The overrated UK writer blathers on his site
about how all of a sudden, he thinks the industry is doing marvelously:
You know what? I was reading almost nothing last year.
It felt a lot like 1999 where I'd barely read a comic in 2 years. Last year none of the big companies were really putting out much I was excited about and Walking Dead was about the only thing I was reading consistently. But how much things have changed in just 12 months. DC's reboot worked out really well for them and there's a few really interesting books (not least of which being Snyder's Batman), Marvel's spiked in the charts again with a fun crossover done by all their biggest writers and the sleeping giant of creator-owned has just begun to stir... Saga, Fatale, Mudman, America's Got Powers and a half a dozen other new books in the last few months (not to mention Kick-Ass 2, Jupiter's Children, Supercrooks and many OTHER Millarworld books) really makes the shelves look completely different from last year. It's like all my favourite creators are back and working full blast again, a bunch of brilliant new ones coming of age too.
All this sounds a lot like how some mainstream reviewers will gush and sugarcoat immediately after a publicity stunt's taken place, and I guess it's not much different for writers and artists to do the same. Millar's gushy comment only induces a yawn, and I'm sure even he knows how quickly DC's sales sunk back to stagnant levels, and Marvel's bound to end up in the same position soon too. All he's alluding to is no different from what they've been doing for at least 2 decades now, and I find it hard to believe he doesn't know that.
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