Originally posted by J. KyleThey should just rotate a few of the titles (the D listers) as miniseries of 4 to 6 issues with planned arcs, and just rush the next miniseries featuring the character/concept to the front of the rotation queue if they actually catch fire.
That is EXACTLY how things should be done. These lesser known characters should be used sparingly to keep them interesting. Give a list to a pool of writers and artists and see what interesting ideas get pitched. Pick the best few and run 2 or 3 minis at a time. I don't know much about the financial side of the comic book industry, but it would certainly be a better idea creatively. I'd check out a Captain Atom mini that was a (relatively) self-contained story, especially in a TPB, but no way in hell am I following an ongoing series. There's just no way there are enough interesting ideas for these characters to sustain a regular series.
Originally posted by John Orquiola...it was nice to have a "clean slate" more or less, an accessible starting point where the 70 years of prior continuity didn't matter anymore.
The prior DCU had only been around for about 25 years. In fact, prior to the mid-70s(ish) there was barely intra-title continuity. Then the first (large) wave of fans became writers, and people became far too obsessed with where everything fits in the grand scheme of things while not really caring that a certain hero appears in 12 books a month.
It's really rather silly.
"Tattoos are the mullets of the aughts." - Mike Naimark
Originally posted by Mike Zeidler It's really rather silly.
This sentence sums up comic books as a whole.
Originally posted by Mike ZeidlerThe prior DCU had only been around for about 25 years.
And I remember being very happy following the DCU in the late 80s post-Crisis and seeing how everything was largely streamlined and clean. It was a good few years: Man of Steel miniseries, Perez's Wonder Woman, Batman with Frank Miller redefining the character as his monthly books soaked in the glory of the first Tim Burton Batman, Suicide Squad was good, Invasion! explained the metagene and birthed L.E.G.I.O.N., and my favorite of all, the Giffen and DeMatteis Justice League.
Zero Hour fucked all those good times up, followed by a few years of awful crossovers that were embarrassments like Bloodlines and Genesis. The biggest bright spot was the Morrison JLA. Then the Multiverse came back and I was out. Then I tried out Identity Crisis and I was twice as out, because I despised it. I thought Countdown was a good stand alone story, even if Ted Kord got popped in the head. Infinite Crisis bewildered me, 52 was enjoyable to a degree though I didn't care about the DCU, but I found Final Crisis incomprehensible when I tried to read the trade and I was thrice out. (This is not a definitive history of the DCU of the last 25 years, but this is how I saw it and why I quit.)
So the idea of a "reboot" really appealed to me.
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Definitely doesn't look good, and it's a shame because DC produces far better material, in my opinion. The only X-book worth reading is Astonishing, with the rest ranging from poor to absolutely dreadful.