Some Thoughts on Diana, Clark, Lois, and a New-52on August 29, 2012 at 12:10 am
This and $2.85 will get you a large iced coffee at the Peets just down the block from my house. Yes, it’s expensive, but I like it.
Jim Lee has said Diana and Clark are together for the foreseeable future, and that Lois is on her own, or so I am told. A lot of people are upset, and some are genuinely hurt, and I understand that. There are those of us who truly love these characters and their histories, and this certainly can be interpreted as a slap in the face to all of us and all of that. This is what comics are – they’re a continuity of stories about characters we adore; it’s why we return to them again and again, even when we’re disappointed, and it’s what makes it so hard to leave books behind when they no longer entertain.
Regardless of the wisdom – for better or for worse – of relaunching DC into this “New 52,” it’s happened, it has at this point, in fact, happened long enough ago now that one could argue the “new” is no longer a descriptor but rather a branding. If one is willing to grant DC sincerity in this re-creation, in starting fresh, then, by definition, they must revisit, rework, and even reject what has come before. Otherwise they’re left with nothing else but a naked marketing ploy.
Which brings us to this.
How I feel about the decisions Geoff and Jim have made on the book are entirely irrelevant and immaterial. What they have done is to decisively break with the past, and to run headlong into the “new.” Speaking as a writer, they’ve not only opened a can of worms, but they’ve also opened a vast arena of new stories to tell. Some of those stories may well be worth telling. Some of those stories may well be worth repeating, and even cherishing. And, yes, some of those stories may end up best forgotten. And some may argue they’re stories that never needed telling in the first place.
But to condemn DC, and Geoff Johns, and Jim Lee, for doing – at least with regards to Superman, Wonder Woman, and Lois – exactly what the branding of NEW demands seems to me counterproductive. DC is, at least in this instance, walking their talk.
As I said here, if you’re not getting what you want from your comics, it’s time to stop buying them. I wouldn’t expect you to buy The Punisher if you hate the fact that Frank’s gone all taciturn and that the gunfights have been few and far between. Rather, I would expect you to pursue those stories that give you joy, that give you your money’s worth.
Vote with your dollars. Keep your strength. Know when to stay, and when to walk away.