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Sethno


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I just saw an Adobe Flash Video ad for what they're calling 'the DCyou'.

It included Clark Kent standing with his shirt torn open exposing his Superman shirt underneath... (I know about the identity reveal thanks to Lois).

And Black Canary. Holding what looked like a microphone.

PLEASE tell me they aren't somehow turning her into a rock star. Please.



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Daveym

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Its true!

I looked at Black Canary #1 over on the Green Arrow board, and in keeping with DCs new commitment to bypass continuity we meet a Dinah who sings lead vocals for an indie group called The Black Canary.
The series doesn't necessarily ignore Dinah's past, but going into the debut issue unprepared is likely to puzzle anyone who has been following her previously. In truth it isn't a bad debut issue, very good art and visual layouts, but scriptwise too non-commital in terms of character and originality. Dinah beats people up, on stage, off stage. The narrative is unintentionally comical in this regard as it could almost be a send-up of the Punk era and its excesses, and yet for all its implausibility the idea of Dinah dropping out of sight to become a touring vocalist in an up and coming band is no more odd than her becoming a florist... with this latest career change she had undergone it's just the matter of musicians being a little hard to actually do on the printed page, it being a sound medium and all. Since you cannot put across the emotion in the voice performance the emotion has to come across in other, more dramatic, ways. And there are therefore echoes of Alison Blaire to be seen here, and in more ways than one. Music may be a univeral facet of our lives, but on the comicstrip page it can only ever fall flat. \(coffee\)









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Gernot 

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Maybe the former members of The Great Frog make up her band? ;\)



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Superman's Pal

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Maybe they think "rock star" justifies her costume better than just "superhero" does?



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Sethno


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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."




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Daveym

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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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Gernot 

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Or, they WOULD be, if I didn't agree with your post. \:\(



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