It’s Like DC Aren’t Even Trying Any More

Plenty of people have picked up on the similarities between the current Year of the Villain pseudo-event running through most DC titles and things like UNDERWORLD UNLEASHED or FOREVER EVIL, and now it turns out they’re releasing acetate covers “depicting DC’s villains as they take over each comic“:

Have they forgotten the lenticular covers that were run during the FOREVER EVIL month when “villains took over the comics“?

I mean . . . come on, DC . . . just try a bit harder, would you?!

DC’s New Timeline

At NYCC last week, DC unveiled their new timeline – or rather put it up on a big projector very briefly without letting anyone get a real good look at it.

The Hollywood Reporter article has some more info on it, but not much beyond some basic headlines. Apparently there will now be four generations in the DCU:

  • “Dawn of the Heroic Age,” which DiDio explained begins with the arrival of Wonder Woman in Man’s World, before the Second World War
  • “The Space Age,” which begins with Superman’s debut
  • “The Age of Crisis,” which spans the period between the 1985 Crisis on Infinite Earths comic book series and 2011’s Flashpoint
  • “The Flashpoint,” which was characterized as the current era of DC’s output.

There’s mention in the article about DOOMSDAY CLOCK finishing in December and how that “might formalize a new continuity for the company’s comic book universe” but I doubt that, for reasons given in my post a couple of weeks back.

There are vague rumours of something big happening next year – could it be a company wide crossover that results in time resetting again (ZERO HOUR, anybody?) and introducing the new timeline? I wonder if they’ll go down that route given Didio’s quote from the Hollywood Reporter article:

“We’re starting to figure out how continuity works,” DiDio said about the process, noting that reboots and complicated retcons are what happens when “things stop making sense.”

Wait, you’re only just NOW figuring out how continuity works?

DC’s May Solicitations

DC’s May solicitations are out and the copy for DOOMSDAY CLOCK #11 reads:

In this penultimate issue, the truth behind “Rebirth” is revealed as Batman searches for the one person he believes can help him save the world . . . Rorschach!

I think I said in one of the comments to the posts about DCEASED, the whole “Rebirth” thing – bringing hope back to the DCU, moving away from the blood, guts and death – seems to have disappeared in the wake of stories like HEROES IN CRISIS. Geoff Johns’ original plans were to have the rest of the DCU tie into the end of DOOMSDAY CLOCK but now I wonder if this maxi-series will just end and the main DCU will ignore it as we march towards something else in the solicitations, YEAR OF THE VILLAIN.

The solicitation for that reads:

Evil is winning! Lex Luthor and The Legion of Doom conspire with Cosmic Gods, bending mankind toward a dark destiny. Elsewhere, the scourge of Leviathan spreads unchecked, seizing power in every corner of the world. And all the while the Batman Who Laughs busies himself in the shadows, aligned with no one—yet with sinister plans for all.

The carnage starts here as the badguys take center stage in “The Year of the Villain,” the most treacherous event in DC Comics history. Some act with united goals, others with plans selfish and secret, every one of them on a monstrous collision course against Batman, Superman and the heroes of the DC Universe. And our heroes will fail us.

Doesn’t that just sound like re-hashing FOREVER EVIL? That last line as well – “And our heroes will fail us” That’s what I disliked about FOREVER EVIL, the the good guys were sidelined and the DCU was saved by bad guys going up against even badder guys.

Again, what happened to Rebirth’s promise of hope in the DCU?

More DCeased News

More information out about DCeased which shows that yes, it’s zombies, but no, it’s not the next big event as it’s not part of the current DCU continuity – whatever that is, these days.

Apparently . . .

Darkseid will unleash a techo-organic virus that overtakes almost the entire DC Universe – with Batman standing against the rage zombies the virus creates.

A six issue mini-series where everyone and anyone is up for grabs in terms of contracting the virus even, it seems from the promo, Darkseid himself:

The out of continuity take makes me a little happier as I had visions of some weird FINAL CRISISBLACKEST NIGHT mash up but (and I admit to some zombie based snobbery here) if you’re going to do zombies, they should be full Romero, not the “rage zombies” a la 28 Days Later.

It’s still a pass from me.