MoneyMelon wrote:I read the first trade of Chew and I didn't care for it. But I read Saga also and I like it.
Image has some great stuff right now....The Activity, Saga, Manhattan Projects, Fatale, etc. But I like my classic characters too like Spidey, Batman, Daredevil, Hulk, etc.
There's no shortage of good comics these days.
Not to put anyone down for this mentality but I think this is what really prevents the medium from growing and developing any real integrity. It's also why we get the "delusional/irate fanboy" stereotype as well.
In my opinion as a former writer/student of fiction, it's an absolute sin for a writer to become emotionally attached to his or her characters. In that same vein, I don't think readers should become too attached to a character, especially a protagonist. They have to realize that despite having some sort of emotional attachment, the character isn't real. Another thing they have to realize about serial characters, especially ones that have survived for this long, is that they are corporate properties designed to make money and rack up stats by pulling in new readers.
The thing about great characters, whether they're serial characters or not is that they end. I always hate that "My story doesn't have an ending" trope that we see in TV, movies and comics today because great stories and their characters have beginnings and endings. That shit bothers me to no end and it's what's rampant in comic book culture. People expect their comics to be as great on day 23422948 as they were on day 1. Reading and collecting for completion has got to be the most idiotic thing ever, like being a diehard fan of a perennial bottomfeeding team, because there's no satisfaction in following bad quality anything.
Bianco wrote:I think the problem with the recent spider-writers and others is instead of just writing a good story they are trying to write these "stand the test of time epic great super stories" that people will talk about for years, it's like a baseball player trying to hit a home run and usually striking out.
I don't think it's that so much as it's companies trying to cash in on big events and media hype. The Spider-Man movie is over, so now that gives Marvel the opportunity to do something big in the comic book community without having to keep in line with the movie continuity. This thing is getting big press and a lot of word of mouth and online chatter as well, so it's their opportunity to sell a lot of comics. Good "time-tested" stories don't try to be "time-tested", they just happen naturally. All of the best "time-tested" stories happened naturally and have beginnings and endings.
They're just trying to keep Spider-Man relevant. For those who are fed up with the character and the new direction but want to stick with the classics, try tracking down some of the actual classics or go back and re-read those. Or go with creator-owned and independent comics, where you'll find the best stories.