So as DC keeps digging itself deeper (the latest is now DC is saying the lone remaining super-hero couple in the reboot - Aquaman/Mera - are not actually “married” because apparently that word has cooties are something - way to throw off critics who think you have an anti-marriage agenda, DC!) and Dan Didio keeps making an ass of himself by saying how proud he is of the “new 52”DC Universe wide mandate that super-heroes not have happy personal lives (i.e. “Heroes shouldn’t have happy personal lives. They are committed to being that person and committed to defending others at the sacrifice of their own personal interests.”) and then trolling fans who complained by saying on Facebook: “I have to wonder why some people who ask for funny comics filled with optimism seem extremely negative and have no sense of humor.”
Yeah, insult your consumers, way to make me buy your comics, Dan.
I’d just like repost a comment I made at DCWomenKickingAss (which has been all over the shenanigans) regarding why DC looks like the way it does because I think it explains a lot regarding on how Didio see the Universe:
After former-publisher and DC president Paul Levitz (who said no to a lot of stuff) was pushed out for good, Didio and Lee went hog-wild and the reboot came not long after remade into their Silver-Agey vision - the return of Babsgirl (and the complete elimination of Steph and Cass), editorial mandate across the board for grim dark violence, Wonder Woman and Superman as a couple with Lois kicked to a lesser status than Jimmy Olsen, Wally and Donna gone, the JSA characters shooted off to their own world with just one title and all of them “re-imagined” and de-aged, every single character in the DC proper de-aged and made to look like a model (see Waller, Amanda), Amazons eliminated and made evil (again), and of course all marriages that existed prior to the reboot have to not only be eliminated but the couple not even a couple anymore (see Lois/Clark, Barry/Iris, Jay/Joan and now look at what has been done to Animal Man’s family) because apparently its OK to fool around and have random sex with people you barely know (see first issues of Catwoman and Red Hood and the Outsiders) but an actual stable, lasting couple. That’s just for old folks. And thus we have the DCnU. Makes the Marvel Universe look downright paradise in comparison.
And thats it in nutshell. Until there is a clear regime change at DC I think we can just keep expecting more of the same. Which actually makes me glad Wally West, Donna Troy, Cass Cain and Stephanie Brown are on Didio’s sh!tlist since they don’t have to be a part of this.
There was a comparison picture of Superboy and Krypto that was posted up a while ago somewhere on tumblr. Essentially it showed the old Conner and Krypto we remember; plaid-over-supershirt, Conner wearing glasses and Krypto being a sweet snow-white labrador like cutie.
Below that it showed Kon-el in the N52. Spiky hair and weird, circuit onesie, surrounded by jagged rocks and lightning, looking angry at something or another. Krypto, beside him, was half Kon’s size and a gigantic wolf with even crazier hair.
I think this pretty much represents what’s happening with DC right now. They’re scared of being seen as soft. They’re going through the same thing a bunch of companies went through in the mid-to-late 90’s. They’re trying to be XTREME to keep the kids interested.
Which is sad. It’s sad because it’s all about the relative low self esteem of Didio and Lee. While trying to feed their own inner fanboys by jerking off to the Silver Age and trying to seem young and hip and XTREME, they’re just shooting themselves in the foot.
The really horrible thing about this is that I kind of understand what Didio is trying to say about heroes vs happiness. Yes, they’re about sacrifice. Yes, that’s part of what makes them heroes. But the problem with making everything about sadness and what the heroes have sacrificed is that, essentially, they’re negating the sadness itself. Sadness cannot exist in a sad-vacuum. They need some happiness to make the sadness that much more important. I’m not talking about Alan Scott proposing to his boyfriend and then, on the next page, having that boyfriend blow up. I’m talking about establishing characters and using that to drive home the theme of sacrifice and hardship that heroes need to go through.
TL;DR - They don’t get it, they’re getting it wrong across the board and they need to stop. This is turning into the goddamned Attitude Era of DC and I hate it.
See, I totally disagree about the “no happy hero” mandate. I actually think it’s bullshit and easy. We live in a world where it’s cool to be seen as cynical and ironic. We praise sarcasm and negativity. Bullshit.
It’s HARD to be optimistic. It’s HARD not to look at something and tear it apart. Often times our mythological heroes both SEE and REPRESENT the best in the world.
That doesn’t mean she can’t have friends and family. It means she should have them MORE. She cares about humanity. Why WOULDN’T she care about loved ones?