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Forever Purple

Last week DC Comics rolled out its February solicitations, but Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has already been talking up plans for April. He described the end of Forever Evil as the beginning of the New 52′s “Phase Two,” which would include a host of changes, introductions and reintroductions.

Of course, it’s not like the Internet needs an excuse for ill-informed speculation. In fact, I count just 46* ongoing series in February’s New 52 lineup — and one of those (StormWatch) will be ending in April – so DC will have some roster slots to fill. Therefore, this week let’s look at who might get called up and what DC might introduce.

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Initially, DC divided the New 52 into categories like “Young Justice” (like Teen Titans, Legion of Super-Heroes or Blue Beetle), “The Dark” (I Vampire, Swamp Thing, Frankenstein) and “The Edge” (Deathstroke, Grifter, All Star Western) to go along with the more traditional franchise-oriented groups based around Batman, Green Lantern, etc. This doesn’t quite work any more, mainly because 21e original New 52 series have since been canceled, and a lot of those came from The Edge, The Dark, and Young Justice.

We can break down the 46 New 52 ongoing series solicited for February as follows:

  • 13 in the extended Batman family,** including Birds of Prey, Harley Quinn and Red Hood;
  • Seven in the extended Superman family: Action, Superman, Batman/Superman, Superman/Wonder Woman, Superman Unchained, Supergirl and Superboy;
  • Five Lantern Corps series: Green Lantern, GL Corps, GL: New Guardians, Red Lanterns and Larfleeze;
  • Five “traditional” DC series that readers expect to be published as a matter of course: Aquaman, Flash, Green Arrow, Teen Titans and Wonder Woman;
  • Five “Dark” series: Animal Man, Constantine, Swamp Thing, Pandora and Phantom Stranger;
  • Four Justice League books, including JL Dark and JL 3000;
  • The complementary Earth 2 and Worlds’ Finest; and
  • The four remaining, three of which are nontraditional superhero teams, but otherwise are fairly distinct from each other: All Star Western, The Movement, StormWatch and Suicide Squad.

To be sure, these numbers are a little fuzzy. You could argue that Birds of Prey and Red Hood aren’t Bat-books, or that JL Dark is more “Dark” than “League,” but I want to get more of a general sense of the New 52. It seems to be coalescing around a few particular groups, including Superman (given a boost by Man of Steel, I presume), Green Lantern, the Justice League and The Dark. By now a massive Bat-block almost goes without saying: It makes up about 25 percent of the New 52, and delivers four Bruce Wayne-centric series per month, but I doubt DC will want to cut it back anytime soon.

Still, even if StormWatch is the only immediate cancellation, if DC is committed to a 52-title superhero line, it has seven open slots. Johns mentioned one series spinning out of Forever Evil, and it could be any of the following:

  • Shazam!, which Johns and Gary Frank relaunched as a backup series in Justice League;
  • The Question, the third member of the “Trinity of Sin,” and one that has all but disappeared after the last installment of “Trinity War”;
  • The Metal Men, whose New 52 debut was just solicited for February’s issue of Justice League;
  • The Doom Patrol, seen briefly in as resistance fighters in Forever Evil;
  • A Lex Luthor solo series, given his star turn in FE and Johns’ “keep an eye on Lex” comment; or
  • A Blue Beetle II revival, based on the indirect reference to Ted Kord in FE #1.

Speaking of Blue Beetle, his old buddy Booster Gold is due for a return, particularly because his vision of a dark future based around the Superman/Wonder Woman romance seemed to be one of “Trinity War’s” catalysts. I don’t see a new Booster series spinning out of Forever Evil, mainly because so far Booster has yet to play any meaningful role in it. (Remember, the last Booster Gold series spun out of his and Rip Hunter’s storyline in 52.) For that matter, Booster’s most recent appearances were in All Star Western. Still, a new series has been rumored since this past spring, and April 2014 would be almost a year since those rumors.

Obviously some of these are surer bets than others. I’d say Shazam! and The Question are probably the favorites, with Booster Gold a more distant third, and the others fodder for miniseries (particularly Luthor) or guest appearances. If they were all turned into ongoing series — again, a big “if” — they would fill the seven open New 52 slots.

Should they, though? DC’s conservatism emboldens those of us who try to predict its moves, but it also frustrates those who want the publisher to take some chances. That said, the chances it has taken — on books like Dial H, Vibe, Katana and Green Team — haven’t exactly been rewarded. Those books starred revamped versions of lesser-known characters from the ‘70s and ‘80s, and unlike most of the potential series listed above, Vibe and Katana’s headliners were not white males.

