No one cares about relaxing games; I'm going to review comic books for you guys. Why? There is much bleed between the game-fan-boys and the comic-fan-boys and the comic fans need some representation on Destructoid. I would like to start with short critical essay on the "new 52" D.C. universe and then each Wednesday release a short review and rundown of the top 5 comics of the week. ... or something like that. Here's a short preview of week #1's essay.
It occurred to me a while back that D.C. comics is obsessed with origin stories. The last decade D.C. has seemingly served up countless telling and retelling of the core heroes backgrounds. When they realize a heroes origin retelling has become obtuse, they kill that hero off then bring s/he back to give them a new origin. In an effort to prove me right, this month D.C. launches "The New 52." Following the events of Flashpoint (yes it was actually called Flashpoint...skip it. or if you're obsessive just read issued #5) Grant Morrison and pals have rebooted the D.C. universe while simultaneously having NOT rebooted the D.C. Universe. Sound confusing? It is.
D.C.'s modus operandi of minimizing fanboy alienation while streamlining their universe to reel in new readers is a risky proposition. The core fanbase doesn't want the last few years of reading to have been in vain. On the other hand many of the lofty story arcs have become muddled and fairly out of grasp for someone who wants to jump into a new comic. With this problem in mind, last week D.C. released their flagship title "Justice League #1." And the verdict?. well... it's kind of great.
I would love to review comics for you guys. Give me a shout.
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