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Thursday, December 04, 2003

First Reload, then Revolution -- Looks like Marvel is getting the forumla backwards with its planned X-Men Reload "event." I'm sure it'll be as successful as the last one.

Anyone who's been around comics more than a couple of years will, of course, recognize the emptiness of this latest announcement.

On the face of it, the idea of Chris Claremont and Alan Davis teaming up for a(nother) new take on the X-Franchise might be intriguing -- until you remember that Claremont's been writing X-Men comics for a few years now, and no one's exactly been shouting from the rooftops how great X-Treme X-Men is.

Davis is, of course, a terrific craftsman, but whether it's his Avengers or Killraven or just about anything he's done in the past decade, there's an overriding sense that he's way too good for the material, but not ambitious enough to make a true leap to comics for adults.

Given those parameters, I'm far from excited about this news, although I do think it's worth noting for its Emporer's New Clothes nature, and to say that I wish Alan Davis would be teamed with a writer worthy of his talents, like Ed Brubaker, say. Someone who can provide quality writing to take a little of the sting out of the franchise maintenance that Davis seems satisfied to perform.


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