I’m sure that I’m far from the only person who must have noticed a tendency for the publishing houses to favour grim ‘n’ gritty summer events over the past ten years, but I’m curious about how other people feel about them.
Prior to Disney’s purchase of Marvel we had Avengers Disassembled (a story about a long time and fan favourite character going insane, murdering some of her friends, re-writing reality and basically committing racially motivated genocide); Civil War (brother against brother following a governmental led initiative resulting from a school full of children being blown up on reality television) and Secret Invasion (an alien race infiltrating every echelon of society before launching a religious war). All pretty light hearted family entertainment, I’m sure you’d agree.
Anyway, following Disney’s take over Joe Queseda made the following statement (around 2009, I think); “Our heroes have experienced some of their greatest trials and tribulations recently, but now there’s going to be a renewed hope among their ranks. As our heroes emerge from the darkness, the Marvel Universe is going to be a more optimistic place than we’ve seen in a quite awhile. But that doesn’t mean we’re making things easy for our characters!”
This led us to the Heroic age and what we were promised would be an end to the ‘dark times’. Then we had Fear Itself and now most recently a story about one of Marvel’s oldest characters being murdered with his eyes then being gouged out and stolen whilst the main characters are confronted with, yes, dark secrets from their past.
A little inconsistent, no?
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against Grim and Gritty but honestly, I’m surprised that anyone in the MU can leave their house without phoning their therapist for reassurance first. Oh wait, they killed the therapist after driving him insane. Nevermind.
C’mon Marvel, give them a break now and then!