DC RELAUNCH: Fans in a crisis over no Crisis – Who Cares?
This past weekend, Dan DiDio set the Intardwebz ablaze when he made the announcement that the Crisis events from the last thirty years, including Crisis on Infinite Earths, never happened in the New DC Universe.
Here is the post from DiDio’s Facebook page:
Brace yourself, but after further review, there have been no Crisis events in the New DCU.
Which was then followed by:
For those in crisis over Crisis, let me clarify. The topic of Crisis was much discussed among the editors and talent working on The New 52. With so many characters and histories restarting, major events like Crisis are harder to place when they work for some and not for others. (that was one of the problems coming out of the original Crisis). While we are starting aprx five years into our heroes’ lives, we are focused on the characters present and future, and past histories will be revealed as the stories dictate. Yes, there have been “crisis” in our characters lives, but they aren’t exactly the Crisis you read before, they can’t be. Now, what this means for characters seen and unseen…… well, that’s the fun of The New 52, infinite stories, infinite possibilities, with the best yet to come.
Thanks, as always for your interest and enthusiasm in The New 52. DD
P.S. that’s the last time I try and answer a Facebook question before rushing out for dinner. :)
I’m sure there are going to be a lot of people who are ready to take to the streets with burning copies of Countdown to Final Crisis looking to storm the headquarters of DC Comics (which may or may not be in NYC much longer anyway), but to be honest, do you really want to keep Zero Hour in continuity? Now that the relaunch has occurred, and the characters are living in a new universe, does it really matter that Identity Crisis may never have happened? Years ago, DC shut the doors on the multiverse, and while some were understandably upset, many comic readers – and especially new comic readers, have no concept of the mish-mashed continuity that required a major reboot (followed by decades of other reboots) in order to get to where we are today.
This is new continuity, and in the new continuity, there is a new multiverse, and that multiverse hasn’t needed a crisis level event…yet. And considering the high sales that the first month of the New 52 brought to the company, I don’t think we’ll be seeing a return to the pre-Crisis continuity anytime soon.
But what about those who want to revel in the Crisis on Infinite Earths tales because they read it when it originally came out, have 9.8 CGC copies of all the titles (including the Death of Supergirl) slabbed and tucked away in their safe, and own every trade and hardcover that DC released? I say enjoy them. Go back and reread your favorite comics again and again, because that’s kind of the point, isn’t it?
Don’t like the new Blue Beetle title? Go back and read Jaime’s adventures after the last Crisis event. Or go back further and read Ted Kord, or if you are daring, Dan Garrett’s adventures in the Golden Age. They are available if you know where to look, and are willing to part with some of your hard earned money. So are seventy years worth of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Captain Marvel, and the rest of the DC pantheon. Yes, even Ambush Bug. I love what DC did during 52, and though I’m disappointed many of those epic story moments have disappeared, I can still go back and re-read 52 anytime I want.
If you love something, it will always be there to keep you entertained on those long winter nights, the times you need a pick me up, or want a refreshing look back at the way companies used to do things. But if you’ve never heard of THE Crisis, and you don’t care that Batman fought different versions of himself during Final Crises, then the news that Crisis level events haven’t happened yet in the new DC Universe shouldn’t come as a big surprise. In order for a company to survive it needs to move forward, try different things, and not get mired down in the past, and that is exactly what DC is trying to do. If it doesn’t work this time, I’m sure they won’t hesitate to try another relaunch.
That being said, I’m sure you’re going to use the comment section to share your thoughts…