Did anyone read Jim Shooter's critque of the New 52 recently? He really tore into Didio on his blog:
DC Comics the New 52
Last night, I read the free preview of the New 52, Red Hood and the Outlaws #1 and Catwoman #1.
The introduction in the free preview is signed by the two co-publishers, Jim Lee and Dan DiDio. I wonder who wrote it. It says:
“WELCOME TO THE NEW 52!
This September, DC Comics explodes with 52 new #1 issues!”
I wouldn’t use the word “explodes” if I were them. The last time DC had an “explosion” and launched a slew of new titles, an “implosion” soon followed. But, okay, that’s ancient history and most people who read that intro won’t know or laugh.
The intro goes on:
“The entire line of comic books is being renumbered, with new, innovative storylines featuring our most iconic characters helmed by some of the most creative minds in the industry.
“Not only will this initiative be compelling for existing readers, it will give new readers a precise entry point into our universe.”
You can nitpick the imprecise copywriting. All readers exist, characters being “helmed” conjures an image of King Arthur’s troops…. But, who cares?
By “existing readers” I guess they’re referring to everyone who reads comic books now, not just the current crop of DC readers. Us. People to who at least understand what they mean by “renumbered” and some of whom care that there will be #1’s on the covers.
By “new readers,” I suppose, they mean people who have long wanted to read DC comic books but were waiting for a precise entry point to happen along. Plus people who previously had no desire to read comic books, whose interest has been stirred by the substantial PR effort behind the “initiative.”
Because new readers have been given a “precise entry point” I assume the doors are slammed shut and locked once the #2’s come out.
OPEN MESSAGE TO DC COMICS:
EVERY ISSUE SHOULD BE AN ENTRY POINT!