Stephen Day wrote:
FF, Fantastic Four, Uncanny Avengers (sure it started out of a crossover, but since then we're a year in an no crossovers), I could continue. And I'm not arguing against your assertation that crossovers break up the flow of a series' story. Hence why I didn't respond until the post I actually responded to. In that post you seemed to be implying that Marvel having crossovers in Avengers and X-Men is going to screw up their entire line. If that's not what you were saying than I apologize, but that's how that post came across.
Those crossovers could be good, or crap and I suspect more crap given the history of crossover events, more so in retrospect. But again that's all a personal take on how they hit the reader at the time.
As said, I hate the disruptive nature of the things. Even when they're been good, it's annoying to see something flash by, suck in the character(s) and either kill or trip up the existing pace of a title and sometimes, disrupt the development. Hell, most seem to do nothing for defining the character or even an aspect or more about them. There is no real profit in story telling I think with them. Some had potential but then.. never followed through with or just not workable in the end. Secret Invasion had a way to either resurrect characters or bring something a little more probable with them. But ultimately never really did.
With the things come back into vogue for Marvel and DC after barely any real break... it annoys the hell out of me. I know they can produce amazing comic series and not need this sort of silly/stupid attempt to draw interest. Really, I see these as being far more marketing driven then truly story driven.
The only good crossover event to me - COIE. Why? DC rewrote their over all continuity. Yes they left a lot alone, but they did alter it and even if it took them a decade or more, the result was a new dynamic. One they really struggled with given the decisions on what to do with all the existing continuity.
SPEAKING OFF those three titles you mentioned - I just got caught up with FF and have to say it's disappointing. Allred's artwork has changed and some of the issues were really a mess with the story. Fantastic Four I still need to catch up on and it's good to hear that it's good. Uncanny Avengers I'm caught up on and honestly... it worked better with the slick art, then without. It seems to be stuck in a loop with no real progress. Like the concept, but the execution is a bit sloppy.