What am I so steamed about? Whose honor am I defending?
DC Universe #0.
I am tired, Blogosphere, of your collective besmirching of DC Universe’s good name. All this, “It wasn’t worth it” or “It was nothing but a house ad.” Who cares? It was fifty cents. That is less than the cost of a bag of potato chips. Chips do not stick around so you can eat them again; they just leave you with greasy fingers.
Before I get into things I want to say I am not trying to be a DC apologist. Countdown was definitely not good. I was planning on doing a post where I reread the whole series and then write about it but after like three issues a bit of me died. But unlike DC Universe, Countdown was fractured, poorly paced and, with tie-ins, cost like $200. That was more than my couch cost and it is super comfortable and is a COUCH! For $200 I better be getting something that lasts and is awesome. Countdown was a mess.
But let’s bring it back to the awesomeness that is DC Universe #0.
Blogosphere, I have heard you complain that the comic was nothing but house ads. That is simply not true. Last time I checked house ads didn’t reveal key story points. In fact last I checked house ads didn’t have a story at all. There was definitely a story. Yes, there were a fair amount of ads in the DC Universe #0 but they all were at least ads for comics and not scary ads with arms coming out of stomachs force-feeding people hotdogs. “Hunger gets what Hunger wants,” indeed.
Even if it was merely an ad for DC, who cares? It was fifty cents. Blogosphere, how can you get upset about that? I have seen you drop twice that much on Marvel Previews and even more than that on Previews. I have seen you buy source books and secret files – issues that have no more redeeming value than the back of those old collectable cards. “Oooh, Speedball has an agility level nine on this made up bar graph.”
DC promised that Universe would give a broad view of what was going on in the DCU. I think the comic did just that. With some fairly sweet art, I might add. Getting on comics that don’t fulfill what they promise is one thing. I say do it. But when we start hitting comics that do what they say and do it o.k., that’s when it is time to reevaluate our position as collectors.
I have heard you say that DC Universe did not make you excited about Final Crisis. That’s cool. So the comic didn’t get you revved up, bummer. But, Blogosphere, I have heard you talking about DC burnout going all the way back to Identity Crisis. A five-year reversal of energy is a lot to ask of one issue. Let Final Crisis get you charged about Final Crisis and let DC Universe be itself. Or don’t. We will just have words.
I am just saying that this image is worth fifty cents alone.