It finally looks like there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and for once it’s not a freight train hauling a load of weapons-grade Ebola. Marvel Comics fired Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, the man responsible for every stupid move at Marvel Comics.
Turning Iron Man into a 15-year-old black girl with big hair, that was Alonso. Turning Thor into a woman, that was Alonso. Replacing Doctor Bruce Banner, the Hulk’s alter ego with some Asian guy, that was Alonso. Retconning Captain America into a sleeper agent for the Nazi-like Hydra? That was Axel Alonso too.
It’s not like any of the sweeping changes orchestrated under Alonso translated into sales. The opposite was true. Low selling books have been the norm the last couple of years under the leadership of Axel Alonso.
What’s even more remarkable than Axel Alonso getting shown the door is the person replacing him, C.B. Cebulski.
Who’s C.B. Cebulski?
C.B. Cebulski has been working with Disney in China the last few years. Before that, he was an editor popular with writers and artists. More importantly, he seems like a nice guy. Hopefully, he can return Marvel Comics to its once-dominant form. C.B. Cebulski is a comic book guy. He looks like a comic book fan. One look at C.B. Cebulski and you just want to ask him, long boxes or short boxes?
Maybe under C.B. Cebulski, pros will stop attacking fans. Maybe they will start treating fans like people and not just pixels on a screen.
I think if I was an unqualified, social justice warrior diversity hire taking up space at Marvel Comics now, I’d be punching up the old resume.