That said, DC's been making all sorts of headlines with their "New 52"--a complete overhaul and refinement of the core DC books. Note that I didn't say "reboot", even though that term is probably the most applicable here--major changes are being made, major characters are being altered, and major plotlines are being dropped in favor of entirely new plotlines.
There are a lot of things that upset me about how DC's dealt with this reboot. I could talk about the utter dishonesty and duplicitousness that DC's has treated some some of the newest, most original blood in the comics industry. I could talk about DC's hypocritical policy regarding depictions of women in comics, in that "all women must have pants", but characters are continually being shown as nothing more than cheesecake. I could talk about how the editorial staff at DC has treated their fans, when said fans have questioned DC on their continual gender issues.
But none of those are my biggest issue. Rather, my biggest issue comes from two relatively minor characters in the DC universe: Batgirl and Amanda Waller.
|Character depth! Novel concept, that!|
Here, we have a character who refused to give up. She experienced powerful internal conflict in coming to terms with her injury, and managed to find a new (and unique!) way to contribute to the continual war on crime, despite a "career-ending" injury. But, instead of allowing that character to thrive in her chosen role, the editorial staff at DC have all but removed any reference to Moore's seminal arc, to say nothing of the internal conflict that drove Barbara Gordon for so long! While author Gail Simone (already a legend amongst comics writers, male or female), does her best with Batgirl #1, the fact remains that twenty plus years of character development have been tossed out the window, simply to make Batgirl more "accessible".
|This is Amanda Waller...|
While I don't know much about making comics, I do know a lot about running campaigns. And I know that if, at my table, I started changing the names of characters, changing what they looked like, or changing minor details about established facts, I would very quickly have an empty table. And, for that matter, if I started totally disregarding entire character arcs or the character development that my players have put into the story....my table would be in open revolt, and that's not worth the 'potential' new player that might like what I'm doing.