Relaunching to reflect TV and films won't salvage DC
This June, DC Comics will undergo yet another continuity reboot of its ongoing fictional mythology with brand-new issue #1’s. If this sounds familiar, just hold on a minute. Unlike DC’s 2011 relaunch, the New 52, which had its share detractors and fans alike, this relaunch will tailor the comics to better resemble DC’s TV shows and nascent cinematic universe, which more formally kicks off this year with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. And it may wind up being the best, boldest move at a time when DC’s comics desperately need one.Nope. It won't. It hasn't helped Marvel, mostly because of the cover prices, and also because the stories in the pamphlets themselves have none of the charm or value that the gems of the past do. It's also because they destroyed characterization past writers worked so hard to develop, and because DC went miles out of their way to make their series' viewpoints even bleaker than Marvel's. Setting up the comics to resemble the movies is little more than signaling they don't think the audience can understand when liberties are taken with screen adaptations. It's also another confirmation the comics no longer stand on their own, and are now a second banana to the films and TV shows.
Besides, they already went to such lengths to mandate the comics resemble the films early on, so this isn't really anything new. It's just another excuse for a stunt to raise sales artificially with new Number Ones, and the series proceed to taper off on the charts later. There's nothing to see here, and anybody who knows Dan DiDio's record will only keep staying away so long as he's still there.