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DC Tries Again with Batman Digital, free of New 52 Continuity with LOST’s Damon Lindelof

new-batman-comic-dc-tries-againIt looks more and more like The New 52 fell short in its efforts to win back alienated fans.  Failing to purging its universe Damian Wayne, “Batman Incorporated” and other residue from Grant Morrison and Paul Dini’s catastrophic mismanagement  did not send the right message.  Perhaps this announcement of yet another “New” Batman series that will be free of New 52 Continuity is an attempt to try again, but it is hard to imagine it being received with anything but a “Too Little Too Late” after all the sturm und drang of The New 52.

If it is a fix, the comic shops that have been all but decimated by DC’s Campaign of Suck will not see a bit of benefit, for Batman is not only 52-free, Dini-free, Morrison-free and Damien-Free, he’s paper-free, part of a new series of digital offerings

BATMAN digital, launching in June, will take place outside of DC Comics – The New 52 continuity and feature a series of stand-alone stories by various creators that chronicle different cases handled by The Dark Knight.  Confirmed creative teams include Damon Lindelof (Lost, Prometheus) and Jeff Lemire;    More »

Other confirmed creative teams include:

  • Jonathan Larsen & JG Jones
  • Tom Taylor & Nicola Scott
  • Ales Kot & Ryan Sook
  • B. Clay Moore & Ben Templesmith (who drew the cover attached to this article)
  • Steve Niles & Trevor Hairsine
  • Joe Harris & Jason Masters
  • TJ Fixman & Christopher Mitten
  • Jeff Parker & Gabriel Hardman
  • Joshua Hale Fialkov & Phil Hester
  • David Tischman & Chris Sprouse

Maybe it’s a good strategy.  A disenfranchised reader can buy Batman Digital without having to pass all the other still-polluted Batman comics that drove them away from the store in the first place, but it’s a long shot that they will care to reward all DC’s unrepentant behavior with even that small a purchase, and either way, the failing comic shops can expect not one shred of benefit if the lost readers are won back.

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DC Comics announces New 52 Hardcover

Everything depends on DC Comics winning back lost fans with their reboot/relaunch “The New 52” in time for an upsurge in popularity created by The Dark Knight Rises.  The failure to erase offenses like Damien Wayne (cited by failed comic shop owners as one of the 3 episodes that cost them the most customers), plus former Batman  editor Paul Dini’s “fingerprints” all over the disappointments with Arkham City do not bode well for the success of the operation thus far.  But DC soldiers on, with announcements like this:

dc-comics-the-new-52-everything-depends-on-winning-back-fans-lost-by-mishandling-iconic-charactersOver the course of the next year, DC Comics will release at least 52 collected editions of their New 52 titles. In addition to their previously-announced oversized hardcover collecting all 52 first issues (available in December), DC announced today via its blog The Source that there will be 51 more collected editions between May and November of 2012, accounting for all but one of their launch titles. Mini- and maxi-series such as Penguin: Pain and Prejudice, The Shade and Huntress were not accounted for which is unsurprising since they’re technically not part of the 52, but the absence of the much-touted and well-liked Wonder Woman series by Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang is more surprising….Go to ComicBook.com for the rest of the article.

via DC Comics Announces ‘DC New 52′ Hardcover Collections « Old Game Reviewer.

It is the old problem: something new for committed collectors to buy, but nothing to entice the lost readers if they are not already pleased.

Breakouts:

The long-term mishandling of Batman and his related characters, Catwoman in particular, has been instrumental in the mass-defection of long-term comics fans and subsequent failure of comic shops during the economic downturn.  There is little question that the comics giant understands it must be poised to take advantage of interest The Dark Knight Rises will bring to these characters if it is to survive.  It’s failure to take advantage of the unprecedented popularity generated by The Dark Knight and its viral in 2008 is widely speculated to have brought about the restructuring which placed the comics division under Warner Bros. control rather than the Time Warner publishing arm.  A second failure could well mean a permanent shutdown of print comics, rather than allow the rogue division to go on damaging valuable corporate properties.  More »

It is a misconception that they wiped out 75 years of comic book history, the rich heritage of Superman and Batman, etc. They wiped all that out in 1985. What they wiped out 2 weeks ago is all the garbage that’s happened since. And it has been garbage. Stunts, poor storytelling, disrespect for the characters, the fans and the medium have driven away loyal readers. It came to a head in 2008. The tiny comic book division had gone largely unnoticed by parent company Time Warner because its earnings were insignificant. The damage it could do creating bad will around billion dollar properties like Batman were not. It was in 2008 when Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and its viral by 42 Entertainment brought the Caped Crusader’s mainstream popularity to heights not seen since Batmania of the 1960s, Time Warner became aware of just how badly DC Comics Batman editor Paul Dini and head writer Grant Morrison had been insulting, angering and offending fans of The Batman and related characters like Catwoman.

More promising is the rumor that Norm Breyfogle is being courted to return to a Batman book.  Recognized as one of the only great old school Batman artists still living, Breyfogle’s inclusion in the pre-relaunch Retro-Active series was an irresistible lure to those lost Batman fans.

