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    Quote Originally Posted by jetengine View Post
    Imagine being a buisness (your sole objective is to make money) and then ignoring your popular items.

    Their objective is TO MAKE MONEY this way is NOT MAKING MONEY and HURTING THEM. We've repeated this to you sevrral times but your under some bizarre assumption the Comic book buisness is just about dropping books of any quality down and letting them exist.

    I never said that, so don’t go putting words in my mouth I never even said.

    What I said was all that a comic book company is supposed to do is simply offer a selection of titles they hope may entertain people.

    Not “put out books that they know suck and no one will ever buy”

    Besides “quality” is a subjective term. A lot of 90’s fandom found Kyle’s GL run to be quality whereas, I and many others didn’t.

    Doesn’t make either side “right” because again quality is a subjective term.

    Also, DC has purposely destroyed many popular IP’s before like Supergirl, Batgirl, Superboy, All Star Squadron, Oliver Queen, the GLC, etc, BUT THE ONLY TIME PEOPLE GET BUTT HURT ABOUT IT IS WHEN IT HAPPENS TO THEIR FAVOURITE CHARACTERS.


    Anyway, I’m done so argue amongst yourselves.
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    I have zero interest in a Robin book but Damian is way too popular not to have one and it annoys me that there's no Robin book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ascended View Post
    The speed force is a fickle mistress, I guess?
    I think your answer is the only one that makes sense outside PIS.

    BTW, I appreciate your contributions to this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmidnite View Post
    I never said that, so don’t go putting words in my mouth I never even said.

    What I said was all that a comic book company is supposed to do is simply offer a selection of titles they hope may entertain people.

    Not “put out books that they know suck and no one will ever buy”

    Besides “quality” is a subjective term. A lot of 90’s fandom found Kyle’s GL run to be quality whereas, I and many others didn’t.

    Doesn’t make either side “right” because again quality is a subjective term.

    Also, DC has purposely destroyed many popular IP’s before like Supergirl, Batgirl, Superboy, All Star Squadron, Oliver Queen, the GLC, etc, BUT THE ONLY TIME PEOPLE GET BUTT HURT ABOUT IT IS WHEN IT HAPPENS TO THEIR FAVOURITE CHARACTERS.


    Anyway, I’m done so argue amongst yourselves.
    "Hope may entertain people" is for start up buisnesses. DC knows their OPs and knows what sells. Dick is their 4th most well known IP, tanking your product after admitting you dislike it for spurious reasons isnt good no matter how you slice it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OpaqueGiraffe17 View Post
    I like Dick Grayson, he's a great and important character. But his fanbase is way too sensitive and often, way too entitled. Under Didio the character was Batman for a while, and he had Spiral. And they still get their blood pressure up because he ALMOST died in Infinite Crisis. And that didn't even happen. So he has a bit of a lackluster amnesia arc going on.
    Every character sometimes has bad stories or directions that don't meet their potential. Now fans of the rest of the Titans like Wally or Roy? Their frustrations seem more understandable to me.
    Anyway ironically the best thing Grayson had going for him as character is that writers were willing to take risks, to make him give up Robin, become Batman, become a spy. Etc. So this one probably didn't work. Sounds like it's more the result of different creators having different plans behind the scenes than a malicious attempt to sabatoge the character.
    Hell, I don't like Heroes in Crisis, but I'm not convinced it was done to sabatoge the character of Wally West. It was written by Tom King, the guy puts everyone through the wringer.
    But I generally agree with DocMidnite. Or at least appreciate the point he's making. There's way more to running a comics company than just fanservice.
    Quote Originally Posted by OpaqueGiraffe17 View Post
    A book you like just had an unpopular direction that tanked sales. You're trying to make it sound bigger than that, but it's really not. Hell if you looked at Nightwing sales, at first it took a while for the Ric thing to have an affect. Now it has, and surprise surprise, Tynion said it's going away. I'm not seeing the reckless buisiness practices from that. If sales went down faster, it would have gone away faster.
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    Probably a stupid question but I'll ask anyway (because sometimes superhero comics are a closed book for me): How's "most well known IP" defined?
    Is this somehow connected to these mysterious "pillars" some people are talking about?
    And why are Dick and Harley "pillars" and characters like Joker, Hal Jordan, Flash, Aquaman, Batgirl etc. are not?
    What's the advantage of being a "pillar" for a character? Is it important to be a "pillar"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sergard View Post
    Probably a stupid question but I'll ask anyway (because sometimes superhero comics are a closed book for me): How's "most well known IP" defined?
    Is this somehow connected to these mysterious "pillars" some people are talking about?
    And why are Dick and Harley "pillars" and characters like Joker, Hal Jordan, Flash, Aquaman, Batgirl etc. are not?
    What's the advantage of being a "pillar" for a character? Is it important to be a "pillar"?
    Most well known for me is if it's a household name. Everyone even people who don't read comics know them. Superman, Batman, Robin, Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Joker, The Flash, Supergirl, and so on

    No idea about official definition but what I've seen is they are considered Pillar if they build or maintain the DCU for example
    Superman is Pillar because he's the first superhero
    Wonder Woman is one because she's the first female superhero
    Dick because he's the first kid sidekick
    Batman because he's number one DC's cash cow
    Harley is new, she's only started to be considered a Pillar in Rebirth. She moves merch. She financially supports current DC.

