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Byron Brewer

What the D'ast? Why The ‘New’ Marvel Cosmic will never work


(Editor’s note: This is another in a series of irregularly-scheduled columns by Managing Editor Byron Brewer, mainly dealing with Marvel Cosmic and its many denizens. Mr. Brewer’s opinions do not necessarily reflect that of He welcomes both raves and opposing views.)


1590 The new Marvel Cosmic will never work.

It may give us incredible scenarios involving the “new” Nova Marvel Editorial is so hot on.

It may give us grand adventures in mags like Fantastic Four, Avengers and Defenders.

It may even offer to solve old cosmic story threads (Darkhawk, etc.).

But the new Marvel Cosmic will never work.

Here is why:

I like so many other comic book readers I know either returned to Marvel, upped their Marvel pick-up list, or even (as in my case) returned to the House of Ideas after long sabbaticals away from comics (in my case, a decade) right in the middle of the miracle that was Annihilation.

Stan Lee, if he were an active writer at Marvel these days, and certainly Jack Kirby, Jim Starlin and Roy Thomas would have loved getting their storytelling teeth into something like Annihilation and its minis. Here you had, in one grand playing theatre, the cosmic characters of the Marvel U. in a vast arena with not one of the major characters now in books of their own. No FF, no Avengers, no Thor, no Iron Man; they were busy fighting each other on Earth.

No, just Quasar, Nova, many of the cosmic supporting characters from other series and many of the baddies/anti-heroes from decades of Marvel space tales. And here they were in a very mature, very involving scenario opposing (for a while at least) a mystery villain who was making his way across the universe, destroying everything in his path.

For God’s sake, we even had the Silver Surfer, Thanos and Big G himself, Galactus!

For years, clear through Realm of Kings and The Thanos Imperative, we Marvel Cosmic fans were kept happy. Even though the heavy hitters of Marvel Editorial did little to promote the wealth they could have achieved in readership and loot from many of these best-selling books and actually voiced their hatred of the genre and characters, we were happy.

Then someone took the plug out of the tub!

Suddenly our favorite scribes Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning were writing about Thor, Iron Man and the New Mutants. Brad Walker was drawing street level heroes. And Brian Michael Bendis seemed to not even know what War of Kings was!

We were no longer happy, we were outraged!

We huffed and puffed, wrote anti-Marvel editorials on our little websites and even posted educated and sometimes nasty twitters to the Marvel Editorial brass.

Didn’t work. They didn’t care.

As this “Summer of Promises” arrives, one in which a Guardians of the Galaxy series and movie may become reality, I am still not convinced. It will not be the same. The threads from Annihilation and Thanos seem to be irrevocably thinned and almost broken.

We want our Nova! We want our cosmic heroes! We want answers to the great story threads spun by DnA. Not more Annihilators, more Annihilation!

And again, we are no longer happy, we are outraged!

Didn’t work. They didn’t care.

TGFLS: Thank God For Last September! For the New 52. for Justice League and Stormwatch, for the Green Lantern books and a fresh new world where Cosmic is celebrated.

Some of us dream on. Some of us are happy again in a new DCU.

But the new Marvel Cosmic will never work.

And we, the Marvel Cosmic readers, no longer care.