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Darn you, Tie-In and Event Books!!!

Written by Greg Anderson-Elysee on Wednesday, March 12 2008 and posted in Columns
So my friend, Rex, and I were discussing the state of comics – rather I was complaining. As to what I was complaining about: Tie-ins and crossovers. Am I the only guy who is burnt out and tired of this?

About an hour ago I read that my favorite Marvel book, X-Factor, will have a crossover with She-Hulk. Okay, so that got to me a little off for a second, but fans demanded it and it’s just one extra book and basically whatever Peter David touches turns to gold, so its no biggie. But of course, what gets me into a tick is its connection to the upcoming Skrull Invasion story. And another good new favorite of mine, Incredible Hercules, is now connected to this Skrull Invasion and quite frankly I’m no where interested in picking up these crossovers or tie-ins as for me as a reader I feel they get in the way to the writer fully telling his story. There are exceptions. David has found ways to really make tie-ins work in his X-factor run, so I’ll give it a benefit of doubt, but the constant tie-ins and crossovers just make me want to drop Marvel books.
DC too has their annoyances that tick me off. For one, the JLA book that I was a fan of. I love Dwayne McDuffie as a writer and I was excited to hear he’d be writing JLA. But thus far, nearly EVERY one of his issues have been editorial mandated and filled with tie-ins to other stuff while McDuffie is pushed back to writing back-ups and I have dropped the book till he finally gets full reign of the book like Brian Meltzer did when he was writing his first arc.
Now, complaining about this and that and quite frankly I want to drop all my books from the Big 2 and jump full time onto Image, Dark Horse, IDW, Dynomite, etc. Hell, even full time on DC’s sub-company Vertigo (which have been doing fantastic work with Andy Diggle on Hellblazer without any tie-ins) but I’m really so connected to certain characters such as Two-Face, Batman, Nightwing, the X-Men, Jaime Madrox, etc. so it hurts to think that I may have to drop these books while penned by such great writers. I mean, we have Wonder Woman written by Gail Simone! Besides, if anything the creator-owned books need more attention and money than a lot of these tie-ins to begin with.
But whatever. In the mean time, I’ll quietly be complaining about these darn tie-ins and crossovers to myself. I feel as if I’ve ranted enough, heh.

Posted originally: 2008-03-12 08:41:01

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About the Author - Greg Anderson-Elysee

Gregory Anderson-Elysee is a Brooklyn born and based filmmaker (director and editor), playwright, comic book writer, model, and part time actor. He was one of the first writers and interviewers of The Outhouse. He is the writer and creator of the upcoming book Is'nana the Were-Spider. He can be found on Twitter and Facebook.

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