LNH/LNH20/LNHX: The Tao of Reboots
pwerdna at gmail.com
Fri Nov 18 18:27:34 PST 2011
On Tue, 15 Nov 2011 17:01:13 +0000 (UTC), Adrian James McClure wrote:
> Isn't that what LNHY did, though? It doesn't have ANY classic LNH
> characters, except Exclamation!Master! and Kid Enthusiastic.
> (Respectively a villain who became a hero and a hero who became a
Hey, I didn't notice that! Neat.
> I wonder if the difference is in the ambiguous way the
> revamp/reboot is being pitched. It's being handled like a reboot even
> thought it's not really a reboot. It's more like the transition from
> Earth-2 to Earth-1 in the DC Universe, but done intentionally.
Or like the Ultimate Universe, but with less of a focus on re-telling old
> underwent the fate of all alternate universes in superhero comics; it
> diminished and got eventually ignored. (I also think the tonal clash
> in the setting that resulted from "The Devil Came Down to Georgia,"
> even though that was a good story in and of itself, and the
> unnecessarily restrictive "only one LNH member per writer" rule hurt
> it too. But that's a whole other rant.)
Honestly, I just think there weren't enough people around to make a
critical mass. 2004 was one of RACC's two lowest-traffic years (along with
2003). Compare that with 2011, which already had fairly consistent
three-digit posts per month even before this.
> LNH20 is kind of being treated
> as the "main" universe, the "Earth-1," but the "Earth-2" is still
> Personally, I think this is how DC should have done its own reboot.
Yes. That they had was actually one of the early rumors on it, and boy
howdy was I disappointed when it wasn't true.
> had a problem in that there were a lot of books that were floundering,
> but a few--the Green Lantern and Batman titles--that were doing really
> well. So DC changed the universe but without rebooting those two
> lines, turning everything into a convoluted mess. What I would have
> done is create a new "Earth-1" which would be treated as the primary
> world, while letting Green Lantern and Batman continue on the old
Indeed. Makes so much more sense. (Honestly, that's what they should've
done with CoIE! It was understandable not to then, but not now.)
> I'd also do the reverse of what LNH is doing with the "iconic"
> characters--most of the main heroes of the original Earth die, and the
> former sidekicks and minor heroes have to come to the fore.
Eh, even if it weren't for trademark issues, DC has some of the iconic-est
iconic heroes. I can see keeping 'em around, though futzing with their
details is good too.
> AJM (Though I do appreciate the fact that we finally have a
> Frankenstein book now)
Andrew "NO .SIG MAN" "Juan" Perron, would introduce a mummy hero to LNH20,
but Wil has that market sewn up.
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