It’s odd, but as a someone who enjoys titles from both Marvel and DC, I’m just not seeing the hate that DC Comics has been receiving.
I understand that some people want to see the publisher they support most thrive, but there comes a point where you have to ask yourself what you’re doing to help them thrive. You could defend them and say we have this and that, though what about everything else? The problem that has arisen is that the same people who will defend DC for having these books will also criticize them for what they don’t have. There are even those who will criticize those top books because they aren’t meeting their standard. It just turns into a mess of readers who aren’t satisfied with what they are given. Readers need to take a step back and take a step outside of their comfort zone. That is the only way to experience something new, something that will show you that there is more to enjoy than what you consistently expose yourself to.
If it wasn’t for the New 52, I would have never been able to get into DC comics. Sure it’s all the fans favorite heroes rebooted and not “exactly” what they grew up with, but I understand that it’s what they had to do to keep sales going. Justice League Dark, The Ravagers, Suicide Squad, Superboy, not what most invest their time into reading but I came to find entertaining when I started keeping up with the New 52. Unless these books or all of them have to meet some standard then I do believe that people are missing the point of what makes comics exciting as a whole. Yes we have Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Justice League, Green Lantern, yet there’s so much more out there. So much more that you are ignoring for something of more popularity. Popularity does not equal quality and those that are lesser known could be just as great if not more, but only if given the chance by readers.
Then they even gave you books that are different. Something different from what you get out of the Justice League members or anyone from the Bat Family. They gave the fans those books like Dial H, Demon Knights, The Movement, Threshold, a few others as well, and they were ignored. To the point that they became cancelled and now rage is throw at DC when they didn’t show those books enough support. You could say that DC has quality books such as Wonder Woman, Flash or Batman, but in this case specifically, those are quality books that most would probably pick up over something like The Movement or Threshold which I enjoy. Why? Because that’s what everyone else is reading. No one wants to take a risk on those books that no one really gives as much attention to. I mean why not? It’s not as if DC themselves are taking a risk on these books hoping to give you the readers more options. If they can do that, why can’t you?
I honestly would like to know what the problem is really because it happens very often whether Marvel or DC and a little more appreciation for what is in front of you isn’t too much to expect. I mean Marvel NOW! was given a hard time as well, way before the first book was even released for it. Yet now people are happy with what they’re getting. Whether they’re being more creative or allowing writers more creative freedoms, the fact that any writer from Marvel and DC is trying to be creative in these times should be acknowledged.
All I can say in the end is not to condemn the people who provide you with the key to a world you yourself thrive from. Don’t shut yourself out because you aren’t willing to open yourselves to everything that is offered to you.