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Ancient One 
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Subj: Re: Look at it this way.
Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2021 at 02:28:22 am EDT (Viewed 133 times)
Reply Subj: Look at it this way.
Posted: Sun Mar 28, 2021 at 03:12:30 pm EDT (Viewed 131 times)



    Quote:
    But I'm not the guy making the decisions, and I can recognize that Marvel can be a lot more fun now without having any continuity to have to maintain,


I have to disagree.

When I started reading comics the contemporary DC Universe was about 12 years old, and the Marvel Universe about 10. In particular (Because they were my two favourite series) the Legion was 10 years old, and the Avengers roughly 5.

I loved what I was reading in the books I was buying off the stands, and I wanted to know more. Had the Hulk really been an Avenger? What planet was Timber Wolf from? When did Black Panther join the team? Wait! Lightning Lad died? How? And how did he come back? A big part of the enjoyment of these comics was exploring the histories of the characters.

With no definitive history, that enjoyment is gone. There's nothing to explore. Nothing WORTH exploring.

It happened to me with the Legion. I followed the team diligently for 20 years. Then Keith Giffen threw the series' continuity out the window. The events of the last 30 years either happened differently, or hadn't happened at all. And I was done. All the time and effort I'd put in learning about the characters and situations was pretty much for nothing. I was being told to start again. No thanks. I stopped buying the book, and haven't bought it since.

Why should I invest myself in reading stories in an episodic medium if two years down the line I'm going to be told those stories never happened, or don't matter?

The constantly morphing universes of modern Marvel and DC hold no interest for me. It's not that you can't tell good stories in such a framework, it's just that I don't care about them.

Without the bedrock of continuity, they're building their houses on nothing but shifting sand.