Too many crossovers DC!

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.

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Posted by guttridgeb

I hate the massive quantity of crossovers DC has. I find it odd that so many people bitch about Marvel's yearly events (one extra miniseries) and not DC when DC is spewing out crossovers as much as they possibly can.

Posted by The_Lunact_And_Manic

Agreed.

I had to read more or less 5 titles to fully understand Death Of The Family.

Posted by Catsnlynne

I read Hawkman Wanted and there was a crossover with Green Arrow and Deathstoke. The only extra book I had to buy was Deathstroke because it wasn't on my pull list at the time.

Posted by Pazy

As a newcomer to comics this has always frightened me off. Im never sure I'm getting the complete story and Im never sure how to access the full story when there are crossovers/events.

Edited by RazzaTazz

@pazy: How new to comics are you?

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Posted by RazzaTazz

@catsnlynne: Some crossovers aren't so bad. For the H'el crossover I would have had to be reading an extra three titles for three months.

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Posted by Kal'smahboi

@razzatazz: Yeah, H'El on Earth miffed me quite a bit. While I loved the Superboy Annual, the extra books added to Superman's story just dragged the arc out way too much. I'm convinced it's the reason that it was so lack luster.

As far as crossovers go, I've noticed that they deserve the blame for the low ratings of some series. For instance, I love Gail Simone's Batgirl, but they keep forcing her to write Batman crossovers, deviating from the story she really wants to tell. She is forced to write a story to fit the larger plot, and it shows that it's not from her heart, but from the editorial.

Posted by Pazy

@razzatazz: Ive been trying to read them for years and following the movies and some TV shows but in terms of actual physical comic books I got my first Green Lantern book last Christmas. Ive been really enjoying it but I have no idea how I am supposed to be reading Blackest Night because it has a main book, a Green Lantern Book, a Green Lantern Corps book and a "Rise of the Black Lanterns" book. The same seems to be true for Brightest Day and such so I have no idea what I am supposed to buy and when I buy it what order im supposed to read them in.

Posted by End_Boss

I agree with the sentiment. If I'm buying a Batman book, it's probably because I want to read Batman stories. Not Batman and Nightwing and Batgirl and Batgirl and Robin and Red Robin and the Red Hood stories (yes, I know Batman is probably one of, if not the most over-exposed DC character right now, so he's really not a great example but I just don't care). DC editorial seems to be of the belief that simply by having all of their marquee characters in one spot they can spontaneously create an excellent story. The reality is that we're all fatigued from feeling that we have to read three or more titles (actually a clever marketing ploy on DC's part) in order to understand the one story we're trying to follow.

Edited by RazzaTazz

@pazy: I didn't read Brightest Day, but Blackest Night was loads of fun.

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Posted by Pazy

@razzatazz: Whenever I figure out how to read it I might know :p Theres so many parts to it I have no idea how to.

Posted by RazzaTazz

@pazy: The main part is shared across only Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps. Most of the three part miniseries are not very relevant.

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Posted by TheCannon

I don't mind DC doing it, because it makes sense for something happening in Gotham to affect books other than Batman (just an example). But it does kind of get ridiculous eventually, like with Rise of the Third Army. I read the story, I only had to read two issues of GL Corps in addition to Green Lantern. What was the point of tying into Red Lanterns and New Guardians?

Posted by ptigrusmagus