You know what we think about the DC relaunch. You know what you, the comic reader thinks of the DC relaunch but what about the non-comic readers out there? You know, the ones DC is actually gunning for with this big move. What are they thinking?
Deadline posted a story about Justice League #1 selling out 200,000 copies and the DC relaunch at large. It’s the same type of talk we’ve been seeing for months but what’s really telling are the comments. Deadline is a Hollywood breaking news website and while it often publishes comic film stories, no one goes there for their comic book news so it’s interesting to read what people there are saying.
Yeah, you realize X-Men #1 in the 90s sold 1 million in one week right? 200,000 is not that impressive considering what is going on. I think you’ve been mislead Nikki. – jgroove
I haven’t bought comics in decades so maybe I’m not entitled to an opinion, but I think DC loses a ton of goodwill with this move. Action Comics had passed #900, and Detective Comics was way up there, too. This is a cynical sales gimmick aimed at collectors who immediately put their books in plastic bags and never read them (or better yet, buy *two* copies), hoping they’ll be worth something someday. There’s also been speculation that rebooting Superman has something to do with keeping money out of the Siegel and Shuster heirs’ pockets. – Jeffty
And from an MSNBC.com article:
some of my favorite childhood memories are about comics.But I wonder if kids today will want to read a comic book.I remember storylines over several issues. The last time I looked comics had very little reading left in them – dks1050
And then there’s these from a NY Times piece:
I’m not a comic book fan, but DC seems a bit desperate for something to revive their business. It’s easy to see why they’re envious of Marvel – Marvel has had more hit films in the last 2 years than DC has had in 2 decades. Marvel made two hit films about Iron Man, for crying out loud, a character who barely had any backstory. Meanwhile the last Superman movie wasn’t anything more than an average summer flick. At a deeper level, I have to wonder if the rebooting frenzy is a reflection of something deeper in society. With Congress’s approval rating around 15% for the last few years, incongruous and unsustainable wealth distribution, and an ever-more complicated and tenuous foreign policy situation, super heroes might not be the only ones hoping to do better if they just start over with a clean slate. – Steve Z.
I thought the comics companies jumped the shark decades ago. The characters died, but no, they sort of didn’t. They got married, but not really? Now they’re changing ethnicities or something or other. Isn’t reporting on comic books like reporting on soap operas? I’m sure the people who care didn’t read about it first in the NYT, and the rest of us don’t care. – Joe C.
The world doesn’t want superheroes anymore, not inanimate drawings of them on paper anyway. Now they want social relevance, politics, gender neutrality…there’s enough of that in real life. The soul of comics has been lost, along with the soul of our very culture. Sad. If I worked for DC I’d be looking at China, not the spoiled brat kids of the US who can’t live without electronic toys and media. – J Wolfe
Granted this is just a small segment of the more mainstream media sources but it’s funny to see how they are responding. I haven’t looking into responses from non-comic readers who actually picked up Justice League #1 yet but some of these comments make it appear as if that won’t be happening at all. What have you heard or seen from the non-comic reading public about the DC relaunch?