DC or Marvel? That Is the Question!

DC or Marvel? This is the question that every comic fan asks one another. Usually they have a preference for one over the other but sometimes they don’t prefer either. When I am asked this question, my answer is always DC. I really like Marvel too but if I had to put all of my money into books from one side or another, it would most definitely be DC’s side (pretty much is already that way).

My pull list today consists of 19 books (maybe 20 we’ll see) and 16 of them are DC, counting the Wake, and only two of those being Marvel. The last is Saga but come on now that book is awesome. My pull consists of so much DC for two reasons, the majority of the books are only 2.99 and they ship only once a month so I can afford it. Being a broke college kid that loves to read comics, I have to be able to keep my pull at a manageable level with how much I spend per month and Marvel will double ship 3.99 books and that kills me. The price to read one double shipped Marvel book is the same price as almost three DC 2.99 books that are just as good if not better. I love many Marvel characters but I can’t afford to spend my money on them especially when I can get DC characters that I love the same, if not more, for a much better price. The only two books I get from Marvel currently are 2.99 titles that come out once a month, Daredevil and FF. Daredevil I would pay 3.99 for because that book is amazing every single month! FF is a great title as well, it is just straight fun. I just recently dropped Fantastic Four but I think I might pick it up of the shelves on light weeks since it is only 2.99 also and has the potential of tying in with FF very soon.

In my opinion, I also think DC puts out much better quality books. When I look at DC, I see a company reviving or stepping up characters that were forgotten or simply not cared about, and putting out extremely good stories for them. Aquaman has been one of DCs most consistent titles since the New 52 launched. The Flash has been amazing as well and not to forget the revival of Green Arrow by Jeff Lemire and the amazing run that Gail Simone is having on Batgirl right now. When I look at Marvel, I simply just do not see that kind of quality. I have tried numerous Marvel titles but the quality I feel I am getting for the price is just not what I would expect. I recently dropped Superior Spider-Man because I was getting sick of all the buildup and mediocre stories I was getting that were going nowhere. Dan Slott has been teasing with the Green Goblin since early on and continued to tease for several issues and it just pissed me off so I dropped it. With that drop I was able to add 3 DC titles and stay within budget, get more stories, and be happier. I tried Avengers, New Avengers, All-New X-Men, and a few others but I just couldn’t get into them. DC has the titles right now that grab me the most.

When it comes to back issues I am split completely down the middle with the both big companies. If you watch or have watched my most recent collection video, you can see how my back issue collecting ways are split down the middle. I was working heavily on completing the entire run of the original Defenders series and have almost completed it but have recently slowed down due to how hard it is to find the remaining issues and the price they go for when I try to get them. I recently picked up a huge chunk of Green Arrow issues from volume one and two, and by huge I mean 85 issues worth between the two volumes. I always pick up Batman back issues when I see them and that collection is growing quite fast as well. I keep a note book with all the titles I want to try to collect and it is split pretty much down the middle for DC and Marvel. As much as I love the DC characters and titles, Marvel had some of the best silver and bronze age books. I want to collect full series of Amazing Spider-man, Hulk, Daredevil, Fantastic Four, and so many more to go along with my obvious DC titles of Batman, Detective, Flash, Teen Titans and so on. I absolutely love the hunt of finding deals on back issues. I have been focusing more on my DC back issues lately but I seem to vary back and forth between titles.

If you made it this far I thank so much for reading and just want to reassure that all this is based in my opinion and I have no problems with varying opinions. I love comics and general, and I enjoy both companies but my go to company is DC. Thanks again!

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Edited by MadeinBangladesh

Valiant!!!

But I read everything.

Edited by timelord

Pretty much my thoughts. My DC pull list grows every month while my Marvel side shrinks.

Posted by Immortal777

Vertigo (DC) Is what I read the most.

I read from most comic companies except Vailant and not very much IDW. I completely dropped Marvel after they cancelled Venom and I believe Scarlet Spider was getting cancelled so no point in buying there crap anymore.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

almost all the comic I read are from DC and 3.99

Posted by Wolverine08

Marvel Now is currently much better than the New 52 IMO. Loving Marvel right now.

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Posted by Xwraith

I'm not reading any Marvel books right now, and I'm only reading Green Arrow from DC.

