10 DC Comics Fans Want To Forget

DC has put out a lot of great comics over the years, with some of them in contention for the title of the greatest comics of all time. classics like Watchmen, The Sandman, All-Star Superman, and Crisis On Infinite Earths redefined the comic industry and the publisher and are still talked about by fans today, re-read, and poured over by readers who want to absorb their brilliance.

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Unfortunately, not every comic can be a best-of-all-time book. There have been a lot of bad DC books put out and many are ones fans wish they could forget they ever happened.

10 The Flash: Rebirth Has Only Gotten Worse As The Years Go By


The Flash: Rebirth, by writer Geoff Johns and artist Ethan Van Sciver, was the first big Barry Allen story after his resurrection in Final Crisis. It was the character’s return to DC, as well as the Reverse-Flash’s, and led to years of clashes between the two that got more and more cliche. It also led to the marginalization of fan-favorite Flash Wally West.

On top of that, artist Van Sciver has become a controversial figure, embracing far-right ideology and attacking BIPOC and women comic creators. His over-wrought art by him and Johns’ blatant Barry and Thawne worship add up to make a story that most fans wish never happened.

9 The Ric Grayson Nightwing Years Are A Low Point For The Character


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Batman (Vol. 3) #55 saw KGBeast shoot Nightwing in the head, an event that kicked off years that saw fans rage over DC’s treatment of the character. Nightwing (Vol. 3) #50 showed that Dick survived but suffered brain damage, losing much of his memory and creating the Ric Grayson persona. Ric Grayson was the complete opposite of Dick and fans hated him.

The storyline went on for far too long, with fans getting more and more infuriated by it. Things have gotten much better for Nightwing’s fans but everyone would rather forget the Ric Grayson years happened and have done a pretty good job of making that a reality.


8 The Early Issues Of The New 52 Batgirl Saw DC Firing A Fan-Favorite Writer


The early stages of the New 52 saw massive sales but also chaos behind the scenes. Writers and artists were let go with little to no explanation. One of these writers was Gail Simone, a fan favorite that was writing batgirl with artist Ardian Sayif. Simone had been one of DC’s most popular writers, so for her to be so unceremoniously let go angered fans.

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While she was eventually brought back, the damage was done and eleven fans found out more about the situation, it made them even angrier. The early issues of the New 52 batgirl have become infamous among fans in the worst possible way.


7 Amazon’s Attack! Was Hated Right From The Get-Go


Amazon’s Attack! by writer Will Pfeiffer and artist Pete Woods, isn’t one of those books that took time for fans to hate or that opinions changed about. It had the unenviable task of being the placeholder event between Infinite Crisis and EndCrisis, and even if it was very good, it still wouldn’t have much chance. However, it’s one of the worst DC events of the 21st century and that was apparent right away.

Amazon’s Attack! had a lot of potential, but the execution definitely left something to be desired. It’s inspired some great memeable moments but other than that it’s not a book that anyone wants to revisit and most fans have blocked it from their memories.


6 The New 52 Red Hood And The Outlaws Was Edgelord Excess


Red Hood and the Outlaws feature New 52

A lot of the New 52 depended upon creators from the ’90s, and many of the comics felt like throwbacks to that time in the worst possible way. Red Hood And The Outlaws, launched by writer Scott Lobdell and artist Kenneth Rocafort, was one of the edgiest books of the New 52. Red Hood is the perfect character for a more extreme comic but this book took it to laughably bad levels.

From basically making Starfire into little more than a sex object, to over-the-top violence, to the most edgelord flourishes imaginable, it’s definitely a low point that did nothing good for any of the characters in the book.


5 Superman: Year One Wasn’t The Best First Black Label Impression For The Man Of Steel


Frank Miller is a legend in the comic industry but his work can be remarkably uneven. Superman: Year One, written by Miller with art by John Romita Jr., was Miller’s first time writing a Man of Steel centric story. It was also the first Superman Black Label story and a re-doing of the classic Superman origin, working in the Year One framework that Miller made famous with Batman.

In previous works, many fans came to the conclusion that Miller should not write Superman and this book made that argument even better than before. Miller’s recent DC works have not helped his legend of him at all and while this one is n’t as bad as some, it’s still something most fans wish never happened.


4 All-Star Batman And Robin Killed The All-Star Line


All Star Batman And Robin

All Star Batman And Robin, by writer Frank Miller and artist Jim Lee, had all the hallmarks of something that should have been amazing. The All-Star line was DC’s attempt at mimicking Marvel’s Ultimate Universe and produced an all-time great story with All Star Superman. readers thought ASBAR would be more of the same in quality but they were sorely mistaken.

ASBAR works as parody but taken straight it’s a horrendous story. It does have a so bad it’s good aura at times and Lee’s artwork is nothing short of spectacular but most fans were disappointed by it. On top of that, it destroyed the All-Star line, depriving readers of potentially great stories.




3 The Dark Knight Strikes Again Showed The First Cracks In Frank Miller’s Facade


Batman in The Dark Knight Strikes Again Comic

The Dark Knight Strikes Again is one of the most infamous Batman stories of all time. a sequel to The Dark Knight Returns, writer/artist Frank Miller returned to DC for the first time in ages and fans were chomping at the bit for the story. Unfortunately, what fans got was nothing like what they’d gotten before or what they were expecting.

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The Dark Knight Strikes Again saw the return of Batman and Carrie Kelly as they helped the other heroes in battle against Lex Luthor and his forces. On top of that, a sadistic Dick Grayson stalked the Dynamic Duo for revenge. It has all the hallmarks of a good story but it just never came together and Miller’s art is nowhere near what it was when he did Dark Knight Returns.


two Heroes In Crisis Could Have Been Great


Heroes in Crisis Justice League Harley Quinn Booster Gold

when Heroes In Crisis, by writer Tom King and artists Clay Mann and Mitch Gerads, was first announced, it seemed like it was going to be something interesting. The book was supposed to deal with Sanctuary, a place where DC’s heroes went for mental help, something that was right up King’s alley. However, DC editorial changed it into the murder mystery fans got; one which served as yet another way for then DC boss Dan DiDio to mess with Wally West.

heroes in crisis isn’t entirely bad, but fans hate that it was yet another example of DC trying to ruin Wally West. It soured fan reception of the story, one which most already didn’t like, and it’s a story that most wish never happened.


1 Identity Crisis’s Legacy Has Had A Major Re-Evaluation


Identity Crisis, by writer Brad Meltzer and artist Rags Morales, it was once a beloved story, but fans have turned on it. The premise of the story, and many of the book’s plots, are pretty good but the problem comes from the story’s treatment of Sue Dibney. Her brutal rape and her murder were always the worst part of the story and it’s destroyed the story’s reception among its fans.

Identity Crisis was meant to modernize the Silver Age adventures of the Justice League but went way too far. It’s one of the biggest examples of DC’s edgelord streak and its pros are far outweighed by its cons.

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