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Monday, February 23, 2009 

I doubt these'll be good omens

This article in the Nashua Telegraph talks about an extra feature DC is putting into some of their comics called "Origins and Omens", and has the following by Dan DiDio:
All of which raises even more questions, which Didio was happy to answer.

For example, would the "origins" part update or change what we know about various DC characters?

"Not at all," Didio said. "As a matter of fact, it's the opposite of what you're saying. What we're really doing is going back to the streamlined, classic interpretations of the origins, the ones that people most recognize, and moving ahead on from there.

"Just a reminder, I like to think, of who our characters are, what they're about and what they're about to face. Each one's told in its own style, each one has its own pacing. Some of are very much an origin or recounting, some are just touching upon key touchstones of a character in order to remind people of where a character sprang from."
I think they've already changed what we know about various DC protagonists in Identity Crisis and Infinite Crisis, and if they haven't done much to fix that damage by now, then we can't expect them to do so for as long as DiDio is the editor.

What's more, his announcement that they're going back to the "classic" interpretations is just another sign of how they're regressing back to a Silver Age-like state without offering anything truly heroic or inspiring. Final Crisis could surely tell that, if they couldn't offer up anything coherent there, then "Origins and Omens" isn't likely to fare much better.

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