What I can't understand is that there is a really successful template out there - the MVCs of only ten years ago. All it would have taken was some planning and care, and the hiring of a writer who knew and respected Eternia and a cadre of talented artists. The plots aren't exactly Tolstoy, are they? Yet Staples wrote them with care and understanding and - yes - love; and it shows, patently - and EVEN MORE now when the competition (if it can even be called that) is so lousy. It is a crude and amateurish mess by comparison.
Sales figures suggest no great influx of new devotees to the property - most comic fans seem - at best - indifferent. The fact that this discussion is even being held at all - HERE, on the .Org, suggests that something is rotten in the state of Eternos.
Old fans fall off; no new ones are won - what conclusion is any sentient being supposed to draw? That the property is being appallingly mishandled?
Well;that isn't up to me - or anyone else hereabouts, in all likelihood. But I feel vastly resentful about this backward step -and SOMEONE must be to blame.
So what does one do? Cancel the sub (as many of our colleagues have already done?) or hold on grimly in the hope that recent faint (very faint) signs of normality in the last issue may yet come to good?
I wish I knew. The better part of me tries hard to forgive and to hope; the lesser one lashes its tail in sheer frustration and thinks 'to H--- with this lark.'
It's not a lot of money to pay, true - and at its worst it has a dreadful kind of fascination, like bear-baiting. But I am convinced that this is doing harm to the long-term sustainability of the brand - by reducing it to the level of a joke, a knowing nudge-nudge, wink-wink by the uncaring perpetrators at our expense - and at the expense of Eternia.
And that I find hard to forgive; very hard. To me, MotU deserves the best - and nothing but the best - always.