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Pointless Guest Appearances

Postby Stephen Day » Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:47 pm

I read this past week's issue of All-Star Western, the one with Superman on the cover. Superman only appeared for the first seven pages before leaving, allowing the story to move on to what it was actually about.

I really don't like this sort of guest appearance. As the thread title says, I find them pointless. Don't get me wrong, guest appearances by big characters aren't something I dislike in and of themselves. Having said that, I do prefer to see them when there's an actual point to them other than just giving a comic book company the opportunity to place a character on a cover in order to bump sales.
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Re: Pointless Guest Appearances

Postby IvCNuB4 » Tue Feb 04, 2014 7:57 pm

Wasn't Hex in Metropolis ? Superman sees all :wink:

CBR liked it :P
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Re: Pointless Guest Appearances

Postby Stephen Day » Tue Feb 04, 2014 8:00 pm

IvCNuB4 wrote:Wasn't Hex in Metropolis ? Superman sees all :wink:

CBR liked it :P


Oh, I liked the issue once the actual story took place. I just thought the guest appearance by Superman was pointless and took up seven pages that could have been used to enhance the story that the issue was actually about.
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Re: Pointless Guest Appearances

Postby MikeinLA » Tue Feb 04, 2014 8:03 pm

I remember when John Byrne was writing Namor he had the Punisher show up to kill one of the series overarching villains (a corrupt businessman who had taken to selling drugs ala John Delorean to help pay for his regular business operations). Submariner and Punisher never met from what I recall, and the vigilante appeared in like a few panels. It reeked of someone telling Byrne "We need a popular guest star in the book to help sales" and he did the absolute minimum to justify it.

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Re: Pointless Guest Appearances

Postby HNutz » Tue Feb 04, 2014 8:05 pm

The majority of Maximum Carnage.

I mean, did we REALLY need Venom, Captain America, Black Cat, Nightwatch, Cloak and Dagger, Iron Fist, Deathlok,  Morbius AND Firestar in a 14 part crossover?

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Re: Pointless Guest Appearances

Postby Amoebas » Tue Feb 04, 2014 8:51 pm

I enjoyed Jonah meeting Superman.

Superman is something Hex could never conceive of and I loved the contrast in characters (and Jonah's comparing Superman to Jesus was spot on (for Jonah)).

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Re: Pointless Guest Appearances

Postby dairydead » Tue Feb 04, 2014 8:58 pm

I remember when Spider-Man was in Beyond! a few years ago. I bought it only because Al Kraven was in it, but when that Spider-Man was shown to be an imposter it just made me roll my eyes
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Re: Pointless Guest Appearances

Postby Amoebas » Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:01 pm

Pointless Guest Appearance that adds nothing to the narrative...
... anytime Stan Lee shows up in a movie.

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Re: Pointless Guest Appearances

Postby Stephen Day » Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:05 pm

Amoebas wrote:I enjoyed Jonah meeting Superman.

Superman is something Hex could never conceive of and I loved the contrast in characters (and Jonah's comparing Superman to Jesus was spot on (for Jonah)).


I can see your point man, but I liked
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seeing Hex visit the Jonah Hex exhibit
a lot more than the Superman stuff. To me Superman just seemed to be a distraction taking away time from the stuff I wanted to see more of.
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Re: Pointless Guest Appearances

Postby Rockman » Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:15 pm

Amoebas wrote:Pointless Guest Appearance that adds nothing to the narrative...
... anytime Stan Lee shows up in a movie.


but they are usually funny

and you're wrong because his appearance in the Incredible Hulk was actually important towards the army finding him.

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Re: Pointless Guest Appearances

Postby Stephen Day » Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:18 pm

Rockman wrote:
but they are usually funny

and you're wrong because his appearance in the Incredible Hulk was actually important towards the army finding him.


Why was the army looking for Stan Lee in The Incredible Hulk? :smt017
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Re: Pointless Guest Appearances

Postby Herald » Tue Feb 04, 2014 9:25 pm

Stephen Day wrote:I read this past week's issue of All-Star Western, the one with Superman on the cover. Superman only appeared for the first seven pages before leaving, allowing the story to move on to what it was actually about.

I really don't like this sort of guest appearance. As the thread title says, I find them pointless. Don't get me wrong, guest appearances by big characters aren't something I dislike in and of themselves. Having said that, I do prefer to see them when there's an actual point to them other than just giving a comic book company the opportunity to place a character on a cover in order to bump sales.


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Re: Pointless Guest Appearances

Postby fieldy snuts » Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:18 am

I really liked Superman's guest appearance in Hitman.

Made even better when after he flew away Tommy finished off assassinating his target :lol:

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Re: Pointless Guest Appearances

Postby Draco x » Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:24 am

Herald wrote:
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Herald beat me to it here.

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Re: Pointless Guest Appearances

Postby dairydead » Wed Feb 05, 2014 12:47 am

Draco x wrote:
Herald beat me to it here.


:lol: :lol:
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