90's Comic Books Didn't Hold Anything Back
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Ah the 90's, my favorite decade. Even though I hardly experienced them because I was born in 1994, we had some nice things going for us back then. Wrestling was amazing, Green Day was Green Day and not a sellout mongol with eyeliner, the Yankees were God-tier, Seinfeld, and then there's the absurd number of great animated shows during that time. It was so great that I may consider living an Amish-like lifestyle of radical non adaption with the 1990's one day, similar to how Uncle Rico is with the year 1982.
Anyway, I absolutely love the comic books of that decade. However, this is not a popular opinion among my fellow Comic Book fanatics. This is mostly because of the Speculator Boom where in summation everyone decided for some reason that collecting comics, even if they just came out, was a full-proof way to make money fist over ass, and both DC and Marvel subsequently heavily catered to this trend in hopes of increased revenue.
This backfired in a huge way for both parties. See, while sales of issues did spike, the comics industry decided to unintelligently produce more issues for whatever reason. A lot more. So much more that it severely lowered the supply and demand values of the issues, even with the sales spike this move undid said increase in sales and then some.
I must be missing something here because honestly I don't think people's stupid financial decisions should be reflected in judging stories from an entire decade. Some say that the Speculator period nearly killed comics. Again, if they're still here, and don't appear to be going anywhere, who the hell cares? Besides, everybody knows that death is never a permanent state in comics. This joke, is very relevant as you will soon see.
Anyway, here it is, your guide to all of the great things of the 1990's in Comic Books:
1. The Cheap Gimmicks
Much like the same era of Professional Wrestling, comics here also were very dark, violent and featured cheap gimmicks. By cheap gimmicks, the established fans immediately know what I mean, but for those who don't, let me explain briefly. Comics of this era made a habit of making massive, life altering (or ending) changes to characters that were sooner or later mended. While unique at the time, the ploy is still adhered to and by the 2000's it had become tired and irritating to fans. Here are some famous examples:
The Death of Superman
Yeah, it was a shocking, brilliant move made by DC in 1993 to kill off the first superhero ever, for about 10 months before resurrecting him with the added bonus of an obscenely stupid reasoning to offer fans. Had DC showed just a little patience and held off a bit longer before they brought him back, this ordeal would be regarded much better than it is. Plus it would have given the writers time to come up with a way to bring him back that wasn't moronic.
Batman gets crippled at the hands of Bane after being seemingly burned out with life in general. Batman remains paralyzed for a short while, before he is eventually healed via supernatural means. Not really a fan of this arc, with the exception of Batman 497, where the actual "breaking" happens. Batman eventually gets back at Bane a couple of times. Most recently in Batman Rebirth 20 which gave me severe chills.
Green Lantern basically goes off the deep end after his city is leveled, resorting to murdering people that try to stop him from rebuilding his beloved city via the powers of multiple green lantern rings. This is actually the best one out of the three I've listed. Also, Hal Jordan being killer stuck for much longer than the other two.
2. The Artists RULED
To me, the artists from the 90's were the absolute best. They really challenged what sequential art was up until that point. Some of my favorites include:
Jim Lee (aka The Michelangelo of Comics)
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3. New Heroes!
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Gambit, Hellboy, Carnage, War Machine, Deadpool, Cable, The Second Ghost Rider and Cyborg Superman all first appeared in the 1990's.
4. The Comics are CHEAP
Thanks to that awful Speculator's market, the vast majority of single issues featuring the beautiful results of all the decade's top talent are dirt cheap.