If a new company came along, wrote about their superheroes and then later on founded a team like The Avengers or Justice League, would it even be possible for it to be successful?
What if a new company did it...
Possible. But to be in the same position as the Avengers or the Justice League if they want to gain as much popularity it's an uphill battle in the short run aspect but should the company manage to maintain a steady stream of quality development with their characters eventually it would reach the status as a popular enough team.
Anything is possible but given that you can't even use the word "superhero" in any publications outside of dc and marvel due to it being a trademark, it would be very hard to compete as it shows how much they control the market. And none of that factors in the challenge of popularizing new characters versus characters that have a 70 year advantage.
Valiant are currently attempting something similar with Unity, a pretty good series. However I highly doubt that series will ever become as popular as the Avengers/Justice League. Especially since the people in Unity are less... superheroes and more... operatives with super powers.
Good series though, @themanintheshoe I'd definitely recommend first reading X-O Manowar and then moving onto Unity if you ever get the chance.
It's possible, but like others have said, it's an uphill battle, especially with the amount of history these characters have behind them. It's also down to time, and the general skill of the writer behind them.
I'd love to be on the creative team behind a new set of heroes and stuff, but at the moment the industry is mainly looking for artists rather than writers, with the exception of Dark Horse and Valiant themselves.
@poeticwarrior: I'm pretty sure the authority where apart of a comic book company that was just a sub-division of DC Comics. Hence the various cross-overs and the New52.
Wildstorm used to be their own indie company, but it went bankrupt and DC bought the rights to all the characters and the universe. That's why Midnighter's solo series wasn't considered a mainstream gay solo at the time since Wildstorm was an indie company and wasn't as big as DC or Marvel, but Midnighter and Authority was beating a lot of popular series at the time. That's why people were upset when DC didn't do Wildstorm characters justice, at least until the Midnighter's solo which was exceptional. I'm still not on board on how they switch artists on his series constantly, and the second issue's art was terrible.
@poeticwarrior: Ah! I see. I think what DC should try to do is incorporate Wildstorm characters into to more popular books like such as the Justice League. I wouldn't mind seeing characters like the Engineer and Nemesis fighting along one of the greatest comic book teams of all time.
I think with the emerging success of superhero movies and series (e.g., Daredevil on Netflix) we will begin to see attempts at creating characters and stories outside of comic books. I don't know if you will get superhero teams, per se, but I could see HBO creating an original character and going after it.
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