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February 20 2007

(SPOILER) BKV Interviewed About His End on Runaways. Brian K. Vaughan, the creator of Joss's next project Runaways, talks a bit about his creation. He shares some insights on its past, present, and future.

Also, in typical BKV fashion, much high praise for Joss.

But as for me, one of the reason I have allowed my comic interest to wane is that often, when I end up liking a comic, the originators end up leaving in short order and new people come in who alter the book and then I don't like it any more. The vision is gone.
I am looking forward to the direction Joss takes the book in, but after enjoying BKV's entire run - and being sure that Joss' take will be interesting - I can't imagine who would take over that would keep my interest. Of course, I could be wrong, but I'm kinda disappointed that Joss is only doing six issues. BKV thinks Joss is taking them in a direction that will guarantee "Runaways" will run forever, but the proof will be in the finished product.
I would really like seeing BKV jump back on board somewhere down the line. Maybe whenever he feels it's appropriate to resurrect a certain character...
Maybe whenever he feels it's appropriate to resurrect a certain character...

I'd rather than never happen. I think one of the problems with comics is that dead doesn't mean dead. Sure, resurrection stories can be great - see Buffy - but they can become meaningless quite easily in the comic book world.
Oh, but when a certain saga ends up spanning in decades, it's inevitable that concepts and characters will start getting recycled. So, for me, this is a part of the game. You know, it's not "Will the Phoenix live again?" it's just "When is she coming back? How? Why, in terms of the story?" Much like Joss handling the return of Colossus, which sent shivers down my spine, I have no problem whatsoever with characters coming back, as long as it serves a purpose in the context of the story. So. What I'm trying to say is that if and when someone as good as BKV or Joss decide to resurrect Gert, it will probably be for a good enough reason, that I will probably love it.

Re: Runaways' sales. I kinda see what BKV is saying. Sadly this series never reached really respectable sales numbers, it's just always there probably because Marvel realized they couldn't afford to lose such a critically acclaimed, award-winning title. But there comes a point where, as a company, you say "This isn't working anymore." Joss' name on this thing will certainly bump the figures enough to keep it around for some time. People are speculating about the title's future as though it was Fantastic Four! Joss' involvement will have given Marvel what they wanted even before it's out, and I couldn't be happier with it.

To me, Joss' six issues (though I secretly hope for 6 more, a la Astonishing X-Men) are just the icing on the cake of this beloved series' survival. :)
But that is also a problem. See, Joss comes in, does his magic for 6 books, and Marvel hopes that the new readers he brings in will hang around after he leaves. But it's also a kind of bait and switch; we don't know who will take over after Joss comes in and then leaves, and really, how much can you do in 6 22-page books? If it all leads to resurrecting Gert, then what? It is truly why I can't invest myself in comics any more, and I have a huge collection to begin with.
All valid points. I guess I just trust Joss in that he's not going to do anything radical (like bringing back Gert or possibly killing off a Runaway) unless he really has a reason to do it, and not just leave it for the next guy to sort out. But I don't really think he's going to do anything like that, anyways.

And that goes without saying, of course: Marvel better get someone good after Joss, or this whole thing goes to waste. I mean, we'll always have his 6 issues, but... you know. Big picture.
But as for me, one of the reason I have allowed my comic interest to wane is that often, when I end up liking a comic, the originators end up leaving in short order and new people come in who alter the book and then I don't like it any more. The vision is gone.


I wouldn't call 42 issues of the same writer "short order". That's a pretty long run in comics, really.

And in comparison to other media, you know Joss only wrote less than thirty episodes of Buffy, overall? He might have overseen most of the others but the vast majority of them were written by other writers. How is that different, exactly?

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