I had this revelation yesterday while having a conversation with a colleague, regarding Final Crisis and Secret Invasion and how he was enjoying the concept of the latter more than the build-up to the former. He's more of a Marvel fan. I'm more of a DC fan. It went a little something like this.
Him: I'm just sick of the reboots. Writing an entire universe into a corner and then destroying said universe is not my idea of good writing, especially if your goal is to reboot said universe and say "ha ha, just kidding".
Me: Yeah. I just hated when Marvel did that with 'House of M' and 'One More Day'.
Him: Well, I didn't care for House of M or One More Day, either, so at least I'm consistent.
Me: True. And I stopped reading 'Countdown' about eight issues. The only part of 52 I liked was Lobo as The Space Pope and I haven't even bothered with 'Death of the New Gods', so it's not like I'm really enjoying most of DC right now either.
And that was when it hit me. Consider this list of generalities.
Traditional Marvel Comics (i.e. Silver Age through 1980s)
Characters emphasized over concepts. Comics more like soap operas (i.e. I wish I could afford to take Mary Jane out, but how else can I pay for Aunt May's dialysis!)
Tightly-woven universe with frequent meetings between individual characters. (i.e. This Issue: Daredevil vs. Namor, The Sub-Mariner!)
Greater number of unique female characters. (i.e. Invisible Woman, Marvel Girl and Wasp vs. Wonder Woman and Black Canary)
Traditional DC Comics (i.e. Silver Age through 1980s)
Concepts emphasized over character. Comics like action movies. (i.e. What is Superman's Amazing New Power?!?!)
Individual characters pretty much in their own universe, save in team books like JLA and World's Finest. (i.e. Only The Flash can save us now!)
Prominent female heroines tied to male heroes. (Batgirl, Batman's sidekick)
Now consider where we stand today...
Modern Marvel Comics
Concept emphasized over character. Comics like action movies. (i.e. A World Where Mutants Rule! A War Over Superhero Registration!! Who Do You Trust?!?!?!)
Individual characters pretty much in their own universe, save in team books like Avengers. (i.e. How many times did New York get blown up this month?)
Prominent female heroines tied to male heroes. (Storm married to Black Panther and regulated to sidekick status, Spider-Woman and Ms. (Captain) Marvel probably most prominent female heroines)
Modern DC Comics
Character emphasized over concept. Comics like soap operas. (i.e. This month - the secret origin of Hal Jordan and his real first meeting with John Stewart!)
Tightly-woven universe with frequent meetings between individual characters. (See: Countdown - the fate of all worlds is in the hands of some characters you never really cared about... Until Now!)
Greater number of unique female characters. (i.e. Birds of Prey, Power Girl and Black Canary lead JSA and JLA respectively)
Just a thought...