As many of you may have noticed through my writings, I am a HUGE fan of Marvel comics. For the past year and a half (between Marvel and DC), I have been reading Marvel comics almost exclusively. I did this for several reasons, but the main reason? I was unhappy with the way DC was handling the New 52, and the characters therein.
Between decimating character motivations and origins like Captain Marvel and the Teen Titans, and the gross character redesigns like Raven, Beast Boy, Power Girl, and the Golden Age Green Lantern, DC has made one bad decision after another.
However, their poor decisions reached a high note this year with a multitude of bad decisions. These ranged from insane editorial mandates, to unfathomably poor PR. One of theese incidents of bad PR happened when DC announced an art contest for an aspiring artist to draw a page of the Harley Quinn issue #0 comic. DC released a description of the page they were requesting without any context to justify what they were asking for, which were a series of panels in which Harley attempts to gleefully commit suicide.
When given the context of this page, the images are far less offensive, but the fact remains that DC didn’t have the foresight to prevent such a situation. After issue zero was surrounded by this massive controversy, the on-going series it was meant to precede was met with great caution. But the question remains: is it any good? Well that’s what we’re here to talk about.
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