Tuesday, May 8, 2012

World's Finest #1 (and the DCnU in General)

This hurts me to admit, because I’ve been a big Power Girl fan for years, but this comic was TLDR for me. (That’s Too Long, Didn’t Read for those who don’t know.)

I should have known better, my engagement with the DC New 52 is at an all-time low these days. Factor in ANOTHER alternate world in Earth 2, more “all you know is wrong!” with Helena Bertinelli being erased from continuity, and some tie ins to books I don’t read like Mr. Terrific, and I just plain lost interest.

I think my affection for comic art isn’t enough to carry me at this point. I love George Perez’s work, and Kevin Maguire is a top-5 artist for me, but I just can’t seem to navigate through the new 52 continuity. I know Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen, and Jerry Ordway are still working, and I’m sure other favorites are drawing DC books too, but I think I’m going to have to sit this era out. I will check out the work from the library, because I do love the art, though.

I’ve been trying not to gripe too much, I’m sure the next generation loves the DCnU, and I’m happy for them. It just doesn’t seem to be a continuity I’m interested in! I know sales are way up, so I’m sure that all the new readers who came in with the reboot more than make up for old grumpy guys like me. I wish DC the best; it just means that this blog may have more Marvel reviews than DC for awhile. In fact, I’m not even buying any trades or digital sales of pre-boot DC. If the story wasn’t good enough for DC to keep, why is it good enough to buy?

At this point, I’m down to Batman, Batman & Robin, Green Lantern, and Green Lantern Corps. What are the odds that the only DC books I’m still reading are the ones that didn’t get a hard reboot?

I do have to say it puzzles me that DC would put out an Earth 2 book featuring an alternate universe with weird versions of its main heroes. I guess they can’t set one title back in the old DCU because then fans might think that was the only book that counted. But it sure would be nice for us fans who made the mistake of reading DC Comics from 1985-2011. We didn’t know we were reading the “wrong” stuff!



purgmc said...

Yeah man, you sound a little crochety for such a young guy. I've been reading DC since 1960 and thought this might be the time to opt out too, but I like the characters and stories too much and you know what, it's all made up, no matter how you look at it. Actually, I thought the way that Helena was dealt with was pretty clever. I've always enjoyed your reviews, but lately, if you're not complaining about the length of the story, or the splash pages, there isn't much else to the review, so maybe it's a good thing you're opting out and reading things you enjoy.

Timbotron said...

You know it. And I will keep reading the Batman & GL books that I love!