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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2011-09-02 03:41:54
DC Comics Reboot
Great googly moogly, can we stop rebooting the DC universe please? Can we get an editor-in-chief with some huevos to pick one continuity and stick with it? One who can muzzle writers like Geoff Johns who keeps bringing back the rainbow selection of Kryptonite and cube Bizzaro planets and other such Golden Age hokey baggage that all of these reboots were supposed to GET RID OF in the first place?
And how is this reset a fix of ANY kind? How can we possibly be witnessing the NEW "Year One" of the Justice League and the first meeting of these icons, if Batman is on his FIFTH Robin?
And what's with integrating the Wildstorm universe into DC proper? Did we really need Grifter running around Gotham City and Metropolis just because nobody could figure out how to write Deathstroke? How the hell are Apollo and the Midnighter supposed to work in this continuity when they're SATIRES of Superman and Batman?
I've been reading Grant Morrison's Supergods, and he makes a good point. The DC Universe is like an archipelago that grew haphazardly, randomly "connected" by the proximity of islands of characters. As opposed to the meticulously constructed Marvel Universe, the DCU is fundamentally fractured. I have every "faith" that this reboot will be retconned away before my six-year-old gets used to the new character designs. What's the over/under on when DC returns their books to the original numbering?
Speaking of, Jim Lee is one of my all-time favorite artists, but I often don't care for his character designs. When he created the visuals for Hush, the Batman villian, he slapped a big H on his chest. Seriously? A villain wearing a monogrammed shoulder harness? Lee's new Justice League designs are...a little questionable as well. Batman rocking armor makes sense. His unquestionable badassery aside, he's fundamentally a squishy dude made of meat and he needs the extra damage buffer. But do Green Lantern and Superman need those protective plates? It feels like these DC Icons were ever so slightly infected with the '90s X-Men Legacy Virus.
Oh well, at least Superman finally stopped wearing his shiny red briefs over his pants after SEVENTY-THREE long overdue years. But really, a red zig-zag belt? /sigh
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Dee Yun: (contact-deleteme[at]-deleteme-direman [dot] com) 2011-08-31 19:01:41
Diplomacy VI - Spring 2002