Character Witness

Jaimie Alexander (Sif in the Thor movies) recently stated,

“The thing I really enjoy about Marvel is that they start with a character first and all the explosions and costumes, the glitz and glam, are secondary to who the actual character is deep down. That’s something I haven’t really been able to find with DC Comics,” said Alexander. “I know that’s a bold statement, but it’s been my experience.”

I can’t argue with her experience, but I disagree with her perception, and it is one that is held by many. There was a time, yes, when DC Comics characters and stories were, quite simply, not that interesting (stiff as a board comes to mind), especially in comparison to Marvel’s early work. But I don’t think it’s been that way since in decades (this is informed by my own reading experience, which started in the 1980s). No character in the New Teen Titans, Legion of Super-Heroes, Swamp Thing? I don’t think so. Animal Man, Books of Magic, Sandman? Batgirl, Secret Six? All good, strong characters from which good stories are told.

I don’t mean this to be a “Marvel isn’t all that” post, but to demonstrate that this idea of DC Comics as a publisher of not interesting (at best) and substandard (at worst) comics in comparison is just incorrect. I’m sure some (many?) will just deride me as a DC apologist, and if they do, so be it. The actual material will support my assertion.

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