The never-ending debate continues. Which is better? DC or Marvel? I don’t think I will be the one to provide the end all, be all answer to this feud, but what I can provide is my preference and why. Feel free to comment below if you agree or disagree and what your preferences are.
So, which do I prefer? Well I prefer men. Spoiler alert, I’m gay… sorry, forgot that’s not what we are talking about. I personally have a fascination for the DC Universe, sorry Marvel fans but it’s true. The DC Universe is much more interesting to me, but why? The DC Universe provides a lot of things that I enjoy over the Marvel Universe that I will explain in detail. This is not to say I don’t like Marvel at all. There are a few heroes I enjoy from Marvel and I will also talk about what I like about the franchise. DC also isn’t perfect so I will provide my opinion on what I don’t like about it.
One of the biggest reasons I prefer DC over Marvel is that DC is much darker. I love the dark, gritty atmosphere that DC provides versus the bright and bold colors that Marvel tends to use. I believe that a darker atmosphere provides a much more believable reality whereas it’s hard to suspend my disbelief when everything is so bright and gaudy.
The next reason that I prefer DC is because Marvel tries too hard to be a comedy schtick. Yes, DC throws in its fair share of comedy in its movies and comic books in general are notorious for their cheesy lines which is part of the reason that we love them. But Marvel seems to focus more on getting a laugh than they are making a believable environment. That’s not a bad thing by any means, it works for them. To the mass superhero audience, it may even work better than DC’s approach. However, to me personally, I like DC’s movies despite their bad rap. I also enjoy Marvel movies, I am a huge fan of Spider-man and Deadpool. I also like other Marvel non-superhero movies like Kick-Ass and Kingsman but those don’t count.
The reason I enjoy Spider-Man and Deadpool in the Marvel Universe is because of my third, final and most important reason that I prefer DC over Marvel. Secret identities. DC has them and Marvel doesn’t, except for a few like Spider-Man and Deadpool. There is an arrogance to Marvel heroes that just rubs me the wrong way. I feel like being a superhero is a job to them, a publicity act to get their face out there. Being a superhero is their job. Not to be hypocritical because if I was a superhero I would probably want that to be my job too. But, alas I’m just some nerd that writes about these fictional characters. I feel like Marvel heroes don’t conduct heroism for the right reasons, it’s very selfish. DC heroes on the other hand have secret identities, almost all of them. They carry out normal lives to make a living and they take initiative and responsibility to put their powers to use to save humanity with basically no compensation. Yes, they are public figures, and do some of them enjoy the “fame”. Sure. But that fame is attributed to their mask, not the person behind it. No one knows who Barry Allen or Kyle Reynor is or anyone outside of other superheroes. This idea of having a secret identify creates a sense a selflessness that really pulls me in.
In combination with my other two reasons, it is really no contest for me which one I prefer. DC Comics all the way. As I said I do enjoy Marvel movies! I just don’t keep up with all the back stories of most of the heroes outside of what the movies give me.
Now for my favorite superheroes. The Green Lantern Corps… and honestly all the lantern lore is my favorite, specifically Kyle Reynor. He is my favorite for no other reason than that he is funny and cute. Yes, I have a crush on a fictional cartoon superhero. Smite me. My other favorite is the one and only, Harleen Quinzel. I’m not talking about the disappointing representation of Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad either. I’m talking about OG Harley Quinn. Her quirky, crazy attitude is amazing and I can’t help but love her. I could do a whole blog just on her and why I don’t really consider her a villain, but I digress. Here’s a picture of my gender bent Harley Quinn costume. The top piece and arm pieces were hand made.
My favorite comic book is one that is all about the Harley Quinn and Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) and I about passed out when I saw it. Here’s a picture in case you want to check it out!
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