Posts Tagged ‘DCNu’

I am going to get back to my monster posts soon, I have still got more don’t worry. But I read Justice League #2 and I wanted to just follow up with it. I thought to myself, “Well, I thought #1 was kind of inane, but maybe they’re just getting some stuff out of the way so they can get work, or something you know?”

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Supergirl (written by Michael Green and Mike Johnson, and drawn by Mahmud Asrar)

I wasn’t going to review this, for reasons of personal bias that I’m not going to go into right now, but I’ve calmed down a little and am willing to take a crack at it.  This was I guess an “okay” book, in the sense that I wasn’t actively infuriated by it, but I do fully expect to have forgotten about it by next week, so I think that’s still a far cry from “good.”

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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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Graeme MacMillan put up this piece about thoughts shared between Warren Ellis, Ed Brubaker and Brian Michael Bendis about the digital distribution of comics.  I think it’s an interesting idea, likening the “trade” to an album and the single issues to individual songs, and suggesting the notion that, with the prominence of digital distribution then notion of “waiting for the trade” is going to come apart.

I kind of think it’s baloney, though, and let me suggest why.

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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.

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So what did I think of Handsome Geoff Johns’ and Jazzy Jim Lee’s opening outing with the Justice League?

I’d love to tell you…in another five months, once the story’s actually over.

That should probably give you some indication right out of the gate, but let’s talk about WHY. WHY I lacked the impulse control to wait for the trade – or at LEAST, until I could get to Comics & More to buy a print edition?

There were a few reasons:

1. I fully intended to buy this as part of a month-long series of reviews of the DC relaunch expect to buy tomorrow). Not every book, mind you, but there’s about 15 of which I’d definitely try out the first issue at least, and hey, despite my misgivings, the whole event’s certainly been enough to get me curious

2. I’m EXACTLY the lapsed reader they’re hoping to bring back in with this. It’s been years since I’ve picked up a DC book, for reasons I’ve outlined, but if at the end of this month there’s even a few books that make me think, “Yeah, I’d pick up the collected edition of that in a few months,” then this initiative has to count as a partial success, at least, and

3. Having never downloaded one before, I wanted to know what a digital comic really looked like. While I plan on buying the collections of what I like, a big part of this whole experiment is figuring out if digital comics really are the way of the future – and if not, what needs to happen for them to become that.

So let’s start with Justice League #1, break it down to its good parts, its iffy bits, its outright questionable bits, and see what we can find.  (more…)

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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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.

Idea 1. CUT THE LINE.

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