I haven’t been too excited about comics for a while.
There’s a retailer in NY that I know who told me something years ago: “Familiarity breeds contempt.” He loved comics, but he didn’t have much respect for what was happening at the time in them.
I would hear echoes of that every now and again as I would look at the comics landscape and become disheartened. Nothing ever really changed at Marvel and DC, and they continue to be the backbone of the industry. (Say what you will, but if Marvel and DC go away, most of the industry goes with them.)
However, with the new Secret Wars and the fallout from that, I’m getting excited.
I bought Amazing Spider-Man #1, and I loved it. It made me very, very excited for the future. Peter as the leader of a multi-billion dollar corporation, using others to help him keep his secret identity, and using his intelligence in ways we haven’t seen before. New types of webbing. New technology. Different types of problems.
I’m excited about the future of Spider-Man. I’m excited about the future of Marvel (because as Spidey goes, so does Marvel). I haven’t been here in a very long time.
Yes, I know there are a lot of good comics out there outside of Marvel and DC. However, those comics are supposed to be good. They’re supposed to garner the attention that Marvel and DC has, and the only way to do that is to be better than the books those two companies produce. Yes, I’m saying that both Marvel and DC have been resting on their laurels, but Marvel seems to be trying to do something different (for them).
This is why I’m excited. I’m seeing the possibilities for the future. The stories are speaking to the little boy in me who fell in love with comics, while also appealing to the adult in me who wants a book that will feed those more mature sensibilities.
The future looks bright. I’m going to get my shades…