Who is Michael?
Was Sandman not published by DC? Is it not published by DC as much as 'pretentious' doesn't mean the definition given by Webster? :D Because I would be good in that case.Wait, so to make the claim that corporate superhero comics are a vital and vibrant source of artistic merit you name one title and it's Gaiman's Sandman?
...And does Mr. Goddanm Batman says so much as ''Thanks''? OF COURSE not. That'd hardly be GRIM AND GRITTY, would it?
-DKU's Jim Gordon.
I mean, even if we were going to let you cherry pick two words to be synonymous with "pretentious" even though they're not, you've still not shown the claim to be incorrect, exaggerated, or unwarranted and, therefore, you've not shown it to be what you'd call pretentious. It doesn't work with the actual definition of pretentious either given that someone pointing out that while mainstream superhero books rarely exhibit high artistic merit but that they love them anyway doesn't really work as "making usually unjustified or excessive claims (as of value or standing)" nor is it "expressive of affected, unwarranted, or exaggerated importance, worth, or stature" either. It's not even ": affected, grandiose, highfalutin, high-minded, la-di-da" or any of that.
It's just honest.
Superhero comics can be good, or entertaining but they tend not to be genuine works of art.
Do you understand the difference?