Saturday, June 04, 2005

Who Did The Best Job Wrapping Up Another Writer's Plots?

Often, there are times in comics when a writer leaves title before he or she is finished with their story.

This leaves the incoming writer often in a precarious situation, having to resolve plots started by (and presumably with resolutions known only to) the previous writer.

So which writer do you think did the best job resolving the previous writers' plots?

We will make an exception in the case of Roger Stern following up on John Byrne, as Byrne gave Stern a rough guideline to follow, so that's unfair.

Besides that, what do y'all think?

1. Peter David and Jim Owsley finishing up the Hobgoblin reveal begun by Roger Stern (I do not what role Tom DeFalco had in it). These two writers had the Hobgoblin turn out to be Ned Leeds. Stern was intending it to be Roderick Kingsley. Whose idea do you like better?

2. Fabian Nicieza and Scott Lobdell finishing up Chris Claremont's Mister Sinister story. Claremont was to reveal that Sinister was the figment of a child's imagination (his mutant power was to make this "bad guy" appear). Nicieza and Lobdell went instead with an age-old scientist.

3. Alan Davis finishing up Chris Claremont and Louise Simonson's "The Twelve" storyline.

Which of the three did you like the best?

Any other significant wrap ups that you can recall?


Blogger Ronald Bryan said...

I think the Mr. Sinister one came out better than Claremont's idea. You don't make a creepy villain, and then turn him into a joke of a power.

The original Twelve story may have been interesting. I thought the published version felt a bit too much of a "Let's turn this into an Apocalypse story." It really felt odd.

Interesting how many Claremont plots had to be wrapped up by other writers.

6/05/2005 8:37 PM  
Blogger Loren said...

I'm not too familiar with any of those three, but I have another to add.

A couple of years back, didn't Keith Giffen reveal that he intended the 'Five Years Later' cast to be clones of the real Legion, while the suspended animation 'clones' that were discovered during his run were supposed to be the real guys? Then whoever followed him decided that there were no mistaken identities, and the guys in tubes were actually clones after all.

At least, I think that's how it went down.

6/07/2005 9:48 AM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

You are correct, Loren, that is exactly how it all went down.

Once again an example of the safer road being used instead of the more controversial one...not that I am saying that Giffen's idea was BETTER or anything...just that his idea was more controversial.

Of course, as they were all erased within two years, I guess it didn't end up mattering much, eh?

6/07/2005 4:17 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

As I recall, the "NEd as Hobgoblin" thing was Owsley's idea, and the assignment consisted of him taking David out to lunch and saying, "Ned's the Hobgoblin, we're gonna kill him, you have to write the story."

6/09/2005 11:54 AM  
Blogger Brian Cronin said...

But Owsley killed off Ned, didn't he?

He was the one who wrote Spider-Man/Wolverine, right?

6/11/2005 4:52 PM  
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