By TheAcidSkull 9 Comments
When a Specific creative Team Launches a title OR takes Over for a long enough time to make some significant changes , should the NEW creative Team honor what the Previous Writer/artists tried to convey? Or Should they Go in a complete different direction? This is the Problem with many titles these days, and the truth is, you never really win, because for one thing, the previous creative team could be bad, so a Fan might want something new brought to the table to forget what had already been done, in either case, It's fine to go in a different direction, but they team must honor the old one, always.
But that of course Depends on the circumstances. Say you have an established character, and lets say that he/she is getting a new relaunch series , but the new creative team simply ignore context and do what they want with the character, and they simply ignore everything that had been done with the character. This is very bad, because when the ALREADY established characters are butchered, the following creative team will Base their characterization on the creative team before them, so they characters could be completely butchered. Take Daniel Ways the Thunderbolts as an example, where almost every character is off in some way, because way wanted to do his own thing. again, this is fine, but you don't have to change the Characters personalities JUST simply because you want to try something new, you can do that BY staying true to the characters. To explain what i mean, i'll have to bring up red hulk. I Wasn't rulks fan when he was created, seriously, i hated him, for one thing, a simple change of color seemed useless, and loebs execution was just bad, Red Hulk was a brutish arse who punched people and won almost every fight he fought. Anyways, when Jeff Parker came along, i wasn't the enthusiastic, but one of the users here on CV( X35), who knows bad writing a mile away, said that it was really good, and worth checking out, i read scorched earth, and then i finished the whole thing. Point is, Jeff started where loeb ended and somehow, he stayed true to rulks character, and still made him so much more than just a brick, and thanks to him Rulk is right now one of my favorite characters. .
But Daniel way has rulk acting completely out of character, and way is to be replayed by Charles soule. There are two ways this can go down, either Charles soule will start with ways shtick and then evolve into something else, or he will keep the characters the way Way portrayed them. i really hope Charles soule stays more true to the characters, and i hope he bases his characterization on jeff parker. This is exactly the problem , i'm sure Charles is a great writer who will provide good story lines, and i can't blame him if he makes rulk similar to the way Way( this is probably annoying you right now) made him out to be, because Daniel decided to ignore context, there is a good chance that Charles will portray the team similarly.
But Something completely different happens at times, and a Great example of this Is haunt. In Thunderbolts's Case , the characters have some specific background established, but haunt was something new and unique, so while way could have based his characters on the previous writers, which he did not, the new creative team for Haunt had only ONE interpretation to follow.
Seriously, THEY HAD ONE JOB! Haunt was something great, The main characters, Danny and Kurt where very cool and different from one another, they interacted with other characters, had a great supporting cast and had a great main villain( as well as other foes). But as soon as the new Creative team launched, the main villain was Gone, never to be seen again, the agency which played a great supporting cast in general was Basically REMOVED , a new villain and a supporting character was shoved down our throats , and The last But not least, the MAIN problem is that the main characters are completely changed, Especially kurt. Kurt wasn't the nicest guy around, but he was good to his brother, and actually cared about him, and tried to help him during his difficulties, but Casey Made him a total A$$h*le , seriously this is definitely not the same guy , he even abandoned his brother during a crises, and fights him for control every time, and the ONLY explanation we get for this is that " kurt is going insane because he's dead', seriously? no, just no. I'd be fine with this IF there had been some character progression that could have shown why kurt became insane, but no, he just changes personality, without any development whatsoever. Of course, i'd be Okay with it if THIS was how the series had started, but since it didn't, it sucks, because this is not the same character. However, Todd Mcfarlane is coming back to maybe we'd finely get Haunt back to it's original roots.
My point is, that NEW BLOOD has to honor what the predecessors have done, otherwise the Next creative team will base their characterization on the wrong creative team, which might be exactly what happen with Charles sloule ( at least Todd is coming back to the title).
Thanks for reading.