Curiosity Inc. wrote:
What happened was that the comic book industry tried to replicate the successes of Watchmen and DKR. Unfortunately, they concluded that the books succeeded because they were dark and gritty, rather than because they were intelligent. It also didn't help that the collector craze was big back then, with new comic book series getting shoved out constantly so that "Collector's Edition #1" issues could be released.
So, yeah: Forced grittiness + Holofoil covers + Rob Liefeld = The Dark Age
I see follow the leader and they didn't really do it well chunring out only muck and mud.
Dr. Brooklyn wrote:
Yeah, it's kind of like what Superhero movies are doing in response to TDK, it is realistic, therefore it did well, so now every hero is getting the "realism" treatment but guys like Superman, Green Lantern, Deadpool, The X-Men and most major heroes can't be placed in a realistic world.
not without removing all the good villains. hence why every superman movie has lex luthor. seriously, they need to throw in braniac or darkseid. if chris nolan makes The Man of Steel, i want supes to fly to other planets and not defend earth for a sixth time.
"Realism" isn't possible with such heroes erspecialy with all that goes on in their stories. I do enjoy some comics but superheroes aew all about being being heroic, defeating the villain, saving the world and basically being demigods. Even Batman is fantastic in some circles especially in how his rogues gallery is formed, in Watchmen the characters felt so mortal and human that it feels more believable than any book in the mainstream nowadays.