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- Posted: Tue, 11 Sep 2012 02:53:52 +0000
I've always personally felt that the key to the success of minor superheroes is as simple as a little genre experimenting. Heck, even the mainstream heroes. I think that keeping the superhero to a specific "superhero genre" in and of itself is creatively limiting, and on top of that, limiting the stories to "modern day" is also creatively limiting. Change up some of the genre conventions, put them in different time periods. Ultimately it would create a much richer line-up. Too many superhero comics are just bland and boring because too much attention is paid to making DC or Marvel a single coherent universe as opposed to a brand, a publisher that offers a variety of comics.
So I was thinking about this, because I am one of those people who goes wild for a solid continuity and overlapping/interactive stories and characters. By "making DC or Marvel a single coherent universe" do you mean, they push too hard for the same kinds of stories (markedly superhero), or that they push too hard for all the characters to exist in the same time/place with extremely interactive (crossover) plotlines?
And yes, that's "book". If you ask me, you should get one book per superhero. One Batman book, one Superman book. One Green Lantern book. Make Action Comics and Detective Comics anthologies again, designed to try and bring in new heroes from new creative talent. MAYBE do Batman and Superman in those books now and then, but certainly not as the main attraction.
This would be wonderful.