Marvel vs. DC

July 13, 2012

This, my dears, is a sacred time of year for nerds the world over.

This week is the time when nerds from all lands make the pilgrimage from their lead figure-lined basements, brave the blazing sun and the inevitable social interaction, and return to the hallowed nerd motherland.

San Diego.

It’s Comic-Con week.

And before you think this is another blog about what’s happening there, forget it.

I’ve never been fortunate enough to make the trek, so don’t expected insider info here. It’s just a great way to frame the post.

What’s that mean? It’s means Comic-Con is a celebration of nerds and their various loves. Movies. Games. Anime porn.

And, as the name implies… comics.

And what’s the one thing you don’t have to be a nerd to know about comics?

Brand wars.

That’s right, kids. DC vs. Marvel.

Now, I’m obliged to keep this short, but I want to touch on something more than my preferences. If I left it those, we wouldn’t even have 500 words.


Marvel has had some great successes over the years. The recent string of movies is getting more and more people interested in their issues, which is always a good thing.

And Stan Lee has done more for comics than… well, anyone.

This is my problem with Marvel, though.

I think they play it a bit too tame.

Now, I haven’t read every one of their titles, but from what I have read, it’s fairly run-of-the-mill. Not formulaic, but familiar and mostly safe. But, what can you expect from a company owned by Disney?

I’ve been nose deep in AvX recently, but nothing in it has blown me away, aside from lazy-eyed Magneto.

I can’t tell if he’s looking at Emma Frost’s cleavage or Scarlet Witch’s cleavage!


It’s no secret that I prefer DC, but that doesn’t give them a free ride. I love Batman, even though the story lines and villains haven’t always been the greatest.

But, I do love it, and the new stuff from Scott Snyder has been phenomenal.

I prefer DC because of the darker story lines. Seeing Joker’s peeled-off face nailed to a wall at the end of Detective Comics #1. The Comedians intended rape of the Silk Spectre.

The entirety of Blackest Night.

It’s a lot darker and gritty, something that appeals to me as a reader.

But, I don’t write them a blank check. Why?

Robin. Aquaman. ALL of Identity Crisis AND Final Crisis.

I have my reasons.

Either way, both companies have had their ups and downs, both have had recent successes at the movies, and both will be around until after I die.

Which is a good thing. Comics are one of life’s little pleasures, one that I indulged in a little too late in life.

I have a feeling that my live-long love of Batman helps me decide which company is mine. Oh, well.

Batman could beat Spider-Man any day.



This is not included in the 500 word limit.

Thanks to Lisa Hostuttler for this challenge. I think you’ve been looking a calendars and choosing your subjects wisely.

Tonight is the first night I wished this was 200o Words On…, not 500. I feel like I could talk about the whole DC vs. Marvel thing for an hour.

But, I can’t. I’ve got a word limit for a reason, folks.


Truly ghjr


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