Meta-Messages - Alan Davis Once Again Lets Us Know It Was All A Dream...

All October long I will be exploring the context behind (using reader danjack's term) "meta-messages." A meta-message is where a comic book creator comments on/references the work of another comic book/comic book creator in their comic. Each time around, I'll give you the context behind one such "meta-message." Here is an archive of the past installments!

Today we look at Alan Davis' way of dealing with changes made to his ClanDestine characters after he left their first series.

ClanDestine was a comic book series that Alan Davis created for Marvel Comics about a mysterious hidden family of super-powered beings called the Destines (so not only are they a Clan called Destine, but their operations are clandestine).

After writing and drawing eight issues of the series, Davis left the book.

Somewhat surprisingly, rather than ending the series, Marvel brought on writer Glenn Dakin to replace Davis, and he, as you might expect, went in a different direction with the book than Davis would have intended had he not left the title...

The book only lasted four more issues before being canceled.

A year or so later, Davis was given the opportunity to do another project with the Destine clan, this time in a two-part crossover with the X-Men.

Early in the issue, Davis addresses the ClanDestine issues that came out after he left...

You have to love how he actually has the character use the phrase "acting out of character"!

(A bunch of people suggested I feature this one, especially after I did the other Alan Davis example from Excalibur, so if you were one of those who suggested it, thanks!)

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