Right now DC’s biggest gamble is Gail Simone and Freddie Williams’ The Movement, which boasts a diverse cast and a decidedly anti-establishment point of view. However, its unconventional approach really stands out. Among February’s New 52 series, only Batwing and Green Lantern Corps star African-American men (Luke Fox and John Stewart), although depending on his prominence in Justice League you could say the same for Vic “Cyborg” Stone. February’s female-led titles include a lot of familiar faces: Batgirl, Batwoman, the Birds of Prey, Catwoman, Harley Quinn, Huntress and Power Girl, Supergirl, and Wonder Woman (now headlining two books for the first time in a while). The only female newcomer is Pandora, and her book may need a change in direction — or even a new reason for existing — once Forever Evil ends.

DC may feel justified in its conservatism. The 21 initial New 52 books that have since been canceled*** were a mix of the familiar, the obscure, and the diverse, from Firestorm and Hawk & Dove to Mr. Terrific, Static Shock and Voodoo. The New 52 also tried for a while to mix superheroes with different genres, like science fiction, fantasy and war comics, and the only book that survives is All Star Western. Demographics alone didn’t determine those series’ fates, and demographics alone won’t guarantee a new series’ success. However, the New 52 roster is a reasonable gauge not just of DC’s capacity for risk, but also of the kind of audience it wants to attract. The superhero-comics business isn’t a zero-sum enterprise, and DC shouldn’t feel like it will automatically alienate white males, or fans of more traditional superheroes, if it offers series that don’t feature them.

Indeed, the New 52′s overall structural changes may force DC into creating new characters. From the end of Crisis on Infinite Earths in November 1985 to the end of Flashpoint in August 2011, the superhero line was centered around a single DC-Earth with a unified history. Eventually it produced four main generations of superheroes — think Jay Garrick, Barry Allen, Wally West and Bart Allen — each of which carved out a particular niche in the publishing lineup. When the New 52 came along, it got rid of a lot of the third generation and re-created the first on the current Earth-2. Accordingly, it can’t play off those generational differences anymore, as it did in the late ‘90s and early ‘00s with JSA, JLA, Titans, and Young Justice. It can’t build a relaunch around a decades-old legacy, as it did with Starman and (to a lesser degree) Manhunter. It also makes repopulating the traditional all-star teams a lot harder.

Still, “harder” isn’t “impossible.” A couple of years ago I tried to game out the second wave of New 52 books, suggesting (among other things) relaunches of titles like Kamandi and The Brave and the Bold.  Those could still happen, as could a new face under an old mask. (The Atom’s due for a comeback, and one of the next Green Lanterns will be an Earthwoman.) The Legion of Super-Heroes will return as well, perhaps in conjunction with Justice League 3000. The New 52′s use of the Multiverse, both in Forever Evil and in the Earth-2 books, also gives DC more creative latitude when launching new series: just set ‘em on a parallel world. (Countdown isn’t remembered very fondly, and probably isn’t in continuity any more, but it did give Kamandi Earth-51.)

The Multiverse keeps coming to mind when I think about Johns’ “new center” of the post-April DC Universe. No offense to the United States’ northern neighbors, but I don’t think it’ll be Canada. Despite Johns’ hinting, I don’t think it’ll be Luthor either. Thanks to the character’s place in comics history, the DC Universe will always be centered — expressly or otherwise — around Superman, and I think that will be true come April.

The question then becomes, which Superman? While the end of Forever Evil might not bring back the August 2011 status quo, I could see it producing a “soft reboot” like the one Johns engineered towards the end of Infinite Crisis. Then as now, DC followed its Big Event with a weekly miniseries, displaced in the timeline from the rest of the superhero books. In 2006-07 the roles were reversed, as the ongoing series did “One Year Later” storylines while 52 revealed the events of the missing year. We don’t know much about next year’s Five Years Later, but I’d be surprised if it didn’t have something to do with Forever Evil’s aftermath. (I do hope the aftermath isn’t so severe that it takes five years of comic-book time for DC-Earth to get back to normal.) In combination, Infinite Crisis, 52 and the “OYL” arcs were intended to blend favorite elements from the past with the status quo as of last month, and there’s no reason DC couldn’t do something similar in April. Maybe by then, Superman will be demonstrably less “New 52-y” — perhaps a little less brash, with a more Man of Steel-esque costume, and just good friends with Wonder Woman.

