1. So, things are looking bad for the Superman lawsuit, and one can imagine DC is working to shore up their version of Superman for when the Siegels run off with Action Comics #1. Its possible the Siegels could include items such as Superman's red trunks and boots as part of what they own, and that explains Superman's visual overhaul. They will not own Lex, the Daily Planet, Jimmy Olsen or pretty much anything but a Superman who jumps over buildings and who came from outerspace and who gets emasculated by Lois Lane when he's Clark Kent. I think. And I suspect DC is getting ready for a "this is their Superman, and this is our Superman" scenario, knowing that new readers will likely go with slick new Superman, not one that will be more or less a sort of curiosity of a vintage era of comic-making.
Its going to be very complicated, but I wonder what the WB lawyers are telling DC to do with their version of Superman so they can project to January 1, 2013 if negotiations fail.
And, yes, I totally believe the Siegels are getting bad advice from their attorney. But I'll probably give their Superman a shot, too.
2. I... don't get at all what I've been reading that suggests that DC is trying to retain some of the past couple years worth of comics' continuity. None of this sounds right given a renumbering and reinvention of the DCU.
3. I can't imagine DC is really relaunching and planning to keep 52 ongoing titles from this model. Surely there's some collapse into fewer ongoing titles planned. I'm pondering the "oh, we're doing a Steel #1, but no way are we releasing a Steel #2" event from earlier this year. Although... the Steel, Wondergirl and other one-shots may have been a test balloon to see what DC could and could not support for new, ongoing series with existing characters.
4. It is so sad that I have this hopeful part of me that thinks somehow Enemy Ace could get a spot in the new DCU books that even the rest of my brain pities and knows will be disappointed.
|No doubt the way to appeal to today's children is with dogfights and the nihilistic ramblings of a German WWI fighter ace who kills several times per issue with detached, fatalistic remorse|
5. When its not overgrown 13 year-olds running the company: Bleeding Cool is claiming we're seeing the end of the "impractical wardrobe on women" era for DC. I'll miss Power Girl's suit, but, yeah... its gotten out of hand the past 15 years.