With the launch of DC's hugely successful 52 initiative, there has been a lot of hand wringing and airing of discontentment in regards to Marvel, and Marvel's output. It generally consists of vague criticisms about the (low) quality of books Marvel puts out.
And, yeah, Marvel puts out a lot of really sub par books. Probably more than they should.
But as gets pointed out, they also put out a lot of great books, a lot of really satisfying books, both long running and new. Hickman's FF, Brubaker's Cap, Remender's X Force, gillen's Journey into Mystery, Parker's everything, etc.
But yet still, it's hard not to feel this general...malaise, that has set in on the MU, an almost lethargy. There are some really good books being put out, no doubt, but I can't get myself excited to read any of them. I pick them up, I enjoy them...but I don't anticipate them, I don't ever feel I need to get the next issue, and I'm rarely (if ever) blown away by what I read; if it's of high quality, I generally expected that it would be, and the same holds true if it is low.
And I think part of the problem is that there is just a lot of writers who have written a lot of books writing the same books over and over again. I mean, you know what you're going to get with Brubaker's cap. You know what you're going to get with Hickman's FF and Fraction's Iron Man and Aaron's Wolverine. Parker's work, when it occasionally gets n oticed or promoted, is fun and light and often personal, but rarely knock your socks off.
And it's not that those books aren't great, it's just that they are predictably great. There is no sense of 'newness', no youthful vitality.
And I honestly don't know a solution for it; I'm not sure it is really even a problem that absolutely needs to be solved. I'm just trying to figure out why the internet seems to be so particularly down on Marvel lately (moreso than just the usual internet negativity), and why that seems to reflect my own lack of interest and enthusiasm.