Talk to Me Like I'm Stupid: Rebooting DC Comics

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As an avowed Marvel head, I think I own all of seven DC comic books. I'm pretty sure they're all authored by the great Dwayne McDuffie (pour out a little liquor, folks.)  As I think back on it, for whatever reason,as a kid I saw DC as really "white." But this relaunch is intriguing to me--especially Grant Morrison's Superman. And yet I see it's also motivating quite a bit of fan-hatred.


Help me out here--What is the relaunch actually undoing that was really great? I'm a bit of retcon hater. Gambit authoring the Mutant Massacre, Norman Osborne actually being alive, and Spider-Man being divorced via Godmode all made me groan. Still I've come to wish that every hundred issues, or so, Marvel cleaned the slate and started again.

But I know nothing about DC. Knowledge please.
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Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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