The continuity dustbin…

The new, if not improved Power Girl with Huntress

I find myself very surprised that there are still some negative reactions to the New 52. As expected, there were fans that left the books, using the newly coined phrase “52 jumping off points!”, but there are still people out on the web that are complaining 6 months on.
First of all, to those of you that complain for the “fun” of complaining: get over it. They are comics, and throughout the history of the medium, change has been constant. Not always consistent or in any way meaningful, but constant. More on that in a minute…
Next, find other books. If you are complaining and not reading, shut up until you know what you are talking about. Uninformed bitching is what the internet is all about, but this got old a while ago. If you don’t want to read them, don’t. Vote with your dollars. There are piles of worthy books out there. To those people that maybe were not all that thrilled, but gave the books a chance anyway, good for you. Even if you have since dropped all of them in disgust, you tried and that is all anyone can ask.
The people that have really gotten my goat are the ones with no memory, or at least very short memories. This is far from the first time a company has thrown the baby out with the bathwater, and it will not be the last.
The biggie is of course, the original Crisis. This was not popular in its day with the long time fans, but once it was over, things really took off. Once the plan to clean up the continuity was made, nothing from the old era, mostly Golden Age stuff was safe. They gutted the mess that was DC history, getting rid of complete areas of the universe. Without the first crisis, many of the best things in the DCU would not work or just not exist. Batman: Year One, the Superman reboot by John Byrne and much of what is now very popular in Green Lantern would be gone. Many characters were given the boot, mostly Earth-2, but major Earth-1 one heroes like the Barry Allen Flash and Wonder Woman were killed off. Some of the origins were made worse and more of a mess, but for the most part, it made the books more believable. DC has done several of these since to correct, clean up or otherwise hammer things into shape for stories they wanted to tell or stories they wanted to simply go away. Victims of this include the Legion of Superheroes, rebooted a few times since then, and much of Superman’s back-story and supporting cast.
Many small events have lead to merging continuities such as Captain Marvel and the Charlton characters like Blue Beetle and Captain Atom becoming part of the DCU. Some characters have had to vanish for other reasons…
ROM and the Micronauts at Marvel disappeared when Marvel lost the licensing rights. Despite the decent popularity of both at the time, these once in canon books are mostly gone. They are only hinted at for the most part, although the Miconaut Bug managed to exist beyond the death of the series and has shown up in the Marvel cosmic books by DnA recently.
What changes like this boil down to is that they will continue to happen. The New 52 cleared up some sticky issues that have been hampering DC for a while. The biggie for most fans is Lois Lane. She is no longer married to Superman. Done. Bam. HA! Suck it! Never really liked that marriage. Then there is all the history. The result of doing the “everyone has been around 5 years” that most of the books have done, is that you can keep the stuff you want to keep, without nailing down exactly what those things are. Barbara Gordon’s time as Oracle is still there, and that makes officially canon, The Killing Joke. All of the Robins are still around and can still be explored (it appears that Jason will have a very different origin though). Identity crisis appears to have been voided, which is a bummer as I quite liked it. This has all given the writers a chance to tell better stories, and isn’t that the whole point?
With the announcement that Power Girl and the Justice Society are coming back in some form with the release of World’s Finest and Earth-2, things are really shaping up and may eventually click together.
You should stick with them too. Or give books and characters you were less than thrilled with before a try. Maybe even the most cynical fan will find something to like.


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