REVIEW: End of Month Reviews #96 - December 2011 [spoilers]

Andrew Perron pwerdna at
Fri Feb 3 11:57:52 PST 2012

On Wed, 1 Feb 2012 18:49:38 +0000 (UTC), Scott Eiler wrote:

> Backstory isn't an automatic turn-off, but how it's presented can be.
> I got into Marvel Comics in 1978.  My very first issue was Fantastic 
> Four #196 or maybe #197.  Mr. Fantastic fighting the Red Ghost, solo. 
> Editor's notes mentioned why Mr. Fantastic was solo, and how the Red 
> Ghost also fought Iron Man sometimes.  That got me going.  But I almost 
> came to a full stop when I bought an Incredible Hulk issue and the 
> Fantastic Four suddenly had five members instead of one.  Illogic, 
> danger!  The fact that the Hulk issue was a reprint, was concealed in 
> about one square inch of reprint notice on the front page.

Yeah, that's the thing: If there's a continuity reference, you should
really make it explicit.  Drop an [* As seen in Alarming Academy of
Super-Heroes #441!] or somesuch.

(And why is it that the recap page was on a comeback, but seems to be going
away again?)

> So yeah, continuity is great, but you got to keep it straight and focus 
> on the one or two storylines you want to tell right now.

Or, at least, figure out how to integrate others in a smooth way.

Andrew "NO .SIG MAN" "Juan" Perron, smooth 'n smarmy!

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