I’ll go on record now. I am officially worried about Marvel Comics. Right now, anyway. I’m excited but apprehensive at the same time. Overall, the books and stories they’ve been producing over the past several years have been so damn good, I’m afraid they can’t maintain that high of a standard. Especially now, with so many of their leading writers leaving the House of Ideas. Hickman’s run on the AVENGERS books may have been controversial and something of an acquired taste, not as accessible as Brian Michael Bendis’s stellar run, but he built it to a crescendo of awesomeness with SECRET WARS that leaves me wondering, honestly, how ANYthing could NOT be something of a letdown in its wake.
Throw in the fact that Marvel is tinkering with so many of its prominent characters. Captain America is an old man and the Falcon is calling himself Captain America now. Amadeus Cho is the Hulk instead of Bruce Banner. Jane Foster is now Thor, and Peter Parker has become the new Reed Richards. Oh, and there are now TWO Spider-Men, and the Avengers roster has suffered some serious shrinkage. Maybe Marvel feels secure enough to experiment, risking the loss of some older readers by trying to hook new ones. I lack their confidence. New is good, but TOO new, not so much.