|Posted: 11 August 2019 at 1:40pm | IP Logged | 2
"A lot of Hickman's Marvel stories were basically a rehash of old DC stories, including Crisis On Infinite Earths."
I would say that the Legion and Crisis were certainly influences on his Avengers work and Secret Wars, absolutely, plus there is little doubt that any sort of grand multiverse-related event will always be in the shadow of what Wolfman-Perez accomplished...but the description above seems too reductive to me. They weren't a mere rehash, if we were to do a strict breakdown of the build up and cast dynamics or a thematic analysis.
At the same time, I don't think it's wrong to have some similarities in the first place. In my opinion, the important thing is what you do with them. Even Dave Cockrum used a few of his ideas for the Legion during his X-Men run, as seen with the Shi'ar Imperial Guard, but they fulfilled a distinct role within the story. Or, for example, there's the fact that Moon Knight was clearly derived from Batman, to be sure, yet Doug Moench developed him along very different lines.
"His Fantastic Four run incorporated the Future Foundation but I wanted to read about the Fantastic Four."
Well, I would say that particular dilemma was taken into account at the time. It is exactly why there was always a main Fantastic Four book during Hickman's run and, in turn, the Future Foundation were primarily kept within their own separate "FF" title after a while.
"His New Avengers was just basically the Illuminati, which is a recent concept that I really dislike. Those three books didn't work for me no matter how many times I read them."
It's unfortunate to hear that. Honestly, I believe Hickman handled that concept much better than Bendis did...because he gave them a legitimate reason to hold those meetings in secret. Mind you, I can understand if the idea itself didn't appeal to you.
"Hickman said in an interview that Byrne and Claremont's run was important to him but then followed up saying that the Jim Lee era what was made him love the X-Men (specifically mentioning the arc where Psylocke became an Elektra knock-off)."
Do you have a link to that interview? I admittedly haven't seen it.
What I've read suggests Hickman was primarily a DC comics fan as a child, but that his favorite X-Men series was actually Generation X. Which, all things considered, was one of the least bad X-titles of the early 1990s at least for some time.
I'll be sincere here...I do think the Jim Lee-era X-Men comics don't hold up for the most part, especially after Claremont left, but I won't blame anyone for liking them as a teen or young adult back in the day. Either way, I don't think Hickman is trying to repeat that era.
As a side note...I've heard that Marvel has finally solved the whole mess with Psylocke and Betsy is back to being British again. I can only imagine it was done clumsily, one way or another, but I suppose it's better late than never.
Edited by Juan Gomez on 11 August 2019 at 1:46pm