Wednesday was my favorite day of the week for a long time. Wednesday is the day that new comic books hit the shops, and I would go there with child-like enthusiasm to see what happened next to my favorite superheroes in peril.
Lately, however, that feeling has been drifting away from me. Not because I enjoy comic books less, but because the companies in charge of putting them out have made them less fun to read.
Both Marvel and DC are guilty of this and it's driving me batty. They've both got hundreds of heroes with countless worlds to explore! With that kind of canvas, one would think the variety of stories to read would be nearly endless! But no. With hundreds of heroes and countless worlds and possibilities... they choose to tell ONE story that crosses over into all their other titles. Every so often that makes for a really memorable tale of epic scope! But every month?
There seems to be a trend to park every story at the corner of Dark Street and Gritty Avenue, too. I read comics because I want to be cheered up! The world is dark and gritty enough these days as it is!
When I was a kid, a comic book used to be a world you wanted to escape to, not from. I hope someone in charge of these things remembers that one day so I can be as enthusiastic as I used to be about Comic Book Day.