There’s a lot of bad news going on in the two communities I really love, comics and gaming.
It needs to be discussed and addressed, absolutely.
But I would also like to hear, what do you think is happening in comics and gaming that is positive? What is bringing you joy, what is making you hopeful, if anything?
When DC decided to reboot their continuity 3 years ago, it was clear that the DC universe was now in the midst of darkness. Oh, there were some books that were not as dark, that had some whimsy, either in tone or in their art. Wonder Woman, for example, has been both dark of tone and light or art all at the same time thanks to the wonderful character designs and the coloring, and The Flash, though it was a bit darker than I remember Barry Allen being, was also full of funny little moments, but for the most part, they went with a dark, sometimes even depressing tone. It works in a book like Batman, not so much in Teen Titans.
Marvel too has had its share of dark, but Marvel has also been doing books that are clearly meant to lighten the mood. Hawkeye, Daredevil, She-Hulk, Ms Marvel, and Silver Surfer are all much more fun and positive, even when they deal with tough stuff, than most books, and they are wonderful.
DC too is going this route with a new lighter tone for some of its books, including Batgirl, and while while dealing with Power Girl and Huntress, Worlds’ Finest was a book that had as much to do with the fun and sometimes funny friendship between the two as it was about the battle against Apokolyptian enemies.
I really like this trend. Darkness is a necessity, it is part of life, and it should be part of the comics world, but I am delighted to know that DC is getting a clue about this. It isn’t the 90s anymore, and those horribly dark, violent, leg belt days should be left behind and those things should be more balanced.