New Rules Column
The state of the
DCU: the problems & the promise
Matthew G. Guy
March 31, 2007
First a little information
about myself. I have been a DC Comics fan (or member of the Nation
regularly since 1986) but I picked up various issues of Superman or
Batman titles around 1983 but I was not hooked into Superman until John
Byrneís Superman number 1 (1987) when the title was rebooted along w/
Action Comics and a new super title was added called Adventures of
Superman post Crisis on Infinite Earths universe. Since then I have
about 95%+ of every title since the reboot so I enjoyed Superman titles
(yea I take the good years with the bad years). But as DC Comics fan I
got hooked into events from the past Legends, Millenium, and even Zero
Hour to todayís era of the big event series from DC ComicsóIndentity
Crisis, Infinite Crisis,OYL,52 and mini events in bewteen. Going from 3
to 4 titles a month just Superman mainly a few years ago to 25 to 30 DC
(w/ a few Marvel & indie titles for good measure) titles including
various miniseries, Wildstorm horror, or Vertigoís DMZ, Fables/Jack of
Fables. Plus from time to time I wait for the trade or HC to be
released of a top notch series (or mini-series). You can contact me via
email at matthewguyiii (at)
hotmail.com or find me on the CGS forums under mguy1977 to share
your feedback if you wish. So I hope you find this column of enjoyable
after reading it from start to finish.
This is a column that will not
be filled with in depth reviews on comics (Editorís Note see
Bulletpoints reviews for that) but rather my opinons on comics in
general in the DC universe and spotlight series in general. So lets this
column started by tacking the tough issues head on.
The DC Universe has been
plagued with delays since post Infinite Crisis. Action Comics is late,
Wonder Woman is really late & All Star Batman #5 coming out in May 16th;
I hope so but I am not holding my breath on that to happen. To be fair
DC Comics has had much success with 52 miniseries (that has come out on
time), a return to a classic series Brave & the Bold with Waid & Perez
along with much success in the Wildstorm & Vertigo universe including
Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Steet, Fables/Jack of
Fables & DMZ. I wanted to make a change within DC Comics at the reader
level so I did just that. I wrote a letter to the publisher & editors
at DC for answers to my concerns. Only time will tell if a get reply
back from them.
The classic logo I remember as
a kid growing up in the 1980sí was the following:
DC it is where the action is.
I suggest a updated version of
that in the current era of late writers, even more late artists, &
editors asleep at the helm.
DC Comics: Get the dang book out on time!
*(editorís note: see 52 for
The truth of the matter is DC
Comics is a company owned by Time Warner. It has better financial
standing than its rival Marvel. If it wanted it could hire more better
qualified writers, artists & yes editors also to get the job done right
the first time. To give the flagship titles under the DC banner the
proper treatment they deserveóSuperman,Batman & Wonder Woman. Treat the
A+ stars at the company the same you would the hard workers of the
company that get the job done without delay and if you do have problems
speak up & ask for help. It is not a crime to ask for help at work
just do not make habit of it. DC Comics (inc. Vertigo & Wildstorm)
should have a policy on the products they solclit in previews (see
Doctor Fate series 1 & 2 orders canceled (still listed on DCís website)
or Wonder Woman HC). Honor the solclitations you put in there otherwise
your word is meanless to us the customer and if that happens repeatly we
as fans will not care as much to what you are offering on a monthly
basis (exceptions are serious illness, death in the immediate family,
your child has a serious illness NOT I have other projects in tv or
movies and they come first or I just do not feel like working on it
today). That does not cut in my book. If you make a promise to DC (or
Marvel) honor it and stand by your word and the quality of the work you
The promise for great potental
is vast with Manhunter returning to a monthly aftering being on the
chopping block twice only after fans intervined & management at DC
thought to give the series a second chance. With Green Arrow ending
with issue 75 I am more likely to try out new titles like Gail Simone &
Mike Nortonís The Atom. Geoff Johns Booster Gold series a try for
something different from one of the head writers of the DC universe.
In closing I add three toughest
New Rules out there for DC Nation.
Give me a break with the mega
events: Identity Crisis, 4 pre-Infinite Crisis minis & Infinite Crisis,
OYL, 52, WWIII and soon to be Countdown. After Countdown issue zero
comes out in May 2008 give me 6 to 9 months for a breather for my wallet
on the big events. I am not your piggy bank that you can break every
year for the hot new event out there.
Superman needs more titles yes
The Man of Steel. He gets the top list treatment at Warner Brothers in
the movie deptment but when it comes to DC Comics Superman gets just two
core main titles Superman & Action Comics. How about a DC Comics
Presents for Superman & fill in the blank character here every month or
close to it. Cancel Superman/Batman with delays and since Loeb when to
work at Marvel the book is just not the same any more I dropped the
series with issue 32. Also put on the chopping block or retool
Supergirl to a top book again. Since Loeb & Rucka left the title I left
And my final new rule in this
column is put out a monthly title of Power Girl. You leave her in the
Justice Society but give her more exposure in the universe with a title
of her own with top writers and artists (that can get the job done month
in and month out like clock work).
In closing if you want to share
your opinon with DC Comics you can write them a letter (good job, bad
job, whatever you like) at the following address
DC Comics Inc.
c/o Paul Levitz & Bob
1700 Broadway, 7th Fl.
New York, NY 10019-5905
And if would you like to
contact me you can find me on the CGS forums under mguy1977 or my email
is matthewguyiii at
A new column comes out April 13th
& thanks for reading.
Thanks Mad Magazine for
presenting THE MAD WAR ON BUSH it comes out on June 13th with
a cover price of $9.99. That just made my day a little brighter!
Hopefully this issue becomes a best seller.
Copyright 2007 Matthew G. Guy