Who doesn’t like comic books? They’re stories filled with pictures! It’s basically taking five pages of dialogue, spreading it over twenty to thirty pages, and then charging you ten bucks for something the size of a vacuum cleaner manual.
Oh yeah, they’re crazy fucking expensive. And that’s just the start of the problem with comic books. Back to the price, however, I can understand a bump up. It costs more than just writing, everything about a comic book screams hard work, drawing thirty pages of action, emotions, and backgrounds is no easy task; unless you’re Rob Liefeld, who chooses to avoid realistic proportions to make his job easier. Do I think it’s worth ten dollars, though? Hell no, that’s how much you pay for a two-hundred word novel. But the prices I can get over, there are other problems with comics that basically make them worthless to me.
For starters, no one can keep up with the damn things. No comic run ever seems to last more than a collective five minutes. Looking at you DC, what even was New 52?
Finish reading an issue, and the comic company has already revamped their line, giving you the same background story for the millionth time, switched the good writer for someone who’s never heard dialogue before, and change the artist. Sometimes they don’t even restart the line, they just go ahead and give the writer the axe. I’m looking at you, Thunderbolts. The Punisher’s dialogue got absolutely neutered.
Or they give them the Deadpool treatment. Replace the shitty artist, keep the writer, and then throw the series to the axe. Keep the inverse ratio though, keep making better art while the writer gets shittier and shittier.
How is it that Hellblazer, a horror noir series had a run of roughly thirty years, with an interesting character, good writers, and constantly varying art to keep it fresh, yet New 52 rolls around, you restart the series, change the name, and then neuter the character? Why would you neuter John Constantine? Oh, and then they gave Justice League Dark the Thunderbolts treatment. After tying them in to a complex storyline that required you read every other shitty comic DC was writing at the time just to understand it, while resolving nothing in any of them. Yeah, that totally makes me want to spend money on your shit, DC.
Then there’re the sequels that no one asked for. Don’t take after your movies, Marvel. No one wanted Civil War 2. The writing sucks, which leads me to another point.
Finally, there’s the pandering. Some comic companies, not naming names, but Marvel and DC, which seem to think pandering politically is the way to sell their comics, instead of just making compelling plot lines, with good art, and dialogue that isn’t goofy (or at least overtly.) You don’t need to shove politics into your comics like you’re fisting a fucking turkey. If you want to write a political story, then make it subtle. World events are always a great start to write a story, but just because you have “good intentions” (not always good) doesn’t mean your story will always be good.
Don’t try to pander. Just do your fucking jobs and give us superhero stories. And clean up your acts.