Spoilers for the end of Siege and related books here, also from other comics in the last year.
Siege pretty much ended 6 years of story. Coincidently, it also will end my six years as being an avid comic collector. I'll stil check out a couple of books a month, I'll still buy a few trades of well recieved runs, but overall, I think I'm done with Marvel/DC comics for a while.
They're just to samey.
I was trying to think of a way to show how I feel, and the most obvious metaphor for me is that of the Sentry character.
I started reading comics with Joss Whedon's Astonishing X-men at 13. I liked the X-men films, and liked the cartoons when I was a kid, so when I went into a game shop and it sold comics, I just picked up the first few I could. Astonishing X-men, Excalibur, Amazing Spider-man and Avengers Dissasembled. Some I liked better than others, but the one I always stuck with was Bendis' Avengers.
I remember how exciting it was when the blacked out characters appeared on New Avengers #1. I remember the little clues Marvel gave (The Avenger that no-one remembers, people thought it might be Giglamesh!) and I remember the excitement on seeing the New Avengers form in a stellar first arc. But the most memorable moment of that arc was Sentry, an unused character being introduced into comics in a big way, by ripping Carnage in half. Whoa, I thought. This character kicks ass!
Since then there's been many twists and turns, Captain America died, Iron man was leader of SHIELD, Green Goblin led the world, Hawkeye died, come back, died and came back again. Skrulls had taken over etc etc etc. But with each passing event, the more I noticed that the things were not truly changing. The "illusion of change" I'd seen people on Newsarama posting about which I originally didn't believe in was slowly appearing. Cap came back. The Skrull heroes returned, Hawkeye was back in his original costume. etc etc etc ad infinitum.
And it's not for me at all.
Like I said I think the Sentry represents the last six years of comics. A cool new character with lots of interesting ideas, yet some of the best writers in comics couldn't get him to fit into a prexisting universe. How can he exist when Spider-man needs to be on the same team for sales. How can a guy like Wolverine be on the same team as Thor? It makes no sense to me.
The Sentry was this new guy, a new guy who was fresh, exciting and often looked incredibly interesting. Like so many other new ideas at Marvel, yet he kept getting pushed to the side, like so many new ideas in the comic industry, it got stifled, it switched between writers and in the end it failed. Sentry was killed, and with it so was probably the best representation of 00's Marvel.
He arrived, he changed a bit, then eventually thing slipped back to how they were.
So yes maybe one day Sentry will be back, but until comics can tell a continuous story, instead of one continually stuck in the status quo, I won't be
Sorry for this ramble, I just look at Avengers #1 preview, and I a comic by my favorite comics writer, which looks incredibly boring