I posted this in the Star Wars thread, but it better belongs here:
On a somewhat different note, though raised by the recent discussion on shifts in the comic print universe --
Are there any good articles or analysis on the relative importance of the current comic book runs on the comic universe? What I am thinking is that the spate of CBMs has been building on a huge fan base and literature, developed years ago when kids and young adults read comic books and then got excited about seeing those stories brought to the screen. How true the movies were (or weren't) to the books mattered. But now it seems like the movies are more important if only because that is where the fan base is. Fewer people read the books and, even for those that do, the books are not the source of the stories, but rather only one of the sources. So to put in the context of the above discussion, "who cares what they do to Thor in the comics, now. It is the movies that matter and they should reflect 70s/80s/90s canon and then run from there." Those are just my thoughts and have little data or analysis to underpin them, so I am wondering if anyone is aware of someone who has done a better job looking at and thinking about the issue.