John Ostrander: Never Ending

John Ostrander

John Ostrander started his career as a professional writer as a playwright. His best known effort, Bloody Bess, was directed by Stuart Gordon, and starred Dennis Franz, Joe Mantegna, William J. Norris, Meshach Taylor and Joe Mantegna. He has written some of the most important influential comic books of the past 25 years, including Batman, The Spectre, Manhunter, Firestorm, Hawkman, Suicide Squad, Wasteland, X-Men, and The Punisher, as well as Star Wars comics for Dark Horse. New episodes of his creator-owned series, GrimJack, which was first published by First Comics in the 1980s, appear every week on ComicMix.

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  1. I tend to agree. As enjoyable as some of the events of the last 15 years or so have been, I quickly lost interest and also lost track because there have been so many. So, I voted the only way that really matters, buy not buying most of them. I’m not above posting on forums but I know it’s only the vocal minority on there. Someone must like them though, as people keep buying them.

    When an interesting event does come along, quite often there is not enough for it time to breathe, so you don’t get see the impact it has on characters beyond a few issues before we roll into the next World Changing Event, where Nothing Will Be The Same Ever!!!

    The mainstream titles I enjoy most of all are those with a consistent creative team, who manage to tell a long form story, in spite of the crossover events, such as Brubaker, Epting and Lark on Captain America. The other Big2 titles I love are those that sit on the edges, not ignored, but not one of the biggest, so they’re mostly left alone, like Secret Six, or more recently Daredevil and Hulk by Mark Waid. They’re both still in the Marvel Universe, but they’re sort of doing their own thing. I wish there were more of these stories, and more long form runs, with the occasional Big Event, not something that rocks around every 12 months, to boost sales that then trickle away until the next jab in the arm.