… are there any more books featuring Wildstorm characters and elements in the New 52? It seems like nearly every book with Wildstorm characters is getting the boot. Stormwatch is ending soon, The Ravagers, Grifter, and Voodoo ended before them. Even Superboy and Teen Titans are getting rebooted for some reason.
So, it seems like one of the big draws of the New 52 (the integration of Wildstorm in the new universe) might be coming to an end, unless they’re planning to do something else with those characters.
Not really holding my breath on that one.
Just five things? Okay, I’ll try:
Make One of the New 52-Era Earths the Pre-New 52 Earth: Why not? That universe has a strong 25-year continuity that many fans still connect to. Instead of making various titles featuring the “Original Universe,” make a singular book with various characters in multipart stories with a different set of creators and characters for each story.
Restore the Lois/Clark Relationship: Of all the things I miss, I miss the chemistry of the Lois Lane/Clark Kent relationship, which is almost nonexistent in the New 52.
Lose The Grimdark Elements: No love? No happiness? Super grim and gritty? Why is the New 52 so serious? The bad guys win more than the good guys? There’s room for a little levity in the universe, and it would definitely uplift this dark universe. Oh, they’ll remind folks that the Injustice universe is darker, but at least they’d acknowledge there was happier times when heroes were heroes and not grim, collared Batman pastiches Bring a little light to the New 52, and I don’t mean one from a Lantern’s light.
Focus on OTHER Heroes in the New 52: There are so many heroes in the New 52 and so few books to put them in. I think DC was foolish to cancel DC Universe Presents. That book was a great place to focus on heroes without their own titles. It’s a good place for creative teams to tell their own stories featuring heroes unaffected by major storylines as well as introduce/reintroduce characters from the DC and Wildstorm universes without interrupting other stories (BTW, I didn’t say Milestone because I feel that DC treated those characters like garbage and that DC should let release those characters back to the publisher so they could tell stories with them on their own). I’d have two books. DC Universe Presents would have stories with higher profile characters without their own books, and Showcase, which would reintroduce little known or brand new heroes into the larger DC Universe. You know, like it used to be. These books could be used to bring in new, fresher, diverse talents as well to DC Comics
Define the Trinity in The New 52: There’s no reason why there’s 10 Batman books and only one Wonder Woman book. I’m not talking about the Batman family of books, I’m talking Batman books. Batman and Detective Comics should suffice, just like Superman and Action Comics, or Wonder Woman and Sensation Comics. That’s all, no more. You want to tell more Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman stories outside those books? Don’t make just another separate book for each. Make a book that has stand-alone stories featuring each hero. Not multiple books with stand-alone stories. One premium book. A team-up story arc, a solo Batman one-shot story, a solo Wonder Woman one-shot story, and a solo Superman one-shot. That’s Trinity. No Batman/Superman or Superman/Wonder Woman. You present the big three characters in a big book. Seven books total. And that’s all for them, not counting their spinoff books, digital spinoffs (although they could remain digital-only), and Justice League books.
They focus overwhelmingly on one idea of how they want you to see Superman, and the Superman they present is a depressed sad sack who never wins. That’s the Superman they want you to read about, and that is baffling.