1. Who has better characters?
2. Who has better stories?
*This is each person's opinion, it's okay to disagree, but I just ask for everyone to explain their reasoning.
At this point, I think the differences between the two are pretty much negligible. Most major creators (writers, artists, editors, etc) have worked at both, so the universes aren't as different from each other as they were a few decades ago.
If I have noticed one major persistent difference, it's that Marvel is way more fixated on having their superheroes fight each other almost as much as they fight villains, which gets annoying after a while.
Im a Marvel guy, but before the reboots of Marvel Now and 52, I would say the better stories were in DC. Marvel has too much interaction with teams and other titles. The massive crossovers are killing Marvel. Not enough character development. I find Marvel to be much more darker now too
As for the characters, I side with Marvel. Almost every dude in DC is mega level. There is no connection to humanity IMO.
I like both but I get into DC more. I love reading Marvel but I don't ponder much on it as much as DC. For example after each issue of Batman, I try to come up with theories on what's going to happen next. I love trying to figure out which lantern corps. people I know would belong to. Or coming up with arguments to convince people Aquaman is cool. I find I don't do the same with Marvel. I read the story and might have discussions about it on comicvine but that's it. DC is a larger part of my life.
I read more Marvel's than DC's; I think they possibly have more relatable characters. But I enjoy a larger percentage of my DC titles to Marvel's, and in general, my DC books are at the top of my pull-list each week. They feel like more bang for your buck.
I've preferred the New 52 relaunch to NOW! I'm thinking DC has marketed N52 with a bias towards a more adult audience and more of the "Wednesday-crowd", whereas NOW is staying true to a late-teens/casual audience, and tried to accommodate for movie fans picking up their comics. If I had to choose a side, though, I don't think I could live without either.
@boschePG: DC,the diversity of stories is better not just focused on Avengers and X-Men and i like the characters more. And if i want a connection to humanity i go outside.
I agree wholeheartedly. I like Marvel a lot, but there's too many crossovers, and a majority really is just Avengers and X-Men.
It ebbs and flows, though to be honest, I've been answering this question "DC" for the better part of 15 years now. Marvel has been kinda "bandwagoning"..first it was the X-Men bandwagon. X-this..X-that. And Wolverine was everywhere. Now it's Avengers 24-7. DC does the same thing with Batman, but doing it with a flagship character that's been around almost as long as your company, makes more sense than doing it with a team that wasn't even that popular until they had a successful movie a year ago.
Marvel has too much interaction with teams and other titles.
I agree with this.
I hate that most Marvel titles I pick constantly have the X-Men and Fantastic Four mixed together, or Spider Man and the Avengers, they need to give each team/hero solo issues(like DC does).
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