10 Ways Marvel Are Ruining Comics

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For a long time, Marvel were the very best when it came to comic books. Throughout the history of any publisher there are eras when things were great and when things were terrible, and for Marvel, it now appears as if one of their darkest hours is upon them. Previously that was the ’90s. The decade was a terrible time for the medium thanks to far reaching and overly complicated stories, countless variant covers, confusing continuity, and hideous costumes. Unfortunately, each and every one of those is a problem Marvel is suffering fromĀ right now, and the comics and creators that redeemed them in the early 2000s feel like a distant memory. With an “All-New, All Different” Marvel on the horizon, things keep getting worse. There are obviously still a few bright spots thanks to the likes of Mark Waid and innovative and interesting titles like Ant-Man and Thor, but, for the most part, it’s hard to escape the feeling that the direction Marvel is currently taking is just ruining comic books! Under the guidance of Editor in Chief Axel Alonso, Marvel has sacrificed great storytelling for headline grabbing gimmicks and made drastic changes to the comics just to line up with what’s in the movies (even if it means sacrificing great characters in the process). Here, you will find ten of the biggest problems with Marvel of right now, and how what they’re doing is actually going a long way in ruining comics for fans. Being owned by Disney means that bankruptcy – which they faced after driving comics into the ground by the end of the 90s – isn’t something they need to worry about, but they may just deserve it…

10. Stale Creative Teams

Lengthy runs for a creative team on a series isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but sometimes even the greatest writers and artists need to move on. Whether it’s the fact that they’re clearly running out of ideas or that the stories they’re telling just feel too familiar and stale, very few creators are immune from this problem. Even J. Michael Straczynski’s superb Amazing Spider-Man run ended on a downer with The Other and One More Day. Spider-Man is actually a perfect example of this. Dan Slott helped steer the character through Brand New Day as a new status quo for Peter Parker was formed in the Marvel Universe, and remained in charge of the character from then on. When his stories started becoming more and more uninspired, the controversial Superior Spider-Man came along (which many loved), and he’s remained with the series throughout that and Peter’s return. There have been several opportunities for him to move on when a significant moment in the character’s life has taken place, thereby allowing a new creative team to come in like a breath of fresh air and provide a new take on Spider-Man’s adventures. That hasn’t happened though, and whether it’s Spider-Man, the X-Men, or The Avengers, many of Marvel’s titles are dominated by the same writers who simply just outstay their welcome.

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