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#1 Posted by Blurred View (363 posts) - - Show Bio

I guess I should have just linked to your blog when I was going on about how bad the science fiction was in my review for this issue.

#2 Posted by Blurred View (363 posts) - - Show Bio

Ouch. Even the new and improved Superman can't top the same old Batman.

Honestly though, these numbers have more to do with retailers' expectations than how the books actually performed with readers this past month. We won't be able to really judge how well these relaunches really did until at least December when we can see how the sales numbers move from here. I know I'm hoping to see some books climb or at the veryleast hold where they're at. I hate to see Men of War, Voodoo and Grifter down there. Those were three good books.

#3 Posted by Blurred View (363 posts) - - Show Bio

@spiderbat87 said:

Although I though OMAC was total crap I liked Mr Terrific which no one seemed to like so I kind know what you mean

I thought Mr. Terrific had some problems, but I liked it. I have some hope for it going forward. I'm not holding the lost of JSA against it, because I would like to see Michael Holt make it as a solo hero.

As for everything else, it's just people sharing their opinions on these relaunches. Shouldn't only share the good ones. Uninformed ones who didn't really even read the books do suck, but the ones from people who did read them seem perfectly valid for me. Even if I don't agree. And oh, I had a lot of disagreements last week. That was fun.

#4 Posted by Blurred View (363 posts) - - Show Bio

I tend to find Marvel does this kind of thing more effectively, for the reasons you mention. They generally use big stories to get people's attentions and build up to the launch of a new series. Incredible Hercules springs out of World War Hulk. Black Panther: Man Without Fear springs out of Shadowland. Secret Warriors from Secret Invasion. FF from Three. Nova from Annihilation.

DC, on the other hand, tends to launch things cold. Like they launch series and just hope for the best. Here's Zatanna by Paul Dini. Go. Here's Doom Patrol by Keith Giffen. Here's yet another Freedom Fighters from Palmiotti and Gray. Here are the Red Circle heroes. And it bothers me when they do this because it seems like they aren't putting in the extra effort to give these books a better shot. The books are just cast out into the cold with fingers crossed. Some manage to last for a few years but rarely do you see one get decent sales.

#5 Posted by Blurred View (363 posts) - - Show Bio

Congratulations, man.

#6 Posted by Blurred View (363 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't think DCnU can honestly be called a huge success yet. It's not about how well the #1s sell. It's about how well the #6s, #7s, #8s and so on sell. Where are these sales numbers going to settle at? Higher than before? Lower? About even? If all this trouble turns out to be just for a short term sales spike, that's not much of a success.

#7 Posted by Blurred View (363 posts) - - Show Bio

A lot of this just makes me shake my head, and not at DC. I read through an article like this and rather than see the points trying to be made I just see prudishness and jumping at the latest excuse to get up on the soapbox. Really? Complaints about sexed up portrayals of Catwoman and Starfire of all characters? Holding them up as how DC treats women in the same week that Wonder Woman, Birds of Prey and Supergirl also came out? I so can't take this seriously. Oh no, Starfire is being portrayed as promiscuous for different reasons than usual. Oh no, Catwoman had sex with Batman and we kinda sorta see some things. Oh no, they and Voodoo are the only female DC characters.

I would give this issue of Catwoman to pretty much any of my female friends, and they would eat it up. Why? Because they watch shows like True Blood, and they read the books and others like them. As do a lot of other women. So I just find these claims that Catwoman is some male fantasy hilarious. Oh hey, I appreciated those bra shots of Catwoman. But the sex scene with Batman? No, that was not written for me. That was not written for the male audience. That was straight out of the books and shows with large female audiences. I've already showed that image to one of my friends and now she REALLY wants to read this whole issue.

#8 Posted by Blurred View (363 posts) - - Show Bio

@entropy_aegis said:

@Blurred View said:

Can Wallace? I didn't read most of his Titans run, so I'm not that familiar with him as a writer. I just know he sure didn't show it in the first issue of Mr. Terrific. There was a lot of generic scifi in that. As for Morrison... I don't know. I guess he can. I've seen it sometimes. He just typically doesn't do hard scifi. I'm more used to him doing the opposite and going off in the radical, high concept direction.

Wallace did use Dr Sivana very impressively in his Titans run.

I guess that gives me some hope for the book then. I think it got off to a good start. I just wasn't impressed by the scifi aspect of it. Maybe Wallace was just occupied with getting the main character set up first. I hope he ups his game from here on out then. I'd like to see the book last, and it's going to need some good scifi to do that.

#9 Posted by Blurred View (363 posts) - - Show Bio

@entropy_aegis said:

@Blurred View said:

DC doesn't really have the hard scifi-minded writers to pull this off, sadly. J.T. Krul and Eric Wallace's strengths don't really seem to be in scifi. If DC could've stolen Warren Ellis or Jonathan Hickman from Marvel for this stuff, then it would be something. Mr. Terrific by Warren Ellis? Holy crap. But I can't really think of any DC writers who are particularly skilled at hard science fiction.

I don't know about Krul but Wallace can pull it off.Morrison comes to mind as well,he's the one who created the Worlogog,Genesis box,Cosmic armour etc.

Can Wallace? I didn't read most of his Titans run, so I'm not that familiar with him as a writer. I just know he sure didn't show it in the first issue of Mr. Terrific. There was a lot of generic scifi in that. As for Morrison... I don't know. I guess he can. I've seen it sometimes. He just typically doesn't do hard scifi. I'm more used to him doing the opposite and going off in the radical, high concept direction.

#10 Posted by Blurred View (363 posts) - - Show Bio

DC doesn't really have the hard scifi-minded writers to pull this off, sadly. J.T. Krul and Eric Wallace's strengths don't really seem to be in scifi. If DC could've stolen Warren Ellis or Jonathan Hickman from Marvel for this stuff, then it would be something. Mr. Terrific by Warren Ellis? Holy crap. But I can't really think of any DC writers who are particularly skilled at hard science fiction.