Wednesday, October 05, 2011

"...And nothing else matters."

 "There's a sucker born every minute"
-P.T. Barnum (1810–1891)

Happy Hump Day folks! That's right, this is the middle of the work-week, so press on, because Friday is a mere 2 days away!

I wanted to briefly discuss Dan Didio's controversial statements that all Crisis events are no longer in continuity in the rebooted DCU.

I first saw this made mention, and if you follow this link, you'll see what I'm talking about:

So, Didio basically states on facebook this:
 I'll "bracce myself indeed. Learn to spell idiot!

How nice of Didio and Co. to declare this(note the sarcasm)
So what does this mean exactly?
You know all those trade paperbacks of those famous DC events from the last few years that you "just had to buy"? They don't mean anything anymore. So basically they're worthless(continuity-wise that is) and you wasted your hard-earned money on something that won't likely be ever referenced to again.....except maybe 5-10 years down the line, or whenever Didio and Co. feel like declaring those events to have happened again.

How nice for all those loyal DC readers)and me) who bought those expensive TPBs.

So basically, Final Crisis, Infinite Crisis(which actually does deserve to be forgotten) maybe the 1st Crisis, 52, Blackest Night, Brightest Day, and Countdown no longer matter. Wow. And DC just suckered fans to "have to" buy BL and BD last year and the year before that respectively. For those poor people, I feel bad for you.

Not to mention Morrison's Batman epic storyline R.I.P. is also majorly affected, thus possibly making even that one moot as well. I wonder how Morrison personally feels about that? I'm sure the barrels full of money he's made helps, but it still has sting on a professional level.

Maybe he reads this quote by Elizabeth Bowen:
"Art is the only thing that can go on mattering once it has stopped hurting."
I will admit though, to possibly seeing Didio's view on this;(oh no Hell's frozen over!)
Like he said, this reboot is pretty much like the very 1st one back in 1985/6 w/ the 1st CRISIS.
The writers, artists, and editors all had to start continuity from scratch basically, and while that led to whole bunch of problems due to not everyone being on the same page, it also paved the way for Vertigo and other forms of progressive story-telling. So with really good books out there like Synder's Swamp Thing and Batman, and  Lemire's Animal Man, perhaps there's still hope for DC yet.
Still, it can't possibly feel good to those creators who worked on those events to see it "doesn't matter" anymore. Yes, the physical works are still out there to be enjoyed by all who own them, but that still doesn't soften the blow any less.

And now for your Zen moment of the day:
Some people just have it all don't they?


Dan said...

I have two say two things struck me about this announcement. One how classy was it to make such an announcement on Facebook, I mean c'mon your not some 14 year old teenager Dan. Second what is DC without Crisis?

Not only does it sucker-punch all the old readers in one sentence if you take out all the Crisis related work you end up with some pretty empty characters.

Wonder Woman without George Perez's revamp for example. It's such a dumb throw away line, it was the first piece of the new DCU that actually made me angry when I read it.

Dale Bagwell said...

What can I say Dan, that's DCDidio for you.

And really, how can Didio and Co. not expect old readers/current readers to be pissed off?

I guess this helps things for me on the TPB end because there really isn't too many of them that "matter" according to current continuity anyways, so Didio's saving me and bunch of other readers a lot of money. Nice one Dildo!

And that folks, is a major reason why I prefer to read reviews and spoilers online....that and it saves me money.

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