Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Recompressing

Is this the end of the arc, viewers?! Tune in every other week to find out. One hint: the best may be yet to come.

For way too long, longer than it seems -- and it seems pretty darned long-- comic book writers have been 'writing for the trade'.  It's a bad thing: it's an EVIL thing, which is why I included in the Seven Deadly Enemies of Comic Books and my list of things DC needs to fix with Rebirth.

Back in the Golden Age, and even more so in the Silver Age, writers were about efficiency: "how much story can I pack into x number of pages, before lunch?"

It's not some ancient lost art; check out "22 Stories in a Single Bound!" if you doubt that it can still be done..

But in the last, what, 15 years, writers seem intent on taking a story--any story--and figuring out how to stretch it to last six whole issues.

Here's a perfect example: my comparison of the first four panel's of the Silver Age's "The Monster That Loved Aqua-Jimmy!" with the first four ISSUES of Brad Meltzer's Justice League of America.  In fact...that post says everything that I feel like saying about 'long-form' comics writing in general.

Except this: thanks, DC.  Look, I've been impressed by DC's willingness to swallow its pride and say, "Dan Didio is a blind fool who totally belongs at Marvel and doesn't get the DCU or its fans at all."

I'm sorry.

I meant to type, "we admit we made a mistake in our directions after the New52 and DCYou."

Late on-set wisdom? Or mere survival instinct? Not sure I care at this point, as long as **** gets fixed.  As I've mentioned before, it's been very heartening to watch DCU re-embrace its heroic ideal, return to the classic elements of its characters, and double-down on its most iconic figures as the pillars of their line.    Still I didn't really imagine that they would go so far as to start abandoning 'tradewriting' as their default mode.  I had sensed a change in what I was reading; since Rebirth, I have often find myself saying, "Oh; well THAT happened right away, then!"  But I had attributed to that to DC hurrying to get on track and to the fact that major books are coming out twice a month, rather than monthly.

Now I see that it is more than that.

So again... thank you, DC.