By Cakeman3000 0 Comments
There have been some serious changes and story developments going on in the DC Universe right now. People are dying, worlds are colliding, and yet when I finished reading the final issue of Trinity War I felt a little disappointed. This isn't to say I didn't love the issue. I enjoyed it, and even became energized from all of the excitement, but I already knew the heroes had lost (or so we think). DC had already told us that they lost in the previous issue. There was no shock because they told me, just like how I know the heroes will come back because DC has already announced new titles after the event. (Yes it is more or less obvious the heroes will return).
So now I know what is going to happen in the comics before I read them because of the many promotions and news releases. Where is the fun in that? Yes, I understand that I still don't know how it happens, but after a while that doesn't matter. I'm beginning to feel that the comic book industry is simply telling their audience the crazy things that are going happen so people buy more books. Sometimes one can predict a movie's ending but how many studios go out and tell the media "Hey, so all the heroes in the movie are going to die, but they'll come back, and maybe, we guess, to have an impact we're going to kill off a character." DC (not that they're the only offenders) telling their readers what is going to happen takes away from the gravity of the situation, and it impacts the reader less from what could have been an intense moment. So I sometimes question how serious the industry takes their stories. I mean, heroes from another dimension are taking over the world. That can be suspenseful. That can be heart- wrenching. Oh but everyone will be okay for the most part. What?
Great television shows such as Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and Game of Thrones are always being talked about. Conversations from the water cooler to the locker room are filled with, "What's going to happen next?" or "I can't wait till next week!" People don't know what's going to happen and that in itself drives the need for the story even more.
Of course just shock value by itself is no good. The writing and art should try for perfection, and it's not like comic books are having a drought of great talent (I suppose some could argue against that). Grant Morrison's Batman Inc. shows the artistry between good story and (for the most part) unforeseen ending. I thought Damian's death was unexpected and it became an emotional moment, and definitely more touching than if I would have known he was to be killed.
Now I want to defend DC a bit because I pointed my finger at them for a lot of this blog. They do have many tricks up their sleeves. It's true we don't know what's going to happen every issue, and we still don't know the overarching plot that these creators have planned, but I would still prefer to know even less about what's going to happen. Interviews about what's happening is fun, and sprinkling hints about what may come is engaging. But, telling us what new on-goings are coming out with the characters that are currently "dead"or simply telling us what is going to happen in the hope that we'll buy the issue ruins the fun.
Well, what do you think?