Last edited by Mr. Holmes; 04-28-2012 at 08:45 PM.
Or for a more comic related example I started reading the main Batman titles after Bruce was broken and JPV took over the cowl. I had zero knowledge of any of that however, all I knew about Batman came from the Super Friends, the Adam West show and I think the animated series had just started. I was about 6, I had no fore knowledge of what had happened in the series and at first I just thought Bruce was blond for some reason but after about two issues it sunk in that this was a different guy, he wasn't Adam West. Did I get confused? A little, but I didn't stomp my foot and proclaim, "This isn't my Batman!" I read on and gradually pieced together what had happened. That was my whole drive, I wanted that mystery solved, that's what made it fun.
I don't see why it would be any different here for new readers, they're able to adapt to things that they don't initially understand because they rightly assume that it will be made clear as the story continues. That is in fact the natural way to experience a story, it's how we're trained to think based on nearly every reading experience.
It's only the die hard fan who isn't content to let the answers come at their own pace, instead he's worried about his preconceptions of what is canon so he becomes upset and demands to have all the answers presented promptly and in a way that conforms to his views.
Honestly, all this talk of new readers and how Helena Wayne will be easier to understand is pointless. There are very few new readers, this decision was made because the higher ups preferred the concept of Helena Wayne.
I disagree with that decision greatly, but they want to explore having her trapped in this universe and such, so there it is. Huntress was a minor enough character, I wouldn't be surprised if they had just asked Paul Levitz to write whatever version he wanted and this idea was brought up. I'm disappointed, but if Wally West fans are still floundering in the dark, arguing over the fate of my preferred version of the Huntress seems like a waste of time. Arguing over which version is easier for people who don't read comics to understand is an even bigger waste of time, because DC wasn't even considering that question in the first place.
Might have the new Batman movie with Catwoman might have had some influence on this decision?
'The marquis. Well, you know, to be honest, he seems a little bit dodgy to me.'
'Mm,' she agreed. 'He's a little bit dodgy in the same way that rats are a little bit covered in fur."
On the other hand, for some younger readers Flashpoint may have very well been their version of COIE. I know that I mostly abandoned DC comics (except for Justice League, the funny version, back in the 80's) in protest to what happened both to Huntress (changed into someone else with different history but with the same face) and also Batgirl (again changed into someone else entirely as oracle but with same prior history). But as everything in comics runs in cycles, albeit DC has done so in some pretty LOOOOOOOONG cycles, it all comes back around eventually. People who grew up with the Post-COIE/Pre-Flashpoint DCU have the choice to accept what has occured and try to enjoy and accept the stories for what they are in terms of who Helena is NOW, or they can take a break and read Marvel and Independent titles for a bit. But to become a continuity junkie takes all the fun out of reading comics in the first place, IMO.
Batgirl, Justice League Beyond 2.0, Letter 44, She-Hulk, Swamp Thing
Amazing Spider-Man, Inhuman, Ultimate FF
It's a shame they did this, I would have thought leave it alone for a bit and then reveal that both Helena's are in the same universe would have been an interesting kind of "Fringe"-like way to go with World's Finest later on. I added the title to my pull ages ago but if I don't like the rest of this #1 it's going right away.
Currently enjoying: Batman, Detective Comics, American Vampire, Saga, The Wake, Letter 44, The Manhattan Projects, Atomic Robo, East of West, Ghosted, FBP...
This HW might be better (though the issues I read of that mini failed to impress me) but I won't read it on principle.
Also, for what its worth I like Grayson as Batman more than Bruce