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That one little handhold between SM/LL in the MoS trailer meant so much more than the kiss between SM/WW. Hall of Fame? Really?
Just saw the Hall of Fame thing. Another attempt by the DC Comics propaganda/promotion team to push this fauxmance to the bullship extreme. The usual suspects are for it with multiple hits against anyone commenting they prefer Bats/WW or Clark and Lois. We’ve seen the miles between the promotion and what is actually happening in the books. This is just another example.
It’s all about hits on DC’s websites anyway — sorry, I don’t play that. They created the fauxmance in a vacuum — they can choke on it with their dying breath.
How great is this power couple if Booster Gold comes from the future to warn his ‘past’ self about what they are doing will destroy the universe? How can the ‘couple’ continue in a destroyed universe? Batman has a flashlight shining up their asses — so how great can it be? There’s no Trinity, there was barely a Justice League before the promo hit. So perhaps when Superman and Wonder Woman come to their senses (literally, since David Graves had them under the azuras influence starting this mess) — this will help build the DC Comics Trinity and they have to save the world and the multiple universes — as well as the characters’ images.
And really? Hall of Fame? How lame. It diminishes true hall of fames, but then nowadays anything and everything must be torn down in the need for change — because we all know all change is good. [sarcasm]
DC will not admit this was a very bad idea because they’ve had it in the works for 2 years from that “writer’s” retreat of October, 2010. I’ve been beginning to wonder how many actual writers were in attendance or on the phone line for that. Especially since the Action and Superman writers for the new 52 were handpicked by Didio. And why would Grant Morrison mourn the marriage in July, 2011 if he was in on the ground floor of the decision making process to radically change Superman and his mythos? Makes ya think, doesn’t it?
DC has to push the fauxmance to make Trinity War relevant. It is their first big crisis (and Didio loves him a crisis) for the new 52 planned for probably this May. 2012 sucked for Superman in his own books and in Justice League. Wonder Woman managed to escape damage in her own book because the bullship is not addressed in it.
I’m hoping 2013 will be a better year for the Man of Steel. We know the movie is going to give us what fans have been craving for decades — a modernization of the character which keeps his core in tact and his love for Lois Lane displayed.
Yes, that trailer healed a lot of wounds Superman fans suffered through 2012 at the hands of the new 52, especially the abhorrent promotion of the fauxmance. Comics promotion can say whatever they want, it is only reaching a small audience when compared to the movie going public around the world. Superman is a global icon. BUT, if people go to see the film and want to check out the comics (thus increasing DC Comics bottomline) — are they going to see a Superman hooked up with Wonder Woman, who is alienated and removed emotionally from the humans he has sworn to protect? Let’s hope the administration at DC Comics are smart enough to know — that would be a disaster.
There are things to look forward to in 2013, Steve Trevor in JLA (he will have been in all the Justice League related books by then — he’s a big deal & already has a love relationship with Diana), the Trinity War fixing some of this mess, Andy Diggle taking over Action, Scott Snyder’s untitled 3rd book which “will celebrate the 75th anniversary” of the Superman mythos, and the Man of Steel movie.
Fans will probably still have to endure some more incoming, but I’m hopeful that after the first of the year, we’ll see the tide turn. Superman will become that guy people have loved for 75 years and his love story with Lois Lane will happen once again — because they were created together for a reason — and they are destined. It’s one of the things that makes Clark’s story unique and enduring.
Justice League orders are still falling. It will probably never overtake Batman again. Action Comics in November surpassed the Flash in order losses — and Flash was the worst of the original new 52 top 10. Could getting rid of marriages or original love interests be a factor? Probably. Superman fell out of the DC new 52 top 10 this November — mostly because of Death of the Family crossover — but the bump it did get was less than 1% of the orders from October, 2012. Superman is experiencing his own H’El crossover with Superboy and Supergirl — and then when that’s done, will have another crossover with Superboy, Supergirl and Action (March). So many crossovers — so little time. So it better be a quickie if Trinity War happens in May. I consider crossovers not the best time for character development and one thing the new 52 Superman needs is one vision and CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. Maybe when the fauxmance ends and the mandate is gone, Superman will be a character we begin to recognize — and he’s not fighting mind altering, alternate universe living, alternate reality creating beings in each and every issue! ARGH!!!
