Final Cluster@#*!: DC Comics is Like a Videogame Boss Where You Blow Up The CPU and Then Every Other Part Functions Independently With No Teamwork
And we’re gonna go yet another round in the “What the fuck is going on at DC” sweepstakes, thanks to Warren Ellis’s latest Bad Signal (stolen from Schwapp!!!):
People like talking shit about Dan Didio online. The truth is that he’s actually a smart guy who, on entering the company, had to make some tough decisions fairly quickly. It’s also true that some lifers at DC editorial are very resistant to any kind of change. Are some of them just plain nasty and dumb enough to say, “screw Morrison, we’ll do our own story, and if it blows his big reveals, well, fuck ‘im”? I would hope not, but it does seem to have happened anyway.
Aw, shit. I was wondering why Death of the New Gods #5 was so revelatory.
For those of you who missed my original article about it, see here. Basically, in DONG5, Starlin said that the Source was behind killing the New Gods, and the creation of the 52 worlds, and all of that crap. This always seemed like a hell of a plot point to drop there, so at NYCC I asked Geoff Johns if he wrote Infinite Crisis with DONG5’s retcons in mind. He quickly said he didn’t know what I meant and wasn’t caught up and couldn’t answer. I thought that was pretty damn weird, and judging by Ellis’s comments, I was right.
So – putting the pieces together – Morrison’s stated before that the villain of Final Crisis won’t be obvious, and won’t be revealed until the last issue. Within the framework of Final Crisis alone as we know it so far, the Source isn’t an obvious villain. So let’s take a look at the history of blowing secrets over the course of this project: Jim Starlin’s New God-killer, Infinity-Man, had his identity blown by a silhouette in Bedard’s first issue of Birds of Prey. Then, Jim Starlin blew the even BIGGER villain of Morrison’s Final Crisis months in advance by, uh, giving him a motherfucking Bond Villain Speech months before the miniseries even started. Wow.
WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON AT 1700 BROADWAY? Do Marts and Berganza just hate each other? Did Didio know this was going on? Does anyone read all their comics? How does Ian Sattler still have a job? Will Geoff Johns take me up on my pony keg offer? Did, as Huxford seems to think (but then again Huxford is like the comics blogging equivalent of Mel Gibson in Conspiracy Theory), Carlin sabotage all of this? With all this lead time, why does the book need Carlos Pacheco? Can’t the Marvel offices just work three days a week and still win? Tune in next time, in DC Publicly Falls Apart.