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I just sent this by private message to someone, but it had to be said out in the open too.

"...I sincerely believe the suit or suits at Time Warner that oversee DC have totally lost their minds. I'm coming close to sincerely believing they're trying to totally destroy DC Comics all together, and then declare the whole situation a business loss on TW's taxes.

There's few other explanations for what's going on.

Black Canary, a rock star superhero (I guess...maybe she's just a rock star that punches people?)...

It's like a bad joke. It's like something you'd see on a late 60s/early 70s Saturday morning tongue-in-cheek animated show...or something from the early days of Cartoon Network."

In truth Black Canary is a very reasonable production - if you can set aside your preconceptions.
There isn't enough of a format here to convince that this can support an ongoing series, but it is made a point that 'D.D' is in hiding and possibly running from something, this in turn begs the question as to whether a semi-popular music band that is getting a fair bit of exposure in the music press is a credible way to hide yourself and keep a low profile, but that detail in itself is not the only logic inconsistency in the book....
This series is one example of DCs current decision to forgo a strong continuity, but a much better example is Paul Levitz' Doctor Fate, which takes the character seen in Earth-2 and... and, well, the result of it is that this is truly a baffling read. Baffling because they take the Ben Khalid from Earth-2 and reinvent him as seemingly nothing whatsoever to do with the character seen in that book, and so anyone wanting to see that character will be left alienated and dissapointed. There is no sensible rationale behind this decision.

You suggest Warner Bros are perhaps trying to deliberately scupper DC Comics, I would not go that far myself, what seems to be happening since 2011/2012 is more of a loss of faith, the final realisation that this is a doomed medium commercially. It can never grow itself as it has no high-street outlet to do so and little interest from a mass audience now fully adjusted to other, more instant entertainment, such as television, Film, Internet and social media, computer games, etc. Comicbooks belong to another era now, less and less teens read books anymore never mind comics and magazine ephemera.
So if you look at current DC/Warners in that light then the switch from a strong deep comicbook universe to instead becoming a design portfolio of hip characters ready for licencing and media exploitation is clear to see. The general shallowness since the 2011 reboot, the lack of any deep character building, the heavy redesign and overdesign of their looks, the stripping away of strong bonds between characters, the refusal to let writing talent take control over the books & characters directions, all of this is evidence of DC having given up on any commitment to caretaking over a strong and deep canon for a readership to invest in. There used to be a sense of some pride and commitment to quality at work in DC Comics, In its stead serving up shallow Pap is now the order of the day...

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