Since DC Comics rebooted its universe in late 2011 in their Nu52 initiative, hardcore fans like William "Willie" Jennings have had to endure a lot of abuse. There was the 1990s style costume redesign of the Justice League by a high-collar obsessed Jim Lee, the systematic dismantling and public humiliation of the Vertigo imprint, multiple Rob Liefeld books (written AND drawn), and the refusal to put beloved toxic characters like Wally West, Stephanie Brown, and Cassandra Cain into any comics. Through all of that, the beleaguered readers of DC Comics persevered, continuing to purchase more DC comics than ever before despite the tangible physical pain reading them caused.
But with DC's latest insult, the company may have finally pushed fans past their breaking point.
"The worldwide debut of #Zatanna's new uniform!" tweeted DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns as he posted the offensive picture seen below. "She'll be jumping into Justice League 22 -- you'll hear details soon!"
Fans love Zatanna, so her appearance, even in Johns' teenage fan-fiction quality Justice League comic, should be good news. But a close look at the picture yields a shocking, sinister revelation: Zatanna's new costume does not include her iconic top hat.
"The top hat is synonymous with Zatanna!" lisped Jennings, a longtime reader of DC Comics who currently resides in his mother's basement in Fresno, California. "Zatanna without her top hat is like macaroni without cheese! Like chocolate without peanut butter! Like 1980s Legion of Super Hero comics without a bottle of lubricant and a box of Kleenex!"
"I've hated every comic DC has published since February of 1997," he explained. "Specifically, the last DC comic I didn't totally loathe was Action Comics #730, a David Michelinie/Tom Grummett issue titled 'The Precedent of the United Hates' and starring the Superman Revenge Squad. But with this, I'm finally done buying them. Seriously."
Jennings has done seemingly everything in his power for the past decade and a half to get DC to listen to reason and stop ruining its universe and characters.
"I've written literally thousands of angry posts on internet message boards calling for DC executives like Dan Didio and Bob Harras to be fired. I've complained loudly and endlessly to anyone I've been able to corner in my local shop until they escaped or had to be taken to the hospital after suffering a brain aneurysm from listening to my insane ranting. But DC just hasn't gotten the message. There's nothing left for me to do. I'm not buying any more DC Comics."
"I'm not buying as many comics," he reconsidered.
"I'm not buying this comic," he decided after thinking some more.
"Until the trade comes out," he sighed, steeling his resolve. "That'll show 'em."
Are you happy now, DC?
The new Zatanna appears in Justice League #22 by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee, agents of Cthulu, in stores in a couple months.