The Ideal Cosmic Marvel - According to Lyesmith (Editorial)

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Marvel gave us some of the best sci-fi/fantasy comics with Annihilition/Conquest/War of Kings. It was some beautiful story arcs that presented the extended Marvel U in ways we'd rarely seen before. 

And now Marvel has a chance to bring back that cosmic presence with the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, both in the comics and with the upcoming movie. Marvel has a unique opportunity to kick start a whole new branch of cosmic comics, separate, though connected, to the Earth based stories. 

I think, separated out into just a few titles, over the course of a month (as to not upset those of us with short attention spans or those prone to separation anxiety), Marvel could bring a vibrant, ever-expanding universe (science pun! FTW!) that could lead into more cosmic movies, if handled properly. 

See my suggestions after the break!

Guardians of the Galaxy: These are the Guardians. They're mission: To seek out trouble, and annoy StarLord's father at every opportunity. To cause property damage to every dive-bar in the universe. To bodily go, where no Raccoon as gone before! 

Nova Corps: Sam Alexander sets off on a mission to revive the Corps and re-establish a much needed neutral-party force for good in the universe. First goal? Save Richard Rider! (I see this starting out as Sam/Richard, and moving into more of a Nova Corps book, and not just a Nova book. And let's face this, this Council of Galactic Empires is just going to cause more trouble. We need to the Corps to balance out the Council's ego.)

Starjammers: Space pirates with hearts of gold. Unlike their comrades, The Guardians, the 'Jammers aren't seeking out trouble. They're just trying to make their way in this crazy universe without have to lick any boots. Wackiness ensues. (Basically Firefly meets Black Sails. Ooo. I just got chills. This needs to be a thing.)



Unnamed Book Idea: I want a general cosmic book. I want one that tells a story of a character, and then moves on. Let's have a Ronan story that runs into Silver Surfer and then flows into Beta-Ray Bill, then we pick up a Wraith story, tell a compelling Skrull story, and then move on. These don't even have to always be set in present day. You can guest spot some of the others, GotG, StarJammers and Nova in smaller side stories. Let's see what some of the previous Guardians are up to! Just expand the universe and keep these other things moving. I wouldn't mind the All-New X-Men sticking around to become a cosmic team. I've always felt Kitty Pryde needed to be in space. Let Scott have the time with Corsair that Older Scott never really got, in different ways. 


But that's just one man's opinion (let's be honest, though, I'm brilliant), what cosmic books do you think need to become a staple for the Marvel shelves? Do you disagree with the outlines for a specific title? Let your voices be heard! Just make sure they're inside voices. My ears bruise easily. 

13 comments:

  1. I'm not a big Sam Alexander fan, but I would like to see them bring back Richard Rider, without a doubt.

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    1. Sam is not a bad character, he could be a really good sidekick to Richard Rider.

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    2. While I would love it if Sam wasn't the /only/ Nova anymore, I gotta say, Sam doesn't irritate me nearly as bad as other 'young' heroes do. Sam is a kid being a kid. Young Avengers made me want to strangle people. I think I'd like to see them keep Sam, just don't lay all on the focus on him. Like Mattia said, he'd be a great sidekick and make a wonderful legacy character once he grows up a bit.

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  2. My ideas for cosmic series:

    -Guardians of the Galaxy(duh).

    -Nova and Tales Of The Nova Corps.

    -Silver Surfer.

    -Cosmic storylines: Garthan Corps(Garthan Saal creates his own evil version of the Nova Corps),

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    1. -Cosmic storylines: Garthan Corps(Garthan Saal creates his own evil version of the Nova Corps by recruiting various cosmic bad guys).

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  3. I do get the impression that in the wake of Infinity, cosmic politics are becoming a lot more significant to the Marvel U as a whole, and you've got the Surfer series coming up. But it'd be so cool to go back to those days of having an entirely self-contained thread for just cosmic stuff. I just finished re-reading from the 2003 Thanos series all the way through to Annihilation: Earthfall, and it did make me wonder where half the characters got to (Quasar. Cosmo. What ever happened to Wraith??). That said, I don't think my bank account could cope with any more ongoing series at the moment...

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  4. I agree with almost everything. I don't know that I agree on the X-Men part, just because, as much as I love them, we already have X-Men overload everywhere else. The 'general cosmic book' idea is brilliant, and something I'd love to see. Plus, I would LOVE some way to utilize Mantis, Bug, and Cosmo again, even if it's putting them on a new team.

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    1. As much as I love the core X-Books, sometimes I want to see those characters do something else besides carrying the flag for mutantkind. And stopping every ten minutes to "catch up" the young X-Men on what's happened the last few years will eventually get tiresome. I love the group, this young version of the X-Men, so I think removing them from the rest of the groups, removing them from all the Mutant vs Human politics, would be a great way to continue their story and keep them fresh and interesting. So even if they don't go 'cosmic', I want to see them do something outside of the rest of the mutant-led comics.

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  5. You have consistently terrible ideas and opinions and I really hate that you and Bendis' awful idea of what the GotG should be aligns with Editorial's. Fingers crossed that Bendis gets the boot once the movie comes out and sets everyone (including yourself, with any luck) straight.

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    1. Anony. Can I call you Anony? Anony, instead of being negative and insulting, why not join the discussion and bring forth your clearly superior ideas? I'd love to hear what you think GotG should be. Let's be constructive and present another point of view!

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  6. whoa, they need to (really) bring back the original Mar-vell, perhaps team him with his genetically engineered offspring against the great arch enemy (print or film)

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  7. I really like your Nova idea. The new series is one I meant to start following, but never did. I'll just pick up the trades eventually. I'd like to see Richard come back and form a new Nova corps. Then in a few issues, Rich and the corps bump into the Guardians as they are out seeking trouble and it causes some friendly competition between Rich and Peter.

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