By Battlepig Comments
Apparently, the DC Universe is broken. That’s what DC has decided and thus, it gets rebooted. Even if they did not and probably will never admit to it being broken, they attempt to fix it. Personally, I kind of agree with it. Some aspects of it – unfortunately some of the bigger ones – are broken beyond repair. However, with DC under Geoff Johns and Jim Lee going “Meh, bugger it all to hell!” they could do everything better. Or at least they try to do everything better.
So now they’re running the risk of doing it like every other “Everything will change”-event and completely failing at it. Thus, they’ll end up with something that was supposed to make everything better and different, but they keep on dragging the baggage of the already broken past along with them. The prime example for this would be Ultimatum, which was supposed to fix the Ultimate Universe. Then it failed by them not completely throwing overboard everything they had.
Whatever you do as a comic book company, there are people who will bitch and moan about everything you do. You make Batman light and funny, some will complain. You make him dark and gritty, an equal number of people will complain. This has been the thing that held comics back the most. Why do you think indie books are sometimes so very amazing? Because they dare doing things that the big two publishers would never be able to do because of their very loyal, very vocal and very stupid fanbase. Even stories that feature characters that can best be described as “This totally isn’t Superman, wink wink!” like Boom’s Irredeemable are infinitely better than any Superman story there currently is. Don’t you just wish that this story was allowed to be a Superman story? With all the debate, the harsh criticism, the love, the inevitable redemption and retcon and all that? Wouldn’t it be an amazing ride?
However, this can only happen if you forget everything that has happened before. Yes, I am hereby advertising the elimination of sixty-plus years of continuity and storytelling. I am all for forgetting stories like Hush or Knightfall or The Death and Rebirth of Superman or even the Multiverse itself. Do away with it, it’s bogging us down. Look at it, where has 52 led? They have turned the Multiverse on again, nothing was ever done with it. If anything, it limited stories. Look at the Wildstorm universe – now defunct, mind you – that lost The Authority. The Authority’s whole shtick was to travel through dimensions, explore alternate worlds. Now we have only fifty-two of them. And The Authority was a cornerstone of that universe. All gone. Thanks to something that ever amounted to anything and is now being fixed by a time-travel-thing.
Well, here’s your chance, DC. Go for it. Do whatever you like. Make Superman a bastard for a bit. Make Batman be happy for a little while. You never know, maybe people will like it and it can stick. You could have an entirely new universe that way, with characters having roles you would never have expected. Us readers, we will get a whole new world to explore. We’ll have the fun and excitement that we had as children when we first read comics and discovered things like Batman’s Batcave for the first time. When we learned that Superman was actually an alien from Krypton. When we found out that there are so many more heroes out there when we first held an issue of the JLA. We could have all this again. We could have new characters without more established ones having to take their spotlight because they’re just so much more important and more experienced.
And, granted, they’re also easier to write as you can just throw a villain at them because everyone knows who Superman is. So put some effort into it, be creative all you want. Tell the best stories that there can be. Do things you would never have dared to do before. Comic book readers will buy it, even if they claim not to do it. Marvel showed courage a couple of years ago and depowered almost all of their mutants. It worked. Years later, mutantkind has settled for it all. And guess what, there are still readers around. Marvel has not died and the fans who complained were wrong.
Sure, the fans will bitch and moan at DC, but remember what Oscar Wilde said: The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.