I wrote another article for OSCK. This time about the reporting of digital comic sales.
Reading this Newsarama article about Jim Lee at Wondercon
This bothered me:
After scrolling past a family vacation photo and a picture of his dog and remarking those were for the moms and girlfriends in the room who weren’t into comics, he dived into pictures of his artwork.
What about the moms and girlfriends in the room who ARE INTO COMICS? OR what about the dads and boyfriends who aren’t into comics?
Is the male target audience so ingrained in the Co-Publishers’ minds that they can’t see what’s truly in front of them? Do they think that the males drag the females to the Cons against their will? Perfect marketing opportunity blown away by assuming that females are not interested in comics.
The first person at the mic dived right into the new 52 and asked how much backlash and controversy DC has received over the CHARACTER CHANGES. Lee replied that the danger would have been not changing things enough. “You could have done a smaller tweak that people would have been initially less concerned about, but if we’re going to the trouble of renumbering an entire universe, you have to push it a little bit.” He said he’d rather have people debating it online rather than being apathetic about it, and he reminded the audience that costumes changed drastically from the Golden Age to the Silver Age. (CAPS mine)
Why does DC seem to insist that character=costume? It doesn’t. Character means so much more. Changing a hero’s backstory or mentality or attitude or the way he approaches the world — that’s character! Not flippin collars or no overpants!!!
First up, Jenette Kahn, 26 year President and Editor-in-Chief of DC comics.
Also the article where it cites Jenette’s male to female creator ratio during her DC stead, also her encounters with the ‘boys club.’ From Sequential Tart, May, 2001.
Which brought me to the Sequential Tart site.
February 2010, folks were asked the question: What comic-book relationships were you wrong about?
See Suzette Chan’s answer regarding the Kent marriage.
Or this one by Margaret O’Connell on June 27, 2011, where she states in her opening paragraph.
“Whether both spouses are heroes or not, superhero marriages are far less likely to come across as dull, staidly predictable, and parental if each partner has a distinctive personality, backstory, and storyline of his or her own.”
Maybe Matt Idelson, Editor of the Super books, as well as the ‘illustrious’ Co-Publishers should take note.
Why are women only 1% of the creators at DC Comics now when they were about 50% in 2001? Why are marriages dissolved off panel because they are considered boring, dull, predictable, keeping the hero down when marriage adds another layer of conflict and opens up even MORE stories to tell? Why didn’t DC (John Rood) state that at least 20% (if not more) of the people (taking the survey) who are reading the new 52 are FEMALE?
I started researching with the Jenette Kahn article first because she turned her creators loose on character driven stories, drove the creator rights initiative, and also left with a male to female creator ratio of 1:1. Read about how it was tough for this woman to enter the entire male world of DC Comics back in 1976. (Sounds a bit like Lois Lane in 1938) And think about what we’ve seen in the past year displayed by the all male DC panels at the various comic cons, interviews, etc.
This is what worries me — if DC’s target audience is 14 to 34 year old males come hell or high water, this statement from 2001 is ominous with the way present-day DC Comics treats its female characters, women in general and their female readership.
“At best they were an innocuous entertainment and at worst they were trash, corrupting young minds.” — Jenette Kahn, speaking of comics before she came to DC Comics.
Do we really need a new generation of misogynists?
Diane Nelson, President of DC Entertainment, needs to hear your views on this.
“Given all the blather about the death of the industry, why are we still essentially driving men away from books by and about women? If we like these books enough to write and publish them, why aren’t we trying to give them the widest possible audience? You’d think this would make sense purely from a marketing and financial standpoint, in addition to being a step toward real equality.” — Rose Fox, Publishers Weekly, March 8, 2012
This isn’t even about comic books in particular, but Science Fiction/Fantasy books as a genre.
DC Comics skewing their own survey numbers or the interpretation of them is not conducive to widening their market, solidifying their financial base and saving their industry. — And yet, they do it.
More than 20% of survey takers were identified as FEMALE and no where in the interviews with John Rood is that indicated.
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