By RazzaTazz 14 Comments
I started out the new 52 reading an almost obscene number of series (I think I had read over 30 of the first issues) but now I am down to 3 - Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Green Lantern: New Guardians (and the last one was saved from being relegated to the discard pile after I saw Carol Ferris on the most recent cover.) The thing that has done me in time and again are the unexpected and unwanted crossovers. It should be noted that I almost never read ahead on solicits to see what is upcoming so crossovers jump up at me out of nowhere. So far the crossovers have made me lose interest in - Green Lantern: New Guardians, I Vampire, Supergirl, and Aquaman. I understand the reasoning behind DC doing it. Crossovers have a potentially immediate boost to sales and might help long term by some readers picking up other characters more consistently, but with me the opposite occurs. By this point in the new 52, I am reading primarily because I like certain characters. I think this is partially driven because I have been reading a lot more of independent titles which tend to be more character driven, and I find the few characters left that I read at DC to be worthy of the attention. I think to be fair, the big new 52 marketing idea worked for me for a while because of all of the choice and all of the creative talent assembled, but as time goes on DC seems to be stuck in the same old ways as they always have been, and the crossovers are not helping. As I read through the Supergirl half of the H'el storyline I can get what is happening, but as I jump to the following issue I find that she has radiation poisoning and the other half of the stories introduced characters that are now relevant to her somehow. The same reason made me want to get rid of Aquaman. I am really not very happy with the direction of Justice League, but I was forced to read it because of the crossover. I decided in the end though that I would rather drop Aquaman than read the series that I didn't like (though someone is welcome to convince me to pick up Aquaman again.) In short I don't think this is working for me the way that DC has hoped that it will work for all comic fans. Crossovers should be built up to and make sense for all of the characters, not just be a random cash grab.