There’s this great conversation that takes place between Havok and Captain America in Uncanny Avengers where Captain America admits that the Avengers didn’t do enough for the mutants of the world during the time when mutants were being hunted and killed to the point of extinction. As a reader I was upset that nothing was being done. Where were the Avengers in all that madness? But as always, Marvel comes through and they address this question and bring the various characters of the Marvel universe together. I was so happy when Captain America admits that they should have done more and to make up for their lack of action, he wants x-men to join the Avengers, which to me is amazing. It demonstrates that while retaining the darker aspects from the previous stories, moving forward there’s going to be a theme of changing the world from a position of fear and hatred to one of inclusion and acceptance – or as far as the Avengers and x-men are concerned. the story of the X-men in which they preserve and fight for a world that fears and hates them has always been one of my favorite stories and these new titles are going to be amazing. And Cable is back to being a badass outlaw…AWESOME.
When I picked up the new Justice League 52, I was impressed with the writers and artists involved in the relaunch and I wanted to see where DC was taking its biggest characters. I liked that DC branded the Justice League vigilantes that were being pursued by the authorities but if you’ve ever read a Justice League comic book, you know that won’t last long, and it doesn’t. by the time they send Darkseid on his way, they’re given trustworthy superhero status by the world. It begs the question, what themes are DC going to explore or be able to explore with this relaunch of the Justice League? I love the Justice League and i love reading Green Lantern but from my perspective Marvel has always done a marvelous job (does that count as a pun?) of relating and discussing current socio-cultural and political issues pertaining to our times. DC also incorporates these aspects into their titles but to me Marvel owns that ability more so than DC. My vote: Marvel wins.