It seems that most mainstream Big Two comics have pretty pedestrian titles. They rarely go for the cerebral thought provoking title but instead choose to simply name their main character, or group, of the comic and hope to brand them into popularity as the title as well. Sometimes they get snazzed up with an adjective, sometimes they stand alone, but rarely is it something interesting. Independent comics rarely name their comics after the main character, instead usually taking some other inspiration. Sometimes one approach is best, sometimes the other one kicks a goal. Here I want to discuss the power of the title. What’s in a name? Hit the jump to find out.
It seems to be now that many issues don’t even have a name anymore. The overall story arc gets a title but each issue does not, which is a real shame. If you read Bendis and Maleev’s Daredevil you’ll see that the arcs are the only titles, with each issue being a part of it, and even those arc titles are pretty uninspired; Underboss, Out, Trial Of The Century, Lowlife, Hardcore, The King of Hell’s Kitchen, The Widow, Golden Age, Decalogue, and The Murdock Papers. That’s a pretty plain set of titles for a five year run. The trend still continues today on that title, which is a shame.