So I guess if I'm going to choose comics I think are overrated, I'd choose most of the syndicated comics in the newspaper. I've found that I'm no longer even tempted to try and read them. It feels like they know they've gotten a free ride. They're "in the club" and can get by on cheap recycled jokes.
I've been trying to figure out if the newspaper comics were better when I was little, or if I had a painfully low threshold for funniness when I was little. I still believe Far Side and Calvin were good comics, so I've convinced we have lost some funniness over the years.
I'm with you on this one, Hawk. Something happened after Charles M. Schulz died...even when Berkeley Breathed left the game the FIRST time - Then when Watterson stopped doing Calvin and Hobbes...we got, as Chris Rock said, "a bunch of substitute teachers". Although, I am partial to anything Wiley Miller's Non Sequitur
and Garry Trudeau is turning a moderate corner with Doonesbury
Side note, I think I've had it with X-Men
. If they aren't thinking of a way to expand the franchise, the new writers are retconning the devil out of it. Maybe I'm old school, but I just miss when there were six or seven CONSISTENT X-Men who were THE UNCANNY X-MEN
. With a slow addition of new ones every 50 issues or so. Now, its as big as a professional football league.
The original premise from the 60's - making the series about racial prejudice, was on point. In the 21st Century, they have to find other ways to keep it relevant beyond the youth angst, sensationalism, and the tortured soul with the metal claws...what's his name...Hugh Jackman.