Tuesday, May 20, 2014

All Star Western and Batwing Canceled in August: My Quick Thoughts

I know Eric had this story last night, but I wanted to chime in as well.  Waking up to this news is upsetting, but not a shock.  I love All Star and Batwing, but even I predicted All Star would be canceled in August.  Batwing's sales have been so bad that noone should be surprised there either.

While I can't say DC didn't give these books a chance, I have been vocal about their directions.  Whether it was editorial or not, putting Jonah in the present day was fun at first, but quickly turned into a "who's who" of guest stars that seemed like a deperate plea for attention.


Batwing seemed to lose it's direction as well.  When Palmiotti and Gray took over and introduced Luke Fox, it was a breath of fresh air.  It is hard to introduce new characters in comics (ask the Green Team and The Movement), but because of his ties with Batman, he seemed like an old friend.  The book was so much fun and I thought Luke had a chance to be DC's answer to Peter Parker.  Nobody paid attention and the book changed to a darker title and lost most of it's spark.  Again, I'm not sure why.

In the end, sales are what count and not enough people were reading these books.  it's a shame because I loved them and want to thank Palmiotti and Gray for giving me something to look forward to every month.

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