The NZA Posted September 18, 2009 Share Posted September 18, 2009 yeah, Logan might be by to say "it never left the indie books, you know!" and he'd not be wrong, but its all over the superhero books these days, and im fucking loving it. if you followed the history of comics, you know this is where much of the superhero thing that guys like Ellis have been crying for years now about its domination of the medium. since then, its been niche at best - ive loved Weird Western Tales from Vertigo, and Mignola's Hellboy & B.P.R.D. feel like monthly gifts to me, but we're talking Vertigo (not a stranger to anything fringe) and Dark Horse (same, plus theyve brought so much respectable manga & samurai books here its not even funny). But recently, most mainstream superhero books im reading, its clearly bleeding over, and the books've been made all the stronger for it. I didnt give a fuck about X-Factor till Maddrox was written as noir, which was a crazy refreshing change out of nowhere (especially for an x-book, which usually defines convoluted supehero drama). Id checked out Power Man & Iron Fist in the day, but current series - having Bru & Aja put the book out there like a shaolin kung-fu film quickly made it to the top of my must-reads (and Bru's doing much of the same with Daredevil, while keeping the angst & madness on board too). Ghost Rider even got some of it - mostly supernatural heaven/hell stuff that i thought stale since spawn, but with Highwayman and other such sci-fi tossed in, its been a great read. Hell, arguably the best superhero book of last year was Morrison's All-Star Superman, which did what i started to feel every writer on that or Fantastic Four needs to do: write it like a sci-fi book. The alien pulp thing was a perfect call for Quitely, a man who knocked it out of the park with Grant on New X-Men and followed that up with one of the best works ive ever seen in the Sandman realm in Endless Nights...and that's saying a lot, guys like Sam Keith, Bachalo and all kinds of greats had a go at the title. i just think it's really cool that we can do respectable books like The Lone Ranger around the same time that Marvel tries its hand again at Strange Tales. god, i hope this isnt just another phase. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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