Sunday, March 4, 2012
Crossover Done Right!
I do a lot of bitching about Event Fatigue and Crossoveritis, which is a real thing. I'm afflicted with acute cases of both, and I think it's worth complaining about.
Of course the only thing better than complaining is highlighting a positive, a signpost to point at and say "this is how things ought to be done". Mark Waid's run on Daredevil is a how-to clinic on how superhero comics ought to be done - with an infatuation for the character and the genre.
Hack Slash # 13 hit the racks just the other day, and I was pleasantly shocked to find none other then Victor Morrow making a guest appearance!
Happy day, for lots of reasons. Off the top of my head, I think the element that created the most novelty was the surprise - this was not in the solicitation, and I didn't hear anything about it from Seeley, Seifert, or Ketner in the usual spots. That isn't to say that something wasn't announced, but I travel in the usual circles for these kinds of press releases and didn't bump into anything. It was....a surprise, and in 2012, that's saying something.
More importantly, it makes a lot of sense. If plopped into the same world, The Witch Doctor would absolutely be interested in Slashers as a treatable disease. And yes, he would equally be interested in Vlad and Cassie, either as mutations or, I don't know, lymphic adaptations in the cosmological scheme. Yup, the smart ass doctor should fit in quite nicely with the plot and the tone of the series. Wonderful. Absolutely wonderful.
Infinitely more enjoyable than Avengers Vs. X-Men, which won't see a dime of my money. I have less than zero interest in that book. After 1,000 NSF checks, who could possibly believe that this one won't bounce? All you're getting with AvX is a giant expensive commercial for the next "Big Thing" that won't pay off.
Or you can read Hack Slash, which engages in clever, funny world-building on a monthly basis, with two leads that you can't help but fall in love with. And when that book crosses over with something, it makes sense and enhances the experience, and does not require an ugly banner at the top of the book or an extra 37 disappointing tie-ins to purchase.
Hack Slash # 13....that's how you do a crossover. Also, be reading Witch Doctor, too. It's ridiculously good.