It feels a little toyetic, which is to say, the characters have been given a makeover which would be perfect for creating collectible action figures. I don't actually think there will be toy versions of this new look, but this gimmick of revampng characters with thematic costumes appears to be a trend.
For example, in Marvel's last event Fear Itself various heroes got Asgardian hammers and Tron looking costumes.
And again in Blackest Night, six heroes and villains got color coded power rings...
...and soon after, DC came out with a line of action figures based on the story:
And it not just in the event comics that I've been seeing these gimmicky makeovers. Currently, Spider-man has been running around for the last several months in an outfit that looks more befitting a Power Ranger.
I mentioned this to longtime Flashback Universe contributor Trey Causey, and he agreed...
Everybody gets some special bling so a new action figure can be made. Character changes have to be telegraphed. It's all the equivalence of Battle Armor He-Man or Deep Sea Adventure Batman.
I think telegraphed changes is the perfect way to describe this trend. Because things don’t really change in comics, the appearance of change has to be made more blunt so it will stand out. At the end of the day, there is no real difference between Red Hulk and Red She Hulk from their counterparts but the change in color makes it feel new.
This made me wonder was this sense of stasis present in the Bronze Age?
Without saying yes or no, here’s what I see as some big changes from the Bronze and Silver Age:
- Death of Gwen Stacy
- Death of Sue Storm’s second child
- Death of Swordsman
- Death of Adam Warlock
- Death of Norman Osborne
- Wedding of Reed and Sue
- Peter Parker leaves high school
I would be curious what modern readers find so compelling in modern comics when they are so bereft of gravitas now? In a comics world were decade long marriages are undone by magic and heroes come back from the dead in next month's issue, where is the suspense?