Rich Johnston over at Bleeding Cool reported this morning that DC Comics will announce a new Sinestro Corps ongoing series at San Diego Comic Con. The series will join Green Lantern, Green Lantern: New Guardians, Green Lantern Corps, Red Lantern, and Larfleeze as the sixth ongoing Green Lantern family title. In response to the news, elderly comics fans who grew up during the nineties were none too pleased.
"Back in my day, we had just two X-Men books," said Heather King, a 31 year old fan from Livonia, MI. "And we had to walk uphill through a snowstorm to the local pharmacy to buy them off a spinner rack! Who needs six ongoing series for one group of characters? Kids today just don't understand."
Indeed, there were only two X-Men titles back in the good old days: Uncanny X-Men and X-Men. Unless, of course, one counted Generation X, Wolverine, X-Force, X-Factor, Excalibur, Mutant X, and a bevy of minis and one-shots. Nothing like today at all.
"Another thing that bothers me," King went on, "is all the pointless, extravagant gimmicks. I mean, 3D motion covers? Who needs any of that garbage?"
It's a good point. Charging fans an extra dollar for hastily photoshopped 3D motion covers seems wholly unnecessary. Why not just slap on an embossed foil hologram cover with polybagged trading cards, like they did back when the world still made sense?
"The worst part is these senseless events." complained Donald Collins, a 29 year old reader from Phoenix, AZ who began collecting comics at age 12, in 1996. "Event after event after event! Why can't comic book companies just let writers tell stories that develop naturally in a single ongoing book?!"
Collins went on to name Zero Hour, 1,000,000, Age of Apocalypse, Reign of the Supermen, The Clone Saga, Infinity Crusade, Operation Galactic Storm, and Maximum Carnage as examples of the kind of simple, back-to-basics storytelling that he wished today's publishers would go back to.
"And what's with the books costing $2.99 or even $3.99?" Collins added. "In my day, you didn't pay more than $1.99 for a book! That's insane! What other market has seen such a huge cost inflation?!"
None that we can think of off the top of our heads, excluding gasoline, real estate, automobiles, public transportation, groceries, and college tuition.
"Kids these days," sighed Collins, shaking his head, as he reflected on the nineties, a simpler time where the comic book industry was completely dissimilar from the bloated, unsustainable corporate behemoth that exists today.