Also, in reference to BEFORE WATCHMEN: Fanboys everywhere applaud DC's willingness to destroy something beautiful for their buck. Fuck fanboys, and fuck DC, and compliments to Chris Roberson (pre-emptively: NOT RELATED) for standing up for something. Which apparently takes a lot of guts at DC nowadays.
Sorry to say this, but most mainstream comics fans are ungrateful pigs who care nothing about the people who have worked and sacrificed and been screwed to fill their entertainment trough. They just want the trough filled with more muck, and their relationship to DC, who rapes(literally; think IDENTITY CRISIS, the moment when DC became unsalvageable, Vertigo excepted), tortures, twists and kills the characters they claim they love, is not unlike that of a client to their dom.
I just do not understand what compulsion impels people to read most DC comics anymore, despite the excellent work there right now of Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Cliff Chiang, Jeff Lemire, Yanick Paquette, Steve Pugh and scattered others, all of whom are far better than to work for the current, hollow, false DC as it now stands. Those guys alone plus Fraction & Brubaker or others, all of them together, could make their own company, and do work as good as Tundra and as big as Image(which is a great company now but I mean the original one). if they wanted. And with POD and digital, are the big companies needed anymore if the artists can simply aggregate together?
These corporate franchise fun machines which aren't even fun are NOT the only comics. And they're mostly not even good comics. When Archie Comics look enlightened by comparison, and with the Kevin Keller and Occupy Riverdale stuff they do...something's happened. DC doesn't seem a fun place to work. It seems more like a tiny, geeky North Korea.
Forget WATCHMEN. Just let it go. DC has murdered it. Go read FROM HELL or something else creator-owned instead and starve DC of your dollars. They'll only spend it on hookers anyway.
For my own part: Alan Moore is one of the prime movers of much of who I am as an artist and writer, and sometimes I think comics does not deserve him and we should be grateful someone like him ended up there. DC does not understand what it had and fine, if it ruins it, because it belongs to DC. They screwed over a man who saved them, and gave them so much, that they're still plundering as much as Marvel still picks over Kirby's bones, and was responsible for a good part of the prestige they coasted on for years(though some like the great Karen Berger and Axel Alonso made great use of it, the right way--not ripping him off but using the path he opened), and now this is their final fuck-you to him. They are ruining something lovely, and well, fine. They do not deserve it, or Superman, and it should turn to shit in their hands.
And I will not be reading the work of the scabs doing it, a few of which I actually used to like till I found out they were willing to violate a fellow creator for so little. Mediocre quarter-bin event shit, and this is worth their reputations. It really is sad.
Why Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world... but for Wales? --Robert Bolt, A Man for All Seasons
And when Jim Lee claims they believe they can better the original, the arrogance, stupidity, and complete missing of the point does not even enter his or Didio's head.
I hope the false DC ends. Or maybe this was always what DC was, and the time of Jeanette Kahn, Karen Berger, Paul Levitz, and others who actually tried to build something good was just a blip.
We love you and understand what we owe you, Mr. Moore, even if they do not. ___________________
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