Okay, granted I feel this way at least once a year, but I have never been less interested in the Marvel Universe than I am now. I just cannot find myself caring about what's happening with any of the characters I've grown up with. Right now, Marvel has an event called "Fear Itself" going on. What's happening? I honestly couldn't tell you, because I cannot muster up enough energy to particularly care.
I'm not a DC Comics reader, never really have been. But, if I were, I'd likely be angry about the entire universe being seemingly rebooted. I don't really have a horse in this race, and I've been watching it from afar. I really don't care one way or another, but I empathize with the people who do. And I've heard arguments for and against, and both sides make their point. On the other hand, it now feels less intimidating to go back and read Geoff Johns' "Green Lantern" which I have heard wonderful things about.
But, what it comes down to for me is just how I think character development and storytelling has been sacrificed in order to "maintain characters for future generations." Well, let's be fair, a lot of comic book professionals have been honest and upfront about that. That's the justification we've gotten for the retcon of the Spider-Marriage.
Yes, it's been several years but "One More Day" broke the illusion for me, while I was always aware of the illusion, and had seen through it before, that was the beginning of the end. Nowadays, comics seem to be coming to an end for me. Not with a bang, but with a whimper.
I know a lot of people are ecstatic to see Steve Rogers back as Captain America, but I'm not. We've had over sixty years of Steve Rogers as Captain America. Why not let Bucky keep it? That's growth, that's change.
Magneto is one of my favorite characters in all of comics, and it pains me to say this, but maybe Grant Morrison had the right idea to finally try and finish him off. I don't approve of the execution of said idea. But, well, think about how absurd it would be if Hitler came back to menace and ravage the world for the fiftieth time. Magneto and Xavier's days are over, and it is time to pass the baton. It seems like they've been trying to do this lately, but it's only a matter of time before the old status quo is back.
This all hit me recently when I realized that although I am a writer, I do not particularly have any desire to write for mainstream comics. Not when my story could be hijacked by the next event, or knowing that anything I write can easily be hand waved away by the next writer. Maybe this is egotistical of me, but nothing matters in mainstream comics.
I think this is why, after all these years, Greg Weisman's "Gargoyles Universe" still appeals to me. There, change matters and is long lasting. Death isn't a joke. Actions have consequences and there would never be returns to status quos. Actually, that's why creator-driven work appears to me more now in general than the mainstream characters who are now marketing faces. And ironically enough, I wonder if that very thing I love about it was a mark against it, as I've heard it's harder to follow than the others.
I'll admit, I'm not into "Ultimate Spider-Man" and I likely never will be. But a friend of mine explained the appeal to him along similar lines. It's one writer doing what he wants to do, without having his vision interfered with. I may not agree with the elements of that vision, but I definitely see the appeal and can understand it.
I'm not saying I want to give up comics cold turkey. But I find the titles that appeal to me are outside the mainstream. "Kill Shakespeare" for example interests me, and is right up my alley. It's not bound by the same things the mainstream titles are. I guess that's why I still like some of DC's Vertigo titles. I want to read something where actions have consequences.
I'll always love the Marvel superheroes and villains, and universe. But I find myself more excited for the adaptations on television and film than I do the source material. It's not operating on the same constraints, these things won't be running years from now and they know it. They can adapt the best, ignore the worst, and present something new at the same time.
Like I said, I feel this way every now and then, I know it's likely I'll pick up some mainstream comics again some time. But lately, I'm just not feeling it.