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Ifanboy have a story about Marvel's Season One Initiative
Taking a page (give or take a few hundred) from DC's Earth One line (whose Superman: Earth One was a breakout success), Marvel has announced a line of original graphic novels featuring some of their most popular characters and Daredevil. They're calling it Season One.

Though Marvel claims to have sought out younger talent with fresh takes on the characters, you'll recognize a few promising names.

It all starts in February with Fantastic Four: Season One by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and David Marquez.

And I've stopped paying attention. Fantastic Four, written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa? Sold. You'll remember that he's the man who wrote Marvel Knights 4. And it was good. USA Today has art previews, but there's no way to actually post them up here. The raison d'etre of Season One does sound a lot like the Astonishing Line, but in OGN format. I'm assuming that that means that you can buy them in bookshops and Amazon, instead of your local comic shop.

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by John R. Holmes

Date: 2011-07-20 08:59 am (UTC)
perletwo: blok made a funny (hee - blok & mysa)
From: [personal profile] perletwo
For some reason the phrasing of some of their most popular characters and Daredevil just tickles me. It's like, "OHAI KIDDIES! We gotcher Punisher, we gotcher Wolverine, we gotcher Deadpool. Oh, and some Daredevil, too, sorry 'bout that. Contractually obligated to the guy, y'know."

Date: 2011-07-20 09:07 am (UTC)
lilacsigil: Daredevil: masked Man (Masked Man)
From: [personal profile] lilacsigil
Ha, that was my thought exactly! "Most popular characters and that red-suited asshat over there, sorry."

Date: 2011-07-20 09:15 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] drexer
Yeah, my initial reaction was the exact same.

Also, I really don't know what to say about this. I hated Superman Earth One and could not understand how it wasn't panned heavily all across the comics-internet, but most of its errors did seem to be common 'DC-mistakes', and I do get the feeling that if Marvel tries the same, the result might be much more enjoyable.

Will have to wait and see I guess.

Date: 2011-07-20 07:30 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] misterbug
The Red colouring. The constant dumping-on. The inability to keep a girl breathing for five minutes or longer.

It all fits.

Matt Murdock is John Zoidberg.

Date: 2011-07-20 11:50 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] mrstatham
My only problem with this is that I don't think retellings of old Marvel stories, even with a fresh lick of paint, is going to be that amazing. Earth One serves a purpose at DC because it is, arguably, their equivalent of the Ultimate line - familiar characters with no established continuity to be squeezed into. This is writers telling the same stories with a new lick of paint.

Somehow.. It feels kind-of creatively bereft. I know Brevoort's saying that the books will only follow the established stories in broad strokes, but still. Remove the characters too far from some established concepts and they aren't the characters they're supposed to be, anymore.

On the other hand, Marvel are proving they can do this better than DC already. DC has Superman: Earth One, and we've heard nothing since then about anything, save we know Johns is doing Batman: Earth One. Marvel's got four books lined up to come out in consecutive months, and a second wave of four seems inevitable, as do new stories with the first four. Seriously. That's like... Eight books or more versus one. It's this kind of thing that displays why DC gets crucified in terms of sales, sometimes.

Date: 2011-07-20 12:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] thanekos
Dennis Hopeless, a name that's a softball for a lazy yet trenchant reviewer.

Date: 2011-07-20 12:45 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] hyperactivator
Obviously these are ment for new readers. I imagine that a big collection of fifty year old comics is daunting and this is going to be thier alternitve. From now on whenever someone asks how to get into a marvel comic they can be handed these.

It's not ment for current customers.

Date: 2011-07-20 01:11 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] blackruzsa
Year One, Season One....

I'd make a snarky comment but I am excited to see what they dish out for this.

Also, most popular characters and Daredevil...

*giggle*

Date: 2011-07-20 07:07 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] halloweenjack
Go to the preview at USA Today and tell me that the first thing you thought when you saw the woman at Mission Control (if that's what she's doing) wasn't "Babs?"

Ben Fail

Date: 2011-07-20 08:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] capt_satellite
This looks like a snooze.

I also would like to see them refer how Ben's physical condition was constantly in flux during the early years....the instability of his physical condition was an ongoing thing....he just didn't pop out as "Teddy Bear Ben"....in FF#1 through issue #4 he looked like a walking cow-flop, a lumbering, shambling heap of homage to Kirby's own work on all those monster mags he did, plus an artistic step forward.....OK, you've seen the monster....now we're going to break your heart and make you love him.

I'm guessing that, at a jumping off points, nobody wants to have to deal with the issue of Ben's painful and pitiable physique. But who jumps on the bandwagon with a $24.49 graphic novel? Who do they think is going to buy this, and what does it add?

I know these "jumping on" points seem important to the publishers, but they just keep reading as cheap "Batman: Year One" knock-offs.

Date: 2011-07-21 03:46 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] darrylayo
The second cover is terrifying. Genuinely disconcerting. I...might love it?

Date: 2011-07-21 12:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] wizardru
Didn't we already have this? It was called Marvel Adventures. It was good.

(sigh)

Date: 2011-07-21 08:26 pm (UTC)
wizardru: Hellboy (Default)
From: [personal profile] wizardru
Huh. I don't think that market actually exists, though. Earth-One Superman sold well enough for a sequel, but it didn't sell THAT well, afaik. ANd mostly it sold to existing comics fans. I don't think most non-fans are even aware of it's existence.

I'd be glad to be proven wrong, but I think Marvel Adventures appealed to a much larger potential customer base than these will, which strike me as boutique editions for existing collectors.

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