I’m hoping DC has the cajones to do a real universal reboot. They might pick up new readers; older ones like me will stick on; it’s the middling ones, the ones who can’t imagine a world without a “Nightwing”, who might bolt. But DC has got to do something to make their stories more accessible. Mainstream comics have long since given up on the principle that “every comic is someone’s first”; instead they cling desperately to the principle that “this comic must NOT be someone’s last!” This gives us an endless cascade of ‘can’t miss’ cliffhangers to keep dying addicts addicted, rather than an endless parade of new stories to keep new readers interested. That parade is EXACTLY why fans love most of the multi-media versions of the DCU: stories that are enriched by having knowledge of DC history, but not dependent on it.
Wouldn’t it be nice if DC were bold and brave enough to take that approach to their monthly comics? I think it’s time.
That Uncanny X-Force, man. That’s awesome. I gotta pick that up. How’s Herc been? I read #1, thought it was O.K.
Herc's a decent enough book. I'd heard the previous incarnation of the book praised for a long time by internet peoples, but never dove in, and this fresh start gave me a reason to check it out. I'll probably Guttersnipe about it soon, as I have a few issues with it that I think are worth calling out. On a whole, it's nothing ground-breaking, but the idea of doing a street-level/Marvel Knights-ish take on one of Marvel's bigger mythological characters is interesting enough to pique my interest.
Inspired by a late-night viewing of The Runaways, and partly an exercise to see if I could make star-spangled pants and Wonder Woman go together. The idea started with Wonder Woman (I briefly entertained using an Ian Curtis Batman) but the idea of an all-girl rock band with Black Canary,…