DC vs. Marvel and STFU
Posted September 18, 2009on:
“Oh my gosh! Dark Horse is SO MUCH BETTER THAN IMAGE! I can’t believe you’d prefer Image to Dark Horse OH MY GOSH!”
We’d never even HAVE that conversation, right?
I despise the Marvel vs. DC debate. I hate it when people pick this fight and insist that one is better than the other. I can’t even HAVE the conversation, because choosing one over the other is like choosing between the best dark beer ever and the best wheat beer ever (I’ll have both, thanks!). Preferring Marvel over DC (or the other way around) for whatever set of perfectly valid reasons? Cool. Preferring one over the other so intensely that you honestly believe the other is inherently bad? Lame.
Brendan K. and I have gotten into it over the subject more than once. He’s convinced that Marvel is better, forever and ever the end but just because he can form a superiorly structured argument thanks to all that book learnin’, he isn’t actually the be all end all arbiter of good taste. (Sorry to break it to you, buddy.) I mean, we were arguing Namor vs. Aquaman the other day, and Brendan’s being a big ol’ know-it-all but when I said, “Well, I just like Arthur Curry’s origin story better,” he said “Who’s Arthur Curry?”
Funny, yes, but who really gives a shit if Brendan doesn’t know who Arthur Curry is? Brendan just likes Marvel better. If you’re a Marvel guy, you probably aren’t terribly up to snuff on DC’s second stringers.
DC and Marvel both tell stories involving superpowered people in ridiculous costumes, but they’re not telling the same stories. Hell, they’re often not even telling stories in the same GENRE. Batman is a detective story in tights. Spider-Man is a hour long teen drama in Spandex (a good teen drama, but a teen drama nonetheless.) Superman’s an epic in a cape. The X-men are action/thriller with ridiculous hair.
I love Spidey. I lovelovelove him. And Cap. Dear lord, I love Steve Rogers, especially when Brubaker’s at the helm. The Marvels Project has been great so far too.
But you know what else has been really great? Blackest Night. Azzarello’s Batman in Wednesday Comics. Flash: Rebirth found it’s legs in issue #4. Rucka’s Detective Comics with Batwoman.
A good book is a good book, I don’t give a crap whose imprint is on the spine. True, at any given moment I might prefer one over the other, but that doesn’t change the fact that the DC vs. Marvel debate is one of the stupidest, most pointless arguments in the world. Which is why I just spent half an hour bitching about it.
Of course, when it comes down to who wins in a fight?
But this fight?