We're Not Dead! The World Is Just a Blurry Mess!

Hello, friends! It seems more often than not, I'm writing tristes about where I've been, so I'll keep this one short.

*This has nothing to do with the story. I just thought this post could use some Benny.

A little over a month ago, I got it into my head that I should pay someone loads of money to shoot lasers into my eyes. The qualified doctors all said the recovery time would be 48 hours before I could return to my life of computers and books and television and normalcy.

They are all liars*.

*Not really. The doctors were fine. I just heal at a snails pace and no one expected that, so expectations were not managed as well as I wish they had been.

Here we are a month later and the world is still a blurry mess. With some magnification, i manage to still do my job, which requires me to be on a computer nine or ten hours a day. By the time I finish work for the day, my eyes feel like they're going to fall out of my head and possibly were replaced by sandpaper. I haven't read a book in over a month and soon I fear I may wither up and die from lack of stories being input into my head.

But I've healed enough to manage to return to blogging and perhaps in the next day or two, I'll even be able to read something that's not magnified to a ridiculous size! Anyway, we'll slowly be starting WFTM back up and we have some fun blog tours scheduled for May that I'm really excited about. There will be giveaways and guest posts and fun stuff.

So stick around and please excuse me if there are a few more typos than usual. My little Lenovo can only zoom in so much before the rest of the page falls off the screen.


So what have I missed? Besides this terrible mess, I mean. I sadly can see well enough to see this nonsense.

I mean, seriously Harley,  where are your pants? And what are those shoes? And why does the Enchantress look like a female Swap Thing? What is happening with this? Can I have Arrow Suicide Squad instead? #notmyharley

Reinventing the DC Universe Works for Me

The redesigned Justice LeagueI’m a girl who reads comics.  I like the idea of an ongoing series that creates a visual world and then fills it out over time.  What I haven’t ever gotten into are capes-and-tights comics.  Those worlds are just too big and too full for me to wrap my head around.  It’s a daunting task, diving into a world that has been building over decades upon decades, introducing parallel universes and alternate versions of just about everything.  Comic lines have surpassed 500 issues in many cases.  As someone that needs to know a whole story, it’s impossible to read capes-and-tights books without feeling like you’re missing something or more likely an entire universe of somethings.

Which is why I think the DC reboot is a great idea.  This is going to be the huge story out of Comic Con this year.  DC is holding panels for each individual division (the Bat Family, the Super Family, the monsters, etc.) and a panel specifically about the new universe every single day. I'm incredibly excited to see what they present and what I can get my hands on and here's why.

It’s not even a reboot.  According to reports, the Powers That Be are simplifying origin stories, redesigning aspects of costumes, and selectively ret-conning decades of history to make it easier for a new reader to come on board.  For the most part, it’s not going to resemble a new start, building from the ground up, but a pared down version of the current characters.  There will still be history and relationships and references that I probably still won’t understand, but at least it won’t be entire issues I can’t follow.  Then again, I don’t think anyone outside the walls of DC really knows what is going to happen in September just yet.  What we do know is:

  • DC will introduce new #1 issues to 52 stories, including all your classic DC heroes
  • Many books are getting brand new creative teams, though often times it’s just DC talent being laterally shifted to a new book
  • Many of the characters have redesigned costumes (Wonder Woman still has PANTS!)
  • Barbara Gordon has functional legs

That last one caused a bit of a kerfuffle in fandom when it was announced, reverting a handy capable character back to her pre-injured state.  Due to my lack of familiarity with the story line beyond the basics, I’ll refrain from comment.

Robot Superboy?On the surface, it doesn’t sound like much.  How will the fact that Superman no longer wears red underoos over his tights bring in new readers?  Well, it probably won’t.  What might bring new readers in will be the #1 on the front of the issue.  The number 1 is far less daunting than #672.  It’s a way in, a new beginning without the heavy burden of history over the reader’s head, even if it’s just a superficial feeling of inclusion.  For a moment, a new reader won’t have to know if Batman and Robin is the same story as Detective Comics (for the record, I don’t believe they are, but then again, what do I know?  I don’t read them).  It won’t matter that there have been 18,000 Robins and which ones turned evil.  The story begins anew!

Not only will there be new #1 issues, there will also be new books.  Batwoman is finally coming back with a monthly series.  Catwoman has a new series.  Barbara Gordon is now Batgirl and readers will most likely not need to know her history as Oracle in the Birds of Prey, which means the Birds of Prey line is going to be completely different.  Superboy seems to have turned into a cybernetic organism based on the cover shot, which could be interesting.

Harley, what did they do to you?!The worst thing about the DCnU 52 (that’s what people seem to be calling it) is Harley Quinn.  I like Harley Quinn.  She’s a fun crazy character.  She seems like the perfect person to head up the Suicide Squad, a pack of criminals that go on deadly missions that includes a giant dinosaur, so you’d think in theory I’d like the idea.  But then they went and whored her up.  What the hell, DC?  Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate that you’ve given most of your heroines pants this go around and, thank god, breasts that are not larger than their respective heads, but seriously… What.  The.  Hell.

But overall, good idea.  I find myself wanting to pick up issue #1 of many of these series just to see what they’ve done, especially with the classic characters, but also to see how a decades old universe can be renewed and sold to (sort of) newbies like me.  While many long term fans are upset by the potential change, I find it exciting and look forward to the new DC universe coming in September.



Mandroid is taking the crew to Comic Con!  Hopefully we’ll be coming back with more information regarding what’s happening in the comic ‘verse, an arm full of shiny new books and lots more.  Posts should still go up each day, all dedicated to comics this week, of course, and we’ll drop by when we have a free second to breathe and a functional wifi connection.