Posts Tagged ‘DC Comics’

It seems obvious now that I’m writing it down, and I can just see the words in front of me, but the essential problem with DC and their 52-new issue reboot/relaunch/reinvention is that it was really just a huge publicity stunt.

By which I mean:  they didn’t actually change their *product* in any meaningful way; they just tried to generate a lot of hype and notice for their work, and then just continued to do the same basic thing that they’ve been doing for fifty years.

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I wish I was the kind of decent human being who could just let sleeping piles of weevil-infested rat crap lie, but I am not that person.  I am an asshole, and that is why I am writing about Suicide Squad #1, written by Adam Glass and, like, fifteen artists.  (Actually, I guess just three:  Federico Dallocchio, Ransom Getty, Scott Hanna.)

This comic was extremely terrible, and it was so terrible that it’s made me unaccountably furious.  Just eyeball-popping finger-quivering furious.

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I want to make this clear, I don’t really read The Flash, so I don’t have a vested interest in this, or anything.  This isn’t me saying, “I grew up with Wally West, damn it, and I want everything to always be the same!’  Only jerks do that.  This is me, reading butt-tonnes of analysis (haha, get it?  PUN INTENDED) on the subject, and coming to some conclusions that I’m surprised aren’t raised more often.

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So, let me think about this a little.  I feel like, because we don’t have the “hero discovers his powers” option available to us (actually we do, but let me save that for a minute), then this is another “superhero” movie that needs to not have the superhero be the protagonist (see:  Aquaman).  And we also kind of need to scale the Martian Manhunter back a little bit, too, because his powers are:  flight, super-strength, invincibility, super-speed, laser eyes, shapechangeing, telepathy, intangibility…it is a lot of powers.  It’s basically “all the powers,” and it’s hard to sell drama when your main character is a guy with all the powers.

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So apparently there are enough people upset about the upcoming DC relaunch that they are actually going to stage a protest at this year’s San Diego Comic Con.

Now, sure, this can be viewed as stupid.

For one thing, they’re boycotting something they still don’t really know anything about, on the grounds that it’s throwing out everything they loved about the “old” DC Comics, even though since the initial (somewhat jarring announcements), it sounds a lot more like it’s simply dressing up and streamlining existing properties, with a few continuity tweaks here and there.

In other words, this is Zero Hour, not Crisis on Infinite Earths.

For another, the protest is ostensibly to get DC to see the fans’ passion, realize its folly and abandon its broad, sweeping publishing paradigm that’s been in the works for about a year at least, and, umm. A protest is a bold gesture, sure, but a boycott – the “voting with your wallet” notion that all the big publishers insist is what they really listen to (and the buying public has shown, time and time again, that they will buy these event books they so often decry) – is really the way to go here.

But at the heart of this protest is the central idea, “We were happy with how things were, and we don’t want you to change it.”

And…this is really the part that I can’t quite grasp. Because despite our periodic needling about the relaunch (mostly on aesthetic grounds), I think I’m actually on board with changing things up. The reason for this is one name long:

Robin.  (more…)

What is DC Comics up to these days?  Perhaps this helpful screencap from the DC Comics TV show will clear things up.

After the first lump of underwhelming announcements – “More Green Lantern books by the same Green Lantern writers” – followed by a second lump of Bat-family announcements – “Here’s a metric ton of Batman comics, we hear the kids like that guy” – I was beginning to wonder when the “exciting” part of DC’s “exciting new relaunch” was going to kick in.

And I’m a fairly cynical comics reader, but when you tell me there’s going to be a Justice League comic headlined by John Constantine, Zatanna* and Deadman…okay. Okay. I’m listening.  (more…)