Boy, am I beat. I was up early this morning to get drive down from Boston to Providence, RI to attend the RI Comic Con 2016.
This is my 1st time attending this specific show and I had a great time. I was there to meet 2 of my all time favorite artists: Mike Zeck and Michael Golden. I was lucky to meet both of them and bought some of their art work/books they had on sale.
Jon and I take a moment to reflect on the impact that both of these artists had in the 80s and beyond.
After that, Jon and I focus on the main point of this podcast: Doctor Strange. Both the comic and the recently released movie.
I have a very limit knowledge of Dr. Strange from his former comic series and Jon is only familiar with him from the current (and very excellent) series written by Jason Arron with art by Chris Bachalo.
We cover a brief history of the Dr. Strange and his known allies and enemies. Then we move in to talking about the movie.
We try to keep the movie discussion spoiler free and we do have 1 point where we warn you of possible spoilers.
I have been reading comics for a few years now and have seen creative teams come and go from books. This is a fact of life in the industry. The team of writer and artist that is on your favorite book may not be there in a few years. When that creative team leaves, will you continue to read that book?
A recent example comes to mind: Jonathan Hickman was given the Fantastic Four to write about 4 or 5 years ago. I have always like the Fantastic Four and was excited to see what ideas Hickman would bring to the “Greatest Comic Magazine”. I was not disappointed. Hickman crafted a sprawling multi-year story arc that was epic in size and scope. One of the best runs on that title in years. He helped redefine the First Family of Marvel and breathed new life into a book on the verge of cancellation. But all good things must eventually come to an end. Hickman finally finished his story and moved on to the Avengers. Matt Fraction was the following writer. Nothing against Fraction, I think he is another great writer but the book wasn’t the same to me any more. I read a few more issues but finally left the book.
In our podcast this Sunday, I will be talking about another example like this but with a different writer and book.
Do you have any examples of books you left once the creative team changed?