Anything JMD and Spider-Man in the 90's was pretty great IMO (yes, even his Shriek story in ASM; there were some duds in his first Spec run however). About the only writer that had the chops to pull off the "overly serious tone".Masked Guy wrote:Yes, there was a lot of trash in the '90s. That being said, I tend to go a little easier on this decade than others because I'm such a big fan of J.M. DeMatteis and I think both of his stints on Spectacular are great.
To me, the 80's were generally polished and sophisticated (think the era of Jim Shooter, where as an EIC he actually leaned on people at Marvel to polish their craft, and got tons of crap for it in return), so if anything, the 90's were a backslide.Vaegrin wrote:Comics from the 90s feel to me like like they are in a state of transition. There is a lot more seriousness in comics from that decade than there had been before, but they had not yet achieved much polish and sophistication. Comics from the 90s did some interesting new things, but sometimes they tended to slip into cheesiness and melodrama.
The 90's were largely the era where the artist took over, and Marvel & DC resorted to a crushing amount of gimmick covers, events and crossovers to compensate (and compete with Image). Then the bubble burst.
That's not to say there weren't bright spots--even the Clone Saga had Dan Jurgens' run with Spider-Ben which I thought was very well done. But it was around that time I first walked away from comics, I thought for good.