A few years ago I wrote an article called “The Why”, https://burningtalkingpoints.wordpress.com/2010/12/24/the-why/, which explain my reasoning on it is sometimes bad to “deconstruct” or “bring back to basic” characters in comics. I believe it is a basically a selfish move on the part of the Big Two, Marvel and DC. Since then, I have stop reading comics all together because I was tired. I was tired of events. I was tired of retcons. I was really tired of crappy stories for 3-4 dollars. At one point in my life, I was spending about 300 dollars on comic monthly and mostly to Marvel. It started to change after OMD. DC started to get more of my money and a few indie comics. Then, it stop. What happened? I will explain.
FREAKING DCnU HAPPENED!!!
After DCnU, I stop. Just plain stop buying comics because of lazy editorial mandates. Lazy story telling and cheap gimmicks. I tried really hard to give the “New” DC a chance. I hated it, expect Batgirl, because IT IS NOT DC! IT IS DC TRYING TO BE MARVEL! Then there is the list of characters that were “benched” by DC. Who are they? Here is a list:
25. Ryan Choi
24. Dr. Mid-Nite
22. Renee Montoya(The new Question)
21. Elongated Man
20. Plastic Man
19. Hawkwoman (Shayera Hol)
15. Blue Beetle (Ted Kord)
14. The Endless
12. Chloe Sullivan
11. Sgt. Rock (World War II)
10. Negative Man & Elasti-Girl
8. Element Woman ( Who was introduce in the new 52 at the very beginning but POOF she is gone)
7. Adam Strange
6. Miss Martian
5. The Metal Men
4 Bizzaro(SCREW YOU HEL-L)
3. Doomsday (Not that I want this character to come back, but I am talking about DC here…)
2. Stephanie Brown
1. Wally West
:That is what people with blogs are saying they want to read. What do we get Vibe…FREAKING VIBE IN HIS OWN BOOK! I did hear a demand for Vibe to have his own book. HELL, I don’t think there was a demand for Vibe period! This why I stop reading comics, the people in power at either Marvel or DC are not listening to the readers. The lack of vision to make money and just plain stupidity of editorial staff is astounding. A perfect example would be the firing and rehiring of Gail Simon on Batgirl. From Jim Lee’s awful redesigned costumes to Geoff Johns and Dan Dido lack vision made me walk away.
Now Marvel, the company that wants to “shake things up,” needs to stop. Just stop. How many Avengers books are there now? 300? Spider-man is now Doc Ock? We have more Hulks than X-men. X-men have be even more confusing. I agree Marvel, you shook things up to the point where no one can join in the fun. None of Marvel’s, and DC for that matter, isn’t easily accessible anymore. This because event after event after event syndrome. You need to let things settle down before you can shake things up. Characters have to be unique and give the reader the feeling that there is one of them in the universe. Now is just a mish mash of everyone blending in with everyone else? There is no real distinction between the books anymore and that is sad. Stop trying to “shake things up” and just tell some stories without including everyone hero in the universe in the next major event this summer. GIVE IT US A REST ALREADY!
What am I trying to say here? It is the freaking 90’s again. As one that had to deal with epic amount of bad stories, Heroes Reborn, Zero Hero, and Clone Saga, I don’t need to see it again. No more foil covers, No more variants, No more shock and awe writing, just plain no more! Editors just edit! Stop with you arsine mandates about “how the character is supposed to be because that is the way character was when I grew up” IT IS NOT 1995 ANY MORE! GET A GRIP! You base has grown up in intelligence and aware of cheap gimmicks.
Both Marvel and DC need to clean up their mess. It is a big mess. They have alienated readers that have been loyal to them. They are trying new technology, but they are falling short on story telling. Their artwork has been questionable for a while now. There is no real leadership at the top that is stepping back going, ”hmmm….Maybe we have gone too far here and need to bring it back a bit.” Yes, I know both companies are saying the digital market has been growing, one question about that, how many are new customers and not readers with the pass? Just saying that’s all.
Part of the problem here is the Internet. We are more aware of what is going on in comics now than in the last two decades. Some of the mystique has disappeared because of the Direct Market change and interactions with writers. The readers themselves have helped this along to a certain extent by staying quiet and buying the books they don’t like. I love comics. I love reading them. I hate these comics because they aren’t fun. DC is where everyone is like Batman and no one is a hero because it is the right thing to do. Marvel is about self-service to editors and writers, readers be damn! DC is the same way too because ask Dan Dido, Geoff Johns, or Jim Lee about that list of characters. Especially the top two, you will not get a answer because they don’t want them back. They don’t want to make money or bring more readers in because they are right and we are wrong for caring about those character. THAT IS BRILLANT! That will make them money….SHEESH!