DC Comics and Self Doubt

10 Jun

Not as cool as DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshake, but it’s all I got.

Before I get into a comic book ramble, let me ask y’all something:

Have you ever re-read something you’ve written, gone, “This is definitely the best thing I’ve ever done,” and then gotten really, really depressed because you’re pretty sure it’s not any good at all?

Yeah, it must be one of those weeks. I always have them after I’ve been less productive than I’d like, as I most certainly have been over the last few weeks–as previously noted.  Alas!

But there are good things in the world too. Like digital comics. Everyone’s talking about the DC reboot–okay, this isn’t quite as extraordinary as they want us to think, as I’m pretty sure they’ve tried to do this before. Like 12 times. And I’m not sure why they couldn’t just do the Marvel thing and produce an “Ultimate” line–which was one of the coolest things Marvel ever did, seeing as Ultimate Fantastic Four got rid of everything that was annoying about the FF and made it awesome again.

Anyhow, my DC experience is limited compared to some. My brother is a huge fan of the Green Lanterns and Green Arrows (plural on that second one because he was most into it during the Kyle Rayner/Connor Hawke era. And if you’ve ever read Emerald Allies, that slash mark will seem freakishly appropriate. Way to do the fanficcer’s work for them, DC), so I was subjected to those through him. For myself, I bought Uncanny X-Men, Amazing Spider-Man, Robin (Yes, it was Tim back then, I’m not that old), and Superboy every month as a kid, so I was about half and half, but as I got older I developed a definite preference for Marvel. Even when I’m going through one of my five year long temper tantrums.*

But hey, whatever, I’ll bite, DC.

So I got the DC app and started buying digital comics with Flashpoint #1. It’s the official start of the reboot, but the Flash series previous to it did a runup. The basic idea is Barry Allen wakes up and the whole world is DIFFERENT. Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert, so of course it rocks, because it’s Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert, right?

And okay, I’m gonna keep reading it. But I’ll decide for sure after the miniseries is over.

And then there’s the fabulous Barry Napier/Luis Puig Birdwatching from Mars, #1. Which I’ve got loaded up and ready to go on ye olde Kindle App. Mmmm, delicious.

It’s weird, though. I have this huge shelf just outside my office door covered with comics. Mine, my dad’s, stuff I dug out of bargain bins (all my first New Mutants and Alpha Flight runs came from that practice, as I was too young when they were actually running to know they existed), graphic novels. I never, ever thought I’d be okay with digital comics.** Like, isn’t that something you collect? Keep forever? Cherish? I mean, I have my dad’s, right? How cool is that?

I don’t know why I’m okay with it. Maybe because I have too much crap cluttering my shelves as it is. Maybe because I’ve been burned too many times by comics writers, and I think I’ll be less likely to freak out if it’s digital? (See temper tantrums*.) It’s not like these stories mean less to me than the other books I read. For Christ’s sake, I had a Spider-Man tattoo before I ever had my Lord of the Rings one.

I don’t know the answer, man. But I do know that shit looks awesome on the iPad, so I’mma roll with it. Yay, comics!

*They go like this: OH MY GOD WHAT DO YOU MEAN GWEN STACY HAD KIDS WITH NORMAN OSBORNE FUCK OFF AND DIE, MARVEL. Or the one before that, which went: NO MORE CLONES OH MY GOD I HATE YOU SO MUCH MARVEL YOU DESTROYED MY CHILDHOOD. Or: WHY WOULD YOU COMPLETELY FUCK GAMBIT OVER LIKE THIS I HATE YOU MARVEL AND I HATE ANTARCTICA EVEN MORE. And yeah, they’re always in allcaps. It’s a thing. Tell me again why I do this to myself?

**I’m actually going to need a print version of Birdwatching, too. But just in terms of DC and Marvel, here…

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10 Responses to “DC Comics and Self Doubt”

  1. galendara June 10, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    this was awesome to read.. so happy now. you make my geek heart sing. :)

    • Katey June 11, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

      We shall geek out together <3

  2. Cate Gardner June 10, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    Before reading Barry’s oh-so-obviously cool comic (which ups my comic reading cool factor) the only comics I read (in my formative years) were things like Whizzer and Whoopee and Beano and Dandy. Hanging my head in shame.

    As for your first question–I’m plagued with self doubt. :D

    • Katey June 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

      I have never read those, and now I must find them. My husband grew up reading Asterix and Tin-Tin, so he introduced me to those when we met. I thought my life was complete–little did I know!

      And yeah. Self doubt. I mean, I always have it, but that was just a particularly crushing version, right there.

  3. Natalie L. Sin June 10, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    Self doubt is normal. When we think we’re great, that’s when there’s trouble ; )

    • Katey June 11, 2011 at 4:04 pm #

      No doubt about that!

  4. Mike Stone June 10, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    Hey Cate, The Beano, dandy, Whoopee at al were awesome. I read ‘em all, as well as Marvel comics.

    Katey, I had a bit of a downer on DC when I was a teenager, and that only changed when you had people like Frank Miller and Alan Moore reinventing Batman and Swamp Thing and Superman. But yeah, mostly it was Spidey and the FF. Haven’t read one in fifteen years, though, so to say I’m a little behind would be an understatement. I think the last major series I read was the Beyonder Wars, when loads of heroes and villains were whisked away to another planet or deimension to fight for the Beyonder’s amusement. That was a reboot of sorts as many old characters received were killed off or facelifts, got new powers etc etc. Ah man, the memories of those days…

    • Aaron Polson June 10, 2011 at 10:58 pm #

      Whoa.

      Norman Osborne and Gwen Stacy?

      WTF?

      What rock have I been sleeping under? Awesome post, Katey. Comic geeks unite. (And I remember the New Mutants run… awww…)

    • Katey June 11, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

      God, The Dark Knight is all that convinced me to not hate Batman–and Supes, actually, in the second one. I always dug Tim as Robin, but… you know. In his book. As the main guy.

      (In my defense, I was 15, and so was he. So you know. Identifying!)

      I like those sorts of reboots, like Marvel’s Age of Apocalypse and stuff. They’re temporary or alternate and don’t pretend to TOTALLY erase like decades of comics history. But I dunno, so far, I’m digging it.

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