After reading a couple of issues of Civil War II, I’m already confused about the who, what and where of it all.  Ironically, it took a tie-in issue to explain the central conceit of things clearly, but the sheer number of characters in play (heck, the sheer number of AVENGERS in play) is daunting, even for someone whose favorite superhero movie features 200 heroes in total.  I’m really worried that Marvel’s story is going to be less effective, simply because it features too many characters at one time…  ‘Course, I once felt the same way about early issues of ‘Crisis On Infinite Earths’, which I still hold to be the gold standard for intercompany crossover shmageggis, leading us to today’s numerous query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) started reading Legion of Super-Heroes when the team had 19 active members, so I don’t say “too many” lightly, asking: What stories or series just have too many characters for you?


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  1. Malone_hasco on

    Crisis On Infinite Earths was close of having too many. Good thing is that I read it when internet was already around and I could check things out. On the other hand, original Secret Wars was one of my first Marvel comics in 1987 and I had no clue who half of the villains were but it didn’t matter at all, only made me curious.

  2. Kingdom Come
    I love the story and there was some fun in the game of “How is that character related to someone else? Looking up the Who’s Who in Wizard back in the day was cool, but there were too many young characters I didn’t give a damn about let alone care why they chose to join Batman.

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