Thursday, March 08, 2007

52 #44

52 #44
What the hell was that? I'm not talking about the comic itself, though there's certainly much to talk about. No. I'm talking about the DC Nation page! WTF??? Oh, Mighty Didio, please bring back letters pages. I'm tired of reading this kind of shit in every single comic, every single week. It never changes, it's always the same. Some editor (not you, of course) thinks they're witty and therefore inserts their narcissism into every single one of this week's comics. If it were only in back of 52, that would be one thing. Heck, that'd be the natural place to find such drivel. But how many people do you think read this page every single time they reach it? Now, Marvel comics...sometimes I open up straight to the letters page to see who's there. Will it be my friend Adrian Watts? Will it be me? Sometimes, I do this even for comics that I don't read!
With DC, I have no such pleasure. Here's an open plea, to you, the Gods Of DC, please restore the letters page!

And now, the issue itself. A huge fight wherein the four horsemen of Apokolips kill Isis. And talk - a LOT. Most of their talk is in reference to who they are and what their purpose is. More narcissism! And then, at the end, Isis's rose dies in Nanda Parbat and Renee leaves for Khandaq. And we don't even see her faceless!

Metatextually, perhaps this is meant to juxtapose the narcissism of the Four Horsemen with the complete lack of ego which is (apparently) required of The Question. Since Grant Morrison is involved here, I'd say that's probably the case. But in truth, it just comes across as annoying.

And Mark Waid doesn't even show up to give us a breather at the end!

1 comment:

NucleonSaber said...

You'd be unlikely to see my name in a DC book, even if they DID have letters pages, because I just can't get into them.

DC has got to have the most inaccessible universe in comics; it isn't a problem with complex continuity, it is just so far-fetched that it is almost impossible to find a reason to care about anything.

52 is a good example. I am sure that it is great for folks who have been DC fans for 30 years, but what about me? I don't REALLY know what's going on, no reason is given for new readers to care, and the whole thing trudges along like a tank before a few dozen rows of aluminium cans - it knows where it's going, and no matter what, it'll just keep rolling...

The lack of a letters page doesn't help; it suggests to me that they don't really care what readers think.