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Revisiting Crossgen
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kybearfuzz wrote in comicbookbears
Not sure who is still reading this community, but I thought I'd blow the dust off of it and give it a go.

Over the last few weeks, I've been re-reading some of the old Crossgen titles, like "The First," "Mystic," "Sigil," "Solus," and the unfinished "Negation War." Recently, I've even gone as far as buy a couple of trades of "Route 666" and "Ruse" just to see what they were like. I admit, I was impressed.

The First #17 CoverI don't think I've ever heard anyone complain about the quality of the writing or artwork in these books. In fact, they were a refreshing break from the usual flow of DC and Marvel, especially during the seasonal "events" that cause so many of us to break open piggy banks to buy them all (something I stopped doing long ago).

It's sad that mismanagement caused the whole house of cards to collapse. I think regular readers saw it coming as storylines drastically changed in an effort to revamp the whole "Sigilverse." Heroes were losing their "sigils," but not their powers, and everything was leading up to a universe-shattering "Negation War."

The biggest kick in the nads was the lack of resolution, especially when the six-issue "Negation War" stopped at issue 2 as the company went belly-up. For those you who want to know what ended up happening with the Negation War, this forum supposedly has the synopsis from the original writer of how things were supposed to filter out. I'm happy that my favorites from "The First" ended up making it, at least according to this forum. Some of the original pages from issue #3 are also around on the web.

Disney (and therefore Marvel) bought the characters and stories from the bankrupt Crossgen. They released revamped versions of "Sigil," "Mystic," and "Ruse," but the revamped versions were just not really as good. I keep hoping they'll continue the originals someday.

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Those stories sound good to me!

The photo there is hot!

What is a "Sigil"?

They were really well done. Each comic involved a character being branded with a symbol or "sigil" that granted him or her incredible powers. The sigil was imprinted on them by a mysterious figure who would vanish. As the stories evolved, you learned they were all chosen for an upcoming conflict.

And I actually own the original artwork for the poster above. It's matted and framed on my office wall.

"And I actually own the original artwork for the poster above. It's matted and framed on my office wall."

Fantastic!

And I love that "Comic Book Bears" user icon!

Man, I loved Crossgen. The problem (aside from the behind the scenes financial drama) is that too many people thought it was too interconnected, so they wouldn't even try it.

I guess I can see that rationale, but I think once they started reading a specific comic, they'd realize it wasn't so much.

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