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Tuesday, May 20, 2014 

The 90s never ended

A writer for Bloody Disgusting says he's worried about a 90s revival taking place. Honestly, where has he been? The collapse of the medium never ended. It only got worse. The article begins thus:
Anybody who knows comics knows the 90s was a sad time for the medium. Sales dropped immensely, as did the quality of the books.
I'd note that sales dropped as a result of the horrible writing, and artwork, that overtook the books at the time.
I started to notice signs of the revival a few months ago, but hoped I was only being neurotic. However, when Marvel announced “Deadpool Vs. X-Force” at the start of May, I knew it was the beginning of something much bigger.

Last week Marvel announced that they would be doing foil variant covers (does it get more 90s than that? Maybe if they started putting out POGS.) for the upcoming “Death of Wolverine” mini-series (Which sounds eerily similar to “Death of Superman”). This obviously isn’t new. We saw DC make their “awesome” 3-D covers last year.
Where's this guy been for a decade? These variant covers never ceased. I'd noticed their continuation of this ill-advised practice back in 2004, and maybe earlier. One example was when the reboot of Silver Age Supergirl Kara Zor-El appeared in Superman/Batman, and they did at least a few variants by the late Michael Turner. Since then, variants have steadily built up again, but they never truly left.
This week, DC announced that they will be bringing back Doomsday, who we already have seen fail in the New 52. Now we are being treated to “Superman: Doomed”. Is there any way this series could be good? Well, yes, it’s coming from the talented minds of Greg Pak, Scott Lodell, Charles Soule, and artist Ken Lashley. Doomsday is a bad villain to begin with, and it seems the creative team knows this as they are changing him up. Doomsday is now “a virus, infecting Superman from within, transforming him into an unstoppable monster.” It could be interesting, but it still screams 90s.
It sure does. It reeks of Hal Jordan as Parallax! But all these writers and artists they cite are "talented"? Nuh-uh. I believe the one with the first name Scott is Lobdell with his name misspelled. Him, a talented writer? Somebody's been off the track for way too long. Lobdell was nothing more than a hack, and still is. Pak is no better. With these kind of people involved, it's clear they're not looking for anyone other than addicts and collectors.

The disasters of the 1990s never left the industry. They only got progressively worse.

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