But can they hope for a repeat if he is drawing a Batman tainted by the last years of fan-abuse and disappointment?

See related:
Norm Breyfogle back at DC Comics
DC Comics relaunch… enough to repair the damage?

Joker is the favorite Batman villain. Well DUH

Anyone could have told Rocksteady that Blackmask and Talia al Ghul were nobodies that fans didn’t care about and Joker and Catwoman were the fan favorites.  Anybody but Paul Dini that is.  Any follower of DC Comics for the past few years could have warned them his choices were certain to alienate fans and lose customers.

It’s a pity Warner Bros. and Rocksteady didn’t conduct this poll before they started work on Arkham City.  Who would have guessed that Catwoman was second only to the Joker among fan favorites, and that Talia al Ghul was a non-starter?

Joker, Catwoman favorite Batman villains. Talia al Ghul, Blackmask are non-starters.

poll conducted at msnbc.com

On second thought, ANYBODY could have guessed.  What were they thinking?  They seem to have understood Catwoman’s popularity in the way they promoted her involvement.  How could they not realize that failing to deliver would result in hostile cries of a bait-and-switch?

via marketingdisasters.

Breakouts

The long-term mishandling of Batman and his related characters, Catwoman in particular, has been instrumental in the mass-defection of long-term comics fans and subsequent failure of comic shops during the economic downturn.  There is little question that the comics giant understands it must be poised to take advantage of interest The Dark Knight Rises will bring to these characters if it is to survive.  It’s failure to take advantage of the unprecedented popularity generated by The Dark Knight and its viral in 2008 is widely speculated to have brought about the restructuring which placed the comics division under Warner Bros. control rather than the Time Warner publishing arm.  A second failure could well mean a permanent shutdown of print comics, rather than allow the rogue division to go on damaging valuable corporate properties.  More »

It is a misconception that they wiped out 75 years of comic book history, the rich heritage of Superman and Batman, etc. They wiped all that out in 1985. What they wiped out 2 weeks ago is all the garbage that’s happened since. And it has been garbage. Stunts, poor storytelling, disrespect for the characters, the fans and the medium have driven away loyal readers. It came to a head in 2008. The tiny comic book division had gone largely unnoticed by parent company Time Warner because its earnings were insignificant. The damage it could do creating bad will around billion dollar properties like Batman were not. It was in 2008 when Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and its viral by 42 Entertainment brought the Caped Crusader’s mainstream popularity to heights not seen since Batmania of the 1960s, Time Warner became aware of just how badly DC Comics Batman editor Paul Dini and head writer Grant Morrison had been insulting, angering and offending fans of The Batman and related characters like Catwoman.

Arkham City is drawing flack for all the promotion they put into Catwoman only to have her spend all her game time with Poison IvySee related:
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Dialogue w/ Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Nolan respects his audience

Christopher Nolan Respects his AudienceAnyone who was alive and aware for the past 10 years can see that Christopher Nolan’s Batman is different.  He succeeds where so many others fail: in Hollywood, in comics, in animated features, even when they are said to be based on his own works.  What makes Nolan’s Batman movies and Nolan’s movies across the board special?  Joseph Gordon-Levitt put it succinctly and powerfully in a recent interview with Movies.com.

Movies.com: What’s something that you’re learned about the filmmaking process from working with Christopher Nolan? What has he shown you that maybe you haven’t seen before?

JGL: You know man, that’s a good question! One thing I feel like I’ve learned from Chris is that he respects his audience. It’s unfortunately rare in Hollywood. You see it all time with people saying, ‘Ah, the public won’t get that’ or ‘They’re dumb’ or ‘You have to spell it out for them,’ etc…  But I’ve heard Chris say time and time again just the opposite. People are smart. Don’t underestimate them. He says things like that all the time, and I think his respect for his audience is a big part of why he has earned the respect of his audience.

via Movies.com.

Gordon-Levitt has starred in Nolan’s masterwork Inception, which certainly complimented its audience’s intelligence at every turn, assuming they could keep up with a complex multi-layered plotline.  JGL is working with Nolan again on The Dark Knight Rises, his third and final installment of the Dark Knight trilogy which began with Batman Begins.

The Moment of Truth for DC Comics Relaunch

Elvis Presley once wrote

“When I was a child I was a dreamer. I read comic books, and I was the hero of the comic book. I saw movies, and I was the hero in the movie.”

That’s something DC Comics forgot, as Blogcritics recently observed

When modern comics have gone off the rails, it’s because they forgot that core truth: we want to be these characters.  Look, up in the sky, it’s Superman!  You’re a kid, you’re small, you’re weak.  Imagine being able to fly!  Imagine being strong enough to pick up a train and hurl it like a javelin!  We grow up wanting to be these characters.
3 reasons to be excited at Anne Hathaway playing Catwoman

DC Comics rebooted its universe on August 31.

DC Comics Everything Depends on winning back the readers they have lostBreakout:

It is a misconception that they wiped out 75 years of comic book history, the rich heritage of Superman and Batman, etc. They wiped all that out in 1985. What they wiped out 2 weeks ago is all the garbage that’s happened since. And it has been garbage. Stunts, poor storytelling, disrespect for the characters, the fans and the medium have driven away loyal readers. It came to a head in 2008. The tiny comic book division had gone largely unnoticed by parent company Time Warner because its earnings were insignificant. The damage it could do creating bad will around billion dollar properties like Batman were not. It was in 2008 when Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight and its viral by 42 Entertainment brought the Caped Crusader’s mainstream popularity to heights not seen since Batmania of the 1960s, Time Warner became aware of just how badly DC Comics Batman editor Paul Dini and head writer Grant Morrison had been insulting, angering and offending fans of The Batman and related characters like Catwoman. More »

While bloggers have been eagerly reviewing “The New 52” comics that have been released so far, the take of those who never stopped buying and reading comic books are not really relevant as far as the reboot achieving its goal. Nor are the titles released so far: Batgirl, Superboy, Swamp Thing. Not relevant.

There are only three titles that enable us to gauge if the new DC Comics is serious about repairing the damage and rebuilding its brand in the eyes of those it has alienated:  Justice League, Batman and Catwoman.

Justice League #1 because it was by Creative Director Geoff Johns, and because it was the first issue to come out and would get the most curious look ins from non- and ex- comic readers. Signs were favorable there: though a team book, that first issue focused entirely on Batman and Green Lantern, as in the marquee characters from recent Warner Bros films.

Batman #1 and Catwoman #1 because the success or failure of the new DC Comics depends on getting their act together in time to take advantage of The Dark Knight Rises in July of 2012. It is telling that both are released on the same day: this Wednesday, September 21.

The language of the promotional materials is also telling:

Batman #1
batman-and-catwoman-the-two-comics-to-watch-on-dc-comics-relaunch-reboot-new52-batman-1-coverWritten by SCOTT SNYDER
Writing the one and only Bruce Wayne as the titular hero. Fan favourite artist Greg Capullo joins him here and this newly formed dynamic duo promise copious amounts of intrigue, action and dastardly villains, new and old, to the series. If you love Batman in his proving grounds of Gotham City, this is one of two key books to watch to see if DC Comics has recognized their errors that have driven off readers over the past 10 years and are serious about repairing them.

“The one and only Bruce Wayne as the titular hero” is important because Bruce Wayne was no longer Batman under the mismanagement of the former editorial regime. He was dead. Seriously.

While there are other Batman titles, this is the one to watch to evaluate the editorial intent in making good on or wasting this last chance.  The other Batman books like Detective Comics and All Star Batman and Robin may be considered a ghetto of those personel and story elements of the pre-boot which could not be instantly flushed for one reason or another. One imagines they will linger for a few years and then be quietly attended to.

CATWOMAN #1
batman-and-catwoman-the-two-comics-to-watch-on-dc-comics-relaunch-reboot-new52-catwoman-1-coverWritten by JUDD WINICK
Art and cover by GUILLEM MARCH
Meet Catwoman. She’s addicted to the night. Addicted to shiny objects. Addicted to Batman. Most of all, Catwoman is addicted to danger. She can’t help herself, and the truth is – she doesn’t want to. She’s good at being bad, and very bad at being good. Find out more about what makes Catwoman tick in this new series from writer Judd Winick and artist Guillem March

Her status as a thief is front and center. Good.
Her relationship with Batman is front and center. Good.
As noted elsewhere, writer Judd Winick used the word “sexy” 40 times in an interview about this title. Apart from keeping the fan-loathed costume of the pre-boot, DC seems to be doing all they can to signal good intentions.

Of course appearances can be deceiving, and after all DC pulled I won’t believe it’s not another sucker punch for at least a year.

“After all DC pulled with her” they’ve got their work cut out for them.

DC Retroactive: Batman – The ’80s

DC Comics Retroactive Batman of the 80s

Cover for Batman Retroactive - The '80s by Jerry Bingham & Carlos Badilla.

This is the cover for Batman Retroactive from the 1980s by Jerry Bingham and Carlos Badilla.

Retroactive is a play on “RetCon, short for Retroactive Continuity, a fan idiom for rewriting the history the comics have established thus far.  It is something DC Comics is in dire need of if they are to continue.

Retroactive is a limited series DC Comics will be running this summer with old writers and artists telling “lost tale” of the earlier eras and continuities.  It is part of a reboot of all characters and relaunch of all titles, using old writers and artists to reconnect with their past and address the massive loss of readers in time to take advantage of The Dark Knight Rises next summer.

DC’s inability to take advantage of the unprecedented popularity generated by The Dark Knight and its viral in 2008 is widely speculated to have brought about the restructuring which placed the comics division under Warner Bros. control rather than the Time Warner publishing arm. A second failure could well mean a permanent shutdown of print comics, rather than allow the rogue division to go on damaging valuable corporate properties. More »

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