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Monday, January 08, 2007 

Film Fodder analyzes One Year Later

Or, more precisely, the blog they have called Comics Fodder does (H/T: The Beat blog), and says:
For followers of DCU’s core and ancillary titles, the initial decision to move a year into the future seemed to make sense. Rather than reboot DC’s admittedly murky continuity, Superboy punches and all, the year long jump left enough of a gap that readers could buy any new ideas that were thrown at them. Even longtime readers, skeptical of events and reboots could see the value in getting the DCU’s ducks in a row and re-establishing greater continuity. After all, the path to any new concepts would be an interesting story in itself, and the narrative trick of the flashback sequence would provide a direct path toward an explanation at some point.

A spike in sales nearly across the board indicated that DC had done something right. Add in first-issues of new limited and ongoing series, and DC was making 2006 a banner year. It’s worth checking out sales figures and commentary over at The Beat. The spike appeared to be exactly that, and many of DC’s new launches came to a grinding hault, sales-wise, just a few issues in, while blue chip series rapidly lost the momentum they had gained during Infinite Crisis tie-ins.
I'll be honest, but, I can't say I could buy every new idea here that was thrown my way as a reader, and by now, as I've seen, much of that, as they say, has faltered, and fumbled.

And the continuity was only made murkier in the past two years than need be.

And I'd say that the time has come to fix the damage that began with Identity Crisis.

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