Posts Tagged ‘DC Reboot’

I don’t think I have to review Batman #1: It was Good. But really, just read the Comics Alliance review, I concur with everything Sims said over there.

So I want to focus on one of the odder results of The Flash screwing up time-travel and remaking the universe (or whatever the hell reason we’re using to explain why Green Lantern hasn’t undergone any changes and yet there never was a Justice League International):

Jim Gordon is smoking again.

And not cigars, or pipes. That there is a cigarette he’s gesturing at the dark knight with. Which is, I guess, a slightly more modern tobacco intake device for a cop to smoke than the others, but nevertheless. In the Nu52, James Gordon still smokes.  (more…)

I, BRAAK!, have also read the new Justice League #1 and, as you might expect, I have some thoughts on it.

Though, in fact, this is misleading — while I have some thoughts on the format, and some thoughts on the nature of digital comics and digital delivery, the most damning criticism of this as a comic book is that actually I DON’T have very many thoughts on it.

Ugh, argh, let’s get to it.


With Comic-Con finally wrapped, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I would’ve handled the DC Reboot situation, were I the Man in Charge.

Since the initial announcements, there’s been some moments of brilliance – starting with the fact that doing something as drastic as restarting and expanding all the properties has people paying a lot of attention to DC Comics. So from that perspective, mission accomplished.

But a lot of moves since then have been a little baffling. There WILL be current readers who throw up their hands, say “Fuck it!” and stop buying in frustration, after hearing that the Lois-Clark marriage is being erased, or trying to make statements like, “Oh yeah all the major events of the last 25 years totally happened” jibe with “Also, the Justice League is only five years old and they were the first superheroes. Except Batman’s been operating for 10.”  DC’s hope that they’ll somehow manage to gain more readers than they lose is a huge question mark.

(Also: When readers hear Dan Didio explain – with a straight face – that what they really think is a great idea for Superman is to make him a lonely, isolated figure who’s exploring his alien side; and this is a wonderful idea, for a character called MARTIAN MANHUNTER.)

And of course, they’re putting a lot of time and effort behind books that seem like obvious nonstarters (I can see the crossover appeal drawing some Vampire Diaries/True Blood/Twilight fans to “I, Vampyre,” but there are, straight-up, only about 5 people who give a shit about Captain Atom).

Point is, they’re doing it the way they think is best, but from the outside, it looks…risky.

But here’s how I would have done it, and once I started thinking about it, I was surprised just how far in the opposite direction I would’ve gone – to generate excitement while minimizing risk.


See what I mean?  (more…)

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…)

I am starting to wonder if DC’s announcements aren’t following some play on the timeline of DC Comics itself:

Day 1: Wonder Woman, Hawkman, Flash…lot of old-timers.

Day 2: Batman. (Technically he came first, but you get the drift.)

Day 3: All the characters who went dark and Vertigo in the 80s.

And now, Day 4:

Pouches! Jackets! Milestone! Brett Booth! “SUPERSTAR ARTIST” ROB LIEFELD.

Day 4 appears to be 90’s day.

So by that logic…OH MY GOD.

Tomorrow is Grant Morrison, using up the rest of his Superman 2000 pitch ideas!

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…)

The more information that comes out, the more even my general ideas about what matters and what doesn’t have to be revised. Let’s take the one that current fans seemed most worried about:

All their favorite stories and characters going away and being replaced by Ultimate-style, continuity-free books and younger versions that readers might not recognize. It was an idea floated by the not-always-on-the-money Rich Johnston, and general (and understandable, really) panic whenever the word “reboot” is thrown around.

So far, it looks like nobody really needs to worry.  (more…)

I wanted to wait a little while to comment on the Big News From DC Comics, because information has been coming out at a trickle and it seems silly to make an informed judgment until all the cards have been laid down.

But DC’s plans could have a huge impact on the state of the comics industry, and the moves we DO know are enough to consider on their own, even as we wait for the September solicitations to fill in some more of the blanks (and hopefully ease the hardcore DC fans’ collective freakout).

So, here’s what we do know:


Meaning: DC will now be releasing every one of its new releases both to retail comic stores AND on its digital download platform for download onto your tablet or nook or whatever it is you have (unless it’s a Kindle HAHAHAHAH awww).

Who This Matters To: The readers who have made a habit of going to the store every Wednesday to pick up new books – and especially those who make a special trip 25+ miles away just to pick up a 22-page monthly magazine, for whom that tablet option just got a lot more attractive.  (more…)