We’re getting off the track, though. Shared-universe structural issues are fun for a while, but a healthy roster of shared-universe titles is its own reward. Come April, I’d like to see DC take more chances with the New 52, particularly in terms of introducing new characters. Whatever the merits of the books themselves, at least series like Batwing, Talon, Pandora and The Movement show that DC is trying. However, I’m not convinced that DC’s writers, artists and editors have exhausted their creative juices. There is more to a superhero line than 25 percent Batman, 15 percent Superman and liberal amounts of Green Lantern and Justice League books. April brings yet another opportunity for the New 52 to find itself, and as always, I’m hoping DC makes the most of it.

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* [I am counting the Green Lantern/Red Lanterns flip book as two series.]

** [Detective Comics, Batman, Batman And [Robin], Batman: The Dark Knight, Batgirl, Batwoman, Batwing, Birds of Prey, Catwoman, Nightwing, Harley Quinn, Red Hood and the Outlaws, and Talon.]

*** [Blackhawks, Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, Deathstroke, Demon Knights, DCU Presents, Firestorm, Frankenstein, Grifter, Hawk & Dove, Savage Hawkman, I Vampire, Justice League International, Legion of Super-Heroes, Legion Lost, Men of War, Mr. Terrific, OMAC, Resurrection Man, Static Shock and Voodoo.]

**** [One generation for the Golden Age (not including sidekicks); two for the Silver Age (heroes and sidekicks); and one for the Modern Age (mostly successor sidekicks). Damian Wayne represented the fifth generation, but I’m not sure how far DC would have gone with his peers.]

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I am hoping that April will be a new renaissance for DC

Paul Pope on Kamandi, just like he pitched to Dodo a few years back.

I think I may a bit confused when it comes to Supergirl. Is she still going to sport her own comic when she goes all Red Lantern in Feb?

13+7+5+5+5+4+2+4=45. There are only 45 ongoing series in February.

I’m really surprised that no one is looking at “five years later” as a sign of a Legion revival. When Levitz left the Legion the last time, Giffen and he destroyed civilization and then someone (Giffen) brought it back with the title page of “five years later.” Maybe the Legion is going to be relaunched, and maybe as a digital only? Would digital only be part of a second phase New52?

Gimme a Lois Lane solo series please. If she can’t be married to Clark, her own book is the next best thing.

A Lois Lane solo series would be fantastic – especially one where she gets to connect with all of the corners of the DCnU.

Do you want a Lois Lane series? Buy her special issue. That is the way to tell DC what fans want. Even if the special is bad, buy it. DC can always change the people on charge of the book.

I want a Lois mini or ongoing but wont be buying the one-shot. Its a d-list (or lower!) creative team that doesn’t interest me.

You’d think they’d give one of their most prominent females some star creators. I mean, she was just in a movie that made them hundreds of millions of dollars!

Stormwatch is ending.

I hope this soft-boot/phase two works a bit more organically than phase one which seemed to be ‘throw stuff at the wall and see what sticks approach’. In my opinion one of DC’s strengths has been its ability to define its alternative Earths. For the majority of its history DC has always done ‘what if’ or ‘alternative Earth’ stories. Why not set more titles on an alternative Earth. I think genre shows (like Fringe) on network television has softened people up to this concept. If DC is hellbent on publishing 52 titles per month then have a combination of ongoings, mini-series, and one-shots. It worked for Birds of Prey during the 90s.

I would have liked to have seen what Jim Starlin did with Stormwatch. But my LCS didn’t order any of that series. In fact, other than Bat-books, the local store only orders two or three copies of most DC comics.

Hopefully Freedom Fighters get their day in the light. I didn’t read The Ray, but the Human Bomb and Phantom Lady+Doll Man minis by Gray and Palmiotti were fun.

I wish they would make a Seven Soldiers of Victory series. Maybe have it take place on Earth 2.

I’d also like to see a Captain Marvel book. Title the book something generic like Adventures Comics featuring the character not named SHAZAM!

And what about some kind of All-Star Squadron book. There were enough non-JSAers to use in a WWII setting.

What obscure characters do they need to re-up the copyrights on now?

The Question recently appeared in Phantom Stranger

I do wish DC well on whatever they do, but they have been very forceful and borderline insulting about the paths they have taken with the New 52 IMO. I have really drifted away from their main superhero imprint because of the re-imagining of the Golden Age characters, losing so much of the legacy feeling with the multiple generations, and the hard line approach to the development of the characters within the costumes.

