Slugfest is a non-fiction comic book written by Reed Tucker. He is a journalist who writes about entertainment and pop culture. His work has appeared in the New York Post, Esquire, Fortune, and USA Today. In this book, he details the epic, 50 years-long battle between Marvel and DC, the two comic giants. This is the only book credited to the journalist.
Will Collyer is the narrator of this book. He has used various English accents throughout the performance. His Australian English accent was notably the worse. Other than his accents, his normal style was very likable.
Just like Coke and Pepsi, there are two towering giants of the comic book industry – Marvel and DC. They have locked horns in a battle that has been going on for a better part of a century. They are vying for spandex supremacy. The stakes are not just sales but relevancy and hearts of millions of fans.
For the bystanders, it appears that Marvel has taken the lead. However, things weren’t so good for the company for much of the early 20th century. Back then, DC was the undisputed ruler of the domain. DC’s titles sold uncountable copies in the world and its iconic superheroes were household names. Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman; it is the trio to rule them all. Or rather, it used to be, but then Marvel struck back with Fantastic Four #1. Then, it started changing the dynamics. Now, it is a completely different situation.
It is obvious from the book that early on, the author was a Marvel fan, so there is a kind of bias. There are other times that the writer appears quite objective. Still, the other moments are where anyone can tell that he is leaning towards Marvel. Even then, this is a good book for those who want to know the back story of the industry.