Eh, opinions vary. I could get my friend to make a rant on how Jenkins did great characterizations while Milligan made Apollo and Middy into horny teenagers :p
I'll take horny teenager over attempted child-killer.
So, I guess this is not a surprise:
A side of me says "Yeah, maybe Marvel does recognizes talents a little better, they put a guy like Cornell on one of their big names knowing full well the potential instead of using him only for small books"
The other side of me says "Fu*king Wolverine, really?"
And speaking of Marvel Now and creators, Gillen's Iron Man was shockingly dissapointing. A script so unbelievably unremarkable... set-up doesn't justify anything so dull and uninteresting. Greg Land's abominations didn't help a lot to make that issue. A complete failure. Really.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Young Avengers, but I still see DC as superior for creators so far.
Already the preview for the second issue is an improvement over the first. I think each issue will get better and better as we move forward.
Adults struggle desperately with fiction, demanding constantly that it conform to the rules of everyday life when the answer is obvious to the smallest child: because it's not real. - Grant Morrison
But I think he's figuring out how to do a superhero book, and steadily improves. JiM was brilliant with just a few missteps thanks to crossovers, but even something like Uncanny got better and better as it went on. The first 4 issues were awful, then some nice ones, then some boring ones, then some nice ones...quite uneven, but still some real bright spots.
Hopefully Iron Man will be even more consistent.
Gillen's mentioned that Iron Man takes a massive swerve around issue 6, I think. Quite why he didn't have that page 11 issue 1 is beyond me. Bloody decompression. The first issue is the promise and the premise. Or should be.
I would like to say for the record that this is the FIRST TIME I've withheld dong when someone was so desperately asking for some.
Brian C Wood
It's less that I need something huge and different, and more that I want somthing smarter and denser. The story here would have been fine, if I felt that there was a stronger philosophical subtext or emotional resonance. But it was surprisingly superficial, in the final analysis (of one issue, of course).
I'm on board for the concept of his overall run - Tony looking to find god, insofar as god is a meaning bigger and greater than oneself - but the execution here was utterly limp.
As I said, still the first issue. The preview for the next has a nice conversation with the 'arthur' bloke about purpose and pretension and how they intersect, and already that's better than the entirity of the first issue, so I have hope.
In my eyes DC's talent pool is vastly superior to Marvel's. With Brubaker and Rucka gone the only writer Marvel has that I would quantify as great is Waid. Artwise Marvel doesn't hold a handle to DC.
3 years ago I read pretty much everything Marvel put out. These days I read about 4 Marvel titles a month. I read close to 30 DC titles.