Today's entry deals with something that has been vexing me for the better part of a decade now, and shows no sign of abating.
Seriously, how do the people at DC comics not fucking understand this?! Lately I've heard some people suggest that "DC hates it heroes". And as crazy as that sounds, the most recent evidence of what they've got planned only strengthens that claim.
For YEARS now, DC has failed to understand its heroes, that's for sure. DC have consistently been trying to act like a second-rate Marvel Comics, which kind of could work for them back when Marvel itself was acting like a third-rate Marvel comics, but these days Marvel (which I have never liked as much as DC, in theory) is doing amazing work and has worked at appealing to a very broad range of readers. DC, meanwhile, has been a one-trick pony of gore and "edginess" for so long that many people may have only ever known DC as being about that.
How do they not get this? How do they not understand that DC is all about ICONIC heroes, about Archetypes, and thus needs to be about Optimism?? And I know that optimism is not as cool to 14 year olds with gun fetishes as ripping people's arms off, but its all DC is set up in its lifeblood, in its genes, to actually do well. And you know, if they were to do it well, I'm pretty sure that 14 year olds and 40 year olds alike would be impressed. But no, they insist on trying to make DC's heroes into something they're just not made to be, and in the process radically fucking up almost every last one of them.
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