For Infinite Crisis' seven issues, we got to look over Golden Age Superman's shoulder and the view was wonderful. It absolutely looked like possibility.
Myself and my friends, we're all of us suffering from "Post-Traumatic Infinite Crisis Disappointment Disorder." After spending two years on the Identity-DC Countdown-Infinite Crisis-52 Rollercoaster, we're all coming down from the rush and asking ourselves....
"Was that it?"
- "Alexander Luthor nearly killed comics' original sidekick Dick Grayson (Nightwing) just so he could become a male model?"
- "Superman, Wonder Woman & Batman are still sitting at that table?!?"
- "Why would you remove the fun from the DCU by turning Bart Allen into another circa mid-80's New Teen Titans brooding young adult?"
- "When are we getting a new issue of Wonder Woman or Green Lantern?"
- "Holy crud, The Outsiders could get worse."
This was not the world I envisioned. Do not get me wrong there have been many gems unearthed from the mines. Quite a few books have totally taken advantage of the "New Earth" landscape and fashioned something beautiful in its wake...
- Books such as Green Arrow, Secret Six, Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters & Checkmate has totally taken advantage of the DCU's new greyscale.
- Superman is Superman all over again and in a good way.
- Batman has become a superhero again and less a force of nature.
- Despite a rocky start, Supergirl has become a comic about a displaced alien girl and in a good way.
- Shadowpact is led by Detective Chimp. No more need be said.
All great books but something's lacking, a sense of urgency that was there before. For a while now, my comics brethren have been asking the hard questions and the answers seem to neither be forthcoming or have left a little something to be desired.
"Nightwing should be dead. We're working on it."
"Trust us, there's a good reason we replaced Wally with Bart!"
"Allen Heinberg's working on Grey's Anatomy and will deliver the scripts as fast as he can."
Look, I appreciate Mr. Heinberg's work as much as anyone and it is worth the wait but dammit, I am tired of writers from other media professing a love for the comics medium and their utter disregard of one of its oldest tenets: Comics are a monthly medium.*
Somewhere along the line, momentum was gained and lost, nearly simultaneously, some good will along with it.
How to fix it? I have no idea but I do know that I'm ready for some kind of payoff so that we all can simply just move on to the next thing.
...and that, my friends, is my rant for the day.
*I'm looking at you too, Lindelof.