When they keep hopping between time frames like The Justice League book beginning five years before the rest of the titles, the Year Zero, and Five Years Later, continuity becomes highly problematic in story telling unless it has been highly planned…. and it hasn’t felt that way for a long time.

Once again this is just me, but until they can figure out what they are doing for a longer term plan and stop the “seeing what sticks” approach that Mo Walker correctly stated, my interest in DC will remain low. I went from 18 or so titles before Flashpoint down to five currently with two about to be dropped. Hopefully they can find a way to reinvigorate the line but also start setting a foundation that doesn’t feel like they are building in sand.

I’m kind of hoping for a One Year Later esque creative revival at DC this April. As much as people would rather ignore the fact, quite a few of DC’s books have heralded massive upswings in quality (You need look no further than Charles Soule’s Swamp Thing or Lemire’s Green Arrow), and the amount of failures in comparison to successes have been minimal at best. The only misfire lately seems to have been the new Green Lantern showrunner, who has really been bland at worst and is mostly being hamstrung by his artistic collaborator Billy Tan.

I’m genuinely hopeful for things going forward.

I think a “Three Years Later” approach would be a good idea.

In all honesty, I think it’s only a matter of time until we see a title give us back the pre-FP DCU and then slowly branch out. My guess is that it would be a separate imprint or group of books like the Flashpoint titles.

I’m glad the Movement is still hanging on. Hopefully Jonah Hex can stay too.

Give us a WildStorm Earth-50 title, and a “Kirby” Earth-51 title (OMAC, Kamandi, the Losers, New Gods, Sandman, Demon…)

and a Nu52 New Gods / Fifth World

Shazam

Doom Patrol

Freedom Fighters

Great article. I enjoyed it. :)

“The 21 initial New 52 books that have since been canceled*** were a mix of the familiar, the obscure, and the diverse, from Firestorm and Hawk & Dove to Mr. Terrific, Static Shock and Voodoo.”

And how many of those books had editorial issues? I see 3 right there. One the writer admitted the book was going to fail so he did whatever he wanted and insulted fans for not supporting the book (Static).

How can you support a book that is trash? It is not the fault of the fans that keep telling you the book is bad and you do nothing but bench the character after the book is gone.

And some of those books were NEVER carried in comic book stories near me. Grifter, Green Team, Movement & all of the mini series being the main ones. And folks got told to go elsewhere because the stores were not going to stock them no matter what or how many folks ask for the book.

How about a 5 or 20 years ‘ago’ instead? Then we can have the old DC back instead!

I am surprised no one has suggested a Cyborg series. There is no doubt that Forever Evil will create an All-New Cyborg by the end of it and he will spin off into his own series.

I care less about the characters filling those slots and more about the creative teams and editors they will be using for those slots.

The New 52 has put way too much emphasis on character and crossovers, not enough on solid constant creative teams that will bring in new readers. Who was the genius who thought Hawk and Dove would sell with Liefeld or Static Shock with McDaniel? Bit of thought regarding creative times would be welcome. Marvel is getting a lot better at this, DC seem to be getting a lot worse.

DC circa early 2000′s before Identity Crisis had amazing creative teams on their books, the DC since has been very lacking and leaned way too heavily on Johns, Morrison and a house style.

Instead of wasting time on things like Before Watchmen they could have been put those creators to work on the DC equivalent of those characters, Azzarello & Bermejo on Question, Cooke & Conner on Nightshade, Straczynski & Kubert on Blue Beetle, etc.

DC seem to be putting out books just for the sake of putting out books and it’s getting really irritating.

I would LOVE to see Earth-2′s New 52 version of Jay Garrick star in his own series. I LOVE Earth-2′s FLASH!

I keep hoping DC will return to Pre-Flashpoint, Pre-Identity Crisis and set about to telling stories that are looser continuity-wise. At least not to the point of being slavishly tied to it. Tell good stories, have fun, unclinch the editors and set loose the creativity once more. DC has a rich stable of characters that don’t need to be Batman-dark or Marvelesque in approach. Use the multiverse and tell stories on different Earths.

