Blah Blah Blog – The End of Viewer Mail

Another post from my Marvel blog of long ago, in which I answer some questions from the audience.

The End of Viewer Mail

April 28, 2007 | 1:00 AM | By Tom_Brevoort | In General

All right, one last day of “viewer mail”, and a little shower of art on the end–and next week, we’ll do something else.

>i have a question of my own: returning a character to in-rotation status (some recent returns: Ms. Marvel, Luke Cage, Moon Knight) is common in comics. what I’ve always wondered is are these returns more often dictated by editorial interest in the character or by specific writer pitches?

Posted by djshalope on 2006-10-24 15:07:23>

Depends on the instance and the situation. In the case of Moon Knight, there just seemed to be something in the air–at the same time we began thinking about him and his potential internally, magazines like Wizard began to run pieces on him and how cool he was. Other characters, such as Luke Cage or Spider-Woman, only came back to the forefront because of the interest of the writer, in this case Brian Bendis.

>For what it’s worth, I think many of the New Avengers characters are getting overpushed: Iron Man’s guest starring in half the books I read, Ms. Marvel, Luke Cage; Wolverine and Spider-Man, of course.

It’s starting to get better, but we’re coming off a couple years you couldn’t find a classic Avenger getting more than a cameo or background appearance, if you were lucky.

Posted by motteditor on 2006-10-26 18:41:08>

I think what you’re talking about here is CIVIL WAR, though–I can’t remember the last time Ms Marvel made a guest appearance outside of a CIVIL WAR tie-in.

Can you give us anything like this for Civil War that can give us some more editorial and writing background on the current event going on?
I can’t wait for the dust to settle on CW enough for you to give us the goods on CW like these last couple of posts do on HofM.

Posted by bigdaddyhub2 on 2006-10-26 16:05:44>

Not while CIVIL WAR is going on, and probably not for some months after it’s concluded, as many of the planning documents detail ideas for where things are going to end up afterwards–and I can’t share that stuff with the world at large until we’ve actually gotten there.

>What always baffled me about House of M was how you decided one character’s dream would supersede another’s. I mean Warren would want to have a normal life but instead he ends up working for Apocalypse? The Fantastic Four are dead? Where these decisions made by Bendis?

Posted by IanZL on 2006-10-26 20:39:45>

People misunderstood how this worked, I think. Our starting point for how the world would end up began with the characters, X-Men and New Avengers, who were on-site when Wanda remade the world. But even in there, you’re going to get conflicts between different people’s dreams, there’s no two ways about it. So we tended to focus on the guys who were at ground zero first, and then spread out from there.

Some more special preview art follows. Have a good weekend, everyone.

Tom B

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