Alright, here's a rant that's been a long time in coming, and I figured, fuck it! why not just do it today. No time like the present right?
Good. Here it goes.
"Dear DC Comics......."
Look, we gotta' talk. I'd love to be able to say it's me and not you, but we both know that's a lie.
Sure I'm to blame for somethings, but really this isn't working it like it used to.
And I know it's all your fault either; you certainly couldn't help or stop what Dan Didio and his masters of evil do to you and me both, but that doesn't totally let you off the hook either.
DC Comics, you're like that hot ex-girlfriend, or hot chick, that you know's bad for you. Sure she looks nice, even hot as hell, but one wrong look or cross word, and I instantly remember why we either broke up or never got together seriously in the first place.
But I can't help myself.
When I go to my local comic store, I can't help but head to your section first, completely bypassing Marvel. I'm sure you like hearing that, and I like heading to your section if no new or decently-priced loose figures attract my eye first.
It's just that Dan and his cronies have really messed things up between us. I and many of my fellow blogger friends also feel the same way about you. We love your characters and their rich personalities and abilities, or at least we did. Frankly ever since the infamous NU52 reboot two years ago, nothing's been the same. The superheroes, our superheroes, that we fell in love with aren't the same anymore.
Sure they have new, flashy costumes that seem like a new fresh coat of paint on them. But it's just not the same. Oh sure they still look they them for the most part, but there's something missing. Personality, the differences that made them stand out, not only amongst themselves, but other characters from other comic companies as well. Your long, and sometimes complicated past wasn't as a major a turn-off as many would have us belief. Quite the opposite really; it helped make you stand out and made us feel like we were right to invest so much time and money into you. Now with that damn reboot still ringing wildly and madly in my ears and brain, I have a harder time not feeling a sadness that only comes with the long of those lost, nostalgic times of yesteryear. Back when it was okay to cheer and root for you. When it was okay to buy your products, even if other people picked on or taunted me because of it. You were always cool to me, and thus you and your roster of recognizable superheroes gained and kept my loyalty.
I only wish you were able to show me the same loyalty in return.
We have a love/hate relationship, you and I.
I love your characters still, buying your action figures when they're available and worth the money, and hell, I've broken down and bought some those shiny, new NU52 comics, just to say I gave it a try.
But I still hate it, and I still hate what you've become. Much like I'm sure you love the money I spend on you, but hate when I criticize you or suggest you do things a different way.
Hopefully one day, things will get better, and maybe we'll even find some middle ground. I know I still try anyways, but lately it doesn't like you're giving me the same consideration.
I still love you, and the characters you own and clutch to your breast like a hoarder.
Hell, I might even try couple more sips of that kool-aid to maybe understand your new ways better, but I'm not sure it'll change my mind or how I feel about or dysfunctional relationship.
Again, maybe one day things'll get better, and we'll both feel a lot better about each other, and see each more often than we do. I don't know.
All I know is that I, and countless others like me, miss the Pre-Nu52 continuity. We hate seeing what's been done to those we grew to love, seeing as how they're hardly recognizable to us anymore.
Things just seemed better, and maybe it's because I don't see change or modernization like you do and the people that run you do, but it's just not the same anymore.
I'll still hold out hope that one day, things will move a little closer back to the way it was, or at least the parts that matter. Hopefully this will happen before I get too old to care, or just not care period.
Until them, I still buy up your figures if they're worthy, and still head towards your isle like some love-sick puppy.
Don't break my heart like all the others have, it's the only heart I have.