marvel Vs DC, Amalgam, Flashblack, Heroes Reborn, etc). But the title still had it's flaws.

    3) Did they reveal the T-bolts secret too early?

The primary problem was just that it wasn't a reveal that many people cared about. Revealing the characters to be B-list villains of a B-list title at the time wasn't exciting to most fans. I think because of that, they should have extended the reveal a little further to issue 12. Build up the characters for a year as new characters, drop hints about who they really are, have a big showdown with the Avengers, and reveal the characters then. Fans love suspense.

    4) Were there enough heroes killed off by Onslaught?


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