I know this is a topic that can start on-line battles, end friendships, and reveal some of the most colorful language ever. Yet I’ve been asked to talk about Marvel Heroes Vs DC Heroes, which implies that I have to choose a side. I collected a lot in High School, but it was mostly Marvel. Spider-Man and X-comics to be specific. I still have Superman stories that involved his Death and Return as well as Batman Knightfall. A few other odds and ends from DC, but not much. It was the DC cartoons and movies I went after, but then Marvel took the lead in the cinema. All of that has led me to this thought:
Why not both?
I’m very much out of the loop with the comics now. A lot of changes have been made and I walked away when Spider-Man lost his marriage. If you thought that was cool then fine, but I didn’t like it. It happened when I didn’t have enough money to keep up with things, so it made the decision easier. I still hope to gather more graphic novels of ‘Fables’, but that’s another company. I think. Anyway, Marvel and DC seem to be big into reinventing all of their characters and erasing the history to start anew. So my knowledge is useless. Both are obsessed with big events while I enjoyed the one issue story or something that didn’t involve the fate of everything. Very little low scale stuff from what I’ve been told by my friends who are still reading. So this is really the opinion of a former comic book collector/reader. Which means it isn’t much.
Both companies have larger than life heroes that border on ridiculous when you really think about it. Superman is obscenely powerful due to the era that was originally made in. Batman seems to be even more unbeatable simply because he’s Batman. Hulk’s strength is actually limitless as long as he stays angry. Wolverine’s healing factor ranges from immediate regeneration to an hour to heal a papercut. Take any heroes in comics and you’ll find logic flaws.
If that’s the case then how can you claim one company is better than the other? You pick a favorite and stick to it, I guess. I admit that there’s something to brand loyalty, but what if there’s a really good story on the other side? Batman will not show up to take away your comics if you get into the Ms. Marvel comic. Iron Man doesn’t care that you’re also reading Wonder Woman. This probably shows that I have little interest or knowledge of competitive business. Stems from thinking that one should enjoy their entertainment and never block themselves off from another venue.
I think isn’t what the person asking was expecting. They probably wanted me to say which I prefer (hence the versus) or simply point out differences. The thing is that there really aren’t many differences any more. Heroes still die and come back on both sides. Powers are still at the whim of the writers. Villains are still alive and escaping jail whenever they feel like it. Only the specific stories are different and those are starting to seem oddly similar. Seriously, can someone tell me how ‘Secret Wars’ isn’t simply the Marvel version of ‘New 52’ or how ‘Necrosha’ isn’t the X-Men version of ‘Blackest Night’? We really are at a point where the two companies are singing this song:
What does everybody else think? Keep it civil.
(Sorry that was a big rant. I really do like most of the characters on both sides. Just frustrated that it seems like they’ve become lazy with a lot of their storytelling and that’s what I got into back in high school.)