So, being a huge Grant Morrison fan, I loved his New X-Men run. It was one of the few times I've actually cared enough about the X-Men comics to get excited about them. I've sampled some other stuff afterward, but, outside of Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-Men, very little of it has had any appeal to me.
Took me awhile, but I eventually figured out why. It was because I didn't need to read anymore X-Men comics since Morrison had, to me, produced superior versions all of the basic X-Men stories, from recycled Sentinels to destruction of the school to even a space based story, so that any other stories from other writers that I would read would be inferior.
Since Marvel and DC recycle stories for all of their characters, once you've read the big, important ones, what more do you need to read? The same goes with, say, Superman and Batman. Once you've read enough of the "must reads", you don't really need to read anymore unless 1) you love the character or 2) a writer whose work you enjoy is writing the character.
Batman vs. The Ultimate Villain
Why hasn't Batman fought the ultimate villain yet? A Zombie Alien Nazi Cyborg Vampire. Why, I ask. Why? It would be awesome.
"Ongoing Creative Team"
When Marvel and DC announce a new ongoing creative team for a book, what they really announce most of the time is the new ongoing writer and the artist for the first arc, if that. Recent examples include just about every Batman title in the post-RIP relaunch and Ultimate Comics Avengers.
I really wish they would be more honest about this stuff. There are very few artists who can do more than one arc on a book before either there is a fill in or a new artist takes over. It would make a lot more sense, to me, if Marvel and DC announced that the artist was only doing one arc and mention whatever artist is doing the second arc. It would be an easy way to mitigate some disappointment among fans while keeping some positive buzz going on books with these rotating creative teams.
The Walking Dead
I managed to check out the first hardcover for Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead and, unlike the trades, it came with extras in the back. There was an essay in the back by Kirkman in which he described The Walking Dead as a post-zombie movie story which struck me as odd. To me, The Walking Dead seemed like just another zombie story, like dozens of others out there. Now, this isn't a slight against Kirkman, but I would be intrigued by a post-zombie infestation/invasion story so I was a little disappointed that The Walking Dead didn't offer that.
Grant Morrison's Marvel
Grant Morrison generally gets a lot of praise for his DC and Vertigo work but, for me, his best stuff was when he was at Marvel. Specifically, New X-Men and Marvel Boy. They are just so vibrant and full of energy. They are some of my favorite works from him and I really wish that he some day returns to work at Marvel. He just seems to be more free, creatively, than when working at DC or, possibly, doesn't hold the characters with the same Silver Age reverence as he does with many of DC's properties.
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Wonder Woman Renumbering And Second Ongoing
Recently, I have seen a lot of fan talk about either renumbering Wonder Woman to #600 when the series reaches the issue, giving her a second going series or both.
Fans argue that Wonder Woman is important and deserves to have here series numbered similar to Batman and Superman. They also argue that a big anniversary issues will draw in new readers, which is true, but the series has bigger, and more fundamental, problems than an anniversary issue can fix.
Wonder Woman #33, the issue and finale of the Rise of The Olympians arc, was #61 on the sales chart and outsold by Thor: Trial of Thor (#60), Punisher #6 (#59), Action Comics Annual #12 (#58), Skaar: Son of Hulk #12 (#57) and Marvel Zombies 4 #3 (#56). Her book was outsold by a meaningless one-shot (Thor), the Punisher, and a Hulk spin-off. An anniversary issue is just going to be a temporary fix, if that. This is also why she shouldn't get a second ongoing since she can barely support the one she has.
Some fans will argue that Wonder Woman is important, which is true, so that should override sales factors, at least in the short term. Well, no. Important characters are not always relevant characters, which both Superman and the Fantastic Four have to deal with constantly. After all, Superman only has two titles right now, unlike the four he had in the 90s.
Yes, she has always been one of the only female superheroes to be in constant or near constant publication, which does grant her a degree of credibility in the sustainability regard, but it does not give her relevance, which the character is desperately lacking.
If the character becomes relevant again, or at least to the point that more people know her for her comics or stories than her Diana Carter pin-up days, then maybe giving her a second series or renumbering her book would make a bit more sense and be a little bit more justifiable.
Of course, this would mean that DC would have to figure out what they want to do with the character, which they are chronically unable to do, and then figure out away to successfully market their new direction. Perhaps if Grant Morrison was given an All Star Wonder Woman title or other project with her, as he speculated on for a potential future project at one point, this might change things. Otherwise, it will be same ol', same ol'. The new animated feature was a step in the right direction, too, but very little follow up on it and comics that don't even reflect it.
Comic Book Renumbering
Speaking of comic book numbering and renumbering, I don't think it's as big a deal to me as it is to some fans. Honestly, I'm fine with Marvel and DC rebooting all of their books every 50 to 100 issues. It's a way to reinvigorate a book, draw in new readers and separate one writer's run from another. For example, when Geoff Johns eventually leaves Green Lantern, the title should definitely be rebooted. It is an easy way to demarcate Johns's run from whoever follows and, again, is a very easy way to signal a fresh start.
That said, I think their are a couple of titles that should keep their full numbering, for either one of two reason. The first are books with some historical significance. They would be Action Comics, Detective Comics, and Fantastic Four. Action Comics introduced Superman, Detective Comics is where DC gets it's name from, and The Fantastic Four was the book Marvel launched with in the Silver Age. Superman, Batman, Uncanny X-Men, and Amazing Spider-Man should also keep their numbering since they are their respective companies biggest characters and franchises.
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Reader Question - How Long Do You Give A Book Before Dropping It?
When you are trying out a new ongoing series or a new writer's run a book, how long do you give the series before you decided whether or not you are going to follow it series or drop it?