I like super hero yarns. But I also prefer stories with a beginning, middle, and ending rather than a never ending soap opera. (Indeed mainstream super hero comics are more limited than most soap operas, because same main characters keep going forever. )
In mainstream DC or Marvel nowadays you only get a story where main character may die or retire (or even age realistically!) by following a "minor" character.... which is why I usually read stuff like Hard Time, Hitman or Starman in mainstream DC.
But Ultimate Marvel opens up using main Marvel characters to a completed story: you can read birth, rise and death of Peter Parker, with some expectation that there is not going to be yet another bullshit resurrection.
For me, that's a significant story telling gain. One that DC ought to be interested in.
Writers: Grant Morrison, Warren Ellis, Jeff Lemire
Artists: John Cassaday, Frank Quitely, Mike Mignola
This illustrates that there's been some overlap between DC's various attempts to dice up its "universes" into lines. You have the main DCU, the multiverse, the abandoned All-Star line and now Earth One.
My hope is that they expand the Earth One line beyond Supes/Bats, and aim for a higher level of content than the monthly grind that spits out padded 6-issue arcs, crossovers and multiple fill-in artists per issue.
Dc: Action Comics/Animal Man/Swamp Thing/Earth-2/Green Arrow/Batman/Threshold/Batwoman/Justice League/Green Lantern/Teen Titans/Superman/Justice League Dark/I,Vampire.
I'd make DC classic a series of one and done's featuring a new popular post crisis character in a different era in their career every issue. This has the benefit of allowing writers to pick a fan favorite hero run and make a story about it for nostalgias sake, and it doesn't let the title continue continuity thus having it undercut the new 52. The first would be Wally West, since he appears to be the most sought after character of the old DCU. I don't think a full return should be done, i think we should let this new DCU meld for the time being, unless creativity with its version of the DCU just becomes impossible. But this might be a smart move on DC's behalf since people might be glad to have anything from the DCU of old.
As for a DC version of the ultimate line, theres already earth 2 which does things that the main DC universe can'y really do, like kill of Superman and wonder woman permanently . Thats pretty much what Marvel's Ultimate U is used for these days,the whole idea of it being used as a fresh starting point has been abandoned in favor of it being a world where things happen that couldn't in the mainstream MU. So mission accomplished I guess.
Steve Rogers: You ready to follow Captain America into the jaws of death?
James Barnes: Hell, no! The little guy from Brooklyn who was too dumb not to run away from a fight. I'm following him."
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New Avengers, Morbius The Living Vampire, Scarlet Spider, Iron Man, Fearless Defenders, Fantastic Four, Deadpool Killogy, Savage Wolverine, Wolverine, Uncanny X-Men & X-Force, Cable & X-Force, Gambit
Wasn't that the point of the All-Star line?
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