Happy Hump Day Chidrens;)
So, I figured I'd briefly discuss where I'm at opinion-wise regarding DC's NU52 reboot project that's already a year and a half in.
I still hate it. I still feel it was and is, unnecessary.
Sure they are those that think it was a totally bad thing, both for the market/sales and supposed new influx of readers,which was supposedly the main goal of the whole reboot in the first place.
And sure, initially, sales spiked of course. But they sure have seemed to level off since then.
In fact, most of the new lines' titles, with the exception of titles like Batman and Green Lantern, are at the same number of sales as the old continuity issues. Just saying.
Then there are the other glaring reasons for my dislike, which many of you already know, or feel the same way about, but here's some of the main ones for me:
-The extreme mis-characterization of established characters: (i.e. the new gay Alan Scott, the dumbing-down off Batman, Green Arrow, Wonder Girl being an amateur tomb-raider slut, The Creeper, the lack off, or just plain bland cookie-cutter personalities of almost all the heroes and villains)
-The horrible re-designs: (i.e. Raven of the Teen Titans, Superman's costume, the unwarranted transformation of the once proud Bronze Tiger, Hawkman's new look)
-The total, no massive, editorial interference: (i.e. writers like Andy Diggle, and the new roster of GL writers that up and quit after only one or two issues in)
This has become a major problem despite promises from the top heads during a major meeting retreat, where writers/artists were told they'd be allowed to do what they were hired to do without a lot of hassle or interference. That never happened, or only lasted about a week or two.
I highly suggest going to BleedingCool.Com for news are articles about this. Oh and while you're there, go find the interview with Paul Jenkins. He's written a lot of popular titles for both of the big two, and he discusses just how bad the books have become editorial-driven.
There's more of course, and I've gone over a good bit of them, but you get the point.
Now DC's got a new fall event, the "Forever Evil" Villain Month event, where the Villains take over their respective heroic foes' titles or what not. Yeah, we seen this before. Villain cover month from the old DCU a few years ago, Marvel's Acts of Vengeance, and oh yeah, DC did it also back in '05 during Infinite Crisis.
I'm complaining because it doesn't feel earned yet. There hasn't been enough build up or characterization to warrant this happening yet. Maybe I'm in the minority here about this, but just blah.
It's like if you were to put a shiny new coat of paint on a decapitated, old house, or buying new seat covers for a car that hasn't been repaired yet. Just doesn't make sense.
Here's just a link or two to some anti-NU52 blogs in case you guys are interested:
Alright so on to the more positive stuff, namely the figures.
So for myself, I had no intention whatsoever about buying any NU52 figures. If I don't care for the comics and how things are going, why buy the figures?
Then Goo started buying them himself and started putting out skits with them in there. This forced me to step back and look at them in a new perspective. After all, it wasn't their fault, they were made that way.
Plus they didn't look all that bad, although I still haven't been able to force myself to buy the NU52 Superman yet. His face is just off. He looks like a monkey-boy really.
But so far I've only bought NU52 Hawkman(whose costume should and doesn't work in the comics or in real life unless Philip Tan is drawing it) and NU52 Aquaman. They're not that bad, and I plan on making fun of them as often as I deem necessary.
So yeah, maybe NU52 Flash, Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman might be bought next. I don't know, but I do know my local store's selling for $20 a piece, and even I have a hard time knocking that deal:)
In closing, I will acknowledge that it's not like the creative teams aren't working to entertain us. I for one enjoyed Geoff Johns run for awhile. You can't easily dismiss all the contributions and new characters he added to the GL mythos. In fact, I really enjoyed his last issue that closed out his run. He allowed the opportunity for other writers to pick up and play with his toys, and have their own adventures with them. I enjoyed the pleasant endings he gave to some of those toys. I won't spoil them for you, but I will say there are truly happy endings in store, and one really cool, but surprising future in store for Sinestro;)
It's just that with a whole host of problems the reboot brought, in addition to massive timeline discrepancies, it makes it hard to enjoy what's being produced.
And I also won't pretend that sometimes revisions and updates are necessary. Just look at how recently diseased comic legend Julius Schwartz revamped and re-designed the old golden age heroes, and transformer them into the popular silver age versions we love and recognize now.
What if it hadn't worked? What if those kids who bought the adventures of their golden age heroes decided they didn't care for these new versions?
Not to mention, what if unlike the brilliant ideas that are still being ripped off from yesteryear, never caught on and were equally hated?
I guess you'd get the NU52.
I'll leave you with a quote from brave blogger Lizard; he runs his own comic review blog, but has some funny ass commentary on it. I highly recommend giving it a try.
Here's the link:
"The New 52(universe) is like an Elseworlds' version or the Preboot universe."
I'd like to add and amend that statement further, by stating the NU52 universe is an Elseworld's version of the Preboot universe that went on way, way too long.