Dave Galanter
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Ed Love

Location: North Carolina
Member Since: Sat May 17, 2008
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In Reply To
Sweep Secondhand

Subj: Re: Shouldnt Wildcat be dead?
Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 at 05:56:35 pm EST (Viewed 415 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Shouldnt Wildcat be dead?
Posted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 at 04:49:46 pm EST (Viewed 14 times)

> The Golden Age was a great story but, since it was clearly Elseworlds, writer should not be using it for information pretaining to the main DC universe. Wildcat's 9 lives was actually a perfect example of what a retcon SHOULD be. It fits completely seemlessly with his original appearances. Regardless of anyone's opinions of that attribute of the charatcer though, that JSA storyline was just sloppy writing. Maybe then can use other sloppy writing like the "Superboy Prime Punches" to nullify this sloppy writing. Two wrongs could potentially make a right.

I disagree about it being a good retcon. While it factually fits in with his original appearances, it violates the spirit of the character ie that he has no powers and having 9 lives is definitely a superpower albeit a rather passive one. It changes a basic understanding of the character. Wildcat hanging around the JSA and fighting criminals with nothing other than his wits and fists loses a certain amount of integrity and sense of courageousness when you know that he knows that whatever happens to him, he'll bounce back as good as new. And, it wasn't a needed retcon as it doesn't explain anything.

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