While looking at this preview of Far Sector, an upcoming Green Lantern comic by N.K. Jemisin & Jamal Campbell, I had an odd realization.
For years, the DC Universe was a draw for me. By comparison, Marvel felt unfamiliar. And I would read DC comics across the line, and Marvel comics that were off in some corner like Alias (now Jessica Jones).
Since the New 52, I’ve felt less & less connected to the DCU…and now I’m reading DC the way I used to read Marvel.
PREVIEW: Young Animal’s FAR SECTOR looks very good
3 new photo(s) on Flickr: Whitney Frost cosplay for Long Beach Comic Con (though we didn’t quite make it to the Con). https://www.flickr.com/photos/kelsonv/
Photo taken at: Wondercon Anaheim Convention Center
#TBT Flash & Quicksilver #cosplay at last year’s @wondercon. We’ll be posting photos from this year’s convention over the weekend!
#theflash #quicksilver #wondercon #jaygarrick #danicawilliams #flashbeyond #wallywest #dccomics #marvelcomics #xmen
I think there’s something to the big-universe effect.
I’ve read mainly DC since I was a kid, with more indie books mixed in over the last decade, and only the occasional Marvel book. What kept me coming back to DC was the familiar universe. What’s kept me away from Marvel, I think, is the unfamiliar universe.
I’m a lot more willing to pick up an indie book that takes place in its own self-contained world than a book in a big established world that’s likely to pull in the rest of the line. This has been true for Marvel, certainly, but also for WildStorm (when it was its own universe), Top Cow, etc. The books I’ve read from those publishers, Marvel included, tend to be creator-driven or take place in their own little corner of the shared universe.
TLDR: I think Marvel’s fine, but I’ve just never gotten into it.
I’ve always considered myself a DC fan. I think it’s mainly that it’s where I got started, so I got invested in the DC Universe. That’s what’s familiar, while Marvel always seemed like I’d need to do a ton of research just to get started. (Not necessarily true, of course, that’s just how it seemed.) Most of the Marvel books I’ve read were either stand-alone or set off in their own corner of the universe (Alias, True Believers, Astonishing X-Men when Joss Whedon was writing it, etc.)
In short: the complexity of the universe I knew kept me in, and the complexity of the universe I didn’t know kept me out.
These days I still consider myself a DC fan, and I follow all the DC-related news & commentary, but I don’t actually read many of their books anymore. It’s down to one: The Flash. The rest of the line just doesn’t appeal to me anymore. But neither does Marvel’s. Actually, about half of my pull list is from BOOM! right now, with the rest of it scattered around DC/Vertigo, Dark Horse, Aspen, Image, etc.