X-O Manowar, a Valiant Reboot – “Buy Something New”

X-O Manowar from Valiant Comics

X-O Manowar from Valiant Comics

Was it worth it? I don’t know. It’s a big world and there are 100 completely new ideas for every comic creator or wannabe. So why bring back characters that have at least to some degree failed already?  Because, to some degree, from a marketing perspective, they’ve also already succeeded – in that they’ve already existed, people in the know have a clue when you mention titles like Harbinger, Bloodshot and X-O Manowar – it’s the same reason names like Turok and (Doctor) Solar (previously Valiant Comics titles as well) have been regurgitated time and time again.  Financiers are willing to put their money behind something known, something with a proven history – if failed, rather than a complete unknown – cause you know, the unknown is scary.  People with money are not explorers of the unknown, like the characters we love to read about – well, that’s the feeling I get when some new title is really just some old title.

There’s something missing here though – some important logic that seems to evade me.  Or maybe, just maybe the logic is missed by the financiers.  Coming soon, we will see the most recent reboot of Spider-Man‘s 35th reincarnation as a clone.  And that’s not even counting the new origin movie.  But hey, Spider-Man was a great character, right?  And isn’t that was people want?  To see the same story about great characters over and over again….  Right?  What this says to me is that Stan Lee and Steve Ditko actually had nothing, or at least very little to do with why Spider-man is great – so why is there even a battle over creator rights?  Yeah, I’m being an overly-questioning ass here.  Because I don’t really believe that I’m missing anything.  I’m really just trying to ask the questions that I think everyone else should be asking.  And some people are asking these questions.

There’s a lot of great new and creative work out there in the comic book world.  Some of it you have to look for.  Some of it, is as close as Previews from Diamond Distribution - books put out by daring companies like Image Comics and Dark Horse Comics.  Other books, you have to look a little further, but only a little further – just as far as BuyIndieComics.com.  Yep, I’m being so daring as to promote my own site here – it is after all my own site where this article appears – my point is that there are places to find new and creative and interesting books and we’d love to tell you all about them – please come back more and often but more importantly, look for new things; they’re out their.

So what did I think of X-O Manowar?  It was good – but only because Robert Venditti, Cary Nord, Stefano Gaudiano and Moose Baumann are talented creators, not be cause the character or the title is inherently spectacular.

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2 Comments

  1. Joe gopini
    Posted May 29, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    What are you talking about? Valiant has some great characters that are original and their new books are daring and some of the best yet this year. I suppose frank miller should never have bothered with Batman and stan lee should have left captain America and the human torch alone….

    • Posted May 29, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

      Hi Joe,

      I am by no means saying that the Valiant characters were not great when they were original. I am just saying that the books that are coming out this year could have been original material and still been good, even great – it’s not the characters that make material great, it’s the creative genius that makes them great – Miller and Lee did some great work when they rebooted those characters. But in an age of so many reboots for the sake of bringing back content that is recognizable, it’s getting boring – it’s one of the reasons that the comic book industry is currently failing in bringing new readers to the format.

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