By Renchamp 4 Comments
A while back, Red L.A.M.P., Pikahyper, and I had a little dialogue about what to do with popular timelines that have story arcs attached to them. Here's a summation of the problem: the story arc pages are supposed to be reserved for the issues in the actual story arc only. These pages list the issues in the arc so that users can see what actually took place during the event. Some timelines, however, prove too popular to remain compacted into the one story arc event. Take, for instance, the Age of Apocalypse. People love that timeline. Marvel knows this and they release supplemental issues from time to time to appease the hardcore fans. And, while these issues may explain a bit further about the events of the story arc, these issues aren't actually part of the arc itself. By users adding these supplemental issues to the story arc, the story arc pages get packed with issues that weren't part of the arc, causing the inquiring web-kid to stop by and see 63+ books they need to get instead of the actual 40 that made up the arc. It's misleading and incorrect.
Pikahyper had the idea of making a concept page to cover the extra/supplemental issues for some of these timelines. I stole that idea. I spent this morning beautifying the Age of Apocalypse page. For starters, I made the concept page and did the research to find which issues were a part of the original story arc. Anything that wasn't a part of it I tagged as the AOA concept and removed them from the story arc. (The Hulk traveling to various timelines/dimensions definitely was not part of the original story arc.) I also removed the collected editions of the arc and made an H2 section devoted to collected editions. With all those issues out, the issue list at the bottom of the page reflected only issues that had appeared in the original story arc. I then added the concept to each of those issues so that the concept page boasted every issue that took place within that timeline. Hopefully, any new additions to the timeline will be tagged as a concept instead of the story arc. For instance, the Uncanny X-Force have traveled to the AOA, but their story arc is actually the Dark Angel Saga. (This page has not been made. Go! Me do it? Can't you see how much I've done today already?) We can still place the issues in the Age of Apocalypse, just not the story arc but in the concept. The concept page should then be expanded to include all the new information gleaned about who is revealed to be dying, switching sides, and whatnot. The concept page should have all the information about everything comics have shown about the AOA, not the story arc page.
Hopefully this was all easy to follow. The short of it: if the appearance in the AOA didn't happen in the limited run in 1995 then it should not be added to the AOA story arc but to the AOA concept page. (And that page is fairly blank. Go!) Questions or suggestions are welcome. So are criticisms.
You can check out the story arc page here and the concept page here.