Chris Sims wrote:Back before the dawn of the Internet, the only place for an angry fan to publicly complain about the comics they were reading was in the letter columns of those same comics. It's a phenomenon we've talked about before, but today, iFanboy put a hilarious spin on it by highlighting one reader's irate reaction to a comic that, almost 25 years later, is regarded as one of the best Batman stories of all time: Batman: Year One.
It's pretty easy to snicker at this hater's reaction from here in the 21st Century, but if there's one thing we've learned over the past few months here at ComicsAlliance, it's that nothing provokes as much ire from fans as a massive change to a character that people already love. That's why today, to put things in a little perspective, I've gone through my back issues to find a few more Angry Fans Reacting to Batman's Reboot... in 1987!
First up, the letter that iFanboy posted from Batman #408, in which David Mazzucchelli is taken to task for "atrocious" artwork. What really sells that one is the taunting "bet you won't print this letter" gambit he drops in the post-script, something that every single person who wrote into a comic book used despite being proven wrong on a monthly basis.
Haters Gonna Hate: Letter from Irate BATMAN: YEAR ONE Reader
Josh Flanagan wrote:Sometimes people might forget what things were like BEFORE THE INTERNET. Back then, ignorant bile wasn’t not only tolerated by publishers, but published. Here we have such an example. Published in Batman #408, the fourth part of the now legendary Batman: Year One storyline, this fan from my old neighborhood in Queens has a problem with David Mazzucchelli’s art from issue #404. More than anything I’m impressed that DC did publish it, and I guarantee you that wherever that dude is, he still thinks it was trash. Unfortunately, you won’t find a comic fan alive today who doesn’t think that art is sublime.
OK, you would. But I don’t want to think about it.