The Column: Contemplating The Future Of DC Comics

The Future of the DC Universe

Welcome to the column where I talk about the sudden hopeful future of the DC Universe

Over the past few months, DC Comics has been in a rut. There was nothing exciting going on that actually mattered. Doomsday Clock was and still is chugging around with growing concerns whether it would have an impact on the DC Universe or not.

Personally, I blame Heroes in Crisis. It’s ok if you like it but I thought it was one of the worst books I ever had the misfortune of reading. I have always been a fan of tom king books and it was disappointing to see him write such a story with ridiculous plot armor, plot inconsistencies and a lot of out of character moments.

Heroes in Crisis changed the hopeful tone of the DC Universe and pushed it into the dark, grim world it was stuck in before. That change soon reflected across the entire DC Universe

The Bright Spots

Justice League and Young Justice remain the best books at the moment, that best exemplifies the tone and epic feel the DC Universe should be about. That grandiose, out of the world feeling these comics give is something that stands out and continues to show every sign of doing so.

Shazam was another book that quickly took the title characters on an interesting journey and shows every potential of being the definitive run for the character.

Current Events

Over the course of the past few weeks, there has been some very good news that bodes well for the immediate future of the DC universe.

The ending of Heroes in Crisis had Wally West the Flash at the lowest point in his heroic career; counting the time he was erased from history for five years. DC thought this was the perfect time to give him a solo series. While the team involved may be controversial and there are various other factors that have made things really worse for Wally, I am happy that we are finally getting a Wally comic after 10 long years.

DC then announced the much awaited return of the Justice Society of America in the pages of the Justice League. While I am very excited that this is set to finally happen, I do hope that this end up having some larger consequences for the universe as a whole.

The good news continues with Harley Quinn and Poison ivy finally getting a title together entrenched in the main continuity. That should be pretty good.

The latest major news deals with the return of another beloved super team. That’s right, the LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES is returning. It will be relaunched with an excellent creative team that will hopefully give them the respect they deserve and serve as a way to return them to prominence.

The Future

All these serve as a way to get excited about the future of the comics universe. How it will play out is anybody’s guess.

After all, it can’t be a hopeful DC Universe until we have Bart Allen reunites with Barry Allen, Jay Garrick, Iris West and most importantly, Wally West, elder and junior versions. I mean come on; it’s been a year since the kid returned.

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