Sigh. Thanks, sort of, to Kurt Wilcken for making me aware of this fuckery by DC.
DC Comics had been my preferred flavor in the vast buffet of characters and universes of imagination. That is, growing up, and until the Crisis on Infinite Earths . After that watermark for me, I chose to read anything with new eyes and new allegiances, because I felt that DC had burned down the past, the past I had loved. A prime example WATCHMEN, however good, took characters from Charlton Comics, recently acquired and killed all but three of them. (Spoiler that.) With every new release the artist/writer/editor team seemed to feel a need to change characters, sometimes for better, but usually for change sake.
Despite new and different editorial teams and head of publishing changes, various turnover of talents, there was one thing at DC following the Crisis that never changed, the constant uprooting and changing what was given as "continuity" and the newly united universe. It was true that DC made a choice to change the worlds in which their imaginary characters "lived" for a reasonably important reason. They wanted all the characters in their worlds to be on the same "earths" the same "universes" and the like. But, what happened was disarray. Soon enough the allure of breaking ground in the new territory of virgin lands was too tempting to the creative talents, and maybe even editorial staffs. With every new series, every relaunched series, changes were made, and almost never were the changes made for any reason that made better the previous situation. In some cases it mattered a lot. Long time series were disrupted and went astray. The multi generational fan favorite Legion of Super Heroes particularly saw changes that really were asinine and that could well have been written off and ignored. But change they did. Various attempts to revive the series suffered with each new attempt.
One character that received the worst of this change for change sake was THE CREEPER. DC made several attempts to renew interest in a great character created by Steve Ditko. The origin of the character featured an investigative reporter attending a masquerade ball with the contents of a box of odds and ends of a costume shop. An Eastern European scientist Dr. Yatz has been kidnapped, and he won't reveal his serum or studies to the nasty bastards holding him. But Ryder infiltrates. Yatz injects Ryder, giving him numerous powers, and leading him to a dual existence as a human with healing abilities and enhanced strength. Dr. Yatz is shot, Ryder rounds up the bastiches, and now Ryder is a vigilante. He can change his physical features between his human form and his bizarre Creeper look. Over time there were various different nips and tucks, changes to the story. But, the original is quite good enough.
BEWARE THE CREEPER
In the aftermath of World War I, the bohemian art scene explodes onto Paris -- much to the chagrin of the rich and powerful Arbogast family. Surrealist painter Judith Benoir wants desperately to make a splash -- even if it means ignoring the warnings of others. And as The Creeper, she escalates simple cat burglaries into spectacular art crimes, establishing her as a cultural icon. But what are the true motivations behind The Creeper's actions? And how long
before her antics spiral out of control and the law closes in?
Writer Steve Niles and artist Justiniano rebooted the origin, reintroduced the characters, and started all over. DC Comics seemed to have greater plans for the character, as it was announced initially that this run was an ongoing series, but then backtracked that this was a limited run of 6 issues. Steve Niles has a background of writing horror, and weird characters, he has the skills to write such a character. The ultra moody art by Justiniano was suited for the character as well. The change here wasn't as overt as previous efforts, but DC showed its lily liver by pulling the carpet from beneath the project. But, that may well be part of the entire DC ethos, change the character until it can't be recognized, fuck with origins so that it can be considered unattached to the old continuity, or, get the creative team to change enough to do that, and stab them in the back before they can get their project up to speed.
DC's NEW 52