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Tuesday, March 03, 2020 

Jim Lee says DC will focus on characters created to be "inclusive and diverse"

Newsarama reported on a conference veteran artist Lee, now the sole publisher overseeing DC, gave at C2E2, where he told what they'll do going forward now that Dan DiDio's been dismissed, and among the items discussed, he said:
Lee also spoke about the chances DC's impending 5G initiative would constitute yet another reboot, saying that's not in the cards.
I assume, since it's become so controversial and didn't go over well with an audience weary of these farces, they're backing away from the idea of not only rebooting, but doing it through a company wide crossover. Unfortunately, Lee also said:
"It's hard to talk about things we haven't announced. Intention not to do a line-wide reboot," Lee clarified. "Our focus in talking to editorial team is to continue what we've done best: Character-driven stories, pairing right creators on right characters, and developing characters that are inclusive and diverse."
As though they never had in at least 50 years since they'd first done it, when characters like Mal Duncan, Black Lightning and Vixen were introduced. And I'm sorry, but it's hard to be convinced they're intent on character-driven stories when they spent only so much time in the past 2-3 decades turning out one company wide crossover after another, taking away the ability to do character driven stories plausibly, and even without the crossovers, they had only so many stories that were anything but character driven. Some were far more plot driven. And, most notably, many were written by knee-jerk writers of DiDio's choice, not the least being Brian Bendis and Tom King, and look where they got us by now.

And Lee was around during many of these decisions, and did nothing to stop them. Worse, he practically embraced quite a few of their PC selections like King and Brad Meltzer, as these items from Newsarama and CBR from last October state. If those are the kind of company Lee sees fit to keep, that's why he's not a good choice as the now sole publisher for DC, unless he's willing to distance himself from such embarrassments. For now, it doesn't look like he intends to, and so, that's one more reason why we can't consider him a good choice for his current role. Even if he's not as bad as DiDio, he's still making some terrible mistakes.

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"...and developing characters that are inclusive and diverse."
As though they never had in at least 50 years since they'd first done it, "

I think Lee's point was that they had been doing it and would continue to do it. But Mal and Vixen are bad examples; her comic book was cancelled before the first issue even saw print, and he was always a very minor character.

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