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Re: “'52' equals zero

I think the author has missed one crucial point about the New 52.

This is the New 52 for the characters as well as the readers. The reason everything they knew is now wrong is because these are NOT the same character you were reading one, five or even ten years ago. Wonder Woman is discovering all sorts of things about her life because she has a different life than Wonder Woman before. The same with Batman and the other DC characters.

It might also be true that you're read similar plots in some comics from 30 years ago but to be honest, it not like Gaiman and Moore invented comics, they just wrote very good ones. The writers of Animal Man, Swamp Thing and Wonder Woman write very good comics as well. I'm not sure what you're looking for in comics but the truth is that this is comics. It is about characterization and soap opera.

If we claim to like pulp then like it. Like it and own it. We could also do with a bit of introspection though so we can get into what we love about it and why we want more of it. It's not helping anyone to look at DC or Marvel and yell, "THIS IS ALL CRAP!" so that you look like the most well read geek in the room.

I'll also add that DC hasn't just managed to bring in lapsed readers. They HAVE brought in new readers. Many of the people buying Animal Man and Swamp Thing were the sorts of people who'd by a graphic novel when their book clubs decided it was worth jumping on the trend.

Sometimes our view of the industry is clouded by where we choose to spend our time and money buying comics. You can complain that comics are being made for comics fans and most of these are boys BUT you could also find out what places are supporting changing this. I also think complaining that comics are made for comics fans is like complaining that pro wrestling is never produced for people with grad degrees. I'm just sayin.

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Posted by docmidnight on 05/04/2012 at 2:58 PM

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