The last issue (#8) of DC Comics’ Convergence series releases today, and… I couldn’t care less. It’s quite possibly the worst ‘summer event’ line that I’ve ever read, and I’ve read almost all of them. Almost every issue (and I’m including the various two-parters as well as the main book) suffers the ultimate crimes of being boring and/or confusing to the point of utter incomprehensibility. Sadly, I don’t have much greater expectations for Marvel’s currently ongoing Secret Wars event, based on what I’ve read so far, even though I usually enjoy Jonathan Hickman’s work. It may just be that I’m tired of the whole ‘throw a bunch of heroes together and make them fight’ concept. Also, as has been said elsewhere, “The main thrust of the story is simple enough, but you may have to consult a wiki to fill in most of these blanks.” It’s not easy to jump in.
It’s not that I’m biased against the ‘Big Two’. Over the years, I’ve been alternately (and sometimes together) a Marvel zombie and/or a DC fanboy. Even now, both companies still manage to produce a handful of great series that are creator-driven (like Astro City or Powers) and corporate-owned (such as Hawkeye and Thor), though the latter seem more like happy accidents of putting a solid writer (or writers) together with a good art team – rather than any kind of actual editorial direction from on high.
Looking over my current reading list, I’m slightly surprised to see how many great titles are being produced by Image Comics, a company once famous more for their adolescent-appealing artists rather than the stories, as they churned out their own ‘variations’ (aka inspirations aka ripoffs) of Marvel and DC characters. Birthright, Bitch Planet, Chrononauts, Jupiter’s Legacy, Saga, Sex Criminals, the Walking Dead, and many other good to great series are a testament to what a comic company can do when they focus on just providing interesting series, rather than being enslaved to continuity and a shared universe.
So. That’s my rant for the day. What do you think?
edit: I’ve gone back in and added hyperlinks to various reviews on other sites that match my own thoughts