When DC did it in the eighties, which is the only previous time they've done something like this line wide, they streamlined their continuity-they didn't erase it all completely! That was forgiveable. Ditching 70 years worth of storires and character development as they did last year is not. I gave up on DC at that point after 36 years, and if Marvel did the same, I'd drop them too. Fortunately, I don't think they'd be that stupid.
THE ONLY TIME??? Superman's origin has been rebooted and retold so many times it's damn near unforgivable. DC constantly is retconning and rebooting and whatnot it's laughable. Marvel may have it's share of problems, but thankfully for the most part this isn't one of them.
Was out of comics for a few months again to find out everything is starting over AGAIN!
Can they just stick with something for a little bit? Or at least have a system that people can keep up with that is not complete chaos?
While back I was trying to keep track of things, like Fantastic four, Numbers, then another series, and another then another and then FF and they it restarted like FF was part of it even though FF continued, and now it starts over again? oO
Even if you keep up it is a huge mess. Volumes would even be fine if they make any sense, they want new number ones so bad? Then just do yearly volumes. A little history with the number does not hurt either.
I had followed the JSA through every appearance they'd made, as a team or as individuals, since about 1976 and had acquired copies of every JSA story ever, either in originals or reprints. That was 70 years of unbroken continuity; even the 1985 Crisis didn't erase or alter much of it, thanks to Roy Thomas. Now, they're gone. That, to me, is unforgiveable. It certainly wasn't "too tame".
I actually think it was. Way too tame.
They should have have got rid of a lot more characters from main story telling world. They should have introduced some sensible changes to long standing characters... for example, a non meta bowman in a ruthless 21st century super powered world wouldn't survive a week... Green Arrow should have gone, or been given a sensible power set.
JSA should have survived, as a comic... but set on another of the 52 worlds. A long time in future there should have been some cross-overs.
But... at end of day DC have changed not made any substantial change to any character in main story telling world... just confused fans about exact back story. (e.g. Even with JSA characters... its not that those characters have been changed or removed from DCNU itself... its just that they are not shown as a team. That sort of decision is just plain daft. One of main "points" of those characters is their proud team history.)