What the heck is going on in comics?

I read this article awhile ago, its really well done and surprised me coming from IGN…I’m not a gamer for the past few years…but I think it has some certain application to the comic book industry (it even mentions the similarities)


I found this quote particularly applicable:

This has culminated in a tirade of hatred and bullying against gamers that dare to have differing political opinions against the majority of games journalists, ending in a declaration of the “death” of gamers.

I think this issue has gotten really bad in comics with Disney/Marvel merger , the movies, and all the $ explosion of (comic) video games. I (and many of you all) have seen this if you support Richard Rider, the real Nova.

Recently, I have been testing the waters on this notion in some other areas. I’ve been more vocal about support for the Fantastic Four and I’ve knocked a few Marvel ventures I had issue with like the Figment and upcoming Thunder Mountain Rail Road Disney comics. Its amazing how many folks show up to defend corporate greed and commercialism.

Its really sad, because I’ve been such a huge marvel supporter and “marvel head” my whole life. I don’t have any regrets about those old days, but I am wondering just what the hell is going on these days.

I thought some more on this and I tip my hat that most comic stuff do not have the kind of overhead or “make or break” potential that video games do. Meaning, its not as worth it for comic companies like marvel or DC to meddle in “reviews” because there is not as much as stake with each unit of the product.

This is totally valid. A video game is more like a movie in terms of cost than a comic. But some comics are so pushed and supported with toys, games and potential movie/cartoons that they are not always so different.

I think Sam Alexander would fall into this category. So much $ invested in this kid for no reason, it seems now that 4 years has gone by without Rider’s return that the $ is also invested in keeping Rider dead.



4 thoughts on “What the heck is going on in comics?

  1. I’ve dine a auick scan through your bloag and have come to the conculsion that you are an obstinate fool. I have read every nova(sam alexander) comic and they are great. There are a few continuity problems with the richard rider incarnation but marvel are to modernise. That is why there is sam alexander. Marvel wants to bring in a new generation of comic book readers and not please old hags who aren’t prepared to modernise as well

    1. Yikes guy, “spell check” is in order. Anyway, despite the fact you think I am a fool, thanks for checking out the site. I encourage you to give more than a “quick read” through of the stuff, because if you do you’ll see I have flopped quite a bit on my opinion of things (Like Sam ALexander). Even though right now I do feel Sam is a bad character who should be cast aside, I am , at least, a man of compromise. I’d take different scenarios that lead us to better stuff.

      I’m not that old. I’m 37 who has kids who may read comics. I have some disposable income and buy comics, watch movies and occasionally buy silly marvel products like Cap T-shirts and Nova Legends figures. Point being, if marvel considers me an “Old Hag” instead of an important ally and $ supporter, then they are crazy…and there is a clear reason why the paper comics industry has stagnated and flatlined since 2008.

      I’m not that obstinate either. I loved new fresh takes like Annihilation, a drastic departure from Starlin’s direction. I liked new stuff like Planet Hulk, Runaways, and Ultimates. I will always support marvel when they do new stuff..that is stuff I like, when they don’t I will speak my mind and not buy it. I don’t like NINO because, over time, I realized he stinks. (IMO of course). But read the blog and see this for yourself. I’m not against new teen stuff either…I was 30 years old when stuff like Runaways, Heinenberg’s Young Avengers and Grievioux’s bemoaned New Warriors stuff came out…I like it all.

      Thanks for the feedback and keep on rocking.

      1. You say that he sinks yet he still sells. Sam alexander is the hero which teens can relate with. Bad grades, drunk dad, struggling mum; nothing like Richard Rider who is always in space and protecting the world from inconceivable threats. You say that you like the runaways and young avengers books which have very similar themes, there is the coming of age theme (a theme which attracts a large audience i.e Harry Potter and Hunger Games). The coming of age theme is far more relatable than themes incorporated in the richard rider books. And if something sells and sells well it’s going to stay. Compare the popularity of sam alexander to that of Richard Rider, even when Richard Rider was alive he was not an a-lister, definitely not. Sam is already on the rise, he has a starring role in the Ultimate Spider Man tv series and the disney Infinity game. Even though rider has been around longer he does not have the same amount of popularity as alexander.

        From financial point of view it is understandable why rider has been replaced. The younger are more likely to buy nova merchandise and so marvel are to replace a hero with a long backstory with a new, fresh hero who is overwhelmed by the idea of being a hero

      2. Jo, 21k sales (Usually well out of the top 100 books) is not a sign he is accepted. Sales are dreadful and have been within cancellation range for nearly the whole of 2014. Sam’s book has been selling less than Rider’s, so that basically kills your argument.

        I don’t really have a problem with the whole concept of a Sam (notion of a new teen hero)…its essentially spider man, Gravity, firestorm, the original Nova re hashed and re set. I’d argue Ms. Marvel is being done far better and didnt need to kill off or banish its legacy hero, Carol Danvers…In fact SHE got a promotion.

        I just also have a problem with a lot of the actual details of how it has been executed…and that Sam’s existence is, apparently , based also on a requirement by marvel execs to kill off Rider and keep him dead.

        Within the plot of the book there’s been big problems, even the stuff you mention. Like what happened to Jesse’s alcohol problems? Why wouldn’t Sam just get a real job? (This was what Rider did!) Is it OK and a character asset that Sam skips school? Or endangers others lives? Does not know who the statue of liberty is?

        Your, right I’ve found Sam hard to Identify with. That was not the case for me with other teen heroes, or even very similar cases like Jamie Reyes Blue Beetle by Keith Giffen.

        The “coming of age” story already happened with Rider.He came of age, was a great character and they killed him off. This even taints sam. It deflates the whole Sam trip if , because of how marvel ditched Rich, you realize Marvel will never let the kid grow or learn because they want to keep him the buffoon. That kills Sam Alexander, and after 25 issues , its really too late to save him.

        I’m not sure of the logic that the young correlates to being more likely to buy a certain young character. I think kids want stuff thats cool. Optimus Prime, Cap, and Stormtroopers are not young…but kids love ’em. Rich RIder was cool. Nova Prime was awesome…it was never tested enough and promo’d enough to even compare it to what Sam has got. We may never know.

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