Yes this is officially my farewell to DC Comics as I can no longer stand it. I have thought about this for a good while now, but I just can't bring myself to give money to a company for comics that I no longer believe in. Yes, I no longer believe in DC.
I know the New 52 is a reboot. I know that things are to be expected to change or cease to exist. However it wasn't until just yesterday that I realized something. That it finally and truly hit me. All of these changes, all of the condensing of years worth of character history, all the teams that I grew up with and the characters I loved, are gone. Just gone. My two favorite teams? The Teen Titans and JSA? Yeah they're gone and not coming back.
It's like DC made a checklist of things that people liked and just went
"Eh, screw 'em they'll get used to it"
I'm not the only one who feels like this. I have 7 other close friends who feel the same way and I've even talked to over 40 complete strangers in my book store who feel the same way since the reboot happened.
Back to the teams I mentioned. Before anyone says "Oh, but the Teen Titans are still the same!" no they aren't. They don't even have the ORIGINAL founding members on the team. Actually I take it back, they DO have original founding members. For YOUNG JUSTICE!! Tim Drake, Bart Allen, Cassie Sandsmark, and Superboy. All founding members of Young Justice. I wish they had called the book Young Justice because at least that way I could pretend that the original Titans still existed. But no they don't. I mean not even Donna Troy is around anymore!!!!
Which brings me to my next gripe. Earth 2. I've been vocal about this. I hate Earth 2. I hate the book with a passion. You want to know why? Every single character in that universe is not a Golden Age character, they are only members of the JSA in name only.
But here's one of the things that broke me. Alan Scott, THE ORIGINAL GREEN LANTERN WHO HAS BEEN AROUND FOR AS LONG AS SUPERMAN, BATMAN, AND WONDER WOMAN, A GOLDEN AGE ICON, being gay. Look I have no problems with gay people. Do I understand it? No. Do I hate gay people? No. Am I gay? No. My problem isn't with the gay, it's what it has DONE to the character.
DC did not even THINK when they made that change. Alan Scott has been around for nearly 80 years. He is not some character that's been around for five or 10 years and you can suddenly make him gay. No it doesn't work like that. Now Alan Scott will not be remembered as the original Green Lantern, a character capable of taking on both the Justice Society AND Justice League and being more powerful than Superman. He will be forever branded as gay Green Lantern. The other day I was in my book store and I heard a couple of kids, no older than 15, pick up a copy of Earth 2 and one of them asks which Green Lantern is in the book. The other responded
"Oh, he's that gay Green Lantern."
That gay Green Lantern. That's what the character has been reduced to. My favorite hero of the Golden Age being reduced to a character who's just known for being gay. Yeah, that hurts.
Now I don't blame the writers I really don't. I blame DC itself. Why? Because they advertised it, they paraded around the fact they made Alan Scott gay. They put a characters sexuality over the character himself. It was in such HORRIBLE taste, it was so distasteful that my cousin, a lesbian, and her partner who were just getting into comics actually decided NEVER to pick up another comic again because of how this was done. If they had just done it and NOT say they did, just let it be a surprise? Yeah I can honestly say I would feel less emotional about it. Why? Because not only is it in better taste, but because it would give people the chance to KNOW this version of Alan instead of just going "He's the gay Green Lantern".
You see? This is the kind of thing DC has been reduced to. It may sound petty, but I don't care.
Also as a final thought. Marvel did their own New 52 and did it a BILLION TIMES better than DC. They didn't wipe their universe clean, changing character's orientations, or make a big affair out of it. They did what a GOOD company does. They made new number ones, new series, where it was extremely easy for people to come in and get to know these characters. To maybe even encourage them to go back and try to find older stories.
DC? They failed.