So the big big comic book news in the last two weeks has been the reboot plan of the DC Universe.
They are starting with 52 #1 books. Starting from scratch. People are getting new origins, new stories, new line-ups, new love interests, and some characters are going to disappear complete. They seem to be making a huge push to use more minority characters, giving characters like Mr. Terrific his own book, rebooting JLI, and announcing that only four of a larger number of the new new new Teen Titans will be Caucasian.
Now, I make money off of selling these things, so I’m trying to keep a cool, unbiased, objective head about all of this. If I stay positive I won’t terrify my customers.
But I’m a fangirl, so at the same time, my roommate is dealing with a lot of screaming, cursing, ranting, and there might just be some tears.
So! Good News Bad News time.
The good news: They’ve already announced one high profile book featuring a female lead, and two more are waiting in the wings: Wonder Woman and Catwoman are getting all new number ones, and Batwoman #1 staring Kate Kane is still a go.
The bad news: Wonder Woman is being written by Brian Azzarello, the man who decided to make Harley Quinn a stripper in his Joker hardcover, so you never know what you’re gonna get when you put a popular female character in his hands.
The good news: They really do seem like they’re trying to clean things up and try to attract new readers with accessible stories, where you don’t have to spend an hour on wikipedia to understand what’s going on.
The bad news: DC seems like it’s just up to its same old tricks.
Quoth the DCU blog:
“Marking the first time Batman will appear in a debut issue of Detective Comics, the series will find Bruce Wayne on the trail of a dangerous serial killer known only as the Gotham Ripper.”
The Gotham Ripper.
If that’s what I think it is, DC is yet again going to be using rape and gore as easy shock value storytelling. It’s a long-standing tradition. One that I personally abhor, for the usually triggering images stories like that produce.
When I point out that those images might be damaging to a growing female readership, some of whom may be sexual assault survivors, and they are driving those sales away, I get shrugged at.
So! DC’s all-new, all-different, super mega happy funtime reboot?
Looking like a second verse, same as the first situation.