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Wednesday, March 22, 2017 

Yet another Bat-centric crossover

Still another sign DC's "rebirth" is anything but friendly to writers who'd like to do self-contained storytelling where development doesn't rely on crossovers:
Ever since Flashpoint, DC Comics has tried not to stray too far into roster-wide comic book event series. That’s going to change this year with Dark Days—a big new project being pitched as what could be an over-the-top sendoff to Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s run on the Dark Knight.

Today DC announced that Snyder, James Tynion IV, Jim Lee, Andy Kubert, and John Romita Jr. are teaming up for two one-shot comics called Dark Days: The Forge and Dark Days: The Casting that promise to “reveal the dark underbelly of the DC Universe” before heading into a new line-wide event series.
What a joke to say they've tried not to go too far into the muck. Why, the Rebirth crossover itself was basically that. The word "dark" alone is a sound giveaway that this likely to be just another excuse to wallow in grisly angles that became alienating long ago. Why, there have been far too many Bat-crossovers over the past 2 decades, now that I think of it, starting with Knightfall and later getting worse with Bruce Wayne: Murderer?/Fugitive, and more recently, Batman: Night of the Owls. Sometimes, I wonder if there's far more crossovers spreading over the Batbooks than any other franchise with additional titles DC publishes.

So here's one more sign that any attempts at improvement for the DCU are unconvincing. So long as they stick to these weak examples for publication, and Dan DiDio remains in charge, they won't improve.

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