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Subj: Re: You know what's evident from this thread?
Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 at 08:55:21 pm EDT (Viewed 1 times)
Reply Subj: Re: You know what's evident from this thread?
Posted: Sat Apr 21, 2007 at 07:47:14 pm EDT (Viewed 1 times)

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> > That it's been 15+ years since Spidey has had even a somewhat classic addition to his rogues gallery. And don't give me Morlun, he's terrible.
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> Kaine is the last REALLY good major new baddie I can recall. Carnage was derivative of Venom, so he doesn't really count.

There have been a lot of POTENTIAL major baddies introduced in the last 10 years, but none of them have been followed up on and turned into a major new threat.

Morlun - great first story, disappointing and unexplained appearance in "The Other".

Fusion - great first story, but then never heard of again.

Tracer - quite a good first story, but kinda got lost in "The Other".

Shathra - personally I enjoyed her story, great visual and cool method of taunting Peter. Never heard from again and presumed dead.

Ezekial - interesting introduction and some good stories along the way, but then a slightly disappointing final story. Presumed dead so probably not gonna be seen again.

Stacy Twins - controversial introduction story, terrible follow-up. Marvel might just try and forget them, but we probably should hear more from them as Sins Past deserves to be revisited.


I think Fusion, Tracer, Morlun and Shathra could all have new and interesting stories told about them. If the stories are good then over time people will start to think of them as potential new major baddies, but it will take time and good storytelling.

I suspect PAD will feature Tracer again, and hopefully give the readers some time to focus on him rather than a crossover story.

AJ


> > > That it's been 15+ years since Spidey has had even a somewhat classic addition to his rogues gallery. And don't give me Morlun, he's terrible.
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> > Kaine is the last REALLY good major new baddie I can recall. Carnage was derivative of Venom, so he doesn't really count.
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> There have been a lot of POTENTIAL major baddies introduced in the last 10 years, but none of them have been followed up on and turned into a major new threat.
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That's the critical thing. Are classic villains like Electro, the Vulture, and the Sandman inherently better than those created by later writers? Not really, but by virtue of being there from the start, they're considered better.

There's also a mentality that exists nowadays that a character created by a writer belongs to that writer. Brian Michael Bendis wanted Paul Jenkins's approval before using the Sentry, for example. There's less of a public domain mentality than there used to be, so an original villain isn't likely to be used by anyone but his creator. And how long does one creator stick around on the same book?

-Comp


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