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little kon-el

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Subj: Actually, it was before both Brad and Geoff...
Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 at 09:26:22 am EDT
Reply Subj: He's a proud graduate of the Geoff Johns school of Retcon
Posted: Fri Aug 24, 2007 at 08:45:43 am EDT

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> Since Roy is calling himself Red Arrow now, who should use his old moniker "Arsenal"? I was thinking he could give it to Conner Hawke, since he's currently sans code-name.
> Actually it's Brad Meltzer that's calling Roy the Red Arrow. Roy should still be Arsenal. "Red Arrow" lacks imagination. Of course there's a lot of that in DCU lately. Having him just use the bow and arrows is a waste. Over the last few years Winick expanded Roy's character a lot in the Outsiders. This Red Arrow moniker sets the character back decades. Roy moved out of Ollie's shadow a long time ago. Arsenal utilized everything at his disposal as a weapon. In a fight only Batman should be more dangerous. But Meltzer's Roy Harper seems like he gave up the Speedy identity last week. But this doesn't surprise me. Meltzer usually throws away a character's history to suit his own taste. Just look at the awful Identity Crisis. I'm glad he's off the JLA.

It's the same with Geoff Johns, so I'm sure plenty of people will drool with delight that Roy is using the Red Arrow alias. GJ has washed away many characters' development for the sake of giving things a "Silver Age" feeling.

...it was Dan Jurgens that brought Roy back from the "really really bad boomerang-and-purple-tights-like-Shaft-from-Youngblood" look and gave him the "red arrow" look in his Teen Titans book. That was inspired by the look in Kingdom Come. He didn't quite feel comfortable in the costume, and set it aside for a while. He started wearing a combination-type costume during his Arsenal Miniseries and starting adopting his bows and arrows again during the Devin Grayson's run of The New Titans. When he became part of the outsiders, he went from Brown to a Red color scheme. When he finally became Red Arrow, it was a costume that was very similar to the Dan Jurgen's Kingdom Come inspired Red Arrow costume.

This isn't a retcon. This has been coming for a while...long before Brad Metlzer. If you want to blame someone, blame Mark Waid and Alex Ross for putting the idea of "Red Arrow" into the head of all the writers that came after them.

- l.k.

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