My Current Comics List
Since I don't have a comic shop near where I live, I don't buy my comics from a comic shop. Instead, I order them online via a Forbidden Planet comic subscription order. They usually arrive at the end of the month, though occasionally they're posted shortly after all the comics I'm subscribed to are released. Thus, I get my comics at the end of each month or when all of them have been released in the month. If you don't know what I mean, well I get January's comics in February, February's comics in March and so on. Since I've graduated from university, I've increased my pull list to 7-8 comics per month.
I like both DC and Marvel a lot, honest. But if I had to choose, my favourite characters and stories tend to come from DC. I grew up watching the DCAU cartoons such as Superman: The Animated Series, Batman: The Animated Series, Batman Beyond, Justice League and Justice League Unlimited. Nonetheless, Marvel is still a close second due to the Spider-Man and Fantastic Four cartoons I also watched as a kid, as well as my uncle giving me part of his Stan Lee Amazing Spider-Man comics collection (they were republished stories, not the original Amazing Spider-Man comics but I didn't really care about that as a kid) when I was younger.
Just because I love the Big Two doesn't mean I don't have my problems with both DC and Marvel. Marvel's reliance on shock value, controversial gimmicks, status quo alterations in the name of diversity and Breevoort practically admitting to pi$$ing off Marvel's longtime fanbase to attract attention was the last straw. Well, Thor becoming unworthy and being replaced by Jane Foster as Thor was the last straw. So I'm not going to buy any current Marvel comics for the foreseeable future, as I strongly dislike Marvel's creative and executive decisions justified under the false pretenses of diversity and progressiveness in their comics. Many of my favourite established characters have been swapped out with unsuitable replacements. This gimmick has ruined many of Marvel's most iconic characters and their negative attitude towards the fans has alienated long time readers such as myself. So I'll be sticking to back issues and trades of pre Marvel Now stories from now on.
But DC haven't been exempt from my criticism either. Although the New 52 is thankfully no longer the status quo for DC , DC's compressed, confusing and contradicting continuity during the New 52 had stripped it of its rich and complex history. As a history student and comic book fan, that was the New 52's greatest sin. Many of my favourite characters felt unfamiliar and in some cases, completely changed from who they were and what fans used to like about them. The greatest example of this was Superman, who's had a tumultuous and divisive period during the New 52. Fans were split down the middle on whether New 52 Superman's characterisation was good or bad. I thought it was terrible. Truth in particular alienated me from buying any ongoing Superman comics because it stripped Superman of everything I liked about him. Superman was my least favourite character in the New 52 but Lobo, Cyborg Superman, Shazam, the Teen Titans, the Earth 2 universe, Wonder Woman and more were portrayed poorly as well.
Fortunately, DC's Rebirth has managed to restore the hope and optimism that I had in DC Comics before the New 52. Not only do I feel like buying more comics from DC, but the DCU is starting to look and feel like the DCU again. So far Rebirth has been a big improvement especially on the differences in quality storytelling, world building and returning heroic optimism to the DCU. Best of all, the Pre Flashpoint Superman returned and was later merged with the New 52 Superman to make a Reborn Superman. Still, my dissatisfaction with Marvel led me to buy comics from other companies like IDW and Image to expand what kind of comics I read. The IDW Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic is one example of a consistently well written comic not published by the Big Two that I have been reading for years.
- Zero Jumper
- Action Comics Special #1
- Superman Special #1