Countdown to pointless retcons

Big Events are a fixture of superhero comics. Every year or so, something appropriately earth-shattering happens to the characters we know and love. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the motivation for these events

Both Marvel and DC do their Big Events on an almost annual basis. We accept them as a fixture of the superhero genre, and sometimes, if we’re lucky, we’ll get a good story out of it. At Marvel, the motivation for these events seems to be:

  1. Make a ton of money by getting readers to buy a load of titles.
  2. Tell a good superhero story.

At DC, the thinking seems to follow similar lines, but with an addition:

  1. Make a ton of money by getting readers to buy a load of titles.
  2. Fix our confusing and convoluted continuity.
  3. Tell a good superhero story.

Seriously, why does DC even try anymore? There is nothing as labyrinthine and off-putting as the long, long, ever-so-long history of DC’s universe. I honestly believe they should just cut their losses and move forward without ever again worrying about what earth Kyle Raynor was supposed to protect as a Green Lantern. I, for one, simply don’t care. Continuity is overrated.  Leave that tangled mess in the past, and just move forward telling exciting, imaginative stories.

I beg you.

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