Valiant is my favorite publisher.

Edited by fil123

the only marvel titles i get now are hawkeye and superior foes of spiderman (best book). too many avenger and x-men books that are not worth the price imo. and guardians has really dropped off lately

Posted by Blackdog2009

@wolverine08: lol in your dreams! New52 is the reason Marvel Now even exists. Clam up and be grateful dude.

With that said, I have come back to Marvel... Thor, Wolverine and The Punisher have been good runs.

Posted by Wolverine08

@blackdog2009:

The New 52 is a complete, universal reboot. Marvel Now is just a softcore reboot re launching and renumbering certain titles. So they are not very similar. I don't have to be "grateful" towards what I do and don't prefer. Don't be such a d%clk

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Posted by cameron83

@wolverine08: lol in your dreams! New52 is the reason Marvel Now even exists. Clam up and be grateful dude.

With that said, I have come back to Marvel... Thor, Wolverine and The Punisher have been good runs.

How well is the new 52 turning out?

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Posted by Blackdog2009

@cameron83: it's not perfect but it's been pretty good in many regards

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@blackdog2009 said:

@cameron83: it's not perfect but it's been pretty good in many regards

In some.

Very little imo

99 percent of it sucks. I just want to see how Forever Evil turns out to see if I am relieved of my disappointment.

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Posted by Squares

@theincrediblecj10: You're broke, and yet you can afford to buy 19 comics a month? Priorities, man!

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@blackdog2009 said:

@cameron83: it's not perfect but it's been pretty good in many regards

In some.

Very little imo

99 percent of it sucks. I just want to see how Forever Evil turns out to see if I am relieved of my disappointment.

99% lmao. Aquaman, batman, flash, green arrow, wonderwoman, batman/superman, forever evil, batwoman, nightwing, batman and robin, GL, superman unchained, earth 2 (got a lot better last couple issues), swampthing, animal man.

id say maximum 50% of it sucks

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@fil123 said:

@cameron83 said:

@blackdog2009 said:

@cameron83: it's not perfect but it's been pretty good in many regards

In some.

Very little imo

99 percent of it sucks. I just want to see how Forever Evil turns out to see if I am relieved of my disappointment.

99% lmao. Aquaman, batman, flash, green arrow, wonderwoman, batman/superman, forever evil, batwoman, nightwing, batman and robin, GL, superman unchained, earth 2 (got a lot better last couple issues), swampthing, animal man.

id say maximum 50% of it sucks

Was that supposed to prove something?

And Forever Evil is like,on what,issue 2?

And I think I was referring to history and in terms of the general scope of the universe...just saying.

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Posted by OmniBeast

I've never been a heavy sider with either, but I tend to lean towards Marvel more.

Posted by kgb725

Dc is more gimmicky than Marvel and won't venture to far out usually if they don't use their most popular characters

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Great stuff CJ, im a dc guy all the way the characters are just more intriguing and make me keep coming back to them! Marvel is ok IMO some of the characters are just complete garbage, while others I love! Can't wait for the next one!

Posted by The Stegman

I pull about 32 titles, 28 of those are DC with a few Image and Dark Horse thrown in too. Not a fan of Marvel.

Edited by Zijuun

I've never been a heavy sider with either, but I tend to lean towards Marvel more.

I like neither, but I'd have to go with this. ^

Edited by TheFirstLantern

You just made me realize that I need to cut down my pull list. I might just drop some DC to balance it with marvel

Posted by Cap10nate

Personally, I prefer Marvel to DC. I have always found Marvel to be more engaging. I started out with 10 titles in the New 52 and it has dwindled down to 2 and maybe 1 if I decide to drop Batman. My Marvel pulls have gone up to a dozen from 8 or so with Marvel Now. I like individual characters in DC but don't really care about what's going on in the Universe. On the other hand, I care as much about the Marvel U as I do about my favorite characters. I think Marvel is producing some very high quality titles with Thor, Hulk, Infinity, New Avengers, and Secret Avengers among others.

Valiant is rapidly approaching Marvel's level of interest for me. I am currently pulling all their titles and am very happy with all except for Shadowman which I find lacking. I am very excited about Unity being released and see where it takes the U.

