This week I am straying from reviewing comics, partly because my shop didn’t have all of my books and partly because the only book I wanted to talk about is The Walking Dead and, honestly, I think whoever reads that particular book doesn’t want to read “I LOVE THE WALKING DEAD” written out in 400 words. This week I want to talk about a certain company and their depressing downslide.
DC Comics has failed me. When I first started buying monthly comics I was buying three books: Hellboy, Hellblazer, and Fables, one Dark Horse book and two Vertigo books. I started buying new books because of an imprint owned by DC. Then DC made an announcement and completely changed the game. They were rebooting their entire universe. Everything back to year one or some other logical starting point. I eagerly awaited the announcements of the books and, like many others, picked the ones I wanted. I tried so many of the number ones… and that’s when the plan fell apart… Many of the New 52 books started off flawed and fairly weak in my eyes.
This was where my confidence in DC wavered. There were titles I was really excited for, and I gave them a genuine chance. My pull list was gigantic and I gave each book six issues to keep me. The stories never got better, though. There were plot holes in the stories and giant holes in the universe that didn’t make sense. When this started to affect Vertigo, mainly Hellblazer, probably my all-time favorite comic book series, I was deeply upset.
Hellblazer ended at a time when it was needed most. I understand that stories have endings that need to be told, and the ending of Hellblazer was expertly written, but John Constantine had more stories left to tell. No offense to Ray Fawkes and his version of Constantine, but it’s not the same and is another example of DC failing their fans. No one wanted Hellblazer to end and the main DC Universe didn’t need him in it.
As I said, DC really lost me when they cancelled Hellblazer. My patience with their other books ended and eventually my pull list consisted of Swamp Thing, Batman and Robin, Fables, Constantine and American Vampire. Recently I stopped getting Swamp Thing and have considered dropping American Vampire. Fables ends soon, Constantine is only bought because of my love of the character, not of his current stories, and Batman and Robin is on thin ice at times. I really believe that soon I will have no DC titles left. My money now goes to few Marvel titles and many of Images’s, and smaller companies’, titles. The stories are better told, the books themselves better made, and their universes make more sense.
This is just how I feel about the comics industry right now. It’s my own opinion and I don’t fault anybody for reading DC titles, I can understand why they are liked, but I choose not to read them. I just feel that the stories being told elsewhere are better for me given my tastes. I see the holes in other universes and see good things in the DC universe as well, but if DC Comics wants to get my readership they need to fix some major issues.