Re: The "realism" thread
Well, Marvel is supposedly more popular than DC because its more "realistic". The Ultimate line was pretty popular during its Inception. And that was even more "realistic" than 616 Marvel.
Alan Moore on comics:
They've lost a lot of their original innocence, and they can't get that back. And, they're stuck, it seems, in this kind of depressive ghetto of grimness and psychosis. I'm not too proud of being the author of that regrettable trend.