- Posted by Johanna on May 13, 2013 at 6:57 pm
- Category: Graphic Novel News
Several people have pointed out the problems with DC’s recent reading guide, the DC Entertainment Essential Graphic Novels and Chronology 2013. Most obviously, the women of the DCU get all of two pages. That’s all of them together, Wonder Woman, Batwoman, Batgirl, all get as much space as Green Arrow does. (But then, HE’s got a TV show! Which is what seems to matter.)
Personally, I wonder about a “reading guide” that feels the need to subtitle itself a “chronology”. Things shouldn’t be that complicated — but then, when you have a recent reboot and you’re still trying to sell the older books, without coming right out and saying “these don’t count any more (except when they do)”, I guess you’ve got a difficult tightrope to walk. I gave up trying to read the guide, because I found it both confusing and badly written, and I wasn’t all that interested in finding out what the company, DC Entertainment let’s remember, wants me to read when I have shelves and shelves of what I already know is the good stuff.
For instance — J. Caleb Mozzocco has put together his own list of recommended Wonder Woman reading, which is a much better selection. First, though, he gets in a few jabs of his own, such as this one:
DC Comics is the wrong entity to be championing that backlist, given the amount of time and energy they’ve expended telling the world that’s the old, lame stuff: The good stuff is all these shitty comics that look like bowdlerized videogame designs drawn by artists from 1993, the ones where the writers change every arc or so and everything’s so ill-considered we’re retconning stuff by the time we collect it in trade.
The Wonder Woman books Caleb recommends are all historical or out-of-continuity special-event volumes, but they’re easier to read than the current series and other recent attempts to make the character popular. His post is worth reading just for the image of the Wonder Woman library bookmark he starts with. Wish I had one, it’s lovely.
(Disclaimer: My husband KC edited the Adventures in the DC Universe comic, a collected volume of which Caleb recommends.)