On this emergency episode of Off Panel, AV Club’s Oliver Sava returns to discuss the big switch at the top at Marvel, as C.B. Cebulski replaced Axel Alonso as Editor-in-Chief. Subjects discussed include whether it was necessary, Marvel’s aimlessness, the trouble with Legacy, the impact Alonso’s comments about artists might have had, whether Cebulski is a good fit as EIC, David Gabriel’s role in Marvel’s struggles, the good things Alonso accomplished, risk taking at the top, our levels of concern with Marvel, before closing with a discussion about what we’d do if we were Cebulski.
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Header image is from Marvel Legacy, art by Joe Quesada. Intro and outro music is Vulfpeck’s Outro from their album Vollmilch. Thanks to the band for letting me use the track.