A single panel from a recent comic sums up the state of modern shared-continuity super-hero storytelling and marketing perfectly…
The most striking thing about this pointed criticism is its source. This is a panel from an Eternity Girl backup piece from Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye/Swamp Thing Special #1, published by none other than DC Comics, one of those publishers guilty of the sin alleged by the depicted character. It’s written by Magdalene Visaggio and illustrated by Sonny Liew.
These short backup stories — detailing the fictional publishing history of a character called Caroline Sharp and/or Chrysalis — are tee-ups to a new DC title under its Young Animal imprint, Eternity Girl, which is obviously another new attempt to retool and reimagine the Kid Eternity character. So this new Eternity Girl character appears to be taking issue with her own existence.
To be honest, it’s piqued my curiosity about the new title, the first issue of which is due out March 14. I also have to applaud DC for publishing something that picks at its own foibles, though the timing for DC is fortuitous, given the criticisms being levelled at its main competitor, Marvel Entertainment, for its recent announcement of yet another relaunch/rebranding campaign — its seventh or eighth in just six years.