Oh how things have changed. I remember the days before the movie glitz and glamor. I remember the days of walking to the comic store in Queens, NY having that $1.75 burning in my pocket; excited to spend it on you. My eyes would almost be on sensory overload as I approached the rack; deciding on what to buy. Would it be Spider-Man in the Hologram cover? How about X-Men in the foil cover? Or what about Fantastic 4 in the normal paperback? There were so many choices to pick and I loved standing there taking you all in; in your wondrous glory.
I remember the days of waking up on a Saturday morning, getting a big bowl of cereal, and sitting criss cross in front of the television amazed; watching the X-Men and Spider-Man the animated series. I was so inspired seeing you in animated form that they got the creative juices flowing and I would draw your characters for hours… trying to perfect every detail that I saw. It was never as perfect as you were, but I did my best to show the beauty you brought us.
I remember the awesome stories you told us. You told us of Days of Futures Past. You whispered to us of your Secret Wars. You foretold The Age of Apocalypse. You warned us of The Coming of Galactus. Your stories captivated us; they filled our minds with wonders of different worlds. Your words were so mesmerizing that I would put them toe to toe with novels any day.
These days you are off in Hollywood; turning our childhood fantasies into reality. I could not be more happy for your success, but along the way you are losing yourself… you are forgetting what brought you here. While our hero’s search for Infinity Stone’s, we the reader, are searching for new stories with real content. Your comics these days feel a bit forced… like you are trying to spoon feed us content; not for the sake of your comic panels, but more so to help transition your plans and ideas into the big screen. You gave us Civil War II and Secret Wars again… great stories that you already told us… why re-tell the story? You gave us new looks for Captain Marvel, you introduced Rocket Racoon and Groot, you reintroduced Black Panther, Captain America, Thor, Iron-man, etc. back to the forefront in paperback; but again it all feels like it has all been done to fit your movie endeavors. Your VP told us in April that your comics sales are slumping. Are they slumping because people are not reading comics anymore or is it because the stories lack content… where is the disconnect? (I want to state this, cause I know this has been an argument to lack of sales; diversity is NOT killing Marvel comics.)
Is all hope lost? I don’t think so. You are still freaking Marvel Comics… you are one of the Juggernauts! Secret Empire has been amazing! The story is building to something that I feel will stand up with some of the greats. Your tie-in comics to Secret Empire have truly kept me engaged and entertained. Don’t forget who you are… don’t lose yourself. Your legend has been built on your comic stories… don’t forget that.
-One of your biggest fans, The Dull Knight.