Ryan Stearns of the blog League of Melbotis has launched a new blog called Comic Fodder, and he kicks it off with analysis of a topic which seems to be on everyone’s mind right now: DC’s One Year Later: Did it work?:
For followers of DCU’s core and ancillary titles, the initial decision to move a year into the future seemed to make sense. Rather than reboot DC’s admittedly murky continuity, Superboy punches and all, the year long jump left enough of a gap that readers could buy any new ideas that were thrown at them. Even longtime readers, skeptical of events and reboots could see the value in getting the DCU’s ducks in a row and re-establishing greater continuity. After all, the path to any new concepts would be an interesting story in itself, and the narrative trick of the flashback sequence would provide a direct path toward an explanation at some point.
A spike in sales nearly across the board indicated that DC had done something right. Add in first-issues of new limited and ongoing series, and DC was making 2006 a banner year. It’s worth checking out sales figures and commentary over at The Beat. The spike appeared to be exactly that, and many of DC’s new launches came to a grinding hault, sales-wise, just a few issues in, while blue chip series rapidly lost the momentum they had gained during Infinite Crisis tie-ins.
Indeed, Marc-Oliver Frisch’s closing comments in his November DC Sales report seem to be what had kicked off this web-wide assessment. We’ll have our own thought on this soon enough. Patience, little bear.
[Thanks to JD for the link.]