Axel Alonso fights the belief that Marvel editors are as involved in the writing of the publisher’s books as its writers:
Well, let’s be clear: The writers write the books, not the editors. The most we do is confer on a general roadmap and a general destination that’s rarely, if ever, a pinpoint landing. The story always evolves… Bottom line: An editor’s job is to know when they’re needed and when they’re not. A bad editor is one who feels that they need to see his fingerprints on everything he edits or he hasn’t done his job. That’s foolish. Sometimes, an editor’s job is as simple as saying, “Wow, that’s great. Send it to the artist.”
I admit to some skepticism as to whether Marvel’s editors are quite as hands off as Alonso describes, but part of me wonders how much of the pushing of this message – Seemingly from out of nowhere, unless I’ve missed recent accusations of Marvel being particularly creator-unfriendly (besides Marko’s Fan Expo appearance last Friday, of course)? – has something to do with presenting itself as an opposing narrative to DC’s reportedly top-down approach to the New 52. Is Marvel going to become the new DC, in terms of being the creator haven that DC used to be…?