DC Comics And “The Normal Course of Business” [Opinion]

By Andrew Wheeler

It’s a rough time to be a fan of DC’s comics. The publisher has made so many problematic moves in the past couple of years that the brand is now as strongly associated with disgruntled talent and unhappy readers as it is with iconic characters like Superman and Batman.

In the wake of the inauspicious departure of the Batwoman creative team of J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman, I intended to write something about DC’s editorial troubles. I got as far into the opening paragraph as noting, “I have to write quickly because there’ll be another fiasco along any minute,” before another fiasco came along - the Harley Quinn try-out controversy.

At this stage, talking about any individual incident at DC as a blip seems too narrow. A good week is now a blip for DC. The company has profound problems, and the question we have to ask is, can it be fixed?

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