a fire made of rats
- Aug 13, 2018
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If you ever do get around to reading the Heroes Reborn/Wildstorm crossover, I'll be curious as to your take on the alt-reality thay gets created there.
It wasn't on my intended buy/read list. I don't have any of it yet. Honestly, I'd forgotten all about it. But I might look for it once I've got more of the WS books I want.
I think this series portrays the main problem with a lot of the early Wildstorm stuff. The characters are portrayed as if they have a rich history, but to the readers, they don’t. There’s like an assumed weight that they’re meant to have, but they lack the familiarity of characters like the X-Men and they aren’t portrayed in a way that shows that weight.
They just want you to accept that these characters are badass and important, but they don’t put in any of the work.
Yeah. Marvel had 30+ years for establish it's heroes and villains before Wildstorm entered the field in the highly competitive boom/bust '90's. And it didn't get great writers working on it's books consistently until a few years after it was underway. I also expanded into a far bigger shared universe than Lee expected, as other creators seemed to want to add their work to his established setting rather than existing as floating parts of the Image non-universe.
All this means, a lot of characters weren't as strong as they could have been. The WildC.A.T.S were always archetypes rather than distinct characters until Alan Moore's run. The potential was there, but the stong storylines and character moments were not. And while a crossover with the X-Men seemed to make sense, it does highlight where the 'cats are too similiar to the X-Men, especially in this Modern Age storyline.
On top of that, they keep layering characters - introducing new characters that their established characters are in awe of or scared of, in order to make you get the unearned feeling that these are even better. It's a pyramid scheme.
Very much yes. Throw shit at the wall and see what sticks seemed to be the order of the day. Take Mr. Majestic, he first appears in an early WildC.A.T.S story, and is a mid-tier Superman clone. Later, he'd feature in the awesome "Majestic at the End of Time" spotlight by Alan Moore, get his time as the replacement team's powehouse, and no less than three volumes of his own book. "Majestic Class" became WS shorthand for top-tier superman-type. He completely overtook the place of Union, who was around far earlier but didn't catch on the same way, basically because Alan Moore got to nail Majestic's characterization and other writers, wisely, picked it up from there.