Yes, we just finished up a podcast series covering Original Sin, but frequently we referred to past crossover events, so we thought this would be a great time to open up the Back Issue Bin and look at these crossover event series.
But, in order to do so, we need some common criteria on which to judge them. You have heard of the ABCs, we came up with the PQRS. We will rate each of these 4 categories on a 1-10 scale, which will then give us a common language to discuss events!
P: The Premise and Potential of a series. How cool is the idea? How compelling and interesting and original is the concept.
Q: Quality. Yes, this is entirely subjective, but we will be looking at the quality of the art and the writing.
R: The Repercussions of the series. Crossovers often seek to shake up the status quo and increase book sales. Is the status quo changed after the event?
S: Significance. How many titles/ corners of the universe were touched upon with tie-ins? How consistent is the happenings of the title within the universe? If Character X is stranded on an alien planet, broken and emotionally scarred, but then in their own title are going on a second date with their longtime crush, this diminishes the significance. If the tie-ins are not directly impacted, this decreases the significance.
So, now we have a common language that we can use to discuss these events, and to give an example, we will jump right into Original Sin!
Original Sin was 8 issues, and original scheduled to be bi-weekly, although the last two issues were delayed. There were three all-new subtitles directly related to the series, and ten series that crossed over with the main title.
P: The Watcher is killed, and all his secrets will be revealed. Two teams of supers seek to discover who committed the murder, and why, and the whole of the Marvel Universe will feel have to face secrets long hidden.
It was pitched as a classic murder mystery. This didn’t particularly compel me, especially because there was no real build up, as far as I know. The Watcher had been a non-factor in the Marvel U for quite a while.
Q: I liked Deodato’s art, and as a writer Aaron had some moments, but overall, the execution was godawful. As we began podcasting this, we looked at several “rules of a mystery” and this followed very few of them. The characters involved were a true mishmash, the covers were deceptive, and although the concept had potential, it was left unrealized.
Where were the earth-shattering secrets?
R: There were a couple of reveals, plot points that will be felt in the MarvelU, but nothing too major. I don’t particularly feel any strong pull to add any new titles to my pull, and actually grew actively disinterested as several tie-ins progressed.
S: I still do not follow what most of the tie-ins had to do with the actual series. Deadpool? The Avengers (the reveal of which was a plot device that has already been used, and more effectively, by both of the Big Two in past events and plotlines). The tie-ins were a decent cross-section of the corners of the Marvel U, Avengers to X-titles to GotG to Deadpool to street level heroes and even Asgard. So it wanted to be big, but most of the tie-ins felt just marginally connected, and with the premise being that big secrets would shake everything up, not much happened. And the main villains, who were they, why were they involved, and why do I care? Seriously, even with the power of wiki-fu, I still do not understand their inclusion.
P: 7, Q: 2, R: 3, S: 2; Total Score=14
More Back Issue Bin: Crossovers will be covered: some we loved, some we loathed!