The Age-Old Question

We've all heard this question as comic readers, "Marvel or DC?" I'm not here to throw more fuel on this never-ending fire but, much like Coke is better than Pepsi, I believe DC is the better of the "Big 2." This is definitely my opinion and I'm not here to tell you that if you like Marvel you are wrong, I'm only here to show why I enjoy DC and why they will be getting more of my very limited money. This shouldn't come as a surprise for anyone who knows me, but I am a big Batman fan. Huge, actually. Every single Bat-title, with the exception of Nightwing, is on my pull list. Even that Detective one that has been pretty bad and that Dark Knight one that has only recently gotten better. I am also a pretty big Green Lantern fan as I currently have all four Lantern books on my pull list. There are a few other DC titles on there too, such as Justice League, Earth 2, Phantom Stranger, etc.

I would consider myself heavily invested in the DC Universe and maybe that is why I don't view the Marvel books to be of equal quality. The DC books have felt more, for lack of a better term, mature than the Marvel books. The Marvel books I read are fun and enjoyable in their own way, but when I want a story that I feel is more down to Earth I lean back to DC. I know it may sound crazy that the same universe that has invincible-to-everything-but-green-rock heroes and ring-wielding emotional galaxy police in it is also the one I view as "down to Earth," but it's true. Marvel always seems like they want to do something that is crazy and out-there just for the sake of comics and epicness. I don't really feel that with DC. Now, I'm sure many of you will argue this with me in the comments, and I welcome that, but this is how I feel.

The New 52 may not be the best idea to some of you longtime fans, but it's clearly working for DC and it's working so well Marvel is now copying it. In fact, because of Marvel's relaunch, I am interested in a few titles from them that probably wouldn't have existed otherwise (Avengers Arena and All New X-Men.) I'm not anti-Marvel by any means. I love Marvel for a lot of things. I have a copy of the Avengers on blu-ray sitting right next to me and I've been tempted to watch it yet again all night. Their movies are undeniably better than DC's (with the exception of Nolan's Batman) and they clearly have a great plan laid out for that. The comics just feel to be a better read at DC than at Marvel. I would love to hear some of your opinions on this matter. This topic has been thrown out there too many times to count, but if we could get some interesting debate here and not just the typical "Batman is better than Iron Man" debate (I love both) than I would be willing to contribute to it.

This whole thing came back into my head because I am looking at titles I want to drop from my pull-list to save some much-needed money right now and I instantly looked at Marvel books without thinking. My mind immediately viewed Marvel books as expendable and the DC books as a necessity. Even Detective Comics! I think the biggest thing is I am more interested in the greater scheme of things at DC. Marvel will always be my "pick up every once in a while" company and maybe that's okay. Maybe that's how things should be for me. Let me know which team you guys play for and why, I truly am interested.

-GamerGeek360

@Xandurson

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Edited by lykopis

Marvel fan.

Marvel is not doing the same as DC as this is not a reboot, but a re-shuffling however, to say they didn't pay attention to what's been going DC wise this past year would be wrong. Clearly the new 52 influenced Marvel's direction. But then, people could say because of the Marvel's re-shuffling, DC decided to go ahead with their ZERO issues. Meh, who knows, right?

When I was younger, I felt there was a line between the two houses but now not so much. Each book, each character stands on their own which to me is shown in how so many comic fans take a little bit of this and a little bit of that from Marvel and DC. Not all fans, true --- but enough that the line I felt had been there has gotten a bit blurred.

Now if you want to get into the other guys -- Image, Vertigo and the independents, then its a whole different ball-game. :)

Posted by GamerGeek360
@lykopis oh definitely. I'm not targeting Marvel, I read some of their stuff still. Maybe what it is for me is that I will be waiting until the Marvel Now stuff starts happening to see where I stand on Marvel. It may also be because of my love for Batman and Green Lantern that I care so deeply about DC. The independents definitely add to this craziness though.
Posted by lykopis

@GamerGeek360:

I would say that's a solid idea. Who knows what Marvel has up their sleeves with their Marvel Now shenanigans -- and its strange because when I finally am able to immerse myself in a few more 52 titles, Marvel had to go ahead and shake things up. :)

Posted by kuonphobos

@lykopis said:

Now if you want to get into the other guys -- Image, Vertigo and the independents, then its a whole different ball-game. :)

Yes!

Posted by GamerGeek360

@lykopis said:

@GamerGeek360:

I would say that's a solid idea. Who knows what Marvel has up their sleeves with their Marvel Now shenanigans -- and its strange because when I finally am able to immerse myself in a few more 52 titles, Marvel had to go ahead and shake things up. :)

I've only been into comics for about 2 years now and I started about 6 months before the New 52 started. For DC, I kind of waited to start reading them until the New 52 happened for fear of losing what I had just read. Obviously, I haven't been doing that with Marvel but I'm going to try and follow that framework. That said, the only Marvel books I'm now reading are Avenging Spider-Man (just dropped Amazing, didn't need 2 books and this one was more fun), Avengers Academy (ends in 2 issues), Hawkeye, and Wolverine & the X-Men. I don't know what of that will stay when NOW happens, but I'm going to play it by ear I think. Avengers Arena and All New X-Men are the only two NOW books I'm currently planning on picking up. I just don't have the money to get Marvel after I spend so much on DC. I don't really see that changing anytime soon, either.