Why not have the Legion in their own universe; the Charlton heroes in their own universe; and why not Kirbyworld with his universe of characters? I used to buy almost every title DC published, but that was a long time ago in a universe where writers and artists were encouraged to dazzle us and they went in diverse and varied directions doing it. Now, sadly I can’t read and enjoy Superman, Action, Adventures of Superman, Flash, GL, Hawkman, The Spectre, Blue Beetle, The Legion of Super-Heroes, The Atom, The Martian Manhunter, Manhunter, All-Star Squadron, The JSA, Wonder Woman,The Brave and the Bold, The Ray, The Freedom Fighters, Adventure Comics, World’s Finest, The Teen Titans Superboy, Dr. Fate, 1st Issue Special, Showcase, My Greatest Adventure, Warlord, Chronos, Starman, Firestorm, and many more. I currently purchase Batman and Detective Comics. That’s pathetic.

The one thing DC had was the concept of legacy. Legacy going back to WW2. Johns did his best work cultivating legacy in the DCU, not to mention Waid, Robinson etc. Hopefully the jump ahead in time can recapture it but it’s unlikely. More and more Batman, I really hope Batman and Superman hold up popularity wise cause this is not a deep bench. I have not read a Batbook in years and looking at the monthly previews not much has changed. Marvel is diversifying characters expanding the Avengers, X-men and DC is moving inexorably toward a Batman, Superman universe seems unwise.

There are so many things they could do with the existing “new 52″ – - Definitely a Shazam book of some sort. They’ve referred to The Outsiders here and there, but not like the team we used to enjoy way back when. I like the Hawk and Dove characters – - if done properly. Can they get a Blue Beetle squad going (along the line of the Green Lanterns)? Or how about a Blue and Gold title if they do indeed bring back Ted Cord? How about a DC Comics Presents title and have a rotation of stories? LoSH (or whomever) can’t carry their own book? Can they interest people in a well-done 4 or 5 issue story before moving on to another character/team that couldn’t quite cut the mustard? Where are the stretchy superheroes, Elongated Man or Plastic Man? Atom would be great to see to offset that traitorous one we are seeing in Forever Evil. Geez, I know there are a dozen or two more out there to be considered – - something away from Superman, Batman, Justice League.

It’s kind of stunning to read the list of New 52 books that have been cancelled and see how wide a universe they tried to cultivate and to now contrast that with the Bats- and Supes-centric universe in which we now reside. We need to have a universe populated with the likes of Hawkman, OMAC, Firestorm, Blue Beetle, Captain Atom (has he even popped up in the background of Forever Evil? I haven’t seen him), Frankenstein, Hawk & Dove, and the Legion. (and I loved the concept of DC Universe Presents — I own them all — at least until toward the end when it was tying in to other titles instead of serving as a platform for mini-series).

It makes me sad that DC is basically contracting their universe when they should be expanding it. I know that cinematically they are light years behind Marvel and that they want to catch up. But, you cannot sacrifice the print medium for potential box office profits. If there is nothing more than the Big Three (in terms of printings anyway) of Batman, Superman, and Green Lantern, to see at your LCS how can you possibly plant the seeds for an expanded cinematic universe?

I can’t be the only person who thought that Marvel was reaching a little far when the first Iron Man movie came out. But they made a good product and people went to see it. That movie gave them the ability to launch their universe despite twice failing with the Hulk (the second of which did come out a month after Iron Man) — arguably their best known hero that they wholly owned. To say that I laughed out loud when the Ant Man movie was rumored — much less announced — would be an understatement. But, given how well the rest of their movies have done, I’m ready to eat crow.

Obviously, I’m a DC guy. But I think that the success of our rival should also spell success for DC. However, if they don’t embrace what makes them different from Marvel, that will never happen. It’s OK to have heroes that always do the right thing (*cough* even killing your biggest foe *cough*).

FWIW, I think the war comics have a place in the DCnU but it has to be either in the past or another timeline if superheroes didn’t exist more than five years ago (the current Wraith story notwithstanding).

Well,

A sad state of affairs. Traditionally a marvel fan (with lots of love for Superman and COIE) I took the chance of the New 52 to jump on 13 tittles. Two years later I am reading only 5 series, three of which were not in my initial pull list (Harley, Green Arrow and Superman Unchained).

I hope that DC finds a way to making their line relevant again but I have to say I am barely hanging in there. Except for Snyder and Lemmire, I feel there is no sense of urgency in DC’s titles.

What I feel they are missing is not new characters, or more diverse casts (DC has one of the mist diverse pantheons ever although more diversity is always welcome), but mainly fresh voices. Where is DC’s Young Avengers? Where is DC’s Hawkeye?

