We don’t normally read Newsarama’s message board because…well, we have to live in this world. A trackback led us there, however, and we found this. It could be typical, or isolated, but the February sales posted by Marc Oliver have set off every message board in existence on a “DC is in trouble” rampage. This fellow shows that not everyone is so frustrated:
I’ve never been a real comic book reader before until Infinite Crisis. Before that, I basically knew what I did about comics from the 90’s cartoons, and what my dad and brothers told me. I just recently got into comics (specifically DC) right about when Countdown to Infinite Crisis came out. You’d think that it’d be the worst time ever to start reading, but it really wasn’t. When IC #1 came out, all I had to do was go to wikipedia and look up crisis on infinite earths. This guy Alan Kistler also has a good article on the story. Seriously, coming from someone who knows almost nothing about continuity, I was able to figure out the whole story and most of the context with just about an hour of internet research. In fact, I read the original crisis after IC and I was still fine. While I may be a continuity cop, I have a pretty good grasp on where the DCU is right now and where it’s been. Why is it so hard for other people to figure it out?
*end of rant*
How many audiences come built in with the willingness to put in “just about an hour of internet research” to understand their entertainment? That seems to be the core question here.