Posted by WaveMotionCannon

@timelord:

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Pretty much my thoughts. My DC pull list grows every month while my Marvel side shrinks.

I'm the exact opposite. I've dropped Katana,

RHaTO, JL, Batwing ( pretty much everything else's been cancelled already). Keeping Talon, Nightwing, JLA, GL, GLC, New Guardians , Earth 2 ( maybe) and Aquaman.

I already keep up with most of Marvels titles as Infinity is kicking much ass.

Edited by RulerOfThisUniverse

I much prefer DC. In my opinion, they have more complex and interesting characters, better current creative teams, and overall better business models. Why pay 3.99 for a digital Marvel comic when I can pay 1.99 for a digital DC comic?

Edited by Wolverine08

Infinity is also MUCH better than Forever Evil right now in my opinion. Jonathan Hickman is killing it.

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@wolverine08: Every Marvel thing is superior to its DC counterpart in your opinion...

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Posted by batmannflash

I read a lot more DC. I started out with a lot of Marvel titles but dropped quite a few of them, unfortunately. Both are great companies, though. I just prefer DC's stories, art, and characters.

Posted by RulerOfThisUniverse
Posted by NorrinBoltagonPrime21

@rulerofthisuniverse: The question is asking which company is doing better and that's his opinion. Advertising would be going into random threads and saying which company is better

Posted by theincrediblecj10

@squares:

I manage my money to the dime so I can still get all the comics I love and survive.. Plus I live on a college campus with a meal plan, I'm fine haha!

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@squares:

I manage my money to the dime so I can still get all the comics I love and survive.. Plus I live on a college campus with a meal plan, I'm fine haha!

Fair enough.

Posted by theincrediblecj10

Hey guys I was giving my opinion on the current state.. I don't hate Marvel, just don't really care for what they are putting out currently.. I hate their events to be honest though, to many and to long in my opinion.. Sure DC has their major events but they are shorter more compact and better... I stopped with Marvel events after AvX because I though it was a waste of money.. I just love comics and would choose DC given the ultimatum that's all haha

Posted by RulerOfThisUniverse

@norrinboltagonprime21: No, t was fine when he stated his opinions on the companies, but then in response to people saying they liked Forever Evil, he said "Infinity is also MUCH better than Forever Evil right now in my opinion." I simply responded to that random comment. Don't make a big deal were there is none.

Posted by Tyrus

DC puts out more and better stories/crossovers, Marvel has more and better characters.

DC needs to focus more on their b/c-listers while Marvel needs to put out better events rather than rehashing old ideas IMO

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@rulerofthisuniverse:

Indeed! Marvel rules! The one thing I'd say DC does better is with consistency of the quality of their events. But Infinity is during incredible for Marvel this year!

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Posted by Wolverine08

@theincrediblecj10:

Infinity is pretty awesome right now IMO. Best event Marvel has put out in years. Jonathan Hickman's careful set up of Infinity for about year with Avengers and New Avengers runs is resulting in a high quality event.

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Posted by RulerOfThisUniverse

@maccyd: Or because it's not one of the "Big Two;" the by far most popular and best selling comic companies. Valiant, on the other hand, is a very small slice of the unimportant cake that we call "Everything Else." :P

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@wolverine08: lol fanboy........................................

Posted by Wolverine08

I do think Aqauman, Flash, and Green Arrow are currently some great DC titles! The art in those series are also beautiful.

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Posted by RulerOfThisUniverse

@tyrus: @tyrus: 2 things:

1) I was kidding. Worlverine08 is one of my best friends on this site.

2) If I was being serious, I would combat that with the response that even tough I prefer DC to Marvel, but I don't say that DC is better at absolutely everything besides the consistency of event quality. They both have their flaws.

Posted by RulerOfThisUniverse

@wolverine08: And you're the Wolverine fanboy. I can point fanboy fingers at people all day if necessary. :)

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@wolverine08: There is no such thing as a better fanboy. They all suck the exact same amount. (Pst Avengers movie fanboy pst :P)

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@rulerofthisuniverse:

Blah! You only say that because you can't fanboy as well as me! I am the ULTIMATE fanboy!

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@wolverine08: I would argue with that...but I just got you to call yourself the ultimate fanboy. Looks like I win here. :P

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