Be Careful What You Wish For, You Might Get Rebooted by Mark O. Estes
Monday night, I started on an article dealing with my frustrations of not having a concrete point to jump back into the DC Universe, due to the last few years involving multiple crossover events, with single issues/storylines leading up the next event/crisis that will reverse, change, or cancel a certain title or series. In other words, I wanted some stability. Some down time to get reacquainted with the characters I wished I could emulate when I was a kid. I had just finished the Final Crisis this past weekend and was ready to give my thoughts on why I found Final Crisis a bit lackluster; ponder on the reason behind massive crossover events in the summer; and plead the case for my dread of Flashpoint this summer, or rather what was so secretive about DC’s fall schedule.
Then Tuesday afternoon hit.
After coming home from work (and a long day of listening to Nothing’s On, which rocked), I felt like I was hit with Thor’s hammer when I found out that DC was going to reboot their entire universe; complete with new character origins, costume alterations, etc. While the comic book world was going ape shit at the news, I was (and still am) at a crossroads in terms of my feelings at the announcement. In one hand, there is a sense of be careful what you bitch wish for going through my brain, because I did want a fresh starting point. I mean that’s what my bitching was going to consist of in my original blog post.
However, the other nagging piece of my brain can’t help but say “What the fuck?!” because everything I’ve read so far is kind of moot. Do I continue reading Battle for the Cowl and Blackest Night ? Or do I wait until Justice League of America #1 (2011) to drop? Let me explain my first reaction in the previous paragraph dealing with wishes kicking you in the ass first before I continue with that geek drenched crossroad.
To be blunt, I asked for a jumping on point and I got one. This will be my chance to enjoy comics all over again without having to read crossovers, side titles, tie-in titles, etc. 52 #1 issues to jump into and delve into a new modern world of DC superheroes, where I won’t feel like I’m 20 years behind on what’s going on in Metropolis, Gotham, and Coast City. I won’t have to shell out a shit load of money buying trades and the like to catch up to the current status quo and, most importantly, I could take a breather by being on the same level (kinda) as other comic fans.
There are a lot of pros (for me) in DC’s new initiative and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t intrigued by what this new vision will entail. With all that said, I still can’t help but feel a little… disappointed in a lot of areas.
I think I was 2 or 3 years old when Crisis on Infinite Earths hit the comic book stores across the nation, so I’m used to the DC Universe that came from that first universal overhaul of those characters. So the current state of DC has been my bread and butter, and to see it go is like long running television series being cancelled in favor of a reboot. A reboot that could have instead been a continuation of what was before, kind of like the Friday the 13th remake, which could have easily been Friday the 13th part 12 because it didn’t offer anything new to the franchise whatsoever. Except cell phones and advanced technology in breast implants.
So that’s my fear coming into this fall. I’m excited for what’s to come, but dread what the end result will be. As many comic book analysts have mentioned the various blogs covering this massive event, this is a bold, risky ass move on DC’s part. The pendulum could fall either way on this and it could lead to a blood bath or a cash influx for the company. Either way, I will be there to witness this epical event and in that notion alone, I couldn’t be any happier in knowing that.
Now since I managed to get that off my chest, I guess I will return to reading Battle for the Cowl, despite it might being “irrelevant” in two months time…