Maybe DC should do something good? I’m a huge DC Comics fan, but a lot of what they do is just not good. I like some of the New52, but I’ve ended up dropping a lot of titles because they just weren’t worth the money and I wasn’t enjoying them. Some titles are killing it and worth reading (read: Snyder’s Batman and Johns’ Aquaman) But a lot are just bad.
I don’t like not enjoying my favorite characters. I wish there was a Superman monthly worth reading. I wish they hadn’t ruined Tim Drake and the Teen Titans. Etc. That’s my opinion, and that just seems to be the consensus. I think a lot of people only buy the books out of impulse/passion/loyalty. And that’s them, but I’m not really able to afford banking on hope.
I also know these characters really well, and I know what I like and don’t like, and I know what sound appealing and unappealing to me. I pay attention to what’s going on in DC Comics, but nothing really interests me enough to buy anything anymore. And that’s really disappointing to say as a lifelong, very avid fan. I run a DC Comics worship blog. I care about these characters, and I love them. But I don’t have to support stories and directions that take them to places and turn them into characters I don’t like just to consider myself a fan.
Assuming this is in reaction to my comments on the new Grayson title…I don’t know what do you want from me. I read what the author had to say about it, and I understand what the premise of the book is, and it doesn’t interest me. That’s all I said. I have no desire to see Dick Grayson use a gun and leave the Bat-Family. It could be a great book, and from what the writer said, it sounds interesting as it’s own story. But it’s not a direction that I want to see the character go in, so I won’t buy it or read it.
I definitely don’t have that attitude that everything Marvel does is amazing. I haven’t read a Marvel title since 2008. But from what I hear, they’re doing some genuinely great stuff with titles like Hawkeye, Daredevil, and Young Avengers. People respond to quality work, and it’s not unfair for people to expect quality work. But from what I’ve heard from other Marvel fans, there are some titles that just suck as well.
Marvel is also killing it with their movie franchise, while DC is suffocating in their dust and scrambling to throw together a cinematic universe just to compete. Do you think I like the fact that my expectations for Superman vs Batman are lower than dirt? I would love nothing more than to have an amazing World’s Finest movie. But based on the things they’ve announced, and the casting, and Man of Steel. I have low expectations. And maybe that’ll work in my favor and it’ll impress me.
But I’m not going to apologize for not liking directions that DC is taking with their characters. People hate on DC and they get a lot of bad press, and that sucks. I hate that. I wish people loved DC Characters as much as I do. But honestly, I can’t blame them. DC’s business model just doesn’t seem focused on what I’m interested in: quality work that stays true to and respects who the characters are. They are producing a lot of stories that only seem like they’re being written to generate buzz and drum up attention, good or bad. Whether it’s a character death or an aggressively radical re-imagining of a character just to be “new.” It just seems like cheap shock value. And I can’t speak for every title, because even if I wanted to, I can’t read them all. But there’s a lot of titles, even ones starring big name characters, that are just not written to the standard they should be. And based on the onslaught of creator/editorial disputes, and what we’ve seen behind the veil that is drawn back when creators rage-quit DC, their editorial is a monster that is crushing quality and creative work to stick with a flawed business model.
So I’m sorry if my opinion on DC is pretty negative at the moment. I wish it wasn’t. But until things really really change. I don’t have to support them just because they’re DC Comics.