I feel that talking about new titles is like covering a broken leg with a band-aid. DC needs to try new approaches and tap into its 1980 roots (or its 1990-2000s Wildstorm era) by producing great stories, something that currently is just not there.

With comics around $4 a book and being an adult with adult needs, I’ve dropped a bunch of titles. DC, once my company of choice, is down to four: Astro City (which I’ll stop after the Winged Victory plotline); Nightwing (what happens to Grayson after Forever Evil), Wonder Woman and Earth 2. I quit Worlds Finest because of the Silva/Weems art and the upcoming Batman/Superman team up.

I’m waiting to see if I like Black Widow, She Hulk and Loki: Agent of Asgard from Marvel.

The patterns I’m seeing are well written, well drawn female titles who have had my interest on and off for years, good concepts and creative teams with a minimum of editorial interference. When the storylines get choppy, if means an editor is messing around. With DC, it seems the editors are also getting messed with: I give you Batmwoman’s recent creative team leaving.

I won’t go to digital comics: I spend hours of working reading on computers– I need to rest my eyes. So, bye-bye, Daredevil.

Have atleast 2 or 3 books for each generation possible maybe with the reduction of Bat/Super titles.

Earth 2: Young All Stars, All Star Squadron, Infinity Inc. would be cool to add in Earth 2 with characters like Jade, and Northwind.

Main universe: Fix Grayson’s (3) generation introducing Donna, Garth, and the very missed Wally. Lower the Bat/Super family titles to atleast 5 each. Lower lantern books to like 3 Introduce Jackson Hyde why create something not to use.

5th Gen.: http://www.deviantart.com/?order=5&q=Damian+Wayne#/art/DC-Damian-Wayne-as-Robin-DCnU-FM-Universe-profile-415474307?_sid=490c3214
http://madfacedkid.deviantart.com/#/art/DC-Joseph-Curry-as-Aqualad-DCnU-FM-Profile-415478140?_sid=5de273e1
http://madfacedkid.deviantart.com/#/art/DC-Irey-West-as-Impulse-DCnU-FM-Profile-415475537?_sid=146bc602

As much as i enjoyed the first 4 issues of Morrison’s Action, nearly every thing they’ve done with new 52 Superman has been a misfire for me. Starting with the high collared armor (way too many inferences to militarism and often drawn way, way too bulky to look futuristic, functional or elegant .. all or some of which you’d expect from advanced technology) ..I was OK with doing away with the marriage but demoting Lois to Girl Friday status completely loses the any romantic tension. We all know the Wonder Woman thing can’t last and 5 years later suggests an alteration to time again to correct another apocalypse. Lastly, because everyone had to wait around to see what Grant was doing in Action we were left (and still are) with a fairly undefined back story. Where exactly is the Fortress? What’s Superman’s connection to the Legion? For that matter, since we apparently were reading about Earth 2 Legion for 2 yrs, what happened to the Legion? Finally, although they did a decent job of filling in the gaps o0n Brainiac, the villain reboots have all been sub par to previous incarnations. I truly thought Johns was righting the ship with Superman on his Action run 5 years ago.. only to have that squandered by what followed ( and further muddied by the 52 reboot. ). The stuff Johns had established in Secret Origin for Parasite and Metallo are far superior to their new origins… which seemed to have landed with a particularly loud thud. So I’m sad to say say, although I’m tired of so many misfires, I’d roll the dice yet again with another soft reboot.

Pointless tie-ins have really killed my enthusiasm for DC. I started the new 52 with getting maybe 35 or so titles every month. I’m down to about 15, but it’s more out of habit than looking forward to them.

Forever Evil has been kind of “meh” for me. Villains Month and Zero Year have really killed the momentum of storylines I was following and really enjoying like Batgirl and Birds of Prey. The various Superman tie-ins have made me drop everything “Super” except Superman/Batman (which is really good).

I feel like Johns and the editorial team are too busy coming up with grandiose plans for the universe and gimmicky stories rather than just having well-written, well-executed stories.

The DC New 52 has been a disaster. The thing I loved about the pre-flashpoint DC was it was generational.

There have been some bright spots, Flash, Batman, Action Comics for a year or so, Legion Lost, DC Presents, Animal Man, but for the most part it has been a pile of poop.

Oh I hate earth 2

And another thing, Geoff Johns has been mailing it in from the end of “Blackest Night,

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