A few months ago, I dove back into monthly comics after a 25 year break. Mostly I was jumping into Marvel’s Secret War event. I’ve not been disappointed. It’s been fun to see a world I know too well ripped to pieces and put back together far more eccentrically. However, fatigue set in. It’s not quite event fatigue. I’m just remembering the limitations of superhero comics, part of that being my own twisted expectations. I know these characters and power sets. No matter how writers and artists breathe fresh life into these decades old rituals, they remain rituals. Deviating from the story too much, even when the multiverse has been annihilated, still feels off. As for Battleworld, I see it all ending. It too will be wiped away for a new status quo not that different from old 616… which leads to my failing, that because nothing that happens in Battleworld seems as if it will have any lasting effect, that none of the stories that take place there matter.
That’s my fault. A story is a story. If it’s told well, it matters. It’s about the story. However, canon has always been central to superhero comics. The characters exist outside of the intent of their original creators. The ability of the reader to graft from disparate stories told through the decades what is essential to the characters is part of the allure of superhero comics. Head canon is fun! It’s like Lego though. If it doesn’t fit a certain kit well, the story will relegated to the dustbin of memory, no matter how interesting it was.
Image and Dark Horse comics are the ones I’m looking forward to each month. Back in the ’80s, I obsessed on comics like Nexus, Grendel, and the Elementals, ignoring many of the “important” comics from Marvel and DC that would be a lot more valuable to collectors. The real fun is where writers and artists break loose to tell whatever story suits their fancy, without a thought to corporate property, licensing, ect. The cycle is repeating and I didn’t think it would happen so fast.