When I wrote about Marvel’s 1872, the character of Red Wolf and the message sent by his costume in the All New, All Different Marvel promotional image, the line from Marvel afterward was pretty easy to parse. Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso defended the image due to 1872’s old west setting, and encouraged people to wait for the book itself to judge it. Editor and Senior Vice President of Publishing Tom Brevoort was more direct, saying that instead of “judging wildly from a bit of promotional art,” people should “read the story” instead. And while I think “tell people to give us money before we’ll engage in dialogue” isn’t necessarily a great response to that kind of thing, I took them up on it. I waited. 1872 #1 came out this week, and I read it.
So let’s have that dialogue.