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    Default Four Ways Marvel Makes Image Look Bad

    Nothing like a bit of balance.

    1. Your Regular Hit.

    The ongoing comic splits narrative into bite sized chunks, to be consumed in a serial nature. At Image, exactly how serial is in doubt, with several series running late, comics getting cancelled while future issues are still being solicited and books skipping months. Whereas Marvel's aberration are few and far between, Uncanny Avengers, we're looking at you. But so many other titles not only ship one a month, but twice, so you have to wait less time for your next chunk.

    2. Your Regular Paycheck

    Creator ownership is all well and good, but the vast majority of such comics never become multimedia franchises to fund a creator in his or her dotage. Indeed many Image titles won't pay minimum wage for the creators. Marvel offer a page rate that an artist can live off, on a fay to day basis. Image have been introducing page rates of late, but often offered to creators who, frankly, could afford to work without it. No wonder so many Image creators would rather do a Marvel or a DC work for hire title instead of another creator owned comic.

    3. Your Regular Restrictions

    Sometimes the creator's sellout work-for-the-beast comics can actually be better than their do-anything-for-love comics. Tight envelopes and restricted opportunities to be creative can actually inspire many to flights of fancy. Take Kieron Gillen, whose work on Journey Into Mystery, a comic trapped in crossover after crossover managed to tell a simple story about a boy, his dog and his girl with so much passion, intelligence and care, with just as much critical success as Phonogram and far more regularity and financial success. Frank Cho's Avengers are better than his Guns And Dinos, in so much as the former is actually published. And even in the most extreme issue of Howard Chaykin's Avengers 1959, there was no danger of turning the page to see a dozen flying penises flying around a cinema audience.

    Not just Marvel either, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman is a better comic than both their Severed and Haunt put together. May be sacrilege, but it's true. Creator owned comics are not always better than work for hire comics. Mostly, but not always!

    4. Spider-Man.

    Also. Wolverine.
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    Less is so often more. I'd like Walking Dead way more with more restraint and with more things just hinted at for dramatic value instead of shown for shock value.

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    Image has Chew, Elephantmen, and Saga.

    End of debate.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatNickGuy View Post
    Image has Chew, Elephantmen, and Saga.

    End of debate.
    Marvel has avengers, new avengers, uncanny avengers, secret avengers, avenging avengers, I can't believe it's the avengers and here's more avengers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatNickGuy View Post
    Image has Chew, Elephantmen, and Saga.

    End of debate.
    marvel has hawkeye, daredevil and wolverine and the x men, see? i can do it to...
    and on a unrelated note "his dog and his girl" i didn't read journey into mystery but since when does loki own a girl? and if so, wtf?
    btw loved way number 4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Johnston View Post
    4. Spider-Man.

    Also. Wolverine.
    now you're just making shit up (again)
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    How does Marvel's rectum taste Bleeding Cool?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich Johnston View Post
    Not just Marvel either, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo's Batman is a better comic than both their Severed and Haunt put together. May be sacrilege, but it's true.
    Haunt yes, Severed no, but I'll give you that Snyder's run on Detective was about the same level.
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    Well, that was a weak attempt.

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    So you're pretty much saying Image is better...

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