On the heels of its interview with Brian Michael Bendis, The A.V. Club asks, “Are superhero comics played out?” Contributors Noel Murray and Keith Phipps mull over the question and conclude no, not really. Mr. Phipps?
… The titles I like best tend to be the ones least dependent on these company-wide meta-narratives, ones that let the writers breathe a bit. I’m as much a sucker for crossovers as the next guy, but the trouble with weaving all your little stories into one big story is that if the big story tanks you’re in real trouble. I think DC is running into this trouble a bit these days for some of the reasons you mentioned. (Not to mention shipping delays and relaunches that kind of fizzle out when they should spark.) Marvel’s won back some of the good will it lost with the anti-climax of Civil War thanks to the good-and-getting-even-better World War Hulk. But if the tide turns they’re in trouble. And if I were an outsider looking in, I’m not sure why I’d care that Hulk was so mad in the first place.
And while both think the future of the genre lies in “good writing” — well, yeah – Murray goes further to suggest Marvel and DC should “ditch continuity altogether” and “set the good writers loose on a series of graphic novels.”