Drawing the Line


I think it’s very, very well-established at this point that DC Comics does a lot of extremely stupid things.

I was willing to forgive a lot. Honestly, I think I was much too forgiving. But running J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman off of “Batwoman” — the most astoundingly beautiful comic book on the stands today — and then spitefully cutting their run even shorter? That’s too stupid. That’s too malicious. And I’m not going to forgive it.

When Williams’ and Blackman’s final issue of “Batwoman” comes out, I’m dropping nearly all DC Comics off my pull list. That’s probably about a month or two away, so we’ll have plenty of DC books to review for the next few weeks.

There are some of their comics I’ll keep buying. I completely refuse to drop “Astro City,” which I’ve been reading long before it was published by Wildstorm or Vertigo and which I consider one of the best long-running superhero comics out there. I suspect I’ll keep reading “American Vampire,” but since it’s going to remain on hiatus ’til March 2014, that may not make a lot of difference.

But I’ll give up “Batgirl” and “Batman ’66” and “Batman: Li’l Gotham” and “Wonder Woman” and all the rest of them. It’ll suck, because I’ve been a DC fan since I was a little kid. I love a lot of those characters. I love a lot of these creators. It’ll suck, and I may be miserable about it.

I’ll give myself permission to buy DC books when I see them at the used bookstore, where I know DC won’t get my money. I give myself permission to buy DC’s “Showcase Presents” collections of old comics, as well as all-ages books like “Tiny Titans” or “Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade,” especially if I’m buying them as gifts. I’ll give myself permission to buy an occasional DC book — this isn’t a hard boycott, obviously. But I’m done feeding so much of my money and attention into that sick, bleeding, rabid beast.

I think there’s a time to say things have gone too far, that things have gotten too bad, that comics fans should stop supporting a company that doesn’t respect readers, creators, characters, or stories.

Get rid of Dan DiDio, Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, and Bob Harras, and you’ve got a good chance of getting me back. Otherwise, I’ll buy books from Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, Boom, Red 5, Archaia, First Second, and just about anyone else.

I’ve got no illusions about this. I’m one guy, and the money I spend on comics is insignificant, even within the far-from-profitable comics industry. I’m one guy with a blog that has fewer than 20 readers a day. I’m one guy, and this will have absolutely no effect on DC.

But I’ll do it anyway. I’ve had enough. The line, at least for me, must be drawn here. This far, no further.

And I’ll remind y’all — and any Time-Warner execs who just happen to blunder onto this blog — that I know how to fix DC Comics, and when the global megacorp finally gets tired of watching their highly profitable and marketable trademarks getting devalued, I’m available to help get the ship righted.


  1. Maxo Said,

    September 11, 2013 @ 8:35 pm

    Aw, Scott — I completely agree with you, but I still feel bad that it had to come to this. You’re absolutely right, of course. DC has incredible disdain for its properties, and its fans, and quite frankly you don’t have to put up with it. It’s like a dysfunctional relationship, and the time is long past to break up with this jerk.

    I think you’ll feel better once you stop buying their comics. If you think about it, in a way you (and I, for that matter) really stopped supporting DC a long time ago.

  2. scottslemmons Said,

    September 11, 2013 @ 8:44 pm

    I don’t even feel too bad about it. I feel guiltier about trying to rationalize continuing to read “Li’l Gotham,” which really is delightful and adorable, even if I suspect that DiDio will eventually order all the characters killed, just so he can feast on our screams.

  3. Buryak Said,

    September 12, 2013 @ 5:01 am

    I’m with you, Scott. I haven’t bought a monthly comic from DC since the New 52 re-launch. I bought a whole bunch of issue ones, but I saw it as the pig-with-lipstick it was. The only things I get from DC is their trades of old stuff. I will always love the DC Universe (I just recently got a Bob Kane Joker tattooed on my arm for chissakes), but I can’t stomach what they’re doing currently. I’m just pretending that the New 52 isn’t and didn’t happen. I stopped reading comics in the 90’s because it was absolute shit. I’m just viewing this as part of a cyclical event which will, hopefully, come full circle into stuff I can enjoy again. Fingers crossed.

  4. Notintheface Said,

    September 12, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    You forgot Valiant.

  5. scottslemmons Said,

    September 12, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    Foo, I always forget Valiant. 🙁

  6. JD Said,

    September 12, 2013 @ 8:12 pm

    The Adventures of Superman looks to be another passable all-ages (with the red briefs intact), but the only comic I’m buying right now is Dynamite’s Mocking Dead.

    And I was generally liking DC just before the New 52.

  7. scottslemmons Said,

    September 12, 2013 @ 9:29 pm

    “Adventures of Superman” didn’t really float my boat. Plus I was worried DC would sneak in an Orson Scott Card story on me…