Lots of controversy about the New 52 — DC’s audacious reboot of its entire comics universe.
Maybe +Warren Ellis was right when he noted: “The New DC comics stuff looks so much like stuff I would never read that it oddly fills me with hope that they are targeting the core audience they want. If a 43-year-old man looks at most of this promo stuff and goes meh, then that’s very probably a good sign for them…”
I’m 43 years old, and even though I’m not excited about the prospect of seeing Superman fight for truth and justice in jeans, I’m actually looking forward to the new books, and hoping that DC can pull it off.
Continuity can be a good thing, but it can also become storytelling baggage — dictating what heroes and villains can and can’t do because of some incident 178 issues back.
Fanboys might take issue with that, but let’s face it — fanboys aren’t boys. They’re Fanmen. And the industry will die off unceremoniously if its future lies in their Funyuns-stained hands.
I do have mixed emotions about the digital day-and-date releases. On one hand, I’m really into the iPad comics experience. It seems like the device was made for the media.
On the other, I don’t want innovation to come at the expense of independent comic stores, like my regional favorites The Comic Bug, Golden Apple, Meltdown Comics and Secret Headquarters.
Growing up, there was no local comic store in Macon, GA. I had to flip through the spinner at Chi Chester’s Drugs in hopes of finding the latest issue of Amazing Spider-Man, Micronauts and Batman. So when I finally got to visit a real comic book store, it was a life-altering experience.
New books neatly lined up across the wall. Boxes of back issues I missed. Everything bagged. Nothing folded, bent or otherwise mutilated. There was love and respect for the media. A fanboy was reborn.
So I’ll be taking my son to The Comic Bug tomorrow, which thankfully is already one of his favorite places on earth.
Just please don’t tell Mike that I might also be buying a few issues of the DCnU on my iPad!.