Maybe I've just been reading mainstream comics for enough years by now, but these big events have gone from being cool to boring retreads to just bad ideas.
Having a villain 'take over' a book isn't a bad idea itself, but why all at once? Why use the same idea across the board with so many books? How about just including the few books where it makes sense rather than inserting inane plot developments into stories where they don't fit?
DC has been worse than Marvel about this since they feel the need to tie-in Everything instead of the more tolerable Nearly Everything. I'm glad for Image putting out solid, focused books like Saga, Chew, Invincible, and The Walking Dead.
Yeah, it's funny. I was just thinking as I was going through one of the recent week pull lists that within a year of each other, both companies did full reboots, yet Marvel's was really pretty great, and Dc's was honestly pretty horrible.
DC through a ton of shit at the wall, making everyone's head spin. They seem to have completely ignored any logical timeline within their universe.
Marvel, on the other hand, has rebooted different series in different months, staggering out the series in a way that I feel basically served story over headlines. They wrapped up some stories in ways that basically made sense, and it really feels like Marvel Now is a "New Universe", which I think is why they didn't bother renumbering Daredevil, or Winter Soldier, or a couple of other things. It seems right that they aren't part of Marvel Now with their current story lines, and I think if the time is right, maybe they'll bring them into Marvel Now later.
Maybe I'm just fanboying. I've never been much of a DC fan, but I do read a LOT from both companies, I just think DC is way too gimmicky.
In the 21 months since The New 52 launched and in the wake of Marvel NOW, my excitement for DC Comics has soured considerably. Still, they've marked September of every year as their primary gimmick month and I have no problem with that.
The 3D covers look cool from what I've seen and I'm mildly curious about their Forever Evil Villains Month gimmick. Since The New 52 launched, there hasn't been a great amount of focus on the super villains of the rebooted DC Universe, outside of the hype surrounding The Joker and Death of the Family. Take Lex Luthor. Outside of the "five years ago" initial arc of Grant Morrison's Action Comics run, Luthor hasn't had much of a presence in DC. And Darkseid? Did he DO anything in the first Justice League arc besides say "I AM DARKSEID!!" and then lose to the young League? Talk about a ball being dropped. That was shitty.
As always, though, it comes down to the quality of the stories. I'm undecided if I'll splurge for the month and read and recap a bunch of DC Comics in September like I did for The New 52 launch and Zero Month last year.
Originally posted by John OrquiolaIn the 21 months since The New 52 launched and in the wake of Marvel NOW, my excitement for DC Comics has soured considerably.
I was less than enthused with the idea of rebooting the DC universe in the first place, but I tried to put my cynicism on hold. I figured their were a handful of books that still looked interesting to me, and I was willing to give them a shot. Since that time, almost every book I was reading either got cancelled or had its initial creative team replaced with one I didn't care for. As it stands, I'm down to two New 52 books (Birds of Prey and World's Finest), although I'm thinking about giving Batgirl another chance. Basically, I feel this experiment has really run its course and is starting to fold up on itself.
I'll pick up the Killer Croc issue because it's a friend's first (print) work for DC, otherwise it's a nice month-long break.
"Tattoos are the mullets of the aughts." - Mike Naimark
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I'd second the recommendation for Ball Four without any reservations. Jim Bouton tells a really good story that actually leaves you wanting more. I'd also recommend Ron Luciano's The Umpire Strikes Back for those who like slightly more comedic books.