>Yo Tom I usually come here with just question but today I have to literally bitch. After 22 issues , I and many out there in the world thought the power plot of Bendis was done with and to my surprise today he responds saying he doesn’t post spoilers and this is for a future story line. but its been already 22 issues , comics are expensive , Most writers either do arc for 12 issues , Avengers Undercover seems to be ending in 10 and there is so many examples I can post about , just look how awesome and how much money Superior Spider-Man was ……..so I know Bendis has made Marvel a lot of money but is that a reason to let him dictate how long his own story is going to be , isn’t it a part of the editors job to let the writer know when a certain plot point has been going on for to long? I seriously would like to get an answer because as far as I can tell Bendis is the only one that does that , unless you can point me to someone else currently at Marvel. Hickman has 3 Acts , Remenders books have been going on for a while but the certain arc is ending next month , about the same issues as Bendis. You say we should vote with our dollars and I guess I will have to drop his books because I have stayed around for this long and I thought I had a nice conclusion delivered yesterday just to find out that he isn’t done with it at all!!! In a way I’m sorry for that it has come to me sending this post to you but I just had to vent to one of Editors because I can bet I am not the only one feeling this way , You continue to say all you care about is a good story but when does a good story go on for to long? It’s a sad truth but I have dropped more Marvel comics in the last 2 years than ever in my life time. I am a very dedicated Marvel fan but an even bigger fan of the X-Men so when I feel like I’m being raped I have to speak up! Have a nice day sir and I just hope something gets resolved because I can also bet I am not the only one who has written in on this subject.>
Is there any reason to let the writer dictate how long a story is going to be? Well, he is the writer, and that is his job, so…
Every story is different, every series is different, and every creator is different. All throughout his career, Brian has engaged in long-form storytelling. And he’s not the only one—Jonathan Hickman is another good example. And for those that enjoy what they do and stay on for the ride, there are payoffs for that devotion.
But I say again, as I always do: you have a choice! The power literally is in your hands. If you feel like you’re “being raped”, if you’re not enjoying any of the books that we produce, then you should do the sensible thing and stop reading it. There are plenty of other books that may be more to your liking.
A good story goes on for as long as it goes on. George RR Martin has devoted six novels to a story that he’s been telling since 1996—and despite the television series, eighteen years later and 3000 pages later he is not close to done. And if that’s a story that you’re invested in, you’re one of the many salivating for the next installment to drop. And if you’re not, then you’re not.
Also, 22 issues? Isn’t this X-Men we’re talking about? How long did the Siege Perilous storyline go on back in the day? How long was Storm a child? Or powerless? How long did Iceman have to wear a special belt to control his powers? How long was the Beast progressively getting dumber the more he exerted himself? Maybe it’s a different time, but it seems to me that long-form storytelling has always been baked into the X-Men, right from when they became popular. How long did it take to tell the origin of Wolverine?