Interesting how he claims the '90s were so great purely because of their high sales when said sales were artificially inflated due to speculators. Never mind that, when the speculators realized that their Jim Lee X-Men #1 wasn't going to be worth as much as the first appearance of Batman no matter how long they held on to it, they scattered, leaving the industry holding the bag.
And it's STILL trying to recover from that sudden mass exodus. But, as the DCnU and its mass-marketed "52 #1 issues!! Now you CAN own Action Comics #1 and Detective Comics #1!!
" demonstrate, some people STILL haven't learned the lessons that the speculator boom of the '90s imparted. And clearly, one of those people is Scott Lobdell, who later justifies what he's currently doing with the Teen Titans with the same "It sells!" argument, without examining WHY it does. It ain't because revamping Wonder Girl as a thief who is totally unconnected to Wonder Woman was actually a clever idea, you know.
Scott babbling about the sales of all those '90s comics is like saying, "Hooray for the housing bubble of the early 2000s!!", when we see where THAT led and continues to lead for the U.S. and world economies. But it's no surprise at all that this guy believes in Quality By Popular Vote
, even when he SHOULD know as well as anyone that the vote in question was horribly manipulated. It just goes to show that just because "I was involved with this! I was THERE at the time!!" doesn't mean you actually learned anything.
News Flash, Scotty: Many people weren't buying '90s comics like yours because they enjoyed reading 'em, or that they were all of such great quality. They were buying 'em and storing 'em away in hopes of putting 3-year-old Jimmy through college in 15 years, once the value of the books ballooned, like that first appearance of Superman comic they heard about on TV. And when they discovered that this wasn't going to happen, they VANISHED. That's largely why there's so much fewer comic buyers now, even with Dan and the Gang's overhyped DCnU.Welcome to the program, Mr. Lobdell.
And his ignorance is further demonstrated with Starfire. The problem people have with his handling of the character is not just that she "had sex", but that she fully intended to have sex with anything with a penis and a pulse. That is NOT Starfire, as anyone with any real understanding of the character would tell you.
"It's not what the story's about, but how it's about what it's about."
- Roger Ebert
And sure, Starfire isn't "outselling the X-Men every month", but he foolishly ignores the fact that that's in part because she's never been given a book of her own to demonstrate how well she would do in the first place.
There's a quote, ostensibly referring to baseball, that says "If you don't pitch it, they can't hit it." Of course a book that doesn't exist can't outsell anything; no one can buy it for it to ever become popular! The bottom line is that no one knows how well Starfire would do, because she's never been given a chance to do so. There's no precedence to make that determination.
Oh, and if she ever does get that chance, it certainly won't sell well if they put a writer who lacks any sense of the character on the book. Scott Lobdell is at the top of that writer list, and his mishandling of the character in Red Hood is a prime precedence for that determination.
Also, he justifies the changes to the Teen Titans with such statements as, "The core of Batman has been changed so many times, and yet, the core of Batman remains." But the problem is that with his changes to the Titans characters, the core of the characters DOESN'T remain. That's the problem people have with his approach.
This guy's a standard-issue DiDio Dittohead, lack of knowledge and all.
"DO tell Scotty, 'cause Scotty doesn't know!!"