    It depends on what type of Pillar they are, I guess. Harley and Batman supporting DC financially meaning they're prioritized in publications.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Robanker View Post
    I have zero interest in a Robin book but Damian is way too popular not to have one and it annoys me that there's no Robin book.
    That Son of Batman series he had was pretty good, I have no idea why doesn't have a solo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 9th. View Post
    That Son of Batman series he had was pretty good, I have no idea why doesn't have a solo.
    Yeah, that's a good question...
    When Rebirth first started he's set up to lead Teen Titans and Super Sons, so that's already enough.
    Son of Batman's concept is him trying to atone for his past, but the real reason was to get him out of Gotham because Snyder wanted to do a new Batman and Robin concept. Gordon, Duke, and the We Are Robins.
    Now that Super Sons is out, I'm guessing they don't have a good concept or writers
    Gleason is off to Marvel
    Tomasi is assigned to Detective Comics where he uses Damian quite often
    Morrison is done with Damian
    Dustin Nguyen is making Li'l Gotham
    Those are all Damian's regular writers and it's usually the writers who pitch the concept so they have no enthusiasts left?
    and a new team is in Super Sons graphic novel
    So I guess DC thinks they have all Damian's bases covered
    It could also be that they hold him off in preparation for 5G, so they want to make sure the story in Teen Titans will lead up to that. Him retiring from Robin, until Superman needs him to find Batman's daughter?

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    Alan Scott should be the only Green Lantern.
    Now listen to me, Clark! This great strength of yours--you've got to hide it from people or they'll be scared of you!

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    I love Barbara as Batgirl and don't agree that she had to pass up the mantle even when she was paralysed. In fact, I feel that it would have been an amazing excuse to idealise mobility equipment in the fantastical sense for the disabled in the same way that all super-heroics idealise the incredible feats that able-bodied people are (potentially) able to pull off. Her being paralysed shouldn't limit her to just co-ordinating others, she should have the opportunity to get out there and enjoy having made as big a name for herself as any of the costumed heroes out there.

    I also feel that, while Cassandra Cain is a great character, I don't necessarily agree that she 'deserves' to be Batgirl just by virtue of being the better fighter. I think there's more to the Batgirl name than that, i.e Babs' craftiness and wiley nature, even so far back as the Bronze Age, is grossly understated and that works from the 2011 reboot and beyond have done a great job at putting that back into the forefront.

    Additionally: I firmly believe that Babs was never a side-kick. Batgirl was a name inspired by Batman, but not designed to work 'beneath' him--Babs has her own way of doing things and that, to her, puts the people of Gotham at the front and centre.

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    As much as I love Mari and animal powers are vastly underrated considering what some of them can do, DC was kind of one minded in inventing her. A African character with no good family members, one family member that killed her father, adopted by a white one (which is not a problem, but you know) and given animal powers where if she doesn't have her necklace she starts acting like an animal while named Vixen. Just feels like a lot of oversight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by docmidnite View Post
    Also, DC has purposely destroyed many popular IP’s before like Supergirl, Batgirl, Superboy, All Star Squadron, Oliver Queen, the GLC, etc, BUT THE ONLY TIME PEOPLE GET BUTT HURT ABOUT IT IS WHEN IT HAPPENS TO THEIR FAVOURITE CHARACTERS.
    I mean, isn't this obvious? It's only natural to want your favorite treated well. Supergirl, Batgirl, Superboy etc fans complain when their characters are mistreated and they're right to. Why is it a travesty when Grayson's fans do it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valentonis View Post
    I mean, isn't this obvious? It's only natural to want your favorite treated well. Supergirl, Batgirl, Superboy etc fans complain when their characters are mistreated and they're right to. Why is it a travesty when Grayson's fans do it?
    Because Dicks a big deal and (as has been mentioned) theres a strong inclination that its done out of personal bias.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valentonis View Post
    I mean, isn't this obvious? It's only natural to want your favorite treated well. Supergirl, Batgirl, Superboy etc fans complain when their characters are mistreated and they're right to. Why is it a travesty when Grayson's fans do 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 fans.

    And for everyone that sits below Batman and Superman in marketability, once they're removed from their main roles, they aren't really marketable / important. They can be shelved, killed off, ignored - and the business goes on just fine.

    Just because we all want Dick Grayson around doesn't mean it's bad business for him to go offstage for awhile, while DC tries something different. Partly because no change is truly permanent - they can always bring him back onstage. Ditto Wally West, Barry Allen, Hal Jordan, Oliver Queen, etc. There is already a huge library of material available for all these characters - so DC will periodically try new stories, new characters, new scenarios. And when the time is right, back comes Dick Grayson, Hal, Ollie, etc. - these characters are part of DC's DNA, and always will be.

    But while they're shelved, their most ardent fans will either have to learn to live without a monthly comic, or complain.

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