Mr Mole wrote:
To little, to late: They burned a lot of readers & yes an improvement is good, but when you start with nothing, the only direction to go is up.
Bingo. Matthew summed up my feelings on the matter with that line. With few exceptions, DC took a fictional universe, filled with people and places I've loved for decades, and turned it into an abomination. I do
feel burned and I don't plan on jumping back into purchasing any titles from DC (or Marvel, for that matter) in the foreseeable future (if ever).
It would be like rebooting the Marvel universe, but removing anything worked on or created by Stan Lee. I'm sure you could come up with a universe that may be worth reading about, but it'd no longer be the Marvel universe, it'd be something else entirely. An then to add insult to injury, they decided to reinsert the stuff Stan Lee made, but in a fashion that it was completely unrecognisable as the original works barring the name.
For DC that's something as simple as removing the legacy of the Golden Age... There is no DC without the Golden Age.
Darrin Kelley wrote:The shift of comics away being aimed at an all ages demographic has done a tremendous amount of damage to the industry as a whole. As the focus has become solely aimed at an aging demographic that will simply eventually die of old age. And without new readers to replace them, the mainstream comics run the risk of dying with them.
This is why it is critical to get books out that appeal to a wide range of demographics. So that a new audience can be built. So that the whole medium actually has a future.
Yep, we'll just become the newest iteration of model trains, pulp fiction novels, or radio plays. Unwilling to adapt & with creators walking around announcing "we shall never be replaced, we shall never die" right before they died & were replaced.
But I think I know what the industry needs. The industry needs a new third party producer of superhero comics: Combining all the best aspects of 90's Marvel story telling, with 2000's DC story telling. A company that instead of creating 52 books, is much smaller & just produces 10 books.... Quality over quantity. Because at the moment, DC & Marvel do in fact have a monopoly on the superhero concept & they are attempting to run it into the ground for pure profits for somebody else, in this case Hollywood.
A company that cares only for the quality of the product sold, rather than kitsch sales gimmicks, like point 1 issues, 3d covers, foil covers, alternate covers, poly-bagging, trading cards, etc etc.
Think of it as Invincible, if it had 9 other titles just as good, but with a diverse range of styles, characters & even superhero paradigms. Think of it as Malibu Comics Ultraverse, if the Ultraverse hadn't been almost completely shit.
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