I just had a bit of a scary thought. As I was going about my usual patrol of comic book news websites and blogs, I seriously thought unironically, “I hate comics.”
This isn’t an entirely unprecedented thought for me to have. I picked up Brian Michael Bendis’s Moon Knight when it first came out, missed an issue so I stopped reading it, but continued buying the issues for when I could get the missing issue. Today, I sat down and read all 12 issues and found myself sorely disappointed. I had been collecting them for a year and saving them next to my bed and in one afternoon, they were ruined.
It wasn’t necessarily that that the story was bad, but it took 12 issues to tell a story that most writers could tell in 6 and Grant Morrison could tell in 3. It feels frustrating and like a waste of money and time to blow through 12 issues of useless tripe so much so that I swore off Bendis once and for all (to be fair, I think I’ve made this same threat numerous times over the years).
Please keep in mind that my dislike for his Moon Knight isn’t a reflection on Bendis as a person or because I believe he has some sort of hidden agenda in killing Echo (one of my favorite characters for some odd reason), but that I simply desire more plot and substance for my money and that is simply not Bendis’s strong suit. He is great with dialogue and while that is certainly entertaining, I can no longer use that as my basis for purchasing a book. I wish him well and if you like his work, then by all means continue to read it.
See what I did there? I was civil. I acknowledge that his work wasn’t for me, but if it is suitable to others, then they should enjoy it. I didn’t insult Bendis as a writer, nor did I invoke any dark gods to ruin his soul or the souls of his children.
But, I’m no ordinary comic fan, and I’m frankly getting sick and tired of comic fans (another phrase that I’ve stated over and over again) and the only thing they can seem to do which is complain about comics. And when they’re not complaining about comics, they are demeaning the tastes of others or invoking race or gender in order to give their displeasure some sort of elevated cause.
I wish I could go into more specifics, but they’re too numerous to mention and mostly from people that I felt like I could respect (and some from people that I know I can’t). I’m just fed up with fan culture. I’m fed up with the arguments and the hateful back and forth between people with their own agendas.
With Popgun Chaos, I’ve always tried to be critical of fans and praising of the medium and I know that I need to get back to recommending all of the beautiful and amazing comics that I’ve been reading lately, but it’s hard to do so when people would much rather nit-pick everything.
I was more fired up when I started this post, but after three phone calls in the middle of writing, my fire is gone out. I’m off to read the new Dark Tower book.