Here we are at the end of our third Pitch Week and we have been witness to some amazing pitches. We just want to thank all our pitchers for spending so much time on these adventures, and you the readers for following along with us.
However, the time has come for results. We’ll start off with the Reader Vote. Now this was quite the battle with three major contenders for first place, but eventually one had to take the lead. Here are the votes:
1st place: Mutant Empire with 146 votes.
2nd place: Hellions: End Game with 123 votes.
3rd place: Sisterhood X with 67 votes.
4th place: Unrepentant with 40 votes.
5th place: X-Calibre with 25 votes.
6th place: Grave Of Oblivion with 13 votes.
7th place: Secret Genesis with 9 votes.
Now to the judges. Unfortunately our long-time job wasn’t able to get his review to us but luckily we asked two extra judges to take part; Justin Klinger and Christina Hamlet. We’ll start with Christina.
This was really tough. All of the pitches were very different from one another and had very different feels. As a whole, I liked all of them. Each story is something that personally I would be happy to read. So for trying to “judge” I looked at it from the point of view of a pitch – How clear was the story, how well-motivated was the lineup choice (remembering there was a wild card) and if the book would draw in readers not familiar with some of the lesser-known characters. But all of these are winners, well done everyone!
Grave of Oblivion
This book jumps right into the dark. The story focuses less on canonical villains and more on corrupt heroes. The prelude sets up a sinister feel. The power sets chosen seem good for the theme. Tales of corruption and inner struggles are often interesting. As a story it could play well. The pitch seems to focus on the shadowy and the darkness, but not much on what it’s actually about. After reading it I know there are a lot of evil things being done by people, but not why these particular people were chosen, what the villain actually wants, or what the point of the pitch is. I do like the idea of Locus actually dealing with the psychological consequences of coming back from the dead, something that is all too often swept under. So, nice use of the wildcard there. I like the art that accompanies it, but I’m not sure how the designs and the story mesh together. Overall there are a lot of nice elements, but I’m not sure how it fits together as a full-on pitch.
This one builds on the current state of the Marvel Universe to establish its pitch. The motivation is solidly established. There are a lot of recognizable characters here, and Emma’s motivation/plan is completely workable with her past history. The visual elements are well-designed, individualized, but still similar enough to give a cohesive theme. There are a lot of characters, many of whom were members of previous Sisterhoods. The use of many of the major X-women as guest-enemies serves as a draw for potential readers, but also adds to the already sizable number of characters in the pitch. The first arc sets up a motivation and a target, but not necessarily a direction for the group or the book as a whole. Everything looks really good, but there is a lot going on. Firestar’s incorporation as a wildcard was well-executed, and her interaction with Emma is something I would definitely want to see.
X-calibre: The Damocles Foundation
I can tell that Loz and I have similar tastes, this book really appeals to me as an idea. Anyone that read the Marvel UK stories will recognize a lot of the elements of this pitch, bringing back a lot of fantastic characters that have been lost over the years, and rounding them out with a fan favorite in Selene. This pitch has an old-school theme that feels like classic villainy — a book that focuses on the selfish ends of the respective protagonists (antagonists?) It’s a pretty well fleshed-out pitch, but as the narrative continues it reads less like a villain book and more like a back-door Captain Britain revival. Which, hey, I’m okay with. Malice as a wildcard was incorporated very well, making her a central character. The issue by issue break downs show a clear direction for the first arc. On a personal level, I’d love to read this. As a pitch, while the story and character designs are solid, I wonder if there is enough to sell it to an unfamiliar audience.
The designs are impeccable and the characters are well thought out. The story as laid out has lots of elements of a solid book. I especially like featuring the impact of Genosha for several of the characters and the resurrection, retooling of many of the Hellions. I think the major drawback of this book as a pitch is that Emma Frost is the only classic or major character that is featured among a rather enormous cast. So I wonder at the ability of the book to draw in enough readers and also to manage the number of players. This would almost work better as a multi-book pitch with at least one “hook” character per book. I like the tag line. And yes, Empath’s beard is very important.
Okay, you kill Longshot off the bat, so points there. And I like the back door restoration of Betsy to her original body, someone’s been reading my diary. This pitch relies heavily on foundational characters, a highly-recognizable cast will draw readers, but this one runs the risk of sticking to the usual suspects. The use of Deadpool was a bit random, and I wondered at his addition. The wildcard Zero fit in well in terms of motivation, but he wasn’t used to any great extent as a major character, more as a warm body. The use of the adversary as a surprise hook was pretty good. Of all of them, this seems like the most classic feel of a book. And I think probably one of the ones that’s most likely to be successful as a pitch due to the mix of recognizable and new characters.
X-men: Secret Genesis
This is a brilliant idea. This pitch pushes high-profile villains without needing to corrupt heroes to embed itself in the X-universe. It highlights Mystique and Sabertooth, a solid draw with the villains. It brings Destiny (the wild card) back in a way and offers a way to flesh her out. It’s like an X-men origin story showing the dark side of how the team came to be. And I like the idea of Sinister having his hooks in Xavier’s history much like he did many other families. This book gives a lot of potential for covering back histories, exploring Mystique and Destiny’s relationship as well as Mystique’s ties to Sabretooth and Xavier. Marko and Xavier are two characters that had a profound impact on Charles Xavier, but have not been really characterized as people themselves, so that’s another rich field of potential. This pitch isn’t as sexy or dramatic as some of the others, but it incorporates the wild card very well into the central story, gives a good mix of villains to explore the nature of “villainy” and has lots of potential for seeing the good and bad in humanity through well-known and lesser known flawed characters.
Hellions: End Game
This reads as much like a story as a pitch. It has good motivation and a well thought out arc. The use of Selene was integrated well into the resurrection. The wildcard Astra was there, but not used to any great extent. Old fans of the new mutants would be drawn in, and I think the story itself would keep people engaged, but there are no regular “stars” to the book, so it might be a hard sell to new readers in that respect. I also like some of the designs and the art is beautiful, but I’ve never been a big fan of stock uniforms on a team of independently-minded characters. And those colors are not flattering in print.
I think the resurrections and the enhanced abilities are fantastic, and it makes good use of the Hellions, many of whom had serious potential, but were ignored while they were alive. These revamped versions have great potential and build-up.
Choosing a winner is hard. Even choosing a favorite is hard. Hellions: End Game and Grave Oblivion read like horror novels I’d like to read. X-Calibre appeals to my personal tastes. I like the idea of an all-female line up of the Sisterhood, which features several personal favorites. Mutant Empire has the making for an excellent multi-series run. And Secret Genesis and Unrepentant explore areas and bring back characters that I’d love to see again. Judging purely from a standpoint of series potential and likelihood of a successful comic book pitch I would have to go with X-men: Secret Genesis. But I would love to see any of these books in print. Really well done, everyone!
1. Grave of Oblivion
2. Sisterhood X
3. The Damocles Foundation
4. Mutant Empire
6. Secret Genesis
- The pitch presented a new and interesting concept that I haven’t quite seen explored in the x-books.
- The pitch felt like it could fit in with the current x-landscape and have real, high stakes consequences, and
- The book felt fully realized and fleshed out.
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