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Overthought Bubble #8: My Year Long Break Up With Marvel

Written by Gavin D. on Saturday, September 12 2015 and posted in Columns

Overthought Bubble #8: My Year Long Break Up With Marvel

It's not you. It's me... I can no longer stand you.

Not too long ago, Marvel announced a heterosexual Hercules. Many fans expressed outrage over the sexuality gauff, and for some it was the final straw, publicly swearing off Marvel until their poor diversity efforts were resolved. I never gave much thought to it, because I don't really read Marvel anymore.

At this time last year I was reading roughly ten Marvel titles on a monthly basis and picking up new titles just to try them out. A year later I read two titles. Secret Wars and Armor Wars. After those titles have run their course, I project myself to read one title... maybe.

Why did Marvel fall off of my pull list? Well, aside from the event, there are a couple reasons. First is in regards to the titles I loved. They got cancelled, and their replacements really weren't the time. After seventeen issues and three creative teams Moon Knight came to a close, and there's not much of a replacement available.

Price is another big reason. I budget about $20 a week for comics because that's what I can afford. Marvel's frequent sale of $5 comics is absurd. It takes a fourth of my weekly budget, and if the book shows up in my box, like it or not, I am going to pay for it because the store already put the money down for it. Even when the book isn't $5 it is still usually $4, which is fairly high already. I just can't convince myself to buy a $5 comics when I could buy more for the price of $3.50 and $2.99. Most of the time those cheaper books are better and more original as well.

Finally, there is not much worth reading for me. Marvel comics have two flavors right now. Spicy and mild. Mild is bland and predictable. The stories are uninspired, and the book sells to the die-hard fans who want no risks taken, . Even then, those fans aren't too pleased either. The spicy flavor, on the other hand, is an almost bigger problem because it is a flavorless spicy. The book is not rich in flavor, it just burns your mouth. The story is so bold and brash that it completely disregards the logical behaviors of the characters and instead ruins the character that you grew up loving, see Superior Iron Man. Those books that do show some promise are often built on novelty and wear out quickly.

Perhaps you're in a different boat from me, though, and if you are then I'm glad you're happy. Unfortunately, I doubt it will be for long. All New, All Different Marvel could very well ruin the company, and as a means to make my point you'll have to find out next week.


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About the Author - Gavin D.

Gavin Dillinger exists in a constant state of restlessness as he runs between two jobs and spends every spare moment writing articles or scripts. He has also perfected the art of being simultaneously dead tired and jacked on coffee, and is the best-selling author of When is the Right Age to Tell Your Highway It's Adopted. Gavin graduated Cum Laude from MTSU and should probably get a real job. You can follow him on Twitter or see a random thought on tumblr once every three five months.

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