10 DC Events No One Wanted – CBR – Comic Book Resources

Plenty of DC Comics event books were lousy or unexpected, creating situations and lasting impacts that no comic fans wanted.
DC Comics has always been great at creating top-notch event books. They didn't put out the first major event comic, but they revolutionized them with Crisis on Infinite Earths. Since then, the publisher had put out many of the greatest event books of all time. Of course, not every event can be amazing and not every one is going to be something fans want.
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Over the years, there have been some DC event books that fans just didn't really get into from the get-go. The build-ups were lousy, or they came out of nowhere. They were never anything fans wanted, yet some of them have created lasting impacts on the DC Universe.
Some DC stories have turned fans into haters, such as Armageddon 2001. The story focused on the time traveler Waverider coming back in time to figure who would become the future dictator Monarch. The story ran through all DC annual books of 1991, as Waverider visited DC heroes and show them their futures.
To begin with, the old annual events were never anything that fans really wanted, as they just were sort of dropped on readers. Armageddon 2001 was basically just a run-of-the-mill dystopian future story, which worked against it. On top of that, the planned identity of the Monarch – Captain Atom – was leaked, so DC had to scramble and change it to Hawk of Hawk and Dove fame, hurting the story.
DC Rebirth brought back a lot of things that readers loved about the DC Universe. The New 52 was in the rearview. It would be safe to assume that DC wanted to give the books time to establish themselves. Or they'd throw out a crossover event among the Batman books. This being DC, they chose to do a Batman mini event.
After their first story arc, Batman, Nightwing, and Detective Comics were put into a crossover where Hugo Strange used special Venom to create monsters and attack Gotham. It's not a bad story, but dropping a crossover event on readers so soon into a relaunch was certainly a choice. DC should have waited just a little bit before doing a crossover at this point in Rebirth.
Zero Hour, by writer/artist Dan Jurgens and artist Jerry Ordway, was meant to be a sequel of sorts to Crisis on Infinite Earths. The series dealt with Extant, a time-controlling foe, bringing multiple alternate timelines to life. DC pushed the book, but beyond completely ruining Hawkman and rebooting the Legion of Superheroes, the story was basically unneeded.
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In the mid-90s, fans were pretty happy with the post-Crisis DC Universe. A series meant to fix the problems left behind by Crisis wasn't what any fans wanted at all. It would be different if it was an amazing story, but it was merely okay.
Flashpoint destroyed the Flash mythos and the post-Crisis DC Universe as fans knew it, launching the New 52. Written by Geoff Johns with art by Andy Kubert, it was first advertised to fans at the end of 2009's The Flash: Rebirth, but the teases didn't look anything like what readers got. The alternate universe tale was a massive change and its ending changed the publisher's output for years to come.
Fans were excited about the original Flashpoint, but as things changed, readers changed their tune a bit. While sales had fallen, DC fans were still mostly happy with the product, so when Flashpoint completely destroyed the post-Crisis universe, many weren't happy at all.
Since 2005's Green Lantern: Rebirth, the Green Lantern mythos rode high in the saddle. The GL books were the publisher's biggest, with events like The Sinestro Corps War and Blackest Night wowing readers. The New 52 years of the Green Lantern books brought the end of the saga with Rise of the Third Army, crossing through Green Lantern, Green Lantern Corps, Green Lantern: New Guardians, and Red Lanterns.
Created by Geoff Johns, Peter Tomasi, Tony Bedard, Peter Milligan, Doug Mahnke, Fernando Pasarin, Aaron Kuder, and Miguel Sepulveda, Third Army was a lackluster end to the saga. 2010s DC had its problems, and Third Army was a part of that. Fans had started to lose esteem in the GL line before this, and this story didn't do anyone any favors.
Not every DC twist is beloved by fans, something the company learned with Heroes in Crisis, by writer Tom King and artist Clay Mann and Mitch Gerads. This story was first announced with the tentative title Sanctuary, with a synopsis that focused on the superhero mental health facility. This was right in King's wheelhouse, and his fans were excited about the book.
Heroes in Crisis was what they got. This story welded a murder mystery to the plot that fans wanted, and then made fan favorite hero Wally West the murderer. This didn't do the book any favors. Readers wanted Sanctuary; only former DC executive editor Dan DiDio wanted Heroes in Crisis.
Even the worst DC comics have redeeming qualities. For example, Convergence, by writers Jeff King, Scott Lobdell, and Dan Jurgens and artists Ethan Van Sciver, Jason Paz, Carlos Pagulayan, Stephen Segovia, Andy Kubert, Ed Benes, Eduardo Pansica, and Aaron Lopresti, is a bad series with great tie-ins. It's also an event that no one wanted.
New 52: Future's End and Earth-2: World's End were part of the build-up to the series, but not many readers were exactly into that book. The book came out in the tail end of the New 52. Fans had already mostly checked out of things by this point, and this event definitely suffered from that.
The New 52 started well, but things went down hill quickly. "The Culling" was a perfect example of this. Crossing through Teen Titans, Superboy, and Legion Lost, the story was immediately hated by fans. Written by Scott Lobdell and Tom DeFalco with art by Brett Booth, Aaron Kuder, Ig Guara, R.B. Silva, Pete Woods, and Iban Coello, it was endemic of the rot in the New 52 teen books.
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Pitted against new villain Harvest, it was meant to introduce the Ravagers, a new teen team, but fans hated it. The teen books of the New 52 weren't the most loved, and this story failed right away. It's stood the test of time as a bad story.
Not every DC event is a game changer, even if they seem like they're going to be. Justice League: Trinity War crossed through Justice League, Justice League of America, Justice League Dark, Constantine, and several one-shots. The event put the three Justice League teams against each other, as they searched for clues to who Pandora was.
Justice League was hot at the beginning of the New 52, but by the time of Trinity War it was no longer a beloved book. The other two League books weren't setting the world on fire, either. Trinity War could have been a blockbuster but no one cared.
There are some hated DC books out there, with Amazons Attack!, by writer Will Pfeiffer and artist Pete Woods, having an infamous reputation. Amazons Attack! isn't a good comic, but it was put into an unenviable position. It was a placeholder event between Infinite Crisis and Final Crisis, and people definitely didn't want it.
Even if the book was good, it wasn't going to be something that fans wanted. However, it wasn't a good comic, which made it all the worse. It's a shame because the premise is actually pretty good: the Amazons attacking the US to free Wonder Woman with the heroes in way. It just didn't work.
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David Harth has been reading comics for close to 30 years. He writes for several websites, makes killer pizza, goes to Disney World more than his budget allows, and has the cutest daughter in the world. He can prove it. Follow him on Twitter- https://www.twitter.com/harth_david.


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