Nexus of the World
It sounds like you seem to think Bendis is everywhere in Marvel, when he is only writing two books (Avengers, New Avengers), and you're dismissing all of Marvel because of Bendis. What about all of the awesome books Marvel puts out? Incredible Hercules/Amadeus Cho: Prince of Power, Wolverine: Weapon X, Secret Avengers, Thunderbolts, Atlas, Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil, Invincible Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The SHIELD, Secret Warriors and all of the cosmic books, hell even the Marvel Adventures line is good fun. As for DC, Secret Six is fantastic.
In all seriousness, I've not tried Hercules/Amadeus Cho and I've only heard good things. As for Wolverine: Weapon X and Secret Avengers, I haven't heard about it, but I don't care really. I tried Thunderbolts and it has never been good. Atlas, I dunno. Spider-Man is very hit and miss. Daredevil, I liked and haven't picked up in a while mainly because Daredevil is a crappy Batman (I wish it weren't so, but he is). Iron Man is a **** character, Thor is dull as hell (except for Ultimate Thor), as is Captain America. I didn't realise SHIELD was out and will give it a shot, and Secret Warriors I've skimmed and doesn't interest me. The cosmic books don't interest me either, and I don't know about Secret Six. Also, I thought Marvel Adventures is redrawn reprints, so I'm not interested.
My call to dump Marvel was more regarding the "event" titles, that is, titles linked to the big continuity-wide crossovers (Avengers and so forth) as it's just poopy.
But, I will give these a try, if I can. The thing is... right, these may be cool, but they are all mainstream superhero stuff, and that has a certain type of qualities to it that don't satiate me. I don't mean they suck, but it's like Scott McCloud said; "Superheroes are like cake. Who wants cake for every meal?" I'm really enjoying picking up titles like THE BELLYBUTTONS, a comedy about three teenage girls where each page is a different story, or PARKER, a terrific pulp comic. (That said, I'm really enjoying CRIMINAL which is Marvel too.)
I'll have to track down Terra Obscura though.
Just to clarify why it's awesome: It's not awesome because it is a huge spanning spectacle or what-have-you. It's awesome because it juggles dozens of characters who all have intricate backstories whilst giving them a 'end-of-the-world' scenario and is actually entertaining and readable. These characters, whom you have never heard of before walk onto the page fully-formed and completely understandable with the feeling that they existed in their own titles for years before and yet, you don't need to go back to read anything else to understand it. If you look at how it's written and how you read it cold, then imagine reading CIVIL WAR or FINAL CRISIS 'cold' (i.e. if you knew nothing about any of them) you realise just how lazy and shallow those comics are. TERRA OBSCURA is terrific because it's so... whole.
If Europe's comics spells words like "color" with a "u" than count me out.
*sniff* It's true. They do. It's why they can never be great. I... I kid myself, pretending they could be awesome but it's just lies!
Are you sure that's not spelled idiout?
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