What was interesting was the books I thought I'd love (Iron Man, Thor, most of the Avengers books) I didn't get into right away, but then books I thought I'd stay away from (Hulk, All New X- Men and a few of the Avengers books) I'm loving, especially 'All New X - Men'.
So if the plan was (and I'm sure it was) to bring new readers into certain books, than the plan has worked. Putting certain writers in certain places especially Brian Michael Bendis in the X - verse was a stroke of genius. After all, get the best and you'll get the best! Even writer Dennis Hopeless, who is an unknown to me has me now reading 'Avengers Arena' and 'Cable and X - Force.' I'll say it now, Dennis Hopeless is the next big thing!
Another thing I've noticed (and really enjoyed) is the fun atmosphere that the editorial staff like Stephen Wacker and Nick Lowe have also cultivated within the books. It is reminiscent of the way Marvel did business back in the 1970's making the letters page feel like the cool hang out.
Marvel has done a phenomenal job in making Marvel Now and the titles easy to jump into. If I can jump into 'Uncanny X - Men' not knowing anyone and find it captivating, than the creative teams are all doing their jobs.
With all the positives, here are a few of the things that could cause all this good will to be undone...
1. Stop changing artists! If you're going to announce a creative team...KEEP THEM TOGETHER! Don't tease us with someone who will only stay on for a few issues. If this is the way things are going, than announce that.
2. Keep the titles independent of each other. Don't make me read every book of a particular group just to follow a story. I'm enjoying X -Men for the first time ever because the titles thus far are self contained. Let's keep this going.
As of this moment, I have to give Marvel the grade of an 'A'! To me it seems like every Marvel book I pick up, even 'Deadpool', I'm enjoying.
Join me on Tuesday for my look at IDW.