DC’s Amazons Attack miniseries has taken quite a beating online, with critics dubbing it everything from “pointless” and “the worst event ever” to the slightly more hyperbolic “most damaging, worst Wonder Woman story ever.”
Most of the disapproval is aimed not at writer Will Pfeifer, but at DC for what’s largely viewed as an editorial-mandated storyline. Still, Pfeifer bravely opens his blog up to comments on last week’s finale, and receives a virtual avalanche (including a few positive remarks).
And speaking of editorial, Rich Johnston points to a private email from Amazons Attack editor Matt Idelson that was reposted on the DC Comics message board in which he assures that the miniseries is “but a chapter in the larger story.”
“There’s no way we wouldn’t redeem the Amazons or leave them MIA, if you will,” Idelson writes. “The nice thing about comics is that you can do pretty much any type of story knowing that you can correct things if need be. The key is to not be capricious about it, and I promise you we weren’t.”
But while some readers took their complaints to email, others went with snail mail — and YouTube. Valerie D’Orazio uncovers this video from the dissatisfied “hobomystical,” who politely seals the first five issues of Amazon Attacks in an envelope and sends them, with a letter, to Idelson.
“Hobomystical” also emailed his complaint, which received a response from Idelson:
One of the things that truly surprised me about both your letter and several other e-mails I’ve received is that people think this is the end of the story. I can understand not liking story, but it was basically left as a giant cliffhanger. The story of the gods, Hippolyta, and of course the rest of the Amazons is far from over. One of the unique things about comics is that we can tell a story that implements great change, and ultimately undo it if we need or want to (an ability that sometimes has been detrimental to the medium, I grant you). And while the ultimate endpoint of the arc is about taking the characters somewhere new, I there really isn’t permanence to where they are now.
I do wish certain things had played out differently, both in Amazons and in Wonder Woman’s own book. The research I did before starting to work on the title gave me an even greater level of respect and affection for the character, and I know all too well the things that have and haven’t worked since the book relaunched. All I can do is keep trying to produce better results. I hope the arrival of Gail Simone on the title this fall will leave you with greater satisfaction than you have now for the book.
Simone’s run on Wonder Woman begins in November with Issue 14.