Why DC Comics’ Upcoming 5G is Destined to Fail


Screen Rant talks about DC’s upcoming event called 5G, which is supposed to make Wonder Woman the “first” real protagonist in the DCU, but also looks like it’s taking a route Marvel Comics already traversed, and to no success:


Generation One begins with the Wonder Woman as the first public superhero until the appearance of Superman, which starts the second generation. The third generation spans the time from Crisis on Infinite Earths (1986) to Flashpoint (2011). The fourth-generation would then cover the events of The New 52 through Rebirth – aka the present day. The fifth-generation (5G) is rumored to center around the idea that many of the flagship characters like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Flash, Aquaman, and will step aside and cede their mantles to replacements to a younger generation.


Well, it makes no difference, even if it’s temporary. What matters is that it’s not promoted on merit. And frankly since DC’s EiC Dan DiDio’s promoting it, you know something’s bound to go wrong. Besides, the earliest failure in this regard was Kyle Rayner as Green Lantern in 1994, and, look what other writers are present for this new direction:


This “smoke” of the beginning of this new continuity is not the first rumblings of DC Comics preparing to transition to the next phase. As a lead into the new Bendis penned Legion of Super-Heroes title, the two-part Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium, which spanned 1,000 years and, for the very first time and connected all of DC’s future timelines. The second mention of a “5G” was in the final pages of the recently completed Doomsday Clock by Geoff Johns. As Doctor Manhattan watches the timeline restore itself, the events which could mark the new rumored generations are shown, and the creation of Earth-5G in January of 2026 is created as “the timeline is restored.” It is also mentioned in the final pages of Doomsday Clock that Wonder Woman fought alongside the Justice League of Society during World War II. This panel coincides with the idea of Wonder Woman’s first public appearance kicking off Generation One of the new timeline.


Wow, just look at the incompetence of the people this site hires. They totally confused Justice Society/League of America through elimination of the word “America”. Aside from that, you know something more is bound to be wrong when Bendis and Johns are on board.


Like other continuity relaunches, the concept of the generations defining the history of the universe is a risky move. While choosing Wonder Woman’s first public appearance seems like a strange place to start a timeline, it would coincide with the Wonder Woman film franchise. Thus, having Wonder Woman arriving during World War II and still operating in the present with the contemporary members of the Justice League would provide a logical progression and help streamline the two universes. In theory, by streamlining the comic and movie universes, the publisher may believe that the comic universe will more accessible and appealing to new readers.


I’m sorry, but it won’t be “more accessible and appealing”, because they ruined that soon after DiDio came along. The writers they employ don’t have wide appeal, and as I’ve noted here several times before, specialty store managers and press sources have confirmed the attempts to draw in moviegoers are not working, not even for Marvel. The fault no one seems capable of making it clear is that DiDio’s has been an alienating presence, not an inspiring leader, right down to his serving as company spokesperson instead of figurehead EIC Bob Harras, when Marvel usually puts their EIC – currently C.B. Cebulski – front and center, and they don’t address whether the writing is talented or not, nor whether these editorial mandates and company wide crossovers are part and parcel of the problem. They obviously assume their audience lacks intelligence to tell when the wool’s being pulled over their eyes, and thus continue to make a joke of themselves.

That’s why 5G, the latest overhyped event, won’t have any long term success, yet unlike most businesses whose managers would take responsibility by stepping aside in favor of somebody more responsible, these managers won’t show the same responsibility by doing the same. That DC and Marvel are both owned by conglomerates today is only providing them with a further excuse to dodge accountability for their disastrous conduct.


Originally published here.

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Avi Green

Avi Green was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. He enjoyed reading comics when he was young, the first being Fantastic Four. He maintains a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy of facts. He considers himself a conservative-style version of Clark Kent. Follow him on his blog at Four Color Media Monitor or on Twitter at @avigreen1