- Posted by Johanna on December 7, 2010 at 7:47 am
- Category: Comic News
Marvel has decided that the best way to praise the writers who maintain their universe is to call them by some other craft name altogether. From yesterday’s press release:
Marvel Unveils the Architects
The very fabric of the Marvel Universe is changing and the Architects are the ones leading the charge! Marvel’s Architects initiative spotlights the writers and artists telling the most exciting and impactful stories that rock the Marvel Universe to its very core every month. But just who are the writers in Marvel’s Architects?
Can I just say that I abhor the word “impactful”? It’s total crap marketing speak. These writers, all of whom coincidentally are working on either a “top secret upcoming event”, a “top secret upcoming new series”, or “an upcoming top secret project”, are Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Ed Brubaker, Jonathan Hickman, and Jason Aaron. They all work on big Marvel character titles, so from my perspective, this is a whole lot of nothing. “Marvel has writers!” Since when is that news?
So why am I bothering to mention it? Because I found it highly amusing that they’d use the term “Architects” when it immediately reminded me of the super-villains in Doctor 13: Architecture and Morality. In that highly recommended 2007 title, the Architects, those trying to destroy the misfits and wacky characters that make up the team of protagonists, turn out to be Mark Waid, Grant Morrison, Geoff Johns, and Greg Rucka, those writers responsible at that time for restructuring the DC universe with big events and crossovers. So to see this Marvel praise promoting how “each of their projects lays the groundwork for the future of the Marvel Universe” — well, is Marvel that unaware of a relatively recent release by their competitors, or is someone having fun with this unexpected connection?