If Marvel Needs a Show Explaining Its Comics, Maybe Its Problem Is the Comics

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Image: Marvel

Tomorrow, Marvel will premiere a web series called TL;DR, ruining that particular internet neologism for the rest of us. In it, the company will turn its event comics and most famous stories into “fun, hilarious short episodes.”

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I have some questions. First of all, who’s the audience for these? Is it comic book readers, who will find jokes about stories they already know funny? That would be a good audience, but limited. If the audience is “people who find comics intimidating and want an easy and fun way to learn about them,” I don’t think a humorous short sells the product. It actively makes the product look absurd.

If this is designed to get more movie fans into the comics, I don’t really think it’ll work. The big comic plots are a bit much to condense into a few minutes of animation.

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Also, looking at the video, this show’s aiming to explain some really complicated comic arcs in a very short period of time. Again, for people who actually already know the comics, that could be very fun. But more... confusing than anything for most people.

Katharine is the former managing editor of io9.

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If Marvel Needs a Show Explaining Its Comics, Maybe Its Problem Is the Comics

Nah. Not to say that the comics aren’t convoluted, but I think the real problem is that people just can’t be bothered to actually read anymore.