Hiah all you authentically geeky pals and gals,
Last week, Phreak 711 and I released our Podcast #4, which was mostly a rant about our feelings for the upcoming D.C. Universe continuity reboot; mainly how immensely we hated the idea. But the more I think about it, the more I feel that we may have been a little hard on the whole notion...
You see, part of all growth involves change, and sometimes change can hurt. This is perhaps the most important lesson taught by every teen movie from Teen-Wolf to 16 Candles...I don't know how I missed it.
Because in the long run, the D.C. Universe is just trying to grow. It's trying to keep up with changing times and trying to re-invent itself so it can be more free in its story telling. What's more, it's not the first time this has happened. The current historical continuity is only about 25 years old, if we are assuming the Crisis on Infinite Earths was the most recent time that the D.C. Continuity got reset (ignoring all the times it was tampered with such as Infinite Crisis or Zero Hour).
Back in 1985 the Crisis asked fans to let go of over 30 years of continuity dating back to the Silver Age of comics, and everything worked out fine. The characters got new origins, the stories took on a more modern tone, and nobody got hurt. The fans kept buying, the creators kept creating, and a history was reborn.
So all I can say is that I wish D.C. the best. That I hope this continuity reboot is coming with the best intentions and that it sparks a new era of creativity and life for some of our favourite characters. I'm even pretty excited for some of the creative team-ups coming down the line like Grant Morrison and Rags Morales on Action Comics and the new concept behind The Authority sounds great; I love putting Martian Manhunter on the team!
I just really hope that this is not an excuse to sell us the same story over again, just with new packaging. I mean, if we have to read another “Death of Superman” story a few years from now with the only difference being Superman's uniform, then what's the point?