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Face Front, True Believers! A Marvel Comics Thread

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
im not completely certain, but I think MUs 6-month gap on new issues may have been drastically shortened; it seems to have skipped right over the 2 or 3 months when publication was delayed because of covid, and this weeks New Release list was full of things from late August
 
im not completely certain, but I think MUs 6-month gap on new issues may have been drastically shortened; it seems to have skipped right over the 2 or 3 months when publication was delayed because of covid, and this weeks New Release list was full of things from late August
Yeah I think they're either doing some adjusting to normalize the MU schedule somewhat relative to what really happened or it's a scheduling error. (Not that uncommon for something to show up on MU on Monday morning and be gone by the end of the day, even in normal circumstances.)
 

Octopus Prime

Mysterious Contraption
(He/Him)
A brief trajectory of Octo reading Marvel Comics over the last few days:
1. I see that a new issue of Ghost Spider has shown up on MU, in which Gwen Stacy is possessed by Venom
2. I deem Gwenom to look "cool as hell" (it's a great costume)
3. I start reading Ghost Spider only to learn its a sequel to an earlier Spider-Gwen miniseries.
4. I drop it in favor of reading the earlier series, for context in the story I want to read.
5. I learn that that series was, in fact, a tie-in to a Spider-Man crossover story that I would also need to read for context
6. I have started reading Spider-Geddon
Optional Step 7. Spider-Geddon also opens with a tie-in to the PS4 Spider-Man game, but I already played that, so phew
 

Positronic Brain

Out Of Warranty
(He/him)
Actually, Spider-Gwen has no spider powers, having lost them in her second series; her “power” is being bonded to a symbiote, which grants her spider-like powers plus some extra nifty tricks like spider-drones.
 
im not completely certain, but I think MUs 6-month gap on new issues may have been drastically shortened; it seems to have skipped right over the 2 or 3 months when publication was delayed because of covid, and this weeks New Release list was full of things from late August
It's official, the gap is down from 6 months to 3 months now.

I wonder if they were planning this and the pandemic accidentally made the transition easy, or if this only happened because of the pandemic.
 
Apropos of nothing, John Byrne rocks and naysayers should be locked in a wooden box on a faraway island. If you're reading that, and don't like John Byrne, and are thinking to yourself "gee, I wouldn't like to be locked in a wooden box at all!" I assure you, keep an open mind, you might like it. It could be an adventure!

But anyhoo, I feel like Byrne is the apex predator of the Shooter era, the A1 Big Dawg before he was unceremoniously unseated by McFarlane, Lee, and others.

Prior to the Claremont/Byrne/Miller era I think there had been two distinct waves of good work from Marvel- first, the genesis of everything with Kirby and Ditko, and then the heady weirdo era of Starlin, Brunner, Gerber, Gulacy and others.

By the 80s I think the crop of talent really succeeded into cohering those two waves of energy (one devoid of irony, the latter full of it) into something somehow slick and cohesive, with a second layer of remove that I think has informed most fantasy media since. I think a lot of peeps perceive this as a flattening of Marvel's hapless fostering of interesting auteurs, but by volume that just isn't true (for a number of reasons I won't go into in this particular incoherent rant)
 
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