Now, that's just a generalization, of course. DC added so much material with the New 52 that there are plenty of new or previously underused properties to be found, like Resurrection Man, Voodoo, and Demon Knights. Over on the Marvel side, The God Butcher is very much a classic Thor story. But when you look at the established properties on both sides as a whole, with comics which have been rebooted and/or renumbered, like Superman, Wonder Woman, and Captain America, the overall difference in approach to story is striking. Given that New 52 has been running for almost two years, while Marvel NOW! has been going for a year, I'm sure that there are more cases on each book where the pattern doesn't hold. But it's interesting to see what types of stories each company decided to lead with when they had the opportunity to wow new readers.
|Still no pants, though.|
On the Marvel side, Hulk has stopped running from the government and is working as its agent now.
I wouldn't argue that either approach is better or worse, but they both have their strengths and weaknesses. I'm a big fan of Cap, but the Dimension Z storyline is only okay to me. At the same time, the new Hulk stories have me reading a Hulk title in a monthly format for the first time in years. Similarly, the changes to Superman's character just aren't for me, while I'm really digging Wonder Woman; regardless, I know who the new versions of these characters are, regardless of my feelings about them. Sales numbers aside, DC and Marvel have set out to do subtly different things, for different reasons, but I think they've both largely succeeded in their goals.