When I first started reading comics I preferred Marvel over DC. I was familar with more Marvel characters from tv and movies so it made jumping in much easier. I was reading DC too but not as many Marvel books. A few years into reading comics though and I began to notice Marvel liked to pander to the movie crowd a lot. They were making their comics look more like the movies such as adding the computer Jarvis to Iron Man and pretty much trying to distance themselves from the human one. At the same time DC started to have some really good stuff. Batman Battle for Cowl was a great mini series leading up to Dick and Damian being Batman and Robin as well as all the Batman Reborn stuff. Blackest Night was very intertaining, I loved Superman Secret Origin, Superman finally left New Kryppon, Barry Allan was back, etc. So I really liked the direction DC was going and I loved how they were not changing their comics to fit the movies or their cartoons.
Now when I heard about the New 52 I was actually excited. As much as I love DC I could understand where they are coming from. Action Comics was over 900, Batman and Superman over 700, and Wonder Woman over 600. I know books like Green Lantern, Flash, Teen Titans, Justice League, Justice Society, Green Arrow, and such were at lower numbers from re numbering but they all had that back story which could put people off. Now when I started comics though I started with the current issues for the month, bought as many back issues as I could find, then started going back with graphnic novels that were a great starting point like Superman up up and away, Batman face the face, Amazing Spider-Man coming home, Teen Titans a kids game, and Green Lantern rebirth. The problem with that though is not all those graphic novels are numbered so you have to do some research and not everyone knows where to start. DC obviously wanted to just start from the begining so I decided to give them a chance. As much as I loved the old DCU I was excited for a new one to start from the begining. So far there are many stories I enjoy very much such as Justice League, Aquaman, Batman, Earth 2, Batgirl and Green Lantern. How ever one thing that always seemed strange to me was how DC started their Earth One line back in 2010 but did not seem to do much with it. The point of Earth One was to start in a new continuity so nothing would hold the writer back and attract new readers. I loved Superman Earth One when it came out but we did not get another Earth One until mid 2012 when Batman Earth One came out and in late 2012 when Superman Earth One vol 2 came out. Why start a graphic novel line aimed at attracting new readers only to reboot your enitre main universe a year later? So today on the comic book resources forums someone asked what our alternative was to the new 52 and below is what I posted about how Earth One should have been the New 52.
Instead of making a new 52 I would have just pushed the Earth One line of books and have gotten more out there. I love all 3 Earth One books currently out right now and found it strange that DC decided to do the reboot a year after Superman Earth One. DC said the point of Earth One was to not be tied down by established continuity and attract new readers but yet no Earth One was released on 2011 and we got the reboot.
I would have 1 or 2 Earth One books come out every 2 or 3 months. Each character would get their own book. I would start with Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. I would have them all be in the same universe but be very self contained with only little mentions of the other heroes like how in Superman Earth One vol 2 there was that little reference to Batman in an issue of the Daily Planet. Later add a Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Flash book and maybe have 2 or 3 come out every month at that point. Get DC to market the crap out of them and let people know this is a new Earth not connected to the ones in the monthly comics. Let people know that what is going on with Earth One is completely different from everything else. I think Earth One would be a better way to go because buying monthly issues can get kind of expensive and I think it is not the best way to bring in new fans at this point. Books seems to be more popular with the youth, especially girls, and you have books like The Hunger Games, Twilight, Harry Potter, Pretty Little Liars, Vampire Diary's, and Gossip Girl which all all modern books that have became movies or TV shows. I know the Walking Dead is a monthly series but ever since the show started I have heard the graphic novels were selling better then the monthly issues. So the way I see it is start advertising Earth One as something set in its own universe and you do do not have to read every book to understand what is going on. So if you one wants to read Batman and Wonder Woman only then they only need to read those 2 books. By having actually graphic novels come out every 2-3 months I feel this would make new fans feel better because they are getting a nice hard cover book with over 100 pages and a wrapped up story by the end then instead of getting 20 pages every month and taking 4 or 5 issues to complete a story. After a few books of each character have been released then maybe do a Justice League Earth One. Also get Bruce Timm and Andrea Romano on board to adapt them into animated movies.
So what do you think? Would Earth One have been a better way to attract new readers and still let long time fans keep the old DCU, was it time for the old DCU to go away, or could there have been another option?