Saturday, September 27, 2008

Nice Review of Marvel Adventures Fantastic Four-

A nice review of MA Fantastic Four #40. I'm pleased that they like what I did with Susan Richards, I think it's important to deal with all 4 members of the Fantastic as equal partners, and it was a pleasure to have a great script where she got to shine a bit. It was also nice to be able to reprise my stint of MA Iron Man with another shot at Tony and his clan.

Happily working on Legion of 3 Worlds this weekend.
If permitted to nerd out a bit, I want to say I have always loved Mon-El's costume. It's almost militaristic; the starched collar and jackboots have always helped to visually define his character - a bit tense and stiff, not as relaxed as some of the other Legionnaires. A thousand years in prison will do that to a lad, I guess.

One of the other things I like about the Legion is that the cast is too sprawling to adhere to the usual mix of comic-book group dynamics. Typically, a group has the big guy, the vamp, the ice queen, the leader, the smart guy (sometimes the leader and the smart guy are one in the same), the rogue, the newbie and the comedy relief (sometimes the newbie and the relief are one in the same). The Legion's got about 3 or 4 of each, so subtler shadings can be explored, usually by crossing each character with the mythology of their home planet. There are about a half dozen Supermen on the Legion alone - and all have clever spin-off's that can be explored relating to their characters (You have all the powers of Superman, but can only use them one at a time. You have all the powers of Superman, but have spent the last 1,000 years in an extradimensional prison, and are allergic to Lead. You have all the powers of Superman and you're a bit of a dick, etc.). The JLA have never been able to accommodate that sort of cast - never had more than one Superman at a time (if you count various stints with Captain Marvel in Kal-El's place).

Back to work-


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