Are all the Cheap Comic Gimmicks a Sign of a Dying Industry?
Credit: Batman: The Animated Series Wiki
This dumb story has been lingering around a day or two, so unfortunately, I am going to have to talk about it. Basically, in Suicide Squad Issue 22, Amanda Waller refers to Batman as a metahuman, without giving any reason or evidence, and she only said it because she can't explain his feats. That's it. Of course, still this has triggered mass hysteria in the fan community, and DC knew it would.
Apparently, some think that the entire industry is in big trouble. Which to me, is half-true, as I only see Marvel in deep trouble (not that they care). This is nothing new, I have discussed at length the long history that comics have with teasing its fans. Of course this reached a new high when DC killed off Superman (for like ten months) in the 90's. However, here we are almost 25 years later and they are still relying on these cheap gimmicks to boost sales. Is it possible that the days are numbered for the medium I love?
DC thinks so and addressed it at it's panel at SDCC last week, with a few ideas on how to help the situation. There was also a funny mishap over who said which quote (as mentioned in the article I'm going to link). DC's addressing of the problem is promising, and makes them look a lot better than Marvel (who seemingly just care about shoving SJW ideals in people's faces right now).
Personally I think that we need to get comics out of just comic stores and get them back in supermarkets and other places again, but executed better this time. Barnes and Noble sells single issue comics in a section with the magazines, but its always low to the ground and very messy, for example. I think we're in a slump, but I don't think we're going anywhere.
What do you think?
Here's the great article I found on the subject: