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  1. I'm not sure there was an alternative. But I...

    I'm not sure there was an alternative. But I don't believe they were on the verge of going out of business; Superman, Super Friends and several comics (Legion, New Teen Titans, Swamp Thing) were all...
  2. Great post, agreed on all points. Two things...

    Great post, agreed on all points. Two things I'll add:

    1. Optimistically speaking, everything you laid out can neatly be filed into the bucket of "up to now". DC hasn't invested in John...
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    I agree, and more than once - ending Johns first...

    I agree, and more than once - ending Johns first run, Infinite Crisis, Bart's run, Barry's return in Final Crisis, stupidly followed by an anti-climactic book called 'Rebirth', the ever-changing...
  4. DC's most marketable properties revolve around...

    DC's most marketable properties revolve around their classic, decades-old characters.

    DC has wised up....some...in how they approach updating them. Instead of superficial fluff like giving Batman...
  5. Generally, how superheroes feel about one another...

    Generally, how superheroes feel about one another doesn't matter to me. Banter, cutesy dialogue, petulant disagreements - it's been done to death and doesn't really mean anything. It's as formulaic...
  6. Great idea for a thread. How did you get...

    Great idea for a thread.

    How did you get started?
    Not with comics. First it was Superman I and II, then TV reruns - 60s Batman, 50s Superman, and Super Friends. Comics in the mid-80s starting...
  7. Good prediction. The last iteration of this - the...

    Good prediction. The last iteration of this - the Greatest Green Lantern Stories Ever Told - was originally going to follow that model, but for some reason they pulled some Alan Scott stories...
  8. The idea of a surrogate family of superheroes is...

    The idea of a surrogate family of superheroes is inherently goofy to me. Batman is a solo superhero. And his world, his stories are more interesting when he is presented as such.

    Spinoffs can be...
  9. I thought about this a bit, and came up with 8...

    I thought about this a bit, and came up with 8 great stories. Despite them being mostly modern, I believe they both honor and exemplify DCs long history. Obviously I stayed away from single-issue...
  10. Agreed. The only other Geoff Johns Barry Allen /...

    Agreed. The only other Geoff Johns Barry Allen / Flash story I'd recommend is Flashpoint. It was the inspiration for a lot of the TV series.

    I'd also recommend Johns' prior Flash run with Wally...
  11. I just saw this listed on Amazon...

    I just saw this listed on Amazon as coming out in July:

    Green Lantern: 80 Years of the Emerald Knight

    92360




    Any ideas on what stories it contains?
  12. Poll: Absolutely - it erased OG Wally and his history....

    Absolutely - it erased OG Wally and his history.

    That's what these "Vs" Flash threads are usually about at the core - Didio throwing away OG Wally. If it was Wally in Barry's place in the story,...
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    Superman Batman Green Lantern Flash Green...

    Superman
    Batman
    Green Lantern
    Flash
    Green Arrow
    Swamp Thing

    That's my A-list.
  14. Totally fair - a move like Ric Grayson, it's hard...

    Totally fair - a move like Ric Grayson, it's hard (for me) to figure out who is even supposed to be into the story. Not every story idea is a good one. I'd say most aren't, in fact. And a great...
  15. Absolutely. At the same time, you don't always...

    Absolutely. At the same time, you don't always wait for sales to go down to try new things. Often times there's little risk. Say if Nightwing is going to sell in the neighborhood of 25K copies per...
  16. I don't think there's anything wrong with it. ...

    I don't think there's anything wrong with it.

    But - publishers try new things, and that often includes generating controversy with people's favorite characters, ruffling the feathers of longtime...
  17. Comic forums are dominated by longtime fans of...

    Comic forums are dominated by longtime fans of the 1980s to early 2000s, or just prior to the rise of Didio to editorial power in 2003.

    Didio removed, downplayed or reconfigured almost every...
  18. Sales. Controversy sells. Now - I don't like what...

    Sales. Controversy sells. Now - I don't like what DC has done with Wally West over the last 15 years. But it's similar to Hal Jordan in the 1990s. They tore him down to generate hype. And it worked....
  19. Bias implies a fairness standard that's being...

    Bias implies a fairness standard that's being ignored. That's not applicable to art, really. His job is to strategize a line of comics that does new stuff with longtime properties - not simply...
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    Poll: Read it as it came out as a kid. The era was...

    Read it as it came out as a kid. The era was exciting - new stuff was popping up everywhere, and the sheer scale of COIE was new. It was just...heavy.

    But the changes Crisis wrought made the DCU...
  21. The show is being developed by Berlanti and...

    The show is being developed by Berlanti and Johns, and they're using Hal's main villain. If they're allowed to use Hal in some capacity, they will.

    I'm sure they're trying to work out how to...
  22. "Hates"? He wanted Dick to die because they...

    "Hates"?


    He wanted Dick to die because they wanted to make Jason Todd Nightwing, and he didn't see the point of two versions. And when his writing staff argued, he agreed and relented. Later...
  23. Poll: I think of the Flash as a comic starring the...

    I think of the Flash as a comic starring the 'Fastest Man Alive'. Not a family of characters.

    In the 90s Waid created a group dynamic that he used to great effect in big stories. But in that era...
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    Keep in mind that there was a regime change on GL...

    Keep in mind that there was a regime change on GL during Crisis. Virtually nothing that happened during Englehart's stories would've happened had Wein stayed on the book. For example, he created the...
  25. That's true - the notion of "the right writer...

    That's true - the notion of "the right writer coming along" solves almost every problem. But in the absence of that, he's just after controlling or destroying the universe. It's a pretty generic...
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