BlueStreak wrote:I think overall, the quality is better. DC was a rut since Infinite Crisis, IMO, with very few consistent quality titles and a disparity of talent between them and Marvel.
Since the Nu52, sales are stronger across the board, the company consolidated their talent and strengthened their core titles immensely. We have quality Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, and Aquaman titles, a strong horror line and a few other pleasant surprises (Superboy, Batman and Robin, Birds of Prey).
Was it a perfect reboot? Nope. Did it leave their line in a better state than it was before? Yes.
Wow! Concise, succinct and right on all the major points. Great post and good job!
Would I have preferred that DC didn't have to reboot? Yeah, sure, absolutely. But like BlueStreak said, sales are stronger...much stronger. DC has a lockdown on the Top 10 titles. They're selling more comics (#1 in unit share) and have totally shut Marvel out of the Top 10. It is very hard to argue with their success. Plus, they're selling more titles at a lower price point on the overwhelming majority of their books.
I can honestly not remember a time that DC's Big Seven heroes all had well-reviewed, bestselling books coming out simultaneously: Batman, Action Comics, Wonder Woman, Aquaman (!), Green Lantern, The Flash. It's unreal to me how well all of those books are doing both creatively and commercially. Biggest surprises in that bunch are Flash (for the surprising strength & success of art team Manapul & Buccellato as writers who have actually made Barry Allen interesting) and Aquaman (for Geoff Johns & Ivan Reis' unprecedented success at turning Aquaman into a Top 10 smash outselling every Marvel Comic in less than 6 months--unbelievable!).
The diversity in DC's lineup is a welcome breath of fresh air. You want horror? Pick up I, Vampire or Swamp Thing or Animal Man. You want westerns? Buy All-Star Western. You want war stories? Read Men At War or G.I. Combat. There's the DC Dark line, the DC Edge line. And perhaps most appreciated is DC's commitment to female-led titles. Wonder Woman hasn't been this well-written and beautifully drawn in years. Batwoman isn't my cup of tea, but it's well-reviewed and a bestseller. Supergirl has been surprisingly addictive with its slow burn story and shockingly good art by Mahmud Asrar (who reminds me more and more of a budding Mahnke or Reis). Catwoman and Batgirl are selling better than they have in years. The DCnU is refreshingly not a "boys-only/no girls allowed" club anymore and that's a very welcome change. Best of all...people are actually buying
Of course, there have been the inevitable disappointments; every book wasn't going to succeed. Ethan Van Sciver's revamp of Firestorm has been an epic trainwreck. Rife with horribly forced dialogue and painful takes on race relations, plus the deplorable depiction of Martin Stein, this book needs to just go away and be forgotten as soon as possible. Savage Hawkman is a towering monument to mediocrity in plot and characterization. It fails even as a big, dumb action book which is pretty sad given that's the one thing it seemed to promise. Blue Beetle is overly dark and violent and is no fun to read. And Mister Terrific...heavy sigh. What can you say about Mister Terrific that hasn't already been said hundreds of times? Sadly, this last one is finally getting a much-needed mercy killing.
I, too, dropped Legion Lost. Sooner or later, the team must be reunited with LSH. The concept just isn't working. I had a lot of hope, but really there's no point to creating a 2nd Legion book that is completely cut off from the Legion. It makes no sense and suffers from the same "we-need-to-get-home-but-can't-get-home" malaise that eventually killed Star Trek: Voyager, too.
Teen Titans is a mess. Outside of a begrudging respect for how Lobdell is developing Bunker, all of the Titans have been turned into two dimensional caricatures of their former selves--and the new costumes are absolutely hideous. Still, it is nice to see that people clearly like it and thus it's a Top 20 hit. As a franchise, I can't quibble with the fact that this revamp is popular and as a Titans fan, I'm happy that people like the book even if I don't. (Ravagers, though, looks and sounds terrible.)
Very much looking forward to Earth 2 and World's Finest. Plus I'm going to check out Dial H.
Love it or hate it, the New 52 is a huge success for DC. They've taken #1 in Unit Share and totally dominate the Top 10 books. Most of my favorite franchises have great writers and lovely art. My rating is A-.
I can't wait to see what comes next.