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Jonathan Kaye
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Posted: 01 March 2021 at 7:53am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

A JB first page often includes a title that’s very well thought-out ... with nuances one doesn’t or can’t appreciate until later in the tale!  

Edited by Jonathan Kaye on 01 March 2021 at 9:43am
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James Woodcock
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Posted: 01 March 2021 at 7:58am | IP Logged | 2 post reply

One of the oft user 'comments' about ELSEWHEN has been
that JB has told, not show, something that happens.

I don't agree with this, but I can imagine a few comments
along the lines of people wanting to have seen the taking
out of the FF and Avengers.

But that's not the story. And covering those aspects
would be a waste of time.
However, I am REALLY interested in Wanda's face on that
splash page. She still is not the happy camper (and think
just how cruel Magneto has been to have pushed her on
Scott, only to have her dumped when Jean turned up).
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John Byrne

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Posted: 01 March 2021 at 8:13am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I don't agree with this, but I can imagine a few comments along the lines of people wanting to have seen the taking out of the FF and Avengers.

But that's not the story. And covering those aspects would be a waste of time.

••

Exactly.

Over the years I have been sometimes disappointed by readers who want or need to have every moment spelled out for them. Even as far back as my original run on UNCANNY there were some who grumbled that they were not shown the where/why/how of Wolverine changing his costume to the brown version. I thought his "Why not?" answer covered everything!

If nothing else, the imaginary WHAT IF? cover that inspired this story sets up what's going to happen. All those artifacts scattered in the rubble beneath the bad guys.

And previous experience has taught me, if I HAD chosen to show the various battles, there would have been plenty of complaints that "WE ALREADY KNOW THIS! Get on with the story!"

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Richard Palmgren
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Posted: 01 March 2021 at 8:18am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Can we assume the two "lost" members were Mastermind and Toad?

And is it possible they were killed off because of their lack of costume style?
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Richard Stevens
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Posted: 01 March 2021 at 8:33am | IP Logged | 5 post reply

Honestly, the idea of Magneto being *bored* after defeating pretty much *everybody* is way more scary and compelling than watching it happen.

He's killed the Avengers and the FF and now he's annoyed that there's nobody left to fight. That's interesting.
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Philippe Pinoli
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Posted: 01 March 2021 at 8:44am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I love that ! Just reminds us how many
(every ?) Time our heroes were one inch
far for defeat/death !
Remembering Emperor Doom, where Doom wins
it totally (finally ;) ! But not for
long...kinda likewise Doom stealing the
Beyonder's powers.
Easy win ? Why not kindly look towards
another earth where your alterego meet
less success / always loses ?
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Michael Genitempo
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Posted: 01 March 2021 at 9:04am | IP Logged | 7 post reply

Looks like Scott is attracted to Jean is more than one reality... I agree, that's one interesting look on Wanda's face...
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Vinny Valenti
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Posted: 01 March 2021 at 9:12am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

I continue to be impressed by your ability to show faces on TV screens as 'flat' . Most lesser artists would likely miss that small detail. Do you have a certain 'trick' for pulling that off?
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John Byrne

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Posted: 01 March 2021 at 9:20am | IP Logged | 9 post reply

Screens are drawn following the perspective grid I’ve laid down for the panel. Anything on those screens is drawn following two of the three grid lines, height and width but not depth.

Faces are treated more or less as if they were cardboard cutouts.

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Eric Sofer
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Posted: 01 March 2021 at 9:22am | IP Logged | 10 post reply

Richard P: "Can we assume the two "lost" members were Mastermind and Toad?"

Why? Why could not be the Blob and Mystique? Or Alex and Lorna?

We know they're dead, my friend. Dead characters aren't very interesting. But I'd not assume anything, save that if we need to know... Mr. Byrne will let us know!
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John Byrne

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Posted: 01 March 2021 at 9:24am | IP Logged | 11 post reply

Richard P: "Can we assume the two "lost" members were Mastermind and Toad?"

Why? Why could not be the Blob and Mystique? Or Alex and Lorna?

•••

Occam’s Razor.

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Peter Martin
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Posted: 01 March 2021 at 9:30am | IP Logged | 12 post reply

Great splash page.
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