1. How permanent will this be? If they’re going to change everything, I’d like for it to stay that way, but the amount of people that think this relaunch won’t even last a year worries me. Honestly, I want this to be successful and if they go back on the changes I know that it won’t be.
2. Batman: the Dark Knight. They should have just let this die. It wasn’t even 5 issues in and they’re relaunching it. People want to see David Finch drawing, not writing.
3. Barbara Gordon is Batgirl. I won’t sit here and pretend that I had a vested interest in Oracle, but I believe that Oracle is a far more interesting character than Batgirl. I trust, writer, Gail Simone with the character, but I still don’t like that they might be retconning Barbara Gordon’s paralysis. She was one of the few handicapped characters in comics and now it appears that the handicapped audience loses a character that they can identify with.
4. No more Secret Six. DC cancelled one of my favorite books that they publish. Needless to say, I’m not happy about that.
5. The Legion Books. DC is putting out two Legion comics: Legion Lost and Legion of Superheroes. If they’re changing the concepts, feel free to strike this off my list, but as far as I know the Legion comics are usually steeped in the multiverse history of DC. It just doesn’t seem new reader friendly to me.
6. New costumes. Some of these new costumes made me have the immediate reaction of “Oh my god, what are you doing?!” Nightwing; I don’t like the red. Arsenal; what’s up with the hat? Red Robin; why’d you steal that from the Falcon’s closet? All of the Teen Titans; Image called and they want the 90’s back. Superman; change out the boots and put some underwear back on. Now I feel like Joan Rivers.
7. OMAC. This sounds like a comic that nobody was asking for. Even if it doesn’t sell well it will probably be given a longer life than some other books on the list of 52 because the writer is DC Co-Publisher Dan DiDio.
8. King Shark redesign. For some reason I just don’t like him looking like a hammerhead instead of looking like a great white.
9. Francisco Francavilla and Jock aren’t working for DC anymore. These are just two of the creators out of work because of the changes being made to the company. I’m hoping that we see Francavilla back in DC soon, he makes some of the best page layouts in comics.
10. There’s still a lot that we don’t know. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but there are a lot of questions that are being left unanswered. There are going to be changes, but how much is going to be changing? Will these new books really be new reader friendly or will readers have to have a background on the characters? What from the past will count and what won’t? We’ll find out once September hits, but until then you will continue to hear complaining from the comic reading community.