The guy REALLY hates JMS and OMD.
Sentiments that I share with this writer, even if the source of my disdain for the former isn't exactly connected to the latter.
Beyond that, here are the things I take away from this article.
1) I'm not sure how necessary it was for him to roast Marvel and DC on a Spitfire in this review. Yeah I get that "controversy creates hits", but there's a way to do it without sounding like a total dick.
2) He really needs to do more research. Yes, Avengers Vs. X-Men is total nonsense, but not getting the names of the main books correct is inexcusable. All because Marvel and DC don't care enough to get the little things right (which leads into bigger problems) doesn't mean you have to follow their example.
3) Paragraphs 12 - 14 are the strongest part of the article. Whether it's talking about how the younger generation has all but forsaken Marvel and DC from a creative standpoint (which is different from working for them), to mentioning how the Summer's most prolific comics involve characters that are approaching 30 at their youngest, he's completely spot on.
It's also something many of us have posted about on this forum in similar length, meaning that (for me at least) he's preaching to the choir.
4) The fact that the book is said to damn many contemporary Fanboy Icons in Brian Michael Bendis, Joe Quesada, Grant Morrison and Dan DiDio makes me want to read the book more than ever now.
5) For an industry that feeds on its own past to go 20 years without fresh characters or concepts is death.
- This would be a poignant statement if it didn't feed into my one pet peeve.The fact that people equate the Comic Book Industry with being solely Marvel and DC.
Yes, I understand that Marvel and DC produce an overwhelming amount of the output in this medium, but when you sing the praises of the Independent creator in Paragraphs 12 - 14 and 16, then go around and say that, it's leaves a mixed message that weakens your overall statement.*
From where I sit this could've been a much better article if the writer stopped to think and shored up his weak points. He wrote this the throes of impotent rage and it showed.I know someone is going to say that I may have misinterpreted what he said, so I am going to reserve the right to feel differently about this after taking some time to think about it. However, being dismissive of the actual comics that actually try and do something different doesn't help anyone.