Friday, May 06, 2005

Nepotistic Continuity In Action

One of the fun things that I will do here is to use some of my past "definitions" or "rules" and point out examples of them.

One of my favorite phrases that I have come up with over the years is "Nepotistic Continuity," which is (as defined here) "when a writer uses strong continiuty in his or her comics, but only when it is in reference to something (a work or a creation) that THAT writer did in the past."

This is NOT a negative thing (per se)!!!!

So I was reading some Justice League Quarterlies, and there are some good ones...

1. Paul Kupperberg does a backup story with Power Girl....that deals almost totally with the events of Paul Kupperberg's Power Girl mini-series.

2. Mark Waid has Jesse Quick join the Conglomerate (he uses her the next year in Flash).

3. JM DeMatteis has the Justice League meet up with characters from when Dr. Fate was written by....JM DeMatteis.

2 Comments:

Blogger Chris said...

John Ostrander does a great deal of this; he imported Father Craemer from Suicide Squad into his run on Spectre as a recurring supporting character, and other characters like the Israeli hero Ramban, who would otherwise have been languishing in limbo, occasionally appeared. I want to say that some other Ostrander characters appeared in his run on Martian Manhunter but none spring to mind, since I'm supposed to be writing a paper at the moment...

5/07/2005 11:31 PM  
Blogger Loren said...

I haven't followed the series myself, but based on what I've heard, "X-Men: The End" is structured largely around old Chris Claremont storylines and characters.

Christopher Priest has done this a few times. One of his last "Steel" issues was devoted to wrapping up a character plot from JLTF. His 'Return of the Dragon' arc on "Black Panther" leaned heavily on his run on "Power Man & Iron Fist." And his BP 2-parter in the Old West was tied directly to a "Thor" fill-in issue he wrote back during Simonson's tenure.

5/09/2005 9:55 AM  

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