Just a follow-up to yesterday's whine/rant about the renumbering.
Here's a nice-ish article from CNN that captures some of the squirmy worries that we have about the change, and has a few answers too.
The article seems to focus a bit on the issue of the costume redesigns, which I didn't bring up in my last blog post on the issue. Now, Jim Lee is a fine fellow, but pants on wonder woman? Homey don't play that. If he removes Power Girl's cleave-window? Homey won't play that. Put superman in a leather jacket and ditch the cape? Homey won't play that. Shave off Oliver Queen's iconic forked beard? Homey will come to your house and bust your ass. For the record, I am not in any shape to be busting asses, and I am not the sort of person who should be referring to himself as a homey... But, these are the lengths to which I will go, should Jim Lee mess with my heroes.
I'm not too worried about all of this, and so long as great writers are still writing it, I don't think it'll be too painful a change. But, once they start altering the character-bibles (you know, those pages and pages of rules about what makes a character who they are, and what artists and writers absolutely can't change without approval), then we may find our stories being ruined and restricted by those changes in ways that they used not to be.
Speaking of which, an article FlyingGrayson posted the other day (yesterday) suggested that the same-day digital distribution of comics is going to make DC beholden to Apple's strict policies regarding content on the apple store. That's one more thing that's going to keep our stories from getting darker, and keep them from being... well, emotionally intense? It's all just worrisome.