See, the weird thing is, this is my problem with a lot of current indie books. There seems to be a strange, inexplicable fear of going straight for a genre; instead, everything is “a murder mystery… but in space!” Or, “a heist story, but with monsters!” There aren’t really any pure crime comics, or pure sci-fi comics, or pure horror comics anymore. Everything is trying to be the new Saga, and, as much as I absolutely love that comic (Alana and Marko about to kiss was my icon on this site for a while), I’m kind of tired of it. That said, I actually love it when creators do this in superhero comics. Most of my favorite recent superhero runs have some kind of genre-bending twist to them. The current Jimmy Olsen and Lois Lane series, Event Leviathan, Wonder Twins, the early bits of the Tomasi Superman. To go into Marvel for a second, The Superior Foes of Spider-Man is one of my all-time favorite comics. I think it works better in superhero comics because it’s really the only truly established genre in the medium. In movies, murder mysteries and sci-fi stories have been around for decades, so it’s understandable to want to play around with those tropes (Knives Out was one of my favorite movies of 2019), but in comics, it’s different. Superhero books have been rolling steadily off the presses since the late 1930s, so the urge to play with the tropes of that well-worn genre are understandable and healthy. That’s my take on it, anyway.