Andy wrote:Now, I'm not suggesting that AHM or the Ongoing series will looked back upon as fondly by everyone as Morrison's run on DOOM PATROL, but I think it's a relatively fair comparison in terms of one solid direction being replaced by another solid direction. They both had vision. If you really like one, the other isn't going to thrill you.
i really struggle with this statement, as it airbrushes out the question of quality.
There may have been a solid vision behind AHM (altho the comments i read on "racism" recently cause me to struggle with this too), but the execution was not on a par with what has gone before. I don't want to rehash a bunch of old complaints but my issue with AHM was nothing to do with the name of the guy writing the book - but the quality of the book itself. I buy a fair amount and a fair variety of comics every month, and i know that the TF licence can't neccessarily pull in a Morrison or a BKV or an Ellis (altho we do pretty well on the art) so my monthly hope is really jut something that competes well with the rest of the pile. AHM messed up basics - continuity, character consistency, show don't tell, etc and so failed that very simple test for me.
Liking something that changes doesn't mean you won't like changes, it just means there is a quality bar that needs to be met for those changes to be acceptable. Take, say, Thunderbolts - i liked Thunderbolts from the first issue, and since then it's been through several incarnations - but that doesn't mean i have not liked all of them, just because i liked the original.
In terms of uniting the audience, who i don't think are as fractured as maybe implied, to me there seem some pretty obvious things that most people would (i think) want to see;
- some genuine aftermath of the supposed utter defeat of the Autobots - probably the biggest event in the IDW Universe yet almost entirely off panel (which i can't help but wonder is because if it were shown would make it pretty hard to justify the Decepticon's farting around on a rock)
- conistent characterisation, or sensible character evolution - again, not off panel changes - i can accept Collosus losing his faith in the X-Men if i understand why he does so
- on a related note characters who, having been soldiers for millenia, can function perfectly well without Megatron and Prime being in charge
- and, bluntly, more of an eye for what will annoy - for example, why did it have to be be Hotrod (previously seen as a canny operator) who fell for Swindle's con? Pick someone else, maybe someone little featured in continuity before now and that criticism goes away but the story idea remains. I genuinely don't get why things like this are not spotted and veto'd
Sorry if that seems a bit ranty - i think the fan interaction has been superb since you took over, but equally i think things only get fixed if you are willing to acknowledge them and the implication that AHM and what came before are of a similar standard creates the danger of ignoring that opportunity for me.