I think the major problem with this line-wide reboot so far is that there's just so damn much of it. This thing is really not designed to pick up new readers at all. It's the same mistake Marvel made a decade ago with the Ultimate line: they want to do everything at once. Instead of starting with a smaller number of titles and reestablishing or recreating the DCU in a new direction, we've got 52 titles all coming out in the same month, all desperate to eke out their little corner of the same universe, which means there are so many characters and organizations that have to already exist in order for it to work... why keep pretending this is a reboot? It's not. It all depends on established DC history, it's just that some of the origins and character relationships have been tweaked. A little bit.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Well, against my better judgment, I ended up looking at more of the nu-52, and I can't say I'm impressed. Maybe it's because I've been reading a lot of really good DC Comics from the seventies lately, but I just generally can't stand the way comics are right now. Remember when DC Comics got way too grim and gritty? They're beyond grim and gritty now. They're into sadism, and into this weird idea that not giving a shit about violence is slick and cool. Oh, and attitude. Everyone has a smug 'tude. It's like DC went back to the 90s, previously the worst period in comics, and decided to keep the smugness and forced cool and up the violence. Apparently it's anathema right now at DC to think that comics should be fun, or even readable.
No one is ever going to be able to draw Superman's military dress uniform in a way that's appealing to me at all. It's just not going to happen. And, honestly, I resent Superman's appearance in this issue. DC is way too concerned with drawing up a continuity and forcing you to remember that this is all taking place in the same universe but in one of three or so possible time periods. Already, the continuity-obsessed cracks are showing.
The Adam Hughes cover of Batgirl #1 was the only thing I liked about this comic. And if you know how little regard I hold Adam Hughes in, you know that's saying something. Otherwise, it's a complete disappointment. It doesn't justify taking Barbara out of the wheelchair, and it's surprisingly hacky and apologetic for something written by Gail Simone.
They should just change the name of Detective Comics to Sadism Comics right now. I didn't expect much from this comic with Tony Daniel writing and drawing--he's terrible at both--but I saw a lot less detecting than I did sick violence. This book sucks, big time. There's nothing redeeming about it. And there's nothing new about it. This is the same Batman as ever, with the same hokey, stupid, testosterone-infused lines: "I own the night," "I am Gotham." Boring.
Never bought that one for a second. I mean, sure, if you consider a lot of extraneous line detail great art, I can see why he'd do it for you, but I've just never seen what's so great about the guy.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
A review of the films I've seen this past week.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
:: What the fuck, Hell's Kitchen? Still with this Elise nonsense? Are people really clamoring for more of her insane bullshit? Didn't this used to be a show about cooking? I have to say, they've whipped me up into a froth of total indifference to whatever happens in the finale. Will I watch it? Sure I will. But I don't really care about who wins, because at this point the inner workings have been so nakedly manipulated by producers that how could I possibly care? And watching Elise successfully game Will and Paul into defending her just made me lose my respect for both. And Tommy's been an unpleasant sub-moron since day one, so who gives a shit?
Monday, September 12, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Seemed appropriate. Billy Joel, from the Concert from New York in 2001.