Friday, February 21, 2014 5:33:29 AM
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I also think that Marvel has way too titles out at moment or to be more exact they have too titles for too few superheroes. I mean they have 4 or 5 Avengers series and about the same amount in X-Men titles, excluding X-Force.
And what really bothers me, as a long time reader, are the sheer amount of heroes who are now Avengers. There was a time where there were two Avengers teams (West-Coast & East-Coast)with each having now 7 members. But now....?
Marvel really need to rethink their strategy because, at the moment,DC is way better.
Then of course the constant No. 1. I think F4 is now on their third No. 1 in the last 2(?) years. Why? I, at least, don't see the reason.
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Joined: 2/6/2014 | Posts: 15 | Points: 45
Last January, I went to my LCS looking forward to absolutely nothing, and you know what? Two doors down from the place I subscribe at, was a brand spanking new Alcoholics Anonymous rehabilitation center. I took it as a sign.
You see, in my experience, alcoholics are people with addictive personalities. They start out as folks who drink to take the edge off a hard day. Then they drink to forget. Then they drink because it’s the only thing that feels good anymore. Where am I going with this? I am an addict. I’m addicted to comic books and damn it, I’ve only been getting the bad (banned), lately.
Going back to the epiphany seeing that AA center next to my comic shop gave me for a moment, it was then that I decided that I was done buying comics out of habit. I'd read an article around that time about not buying comics because they have your favorite characters in them when you don’t like the story or the way the characters are being handled. About not buying comics just because you’re so used to buying the series that you can’t remember a time when you weren’t buying it. About speaking to the comic companies with your dollar instead of your angry, ranting blog posts. So that’s what I did. Mostly.
So, at this moment in time, I'm following 13 DC titles (6 are minis or cancelled), 8 Vertigo titles (4 minis/ending), 10 Marvel titles (1 ending), 10 Image titles, and three titles from assorted publishers.
That really sort of puts this whole thing in a new perspective, for me. You see, these books? I truly enjoy. Because they hit that comics sweet spot by weaving decent to excellent art, interesting writing, compelling story arcs, and relatable characters into every issue. I’m reading them because they’re good comics. And you know what? My list should be a lot longer, especially from DC. Comics should be good.
DC has the potential for good comics at their fingertips, but they refuse to utilize the resources they have. Even with the reboot shenanigans, they’re still a widely respected comic company. Instead of reaching out to new talent that already have devoted fanbases that would follow that talent anywhere, they snap up writers and artists that haven’t been relevant for over a decade, and even then they were only relevant because people enjoyed complaining about them. I think we all know who I’m talking about.
Marvel, on the other hand, has a case of first issue fever. They're not actually rebooting anything so much as they're giving new characters and concepts the chance to succeed or fail without having them tie too closely with pre-existing characters and concepts. They're doing this specifically to draw in new readers, and from what I've seen, it's working.
Like the new Ms. Marvel and Ghost Rider books, for example. Ms. Marvel has already proven itself to be a good idea, with the first issue sold out completely at a distributor level and almost completely sold out at a retailer level, at least in my area. I'm pulling it at my LCS, after years upon years of either disliking Carol Danvers, or just not caring about her. I'm a Ms. Marvel reader for the first time in the 20 years I've been reading comics, because Marvel took a chance. Ghost Rider...I don't know. I haven't ever read any Ghost Rider stuff, but the new series that's coming out soon, I may try that. They're taking chances again, putting new characters in familiar names and hoping for the best. Whether this tactic will hold up in the long run is uncertain, but it seems to be working for now. So long as the titles I'm picking up continue to interest me, I won't complain about their wanting to branch out a bit from the old formula.
Friday, February 21, 2014 4:07:44 PM
Location: San Diego, CA
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I agree with Frank. Too many Xmen and Avenger titles and too many Avengers and I am a huge fan. Now there is Xmen/Avengers, lol. I won't bag on Uncanny Avengers though because I actually love what Remender is doing there. The things I will say is following any big events is tough not only for Marvel but for DC as well. To buy every single issue of a story is costly. You could always buy the trade afterwards but you have to wait for months after the event. Secondly, what is Shang Chi Master of Kung Fu doing on the Avengers? Secret Avengers but still an Avenger. Secret Avengers is a bad copy of Xmen's X Force. I get they want to up his stature as a superhero but he could be better served in his own title like what they are doing in Hawkeye or Daredevil. I can really get into making older underused characters fresh and new. But repackaging familiar characters over and over is lame. Can Wolverine really be on every team? Every where? And in every issue? I guess so.
(referring to an original comic book piece) This is a art gallery my friend and THIS is a piece of art.
Elijah Price "Unbreakable"
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