Good day Applejack,
The man you’re listening to has once again come seeking aid and comfort. As the closest thing to a comic book therapist (certified or otherwise), your mission, should you chose to accept it, is twofold. First, pierce the veil of decades held ignorance, on matters that appear to have passed him by. And second, find the light that will help guide him through the darkness. For the dark things cannot stand the light. The light of the Gre …, sorry, kinda’ veered off course there. Any way, this message will not self destruct, unless you delete it. Happily, I know you won’t.
If you haven’t picked up on it yet, you’ll find that I’m very " ole school " about a lot of things. So, for the most part, my comments tend to stick to older and simpler material. In all honesty, I stopped reading DC after the introduction of the New 52. Oh, I’d check back in periodically. Picking up TPBs and GNs every now and then. But the company was changing too much, to often, for my tastes. Every time I turned around, I was getting hit with some new CRISIS, or other. Reshaping the landscape. Trying to explain away this past decision or that silly mistake, or some other editorial response to flagging sales in the marketplace. This REBIRTH thing appears to clear the table. Start the game fresh, from a new day one. It may get me back, at least on a trial basis. I was a big fan of WATCHMEN. So, to learn there’s an incorporation there now with the DCU, might be the ticket to get this passenger back on board. We, shall, see.
About a month ago, I complemented HCQ on his breakdown of the New 52 continuity, as it related to Grant Morrison’s Multiversity Guidebook. Then, applying all that to the new REBIRTH storylines, his response was (and I quote), " there are just many, many more Earths beyond those 52 now." In his “Guide to the Multiverse” article on Jan 17th, he tried as well as anyone could, to bring some common sense understanding to all these company wide shakeups. Which also helped explain away my concerns about the crossover Earths, once shared with MARVEL. Again, well done sir!
I’m sure the Elseworld and Tangent line of titles were a delight to many. Just not my cup of tea. But then I’ve never liked the Super-computer simulations or Alfred’s type written imaginings either. And if it weren’t for the collected crossover into the regular DCU , " Tangent: Superman’s Reign," I would have remained quite ignorant of those other dimensional dopplegangers.
Of course another crossover, on a much grander scale occurred several years later under the title of CONVERGENCE. A clever way to draw me back in, ladies and gentlemen. And it worked, more or less. Combining many of the Elseworld, King Kirby, and other characterazations with the regular (or current) DCU was an awesome task. But in the end, most worthwhile. Your team of writers and artists are to be congratulated on a job well done.
I mean getting Captain Carrot & the Zoo Crew together with Flash, Harley Quinn and others, in a serious and meaningful way, was no small feat. I applaud both Tony Bedard and Steve Pugh, the writers on those particular chapters. Something that might’ve seemed more at home today, on an episode of HQ, was suprisingly successful in print! All that, years before Ms. Quinn and her outrageous cast ever debuted on this wonderful site. And it also got me to read and care about those other what if… worlds, who’s original stories I had dismissed out of hand. I now count the tpb collection of CONVERGENCE titles, among my very favorites. Maybe you can teach an old dog, new tricks.