I'm here to pose some questions to other comic fans, rather than to reply to recent posts (which I have read and find quite interesting). That's okay, right? I don't know if there are enough comic "geeks" at Elliquiy to keep a thread this broad alive for long, but what the hell, I like the idea of it.
So here's two things I'd love to hear discussed here ...
First, now that it's been a few months, what's the consensus view on the "New 52" push at DC?
I don't buy current comics but keep an eye on recent developments and buy stuff second-hand. Last I heard, the consensus was that the "New 52" was a smashing sales success and did even better than expected all around. Personally, I found those developments rather discouraging. The "New 52" was advertised as an attempt to draw a huge, new- or lapsed- audience of now-digital readers into the comic-buying fold, but I personally thought it was nothing more than another ultra-cynical attempt to squeeze bucks out of the dwindling, non-discriminating, uber-faithful die-hard audience that has kept the industry alive for the last 20 years or so. In other words, more-of-the-same dressed up as something-new-and-innovative ... a safe cash-in masquerading as a daring risk.
But then, I didn't actually buy the stuff as it was coming out. Thoughts, pro or con? Did anyone here even pay attention, or are we all Marvel zombies here at Elliquiy? (I'm an equal-opportunity non-exclusive comics whore myself.)
Another thing that I wonder about: is there a large number of people out there who, like me, long for the simpler pleasures that older (pre-80s) comic strips and comic books aimed to provide?
It seems to me that the comics-industry press nowadays assumes that most of the frequent comics-purchasing audience is looking for modernized, ostensibly-"adult" / "mature" / "serious" superhero stories along the lines of Watchmen
and Dark Knight Returns
, and nothing else
. Personally, I'm more interested in non-superhero comix of the Crumb- or Hernandez Bros.- or Chris Ware-variety, or else, superhero comics of the pre- jaded-80s style -- non-"relevant," non-intellectual kiddie comics, basically. (Sure I love 'em! So what?
I suspect that almost nobody shares my tastes in this regard, but on the other hand, I'm not convinced that there isn't a large unreached audience out there with tastes similar to mine, hungering for classic comics juvenalia and finding nothing worth buying in the current climate of pseudo-serious, faux-"mature" superhero fare.
Ne? Oui? Wha? :)