- Posted by Johanna on March 11, 2010 at 9:54 pm
- Category: Shopping Guide
I was excited by the idea of Brightest Day. Like Marvel’s Heroic Age, it seemed to promise a return to what superheroes should be, inspiring and amazing fantasy figures. However, DC seems determined to piss in my cornflakes. Apparently, expecting “Brightest Day” to signify optimism or anything else positive is just plain wrong. The following excerpts from their promotional copy show what I mean:
“Is everything from here on out going to be bright and shiny? No.”
“There are no grey areas here — it’s black and white and red with blood all over.”
“first appearance of the most dangerous, most twisted new Birds villain ever”
“battle to the death … what horrors await the rest of the Justice League”
Oh, how silly of me to want heroes that act like heroes instead of wallowing in gore and mayhem and angst. Oh, well, more money saved in not buying any DC superhero comics until they are interested in serving me as a customer again.
I thought I might get excited about the return of writer Paul Levitz with the launch of Legion of Super-Heroes #1, but then I realized no one has any idea what a first issue means any more. It is promoted as following up an earlier storyline and serves as a Green Lantern Corps tie-in. That doesn’t sound like a jumping-on point to me. I want to feel like reading more because I’m excited and want to, not feel pushed into doing more research, like homework. The harder the sell gets, out of desperation, the less attractive it all becomes.
Wait, I am looking forward to Teen Titans #83, because of the new Coven backup, as I already mentioned, plus I’ll keep reading The Great Ten and The Unwritten. Otherwise… it’s a shame the publisher has moved so far away from me.