Re: Continuity Nazis: Your own personal canon.
This isn't just a comics phenomenon; all entertainment media have seen increased prominence of anti-heroes (in great part due to the relaxation of censorship and S&P that allows writers more latitude in what they can depict).
Actually, from a writer's point of view, anti-heroes are just easier to write. I think it's more laziness and lack of imagination that might account for increases in anti-heroes.
It's very, VERY hard to write a hero well.
SNW IV, V, VI