DC has been publishing superhero comics for a long time. They’ve created some of the greatest comics of all time over the decades, stories that have redefined the comic industry. DC’s modern classics have changed the way superhero comics are perceived forever, with books like Watchmen, The Sandman, All-Star Superman, and The Dark Knight Returns topping best of all-time lists.
Not every comic can be an amazing, industry-shaking book, though. There are some comics that just never caught on. Fans weren’t into them from the get-go, and their only impact was readers’ disdain.
10 Countdown To Final Crisis Started Out Well But Went Off The Rails
After the success of 52, DC immediately started putting out another weekly series. Originally Titled countdown, it boasted Paul Dini as the head of the book’s writing team and boasted talent like Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray, Tony Bedard, Keith Giffen, Jesus Saiz, and Jim Calafiore, among many others. Eventually, the title’s name was changed to Countdown To Final Crisis, and the story was meant to be the run-up to that event.
Unfortunately, editorial issues between Final Crisis scribe Grant Morrison and DC meant that the book’s writing team had no idea what Morrison was doing with Final Crisis. this made count down inconsistent with the book it was supposed to set up. Many of the writing team’s choices weren’t exactly popular with readers and became even less so after Final Crisis began.
9 Superman At Earth’s End Is Widely Considered The Worst Elseworlds Book
DC’s Elseworlds books have told some classic, fan-favorite stories, but there is one that is widely derived. Superman: At World’s End, by writer Tom Veitch and artist Frank Gomez, stars an older, near powerless Superman in the far future. Pitting him against the mysterious DNA Diktators to save the Gotham, the story was the perfect storm of ’90s cheese and dystopian future cliches.
It got even worse when the story’s main villains were revealed to be clones of Adolf Hitler, and Superman carrying a massive gun was just the icing on the cake. It’s one of those stories that no one remembers fondly but has been the butt of jokes for years.
8 Identity Crisis’s Reception Has Changed Immensely Since Its Publication
Identity Crisis, by writer Brad Meltzer and artist Rags Morales, has seen a precipitous fall in the eyes of fans. When it was first released, fans loved its more gritty and realistic take on DC history, but time has not been kind to its rape and murder of Sue Dibny. On top of that, the ending was always a source of contention among readers.
These two factors have taken a story with an intriguing idea and completely changed the way fans look at it. It often feels like another example of 2000s edgelord comics, and it’s definitely a book that DC has moved away from as time has gone on.
7 Heroes In Crisis’s Treatment Of Wally West Turned Fans Against It
Heroes In Crisis, by writer Tom King and artists Clay Mann and Mitch Gerads, is another comic with an intriguing central premise that fans turned against. While it does have its defenders, it committed a huge sin in the eyes of the DC faithful, revealing its murderer to be Wally West. West’s return to the DCU in DC: Reborn #1 was a moment beloved by fans, so this story angered just about everyone.
The idea of a place where superheroes could go for therapy is great, and the art and writing are quite good, but the Wally West reveal was enough to get fans to forget all of that. It was the apple that ruined the bunch for readers.
6 Batman: Three Jokers Was A Massive Disappointment
Batman:Three Jokers, by writer Geoff Johns and artist Jason Fabok, it was years in the making, but fans didn’t exactly get what they expected. Instead of something new and exciting, they got a Batman: The Killing Joke rehash that completely invalidated itself by the end of the story.
Johns has always liberally borrowed ideas from Alan Moore, so this shouldn’t have been that surprising. The worst part is how the story actively ruined the reasoning behind its central mystery by the end. Fabok’s art is excellent, but that can’t hide the story’s glaring flaws.
5 All-Star Batman And Robin The Boy Wonder Felt Like A Parody
All Star Batman And Robin The Boy Wonder, by writer Frank Miller and artist Jim Lee, is a strange beast. It often feels like Miller parodying his own style of writing at times, but the writer has rarely shown the tendency to poke fun at his own work. If one takes it at face value, it’s the ultimate expression of why Miller’s Batman is a terrible character.
While some treat it as a guilty pleasure, fans have been mystified by this book since its release. Lee’s artwork is amazing, and the book is often hilarious, but not in a good way. It effectively killed the All-Star line, which is tragic in and of itself.
4 Doomsday Clock Was Divisive From The Start
Doomsday Clock, by writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank, is another book set up by DC: Reborn #1 that ultimately failed to deliver. In a lot of ways, it kind of had no chance at all; while some fans were intrigued by bringing the world of Watchmen into the DC Multiverse, a vocal contingent was just as against it.
Johns was in full Alan Moore pastiche mode for this one but the story never really worked. Its nonsense plot threads never really lined up, and delays effectively destroyed any impact it was supposed to have on the DC Universe. It was an ambitious idea, and Frank’s art was beautiful, but the book landed with a thud.
3 The Dark Knight Strikes Again Were The First Cracks In Frank Miller’s Facade
The Dark Knights Returns is an undisputed classic, and when it was announced that writer/artist Frank Miller was returning for a sequel, fans and critics alike exploded. The resulting book was The Dark Knight Strikes Again, and it would herald the beginning of the critical re-evaluation of Miller’s work.
The book expanded the focus of the original and brought in the rest of the DC Universe, but the story didn’t reach the heights of the original. There are definitely some intriguing ideas in the book, but Miller just couldn’t deliver with most of them, and fans were not happy with it at all.
two Convergence Was The Worst Event Of The New 52 Years
The New 52 didn’t create a lot of great event books and Convergence — by writer Jeff King, Scott Lobdell, and Dan Jurgens and artists Ethan Van Sciver, Carlos Pagulayan, Jason Paz, Stephen Segovia, Andy Kubert, Ed Benes, Eduardo Pansica, and Aaron Lopresti — is the worst of the bunch. Pitting the heroes of the DC Multiverse against Telos, it was definitely not the sum of its parts.
There were some amazing tie-in stories, but convergence itself somehow took an idea that should have worked — nonsense alternate universe DC heroes fighting against a big bad — and botched it completely. At the very least it gave readers Jon Kent, but that doesn’t make up for just how badly the event was received.
one Amazon Attacks! Was A Failure In Every Way
In a lot of ways, Amazon’s Attack! by writer Will Pfeiffer and artist Pete Woods, didn’t have a chance. With it wedged in between Infinite Crisis and EndCrisis, it was always going to be judged harshly in comparison. Add to that its tie-in to Countdown To Final Crisis, and one gets a perfect storm of negative hype.
The story itself didn’t help matters either, even though it definitely had a lot of potential. The execution was completely flawed, and what could have been a great story just never worked at all. Although it’s often meme-worthy, it went down as one of the worst DC events of the 2000s.
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