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Wednesday, May 06, 2009 

Everything new is old again, like hack writers

Broken Frontier says that Marvel is bringing the New Mutants cast back. But with a hack writer at the helm:
It’s during Young X-Men’s run, along with the X-Infernus miniseries, that the stage was set for the return of the original cast of the New Mutants. Of course, the characters have changed quite a bit over the almost three decades, and the writer is Zeb Wells instead of Claremont or Simonson at the helm. So what was so great in the 80s might not work as well in the 2000s. I hope they can recapture some of the magic that made the original series so great. Because, as the new series’ tagline says, the world still needs the New Mutants.
But it doesn't need crummy writers. Isn't Wells one of those hacks they've been hiring to do what the upper management says, including some recent cruddy stories in Spider-Man's Brand New Day? No wonder what worked in the 80s is unlikely to work now, though editors like Quesada are primarily to blame.

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