Oh, absolutely. Most people with a story to tell and the creativity to do so are doing stuff like Parahumans or a webcomic. And they're doing pretty well for themselves, all told. It's easier than ever to publish something new. And not only do you not have to adhere to the standards of the Big Two, you also own any rights to the characters you make instead of having a corporation own them instead.If anyone finds this sort of idea interesting, Parahumans is fantastic and full of horrible "superpowers" and PTSD. Strong woman protag. Plenty of characters that check the social justice boxes too, but actually written with the personalities of real human beings instead of cardboard cutout political tokens. It kind of drives me bonkers that a writer this good works for Patreon donations while corporate writers crap out...this shit. OTOH, maybe working alone is where the freedom to not write dreck comes from.
That's why you can't find young talented people in capeshit nowadays, because they're all off doing their own thing and making something interesting. The only people left are cape fanboys who just want to play around with the characters, and the liberal diversity hires. Unfortunately, the comics industry has put their money on the latter.