Back in 2011, I was getting interested in comics again. I had discovered “Comixology,” and was reading Conan the Barbarian and other titles lightly. This was new to me…I had never read this stuff before. But I thought it a good alternative to Marvel, who’s take on Spider-Man had pushed me away, and from DC whose universe seemed so large and old that I was intimidated by it.
When the news that DC was going to relaunch it’s whole lineup and re-number to #1s came down, I thought, “now is the time.” I began getting the digital copies, and enjoyed it really too much, probably. So I subscribed to the physical copies of the titles I liked best, Detective Comics, Batman and Robin, Batman, Justice League, Action Comics, and Aquaman.
Eventually I pared this down to only the Batman titles, and Masters of the Universe, of course. And Batman has been a part of my life for several years. I didn’t mind that his universe wasn’t completely re-booted. I figured they would have alienated a ton of fans if they did. I had little trouble getting into his universe…most of his enemies and allies did receive new treatment. The only thing that jarred me at first was Damien, and I think he grew to be my favorite Robin, though. I really felt wronged though, when they killed him off in the only title I wasn’t reading, “Batman Inc.” And I wrote about that here on SpartanNerd.com extensively. (I also think they gave haven’t written Tim Drake correctly.)
Still, this wasn’t enough to make me stop reading. And I have enjoyed “Forever Evil” “Gothtopia”and all of the other “events” that involved Batman. Also, Batman snd Superman has been a really good title, tying back to the beginning of the New 52 with connections to the Justice League story. I wouldn’t know as much about Wonder Woman, Supergirl (Power Girl) or Huntress.
Finally, I thought the resurrection of Damien was really good. And am happy, even ecstatic that he is back, and that he has super powers now as a new twist.
But DC Comics is voicing dissatisfaction with the New 52 universe. I don’t know why…I guess just re-naming it wouldn’t be enough. I heard things like they are out of ideas. Or there are continuity errors. The idea thing is a croc. But there is no denying there are continuity errors. Batman Eternal is busting with background noise from the Robin Rises story…for instance, this past week Raj Al Ghul referring to Batman’s leaving him in a frozen ravine…and in the same issue Batman looking longingly at one of the future Batmen and saying “Damien…” Other continuity errors have come up as a result of writers leaving and other problems. Geoff Johns just needed to keep a tighter reign on everyone.
And maybe that is what’s going to happen. I have been lightly reading “Multiversity.” I actually have the first issue and the guidebook. What “Convergence” is supposed to do is do away with the Multiverse, and leave only the continuity established by the DC New 52. They will use this event to correct some inconsistencies.
I am OK with this, but I feel a little bit of loss. With the end of the Multiverse, that will take those Earth 3 “Heroes” out of the picture. And what about the “Obama Superman.” He will be gone. No more Earth 2. I never even read Earth 1. The Multiversity guidebook presents a lot of cool characters. Are these all going to be gone? DC never has explained how Masters of the Universe fits into the New 52 universe. He-Man “killed” Superman for crying out loud!
I think it will be cool to see the Flashpoint universe characters again. I think it might be cool to see the old universe characters again. The Convergence is supposed to bring these popular ideas back. (I read the Flashpoint Batman stories after getting into the New 52…creepy!)
But I think I might just step off after the Convergence. Maybe cherry pick the stories that interest me rather than subscribe. Already I am forking over to get to the end of Batman Eternal and Future’s End. I have a ton of comics now. And I will have a complete collection of New 52 Batman books. I hear that Marvel is doing something similar, and if they give us a clean starting point with Spider-Man, I will be back to reading that again.