This Town Ain’t Big Enough For All of Us

This was quite the week. All I can say is that I did my part. What more can one ask? (I guess plenty, but I’m lazy). I sat there and looked at my ballot, squinted my nose and filled in the little oval with my #2 pencil. Folded the ballot, took it to the county office and dropped it off. I found myself annoyed that my selection of candidates was so limited. Okay, so I had the Libertarians, Constitution, and Green Party but for the most part my choices were limited to the President Savant and Herman Munster. Oh well, guess I’ll just read comics…

Ha, you think this was going to be a plain ?ol political rant?

It’s no big secret that I am a DC man. I like most of the characters (even lame ones, like Guy Gardner), I like universe that DC exists in (with all it’s various made up cities and their themes…Dark Gotham, Futuristic Metropolis, the Art Deco Opal City, etc). I will admit that I do tend to follow blindly many titles. I will always buy Batman comics no matter how bad the current stories may be. Batman is MY hero, always has been always will be. I will always follow the exploits of Green Lantern. I will always read about the adventures of the Justice League. That doesn’t mean I do not follow other books, I do, but my interest is more difficult to maintain. When written correctly, I love Spiderman books, the same goes for the X-Men, the Avengers, and Marvel’s GREATEST character…Moon Knight! (Not a word chumps…not…a…word). The big difference though is the phrase “when written correctly”. Why am I so critical of Marvel characters, but willing to read months, even years worth of crap when it’s a DC character?

Hell if I know, but it does make me understand why people can so blindly follow one party over another.

I suppose in a perfect world we would follow the candidate that appeals to our own morals and ethics and not one party over another. Could the same be said for comics? If you were to ask me what I like to read, I would mentions “comics”. Not DC and not Marvel, and yet it is obvious that I do have a personal favorite. With very few exceptions, I only read DC. Week after week, I enter my local shop and walk up and down the selves. I already know my go to titles will be waiting for me, yet I still look for something different. Something that will catch my interest. Other companies have tried, and regardless of how well written the books are, the fans as a whole just won’t accept a third comic book universe. Dark Horse had the “Worlds Greatest Universe”, Valiant had the “Original Valiant Universe”, and the dying Cross Gen made the most ambitious attempt at a third superhero universe of all time. For the most part, they all failed, and only Dark Horse had the capital and third party licenses to survive the windfall.

None of the above attempts should have failed. They may have had a couple of stinker titles, but for the most part, they were good characters and were written well. So, why did they fail? Comics are ruled by the almighty (but sorely limited) dollar. Most fans only have a limited amount of funds to spend on their books, and they are often unwilling to risk spending what little they have left on the chance that a third party company will produce a book of quality. Then, they have to deal with the fact that the book will likely fail and be canceled because not enough people have bothered to purchase it. So, we pass them up and then lament the fact that there aren’t enough choices on the comic book shelves and that the whole industry is messed up with only the big two offering books.

Sound familiar?

Until next time…Check these folks out:
Oni Press – IDW Publishing – Top Cow (sure, it’s big, but still) – Top Shelf Comics – Slave Labor – Trust me, they’re worth it!

About Aaron

Aaron Duran is founder and head writer of, a website devoted to the latest in movies, comics, tabletop games, digital pastimes, and all things Geek. His fascination with comics, film, music, and obscure trivia has transformed into a lifelong pursuit of pop culture knowledge. A precocious writer who started out by spinning elaborate stories based on his favorite sci-fi and adventure franchises, he befuddled his grade-school teachers, who were convinced that no child could write that well at such a young age. When not hard at work on his plans for world domination, Aaron creates highly acclaimed independent films, freelances in many forms of media, explores the minutiae of pop culture, and shares his love of all things Geek with the world through his writing.
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