S.F. Jude Terror wrote:
Batman has several of his own books though.
And with the sales of those books, he properly proves his popularity.
By that same token, the only way to truly prove how popular Lobo is, is to give him a solo book.
If DC discontinued Batman and Detective Comics and Batman rarely appeared in other books, and then it was announced he would be appearing in Wonder Woman or something, you'd expect a big sales boost from Wonder Woman as all Batman's fans bought the book.
Incorrect. Many people will not buy a Wonder Woman book, no matter who else appears in it. How many of the people who hate Lobo would buy a Lobo solo book in which a character they like happens to appear?? Not all of them, I assure you. Probably not even most of them, given their adverse balking at the mere mention of him.
I don't think anyone is saying DC aren't dumbasses nor that they didn't screw up by releasing those ill-conceived designs. I think the issue is that people have latched onto it as a reason to attack the creative team who, at least as far as has been reported, seem to be saying that those designs don't reflect the book.
Frankly, I find the suave, suit-and-tie, Luthor-clone design that IS part of the book and thus CAN be attributed to the creative team to be even further off the mark.
Bottom Line: It's still not Lobo.
Frankly, we already know that ALL of the DCnU character portrayals are deliberate reinterpretations of the characters, deliberately created to stir up adverse reactions. It ultimately doesn't matter what the thing the writer's going to be calling "Lobo" in her story looks like or acts like; Dan and the Gang will ensure that it won't be the real deal. Therefore, it's best to expect some blowback from fans when that thing she's calling "Lobo" inevitably turns out NOT to be Lobo... as it has.
If you work for Dan and the Gang, expect to be blamed for the crap they make you churn out. You did their dirty work; therefore, you deserve some comeuppance. But hey, you cashed their check and accepted their money, so you got your compensation, too.
Ultimately, the only way to "win" this game is NOT TO PLAY AT ALL.
Other writers have found non-DC outlets for their work; frankly, I suggest our new writer does the same, lest the DiDio-era taint affect her ability to get such work the way it has some other writers.
So rather than hurt an up and coming writer whose book hasn't come out yet and might very well be good, direct the hate at DC for their stupid PR moves.
Again, see the link above. I know I'VE seen enough already from this up-and-coming writer, at least anything she's writing for the DCnU. And those two have established popularity and thus, pull with the company! We know all-too well how current DC Editorial's been stepping all over even the otherwise-good writers' work. I've liked the previous writing of Gail Simone and George Perez, but their DCnU storytelling's been the pits. Don't expect some "up-and-comer" with absolutely no pull to ruin the streak, no matter how promising she seems...