Walter Simonson’s approach to the Fourth World was starkly different from that of his predecessor, John Byrne. Byrne’s strategy with Jack Kirby’s Fourth World was to combine elements from all of Kirby’s original titles, plus subsequent developments like Takion, into a single title. Simonson’s was to return the focus to Orion, who had originally been the protagonist of Kirby’s New Gods. If a combined approach didn’t work, perhaps refocusing on a single warrior-hero would spur critical acclaim and lasting sales.
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