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And the interview isn't particularly clear on details, either. I can't work out if they're stopping the weekly releases or not.
Also; Chuck Dixon has been involved? Seriously, that guy should not be working on Archie titles. His attitude is contrary to their own.
Picked up the latest issue and enjoyed it. Loved seeing the kids finally embrace their heritage, and am really intrigued to see what the Brain Emperor has planned. The back up with the Comet was really well done as well.
Loving this book.
I bought the first two issues and it's good, but, to last in this day and age, you've got to give readers something great with a startup project like this one. Sadly, this will be another blown attempt to capitalize on these great characters and this series will not last. Sales were terrible on the first two issues. I can't see the series lasting too many more.
If Archie wants superhero readers, it'd probably help to get someone that actually writes great superhero comics. Frankly, if Archie were to start a serious sci-fi line, Orson Scott Card would be a major get for them, since he's actually very good at writing sci-fi. They're in the business of telling stories. They should hire the best people for that job, regardless of race, religion or political beliefs. (<-- And yet even after that statement, I'm still going to be called a hatemonger because I defended someone with an unpopular opinion. More "tolerance" LOL)
If you can turn a blind eye to a creator's politics, fine. I don't blame you, it's also pretty easy to do. But it doesn't mean you should be ignorant about what that creator does or pass it off as "nothing", especially if they financially contribute (with the gains from their work) to causes that are regressive. When a creator goes public with their opinions (as Dixon and Card do), I have every right to pass judgement on those beliefs. It's not about tolerance, it's about making people aware that creator beliefs and creator works are not always two independent things.
Marvel, Archie, Red Circle, etc. are not in the business of telling stories. They are in the business of making money. The stories are how they do that, yes, but it sure as heck ain't their priority.
1. Since OSC is a big name celebrity writer, Marvel will most likely not hesitate to publish aother OSC title or hire him to write a book for them, regardless of his views on homosexuality. OSC views on homosexuality were known before and during the time that he was working for Marvel and licensing THE ENDER series to them (which I think they still have the license to publish), and that didn't stop them from giving him work and/or not publishing the ENDER series.
2. The wedding of Northstar in AXM was nothing more than a short term sales gimmick designed to get mainstream news media attention in the hopes that it would get speculators to boost sales on AXM.
However, the response from the LGBT community was huge. That is a big market that both Marvel and DC do little to tap, I think DC just slightly edging ahead with Demon Knights and Batwoman (and with Demon Knights it was arguably due more to Paul Cornell than the title itself), and they can make massive gains by creating comics that appeal to and encompass the LGBT community. If they are, at the same time, publishing titles by OSC, that limits Marvel's ability to tap into a larger market because there are those who would criticise/abandon/boycott Marvel due to publishing his titles, therefore contributing (semi-directly) to his political campaigning, which itself makes Marvel party to the act.
And yeah, there are a number of readers who will drop Marvel for their portrayal of LGBT issues, but it seems to me that their LGBT-inclusive series (X-Statix, Runaways, etc.) have all been relatively successful, so much so that their collections are still in print (I think), and Runaways is also a cult series which had important creators like Brian K. Vaughn, Terry Moore and Joss Whedon on it. Seems to me that Marvel has had more success with LGBT themes than they have had with works by a certain author.
Finally broke down and bought the tpb of New Crusaders: Rise of the Heroes, and two chapters / issues into it, I'm intrigued so far. The art sometimes seems a bit too manga-like with faces and expressions for my tastes, but overall it's not bad.
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