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#4602

Eastenders tends to keep the focus to a small number of chaacters in any given episode though.


#4603

Which is how the Legion of Super-Heroes has always worked, and how an Avengers book could easily work.


#4604

Not sure if we can describe the Legion as working


#4605

So Pete is a creepy pervert?


#4606

Is that Teen Titans?


#4607

I think it’s some weird future Teen Titans team that isn’t currently being published. :wink:


#4608

Commercially, being DCs second-best-selling book for several years speaks for itself.

On reflection, though, you’re all right, it would be a stupid model for Marvel to adopt right now. Expecting people to follow that many characters moving in and out of multiple plotlines would require a regular publishing schedule and more than six issues between reboots, and that’s never going to happen.


#4609

This is literally damning with faint praise.


#4610

How well does it sell now? :wink:


#4611

I just want to know the years it was successful.


#4612

On a more serious note I do think it’s a particular skill to write a book with a very large cast. Jonathan Hickman recently did it with his Avengers run and pulled it off, he’s apparently a hug fan of Levitz’ Legion run when he was a kid.

The Transformers books also have a cast pretty much as big.

Many writers do seem to struggle with it and pare the casts back.


#4613

About as well as Wolverine at the moment, I believe.


#4614

Doesn’t (Logan) Wolverine have 4 books right now, 5 if you include Old Man Logan and much more if you include X-23? :wink:


#4615

Does he? Dammit, I thought it was a safe pick because he was still dead :smiley:


#4616

He’s not dead anymore. Even when he was, they brought Old Man Logan in from an alternate future.


#4617

1974, 1983, 1987.


#4618

Yes but Phantom Girl is in The Terrifics so that evens that one out. :smile:


#4619

Spanning two decades!


#4620

Every issue a lead character needs a moment. That’s only 22 pages, which isn’t enough for a larger cast.

There’s mixing up leading characters and supporting cast going on, it’s important to have that distinct difference in their role - supporting characters offer exposition, advance the plot& serve as story fodder but they don’t often get their own moments.


#4621

Alan Moore got stuck into the mechanics of team books a bit in his pitch document for Youngblood. I think he ended up settling on 6 as the ideal number for the reasons already discussed, that you need to give everyone their moments and significant subplots, and more members than that overwhelms the book’s ability to still tell decent stories while effectively servicing the cast.