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February 08 2005

Joss Whedon helps plan Marvel event. Brian Michael Bendis reveals that Joss did help plan "House of M", an earthshaking event that will affect the entire Marvel universe. And it begins in Astonishing X-men and New Avengers.

Comic geek excitement overload or what? God knows Marvel needs to do something to stop all the attention going to DC in regards to this 20th anniversary of Crisis on Infinite Earths celebration. Apparently, this will be an earthshaking event that will affect the entire DC universe. See? I could write for Wizard magazine.

See, this is exactly why i'm finding it so difficult to stay away from comics these days!

House of M sounds like a great concept from the little i know about it. It is apparently Marvel's answer to DC's Crisis on Infinite Earths and when it is all over Marvel history and current reality may not be the same as we know it today.

One downside from this article would be that it suggests that Joss may not be continuing as writer of AXM beyond his 12 issue contract. It's fair to assume that AXM will be at the centre of House of M and the fcat that Joss isn't actually going to be writing any of it tells me that he won't be working at Marvel by the time this goes ahead.
As long as this doesn't interefere with Joss' current story plans for the time being.

Still, I'm more interested in the 'Enemy of the State' storyline thats coming up.
One downside from this article would be that it suggests that Joss may not be continuing as writer of AXM beyond his 12 issue contract. It's fair to assume that AXM will be at the centre of House of M and the fcat that Joss isn't actually going to be writing any of it tells me that he won't be working at Marvel by the time this goes ahead.

Yeah, that was my 1st thought when reading the article. I hope we're just reading too much into it and there's still a chance that Joss will stay on AXM because 12 issues just isn't enough.
No think about it, i mean there will be a "house of M" comic, i think it just means joss wont be writing THOSE issues that are CALLED house of M, he may include a tie in, but he is not really WRITING any issues. Because think about it, if it stretched to EVERY book in the marvel universe and only bendis was writing, it would mean that Bendis would be writing every book.
So what, is this going to be another Secert Wars scenario where they revamp all the major characters?
From what i know, its basically the total demolition of mutants in marvel. They want to make it so mutants are more rare.
Gage, hopefully you are right with that assumption. I just got the feeling that, seeing as how New Avengers and AXM are supposed to be the core regular series for the crossover, and that Bendis writes New Avengers anyway, Joss would be more involved with House of M than how it is described in this article if he were still writer of AXM at that point.

Eddy, this will be a lot more far reaching than Secret Wars. I don't know if you are familiar with what DC did with it's Crisis series but basically it was done to rewrite a lot of the history of the DC universe so that they could wipe out as many continuity glitches and badly conceived character developments as possible in one easy move.

House of M is apparently going to be Marvel's version of this, which may mean a lot more fundamental changes than what came out of Secret Wars. The potential is there to reboot the Marvel Universe from scratch if they so desired. I don't believe that they intend to do so but the main plot of the story would actually allow for this to happen.
Oy, are they going to mess with continuity? I shudder at the term 'big cross-over event that will change things forever blah blah'. They did some good ones in the late 80's early 90's but after that they all just became these bloated far-fetched stories that were little more than attempts to get attention and force everyone to buy pretty much every book out there.

First the return of variant covers and now this? Well I suppose I'll wait and see. It could knock my socks off for all I know (in a good way I mean).

House of M is apparently going to be Marvel's version of this, which may mean a lot more fundamental changes than what came out of Secret Wars. The potential is there to reboot the Marvel Universe from scratch if they so desired. I don't believe that they intend to do so but the main plot of the story would actually allow for this to happen.

See, that's what I'm worried about. I'm kinda scared they're just going to get rid of the original continuity and turn all of the Marvel Universe into the 'Ultimate' version. Which probably means I'm outta there...

Still I doubt Joss would be a big fan of that particular concept. He seems rather 'old school' in his comic love where the classic characters are concerned.

I remember him cracking a joke at the 03 Comicon. "I wanna do Ultimate-Ultimate Spiderman! What's Ultimate Spiderman up to now? Number 37? Today's youth can already no longer identify! We need to start over!"
For me the crossovers were never that big a deal as far as the books you needed to buy. I always bought every Marvel title every month anyway so it wasn't as if they were forcing me to buy anything extra.

I have to agree that over the years the crossovers did seem to become more and more pointless and lacking in any real development for the Marvel Universe overall. When they first started doing them, with the likes of Secret Wars, Acts of Vengeance and Inferno, you would leave the story with some real changes to the staus quo. More recently you tend to forget they have even happened seeing as how, once they are over, everything is back to normal. Hopefully House of M will prove to be a return to the former crossover type.

As for changing all the Marvel Universe to it's Ultimate counterpart, I believe that Joe Quesada has stated that is not the intention. There will be changes to the MU of old but it won't be a total rewrite, more of a "rethink" of certain storylines.

And EdDantes, how can somebody with such an obvious knowledge of comicbooks make such an big mistake? It's Spider-Man, not Spiderman! ;)

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