- Posted by Johanna on July 25, 2010 at 7:16 am
- Category: Comic News
Now that Disney owns Marvel, and Disney already owned CrossGen, it seems they’re seeking some synergy. It was mentioned at the San Diego Con by Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada that
“We’re gonna be doing some CrossGen stuff … we’re not really prepared to talk much about it right now.”
“But we have started to work on some concepts based on the old CrossGen concepts, trying to strengthen them up, and eventually bring them to Marvel. … I think with the CrossGen stuff you’re going to see us attempt a little more genre publishing, which I think is much-needed in our imprint.”
So Marvel sees the CrossGen properties as a chance to insert some diversity into their output, which is otherwise all superhero comics and a few literary diversions. Not a bad idea. (Odd, though, that they’re “not prepared” to give more details when they had a teaser slide ready and all.)
While the early CrossGen titles were misguided in their emphasis on a connected universe and setting up mysteries that never got resolved, I enjoyed several of their comics (using this Wikipedia list as a memory jogger — I had to use something, since CrossGen was infamous for one-word titles that all sounded alike):
- The Crossovers, about a multi-genre family, the kind of self-aware comedy/parody I expect from writer Robert Rodi.
- Negation, a collection of mixed alien races trying to escape an intergalactic prison. Great character work, but too many unanswered questions from writer Tony Bedard.
- Ruse, Mark Waid’s Sherlock Holmes twist with a great female sidekick illustrated by Jackson Guice.
- Way of the Rat, mystic martial arts adventure from Chuck Dixon.
Tim O’Shea and Michael May play a similar game at Robot6 with their list of six CrossGen books they’d like to see return, including Sojourn, the story of a female archer that featured early good-girl art from Greg Land; the pirate comic El Cazador; and Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, the James-Bond-like spy story. If nothing else, all this does demonstrate just how many genres Marvel has to pick from. Which CrossGen comics would you most like to see returned and revamped? (Apropros of nothing, here’s a fun three-year-old post speculating on why CrossGen failed.)