MARC ALAN FISHMAN: Why I Don’t Like The New 52

Marc Alan Fishman

Marc Alan Fishman is a graphic designer, digital artist, writer, and most importantly a native born Chicagoan. When he's not making websites, drawing and writing for his indie company Unshaven Comics, or rooting for the Bears... he's a dedicated husband and father. When you're not enjoying his column here on ComicMix, feel free to catch his comic book reviews weekly at MichaelDavisWorld, and check out his books and cartoons at Unshaven Comics.

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16 Responses

  1. Glad someone finally stated what has been painfully obvious all along.

  2. Clearly the point I tried to make is lost on those who just want to hate the reboot. Here’s a fact-DC comics did something that no other major publisher has ever done. For the 50th time-that’s what I respect and that took balls.

    You can nitpick anything as you have done with some of the reboot story lines. I said in my piece that I was not sure why they made certain choices but that was not my point. My point was the massive amount of balls it took to do this.

    If you and Mitchell think that this is a just a slight of hand then you my friend, are the one that’s mistaken. As I said in my piece you can’t make a move like this without some sort of sign off from corporate. Slight of hands can get your ass fired on that level. You don’t pull that shit and get a pass from the big boys.

    You may not think the reboot was as massive as the marketing implied but as I also said in my piece, what you and I would have done with a comic book universe is never going to be satisfied by anyone but us.

    Again, you can nitpick anything, like Obama saving the automobile industry but he’s attacked because he gave them a bailout. But without the bailout the industry would have imploded and he STILL would have been attacked by some dick head.

    I’l say it again, what DC did took guts but not as much guts as pissing off a guy who has a Death Ray.

    • I’d like to think my musings were a riff from where you started. On one hand, I give DC credit, that the idea of this restart was a good one. I think it was designed to make their books appear to be easier to jump on to. And sales figures have proven that point right. I sure chose to nitpick the event to death, I give you that Michael. But I nitpick with love.

      I wanted a total reboot, restart. Everything back to 0. Not a game of “choose your own continuity”. It took guts for DC to do this, and to the powers that be, I’m sure what mattered most was whether this move would increase profits in the end. And I think it’s a move Marvel SHOULD make, but won’t do because they aren’t going to be that ballsy.

      And if I pissed you off, I’m going to Radio Shack to buy a deflector shield. I ain’t stupid.

      • “I wanted a total reboot, restart. Everything back to 0.”

        Ah HA!!! You have made my point! YOU wanted a total reboot so as I said DC is never going to be able satisfy what YOU would have done with the reboot.

        Point, set match, Professor Moriaty!

        BTW-Radio Shack can’t help you if I point the Death Ray there first, turn on CNN in about 5-4-3-2-1…now.

  3. It takes some serious “Huevos”, not “juevos”. “Huevos” means “eggs”, but we use the term as you would use “balls”.

  4. Mindy Newell says:

    Great column, Marc!

    And your repartee with Michael was an added bonus!

  5. Mindy Newell says:

    Uh-oh! :-D!

  6. mike weber says:

    I used to say that what made the animated Batman so great (aside from the brilliant writing and design and voice work) was the fact that they were free to pick and choose from the character’s long history, as to what they would accept as canon and what not to.

    • Mike Gold Mike Gold says:

      … and use those selections as the basis for their own “universe.”

      • Mike brings up an interesting point. I never felt like during any of the animated series’ runs that the backstory drove what was to be enjoyed. But in the case here in print… so much of what we’re enjoying is coming straight out of a now “guestimate” continuity.