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Thursday, June 19, 2008 

Light at the end of the tunnel?

At the website of IO9 (via The Beat), while what they report is primarily a rumor, it may be that we're getting good news at last for DC, that Dan DiDio stands to be replaced:
For people who haven't been enjoying the adventures of Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman or any other DC superheroes over the last few years, relief may be at hand. It looks as if DC Comics Executive Editor Dan DiDio is about to be removed rather soon. That's the rumor that's been going around comic circles recently, made all the more believable by the past month being one of the more unfortunate for DC's PR department in recent memory.
Let's hope. Even in cases where characters weren't killed off, DC did more than a few things that were truly alienating, and the time has come to repair them convincingly. I've got a feeling that the possible dismissal of Chuck Dixon may have also brought them bad some reception recently.

Whoever succeeds DiDio as editor in chief, it's to be hoped that he/she will have an understanding of what they did wrong, and will be willing to listen to all concerned. Pointless deaths and villifications, too much exaggerated "diversity", too many crossovers and even books that are similar to crossovers (Amazons Attack, for example), and even editorial mandates that "bearhugged" the DCU together without allowing for any decently written stand-alone stories. These are among the many things that need to be dealt with by any succeeding editorial staff.

If DiDio is really on his way out finally (and one could argue that he alone alienated quite a few people who feel that he's the main cause of the problems), then that just leaves Joe Quesada to be concerned about. And maybe, seeing that sales of Secret Invasion have dropped quite a bit on the latest sales chart (also via The Beat), maybe his departure won't be too far away either.

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