As many a nerd can attest, the conflict and struggle about the superiority of either Marvel or DC has waged across the internet and comic book stores for generations. While this argument will never get solved, MoreFunTravis and I have decided to make an interesting wager. Since he’s a Marvel zombie and since I’m the classiest of DC fans, we have decided to compile our thoughts on Marvel and DC weekly. I will discuss the highlights of DC comics from the past week, while Travis will highlight Marvel. Within one post we will both try to convince you of one side or the other. It is then up to you the reader and fan to vote by commenting on Twitter, on this post, or on Facebook. So without further set up, let the great debate commence!
Ravingnerd here with my thoughts on why DC should be considered the top dog this week. Last week is normally the slowest of weeks for DC with only two real headlining titles (Swamp Thing and Animal Man). This week for DC was a shock on nearly all fronts as many comics were on top of their game. So while the first week of the month should be the hardest for DC to compete with, this week should be considered a hands down win for DC. Here are the reasons why.
1. Animal Man and Swamp Thing’s Rotworld conclusion did not disappoint. Snyder and Lemire are gentlemen and scholars.
2. Under Layman and Fabok, Detective Comics has become a force to be reckoned with. Do we really deserve two equally stellar bat solo books? Layman and Fabok seem to think so.
3. Green Arrow #17. It makes the entire run worth it as we see New 52 Ollie’s life torn to shreds. And honestly, who wasn’t happy seeing everything we hated about New 52 Ollie, burn, blow up, or die (or some combination of the three)?
4. Phantom Stranger had a great week. Not only did we get to see an epic clash between The Spectre and the Phantom Stranger, but The Question gets more time in the spot light. And to top it all off, we see God for the first time in the New 52…. and it probably isn’t what you expect.
5. Stormwatch was not only exciting, but it did three important things. First it introduced Zealot to the New 52, second the Projectionist has decided to join the forces of good, and third, Brother Eye/OMAC/Checkmate all get involved (more like controlled) by the renegade Engineer. If fans have been wanting Stormwatch to tie into DC proper more, this issue will blow your mind as Stormwatch is connected everywhere, and in a huge way.
Face front true believers! It’s MoreFunTravis here to refute everything my dear friend Ravingnerd has just argued and convince you instead that my beloved Marvel had the better week of the Big Two.
Now, I will be the first to admit that everything Ravingnerd has previously stated holds some truth. DC had a fantastic week. It’s hard to top the resurgence of Green Arrow and the conclusion of a story arc that has elevated two minor characters to star status. However, Marvel managed to win my favor for another week and astound me for a few very specific reasons:
1.) Jonathan Hickman’s New Avengers reached levels of absolute perfection this week. The paradigms he is establishing in these early issues are going to make for spectacular Avengers comics for issues and issues to come.
2.) Until this week’s third issue, I had been all but repulsed by Dan Slott’s Superior Spider-Man. This week however, finally won me over. Slott wrote a wonderful Mary Jane and alongside Ryan Stegman’s perfect pencils, this team is finally crafting a Spider-man narrative that is compelling and original. To win over this loyal Spidey fan is a feat worth recognition.
3.) My final point for the case of Marvel’s domination in the last week of January is the continued perfection of one title: All New X-Men. Bendis’ take on the X-Men, both old and new, continues to capture the magic, the drama, and the uniqueness that makes the X-Men the greatest team in comics. Relieving Stuart Immonen of art duties again this issue was the incredibly talented David Marquez and the switch on art only helped to maintain this book’s unique and clean look. Much to the chagrin of my friend Ravingnerd here, I continue to describe this initial run on All New X-Men as “Claremontian” because it is just that: the essence of all that was special and fun about those old Claremont X-Men runs.
Immediately upon finishing this issue I felt as if I had gone back and relieved those early, perfect experiences I had with the X-men. In short, it brought me back into my Marvel U, and made forget all of the ups and downs Marvel has put the X-Men through in recent decades. As good ol’ Stan would put it: ‘Nuff said!
Alright! Now that both of us have gotten to present our cases, it is up to you to vote! You have until next week, so share with your friends and begin commenting away!
Until the next time, who will reign supreme?
Rn & MFT