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Countdown to Infinite Crisis 
30th-Mar-2005 11:47 pm
Ow. I discovered, today, that in an imaginary world that matters to a limited few, DC Comics editor Dan DiDio has stuck a knife into the ribs of comic book writers Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis. I'm irrationally angry.

God (or somebody) knows, there are enough things to be angry about in actual worlds without obsessing over what happens in this. I won't spoil the story by saying more than I just did, except for this:

Those of you who recall such things may remember how Alan Moore's Marvelman/Miracleman took a child's dream of flying and turned it into an adult horror story. I believe that this was done well.

The same group may recall what Ron Marz did to the continuity of another popular DC comic book protagonist. I believe that that kind of sucked.

I'll leave it to you to place what Dan DiDio has just done in this context. Feel free to comment (& post spoilers in comments) if you've already read "Countdown to Infinite Crisis," and have an opinion of it.

31st-Mar-2005 05:53 pm (UTC)
Not reading any of this, I'm now trying to figure out whether you mean that the real DiDio has figuratively stabbed Giffen & DeMatteis, or whether a fictional version of DiDio (imported as a character into a comic book) has literally stabbed them.
31st-Mar-2005 10:43 pm (UTC)
I was hesitant about including spoilers in the post, itself. As a loyal reader of the Spacecrab journal (another small, dedicated coterie), you deserve a non-cryptic response.

[Spoiler coming ....]

It's about the fact that DiDio has killed off a sympathetic protagonist, in this story. This appears to be incidental fallout of a larger D.C. campaign to revive sales and reboot their known universe. DeMatteis and Giffen have a long track record of using this character to good purpose in other D.C. comics (including a six-part series that's concurrently on sale).

"Countdown to Crisis on Infinite Earths" will be a shocker to hardcore fans who're fond of Giffen's approach to turning the Justice League of America into an amusing domestic comedy. This story (combined with a related D.C. project where another popular Giffen foil was raped and murdered) makes it seem like the company is trying to drive Giffen into working for Marvel.

The unexpected death in the family is also an unwelcome news event, for individuals of a certain weird mindset. It's kind of like reading a sercon, dramatic Uncle Scrooge story in which Donald Duck is shot through the head on the last page -- complete with editor's op-ed discussion of how Donald has had a long run at Disney, and will certainly be missed.
4th-Apr-2005 04:16 am (UTC) - Time to go BOOM!
Hey Spacecrab,

I feel your pain. C'mon over, our company's much friendlier:


-Ross Richie
BOOM! publisher
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