The premiere issue of “DC Nation” No. 0, cover date July 2018, the company’s publication to promote new projects, characters and creators alike, opens with one of the most chilling stories DC has published in years.
Marvel Comics no longer publishes a “Fantastic Four” comic. It’s all part of a scheme to devalue the property enough so that 20th Century Fox will stop trying to make terrible film versions about the foursome and allow the rights to revert back to Marvel Studios.
Me, I’m Old School, I believe some money is always better than no money, but what do I know? Not enough for the House of Ideas, and then again, who is to say that monthly comic sales have any impact on how a film is received? DC’s “Wonder Woman” for decades pulled less than Amazonian numbers, but the big budget film last summer won critical acclaim and broke all kinds of records.
Marvel’s decision to drop its flagship title is just one of a legion of errors that help explain why the company is once again rebooting its titles in less than a year.
But if Marvel won’t give the world a Fantastic Four, DC will.
It ends with one of the most garish gifts in the DC Universe.
It features six super-heroes behaving criminally stupid in an Agatha Christie-style caper that climaxes with a ridiculous deus ex machina simply because the story had only so many pages and just had to end.
So why is “The Man Who Murdered Santa Claus” such a fun story – and yes, even important?